Media Release Archives - March 2012

UBC Board of Governors welcomes two new appointed members

Mar. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags:

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors welcomes two new appointees to the University board. Dr. Gerry Karr, founder and medical director of the first Okanagan Valley Renal Dialysis Program at Penticton Regional Hospital, and Jason McLean, president and CEO of the McLean Group, have been appointed by the provincial government for two-year terms that began on February 16, 2012.

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Some corals like it hot: Heat stress may help coral reefs survive climate change

Mar. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A team of international scientists working in the central Pacific have discovered that coral which has survived heat stress in the past is more likely to survive it in the future.

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Federal budget recognizes integral role of universities and university research to Canadian prosperity

Mar. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , ,

Faced with a challenging fiscal environment, today’s federal budget sends a clear signal to Canada’s research universities. While other jurisdictions have dramatically reduced investments in government-supported R&D, the federal government’s continued support positions Canada to become a global leader in research and innovation.

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UBC researchers identify genetic regulators hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection

Mar. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a number of tiny but powerful “genetic regulators” that are hijacked by avian and swine flu viruses during human infection.

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Coffee and other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: UBC study

Mar. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

While stimulants may improve unengaged workers’ performance, a new University of British Columbia study suggests that for others, caffeine and amphetamines can have the opposite effect, causing workers with higher motivation levels to slack off.

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Asian Canadian LGB teens face greater health risks as dual minorities: UBC research

Mar. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Asian Canadian teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are 30 times more likely to face harassment than their heterosexual peers – a factor that is linked to higher rates of alcohol or drug use, according to University of British Columbia research.

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UBC experts available to comment on Canada’s 2012 budget

Mar. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

UBC experts will be available on March 29 to provide media commentary and analysis on the funding decisions, politics and potential impacts of Canada’s upcoming federal budget.

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UBC launches community-developed program as part of tribute to Japanese Canadian students of 1942

Mar. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

As part of UBC’s efforts to recognize Japanese Canadians affected by internment in 1942, the university is asking the Asian Canadian community to help guide the creation of a interdisciplinary program that will highlight the contributions of Asian Canadians and examine anti-Asian racism that produced events like the forced removal of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

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UBC offers new $20,000 scholarships for Aboriginal students

Mar. 21, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched two new major entrance scholarships to help attract and support outstanding Canadian Aboriginal high school students to UBC.

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Last privately held object from Captain Cook’s collection donated to UBC Museum of Anthropology

Mar. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

An object of global historical and cultural significance, received by explorer Captain James Cook from a Canadian First Nation during his final voyage (1776-1779), is being donated to the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) by a leading arts philanthropist.

Recently purchased through a private dealer in New York, and valued at $1.2 million, the rare ceremonial club was the last remaining object from Captain Cook’s personal collection not housed in a public museum. Thanks to the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the club returns to British Columbia, where the famous explorer received it from the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island’s west coast in 1778.

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UBC animal research vindicated by Canadian Council on Animal Care

Mar. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags:

In a letter sent Friday, March 16, to the activist group Stop UBC Animal Research, the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) finds no evidence to support allegations of animal cruelty made against a University of British Columbia research team.

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Exposure to antibiotics linked to severity of allergic asthma: UBC research

Mar. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Widely used antibiotics may increase incidence and severity of allergic asthma in early life, according to a University of British Columbia study.

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Pascal Spothelfer appointed Vice President, Communications and Community Partnership

Mar. 15, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

The University of British Columbia Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Pascal Spothelfer as the new Vice President, Communications and Community Partnership. Spothelfer will begin his five-year term starting May 28, 2012.

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UBC’s Vancouver senate vote paves way for early admissions offers

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags:

UBC’s Vancouver campus senate has adopted a motion that admissions officials say will help the University continue to deliver reliable admissions decisions as soon as possible and in an equitable way to all applicants this year.

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UBC’s reputation moves up six spots to 25th in global ranking

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia now ranks 25th among the world’s top 100 universities, according to the 2012 Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings.

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Affordable housing elusive for new Canadians in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal

Mar. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

With housing prices at record levels, a University of British Columbia-led study finds that new Canadians are struggling to find adequate and affordable housing in the country’s three largest cities.

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UBC gains nine more Canada Research Chairs valued at $10 million

Mar. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has gained research strength in neuroscience, biotechnology, astronomy, anthropology and climate science with the appointment or renewal of nine UBC scholars as Canada Research Chairs.

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Medically prescribed heroin more effective, less costly than current methadone treatment: UBC research

Mar. 12, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users, according to a new study by researchers at Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia.

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One year later: UBC remembers Japan’s earthquake, explores lessons learned

Mar. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC experts and community members are available to comment on the March 11 anniversary of Japan’s “triple disaster” – the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown.

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UBC, Fraunhofer formalize partnership among world’s top clean energy researchers

Mar. 8, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia today forged a formal partnership with Germany’s Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest research institution for applied research, to focus on renewable-energy technologies.

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Younger children in the classroom likely over-diagnosed with ADHD: UBC research

Mar. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

The youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – and given medication – than their peers in the same grade, according to new research by the University of British Columbia.

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UBC Museum of Anthropology receives private ‘treasure’ of early Bill Reid works

Mar. 5, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

An important collection of early works by one of Canada’s best loved artists, Bill Reid, can be seen by the public for the first time thanks to a major donation to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) from Vancouver’s Friedman family.

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Fins labeled primary are most commonly harvested, while fins labeled secondary are only sometimes harvested; the three common fin cuts leave varying levels of meat attached to the fin. Credit: Biery, L. and Pauly, D. (2012) A global review of species-specific shark fin to body weight ratios and relevant legislation. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03215.x

Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study

Mar. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Shark fins are worth more than other parts of the shark and are often removed from the body, which gets thrown back into the sea. To curtail this wasteful practice, many countries allow the fins to be landed detached from shark bodies, as long as their weight does not exceed five per cent of the total shark catch. New University of British Columbia research shows that this kind of legislation is too liberal.

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UBC expert panel to explore US election

Mar. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Expert Profile, Media Advisory, Media Release, News Feed, News Tip | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A former White House staff member, the U.S. Consul general and University of British Columbia political science experts will discuss current and upcoming issues surrounding the upcoming U.S. election at a free public forum at Robson Square on Sunday, March 4.

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Sauder School of Business unveils $70M facility revamp into global education hub

Mar. 1, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Today, the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia announced the opening of its new home on the Vancouver campus. The $70-million revitalization and expansion will allow the school to become a global hub for business education, adding 55,000 square feet to the original 216,000 square foot structure.

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