Media Release Archives - April 2012

Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief: UBC study

Apr. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers.

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UBC Dentistry gains $1M to enhance patient-based research and knowledge transfer

Apr. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia has opened a clinical research centre focusing on best practices and evidence-based patient care thanks to a $1 million donation from Frontier Dental Laboratories.

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Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors.

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UBC revamps MBA for increasingly complex, global marketplace

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , ,

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia today announced a revamped MBA for fall 2012. Offered by Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, the new program emphasizes hands-on learning, global immersion and integration of business disciplines for a “360-degree” management perspective. Students will travel to one of Sauder’s partner institutions – [...]

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UBC journalism partners with First Nations to report on major health issues

Apr. 23, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

An innovative UBC Graduate School of Journalism project provides a hard-hitting look into efforts by Aboriginal communities to address such major health and social issues as suicide, sexual abuse, diabetes and the survival of traditional languages.

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Scientists re-write rulebook on breast cancer in landmark global study

Apr. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia have identified new breast cancer genes that could change the way the disease is diagnosed and form the basis of next-generation treatments.

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Jellyfish on the rise: UBC study

Apr. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to the first global study of jellyfish abundance by University of British Columbia researchers.

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UBC remembers alumnus, forester and philanthropist Dr. Irving K. Barber, OC, OBC 1923 – 2012

Apr. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized

Prominent Canadian and British Columbian Irving K. Barber passed away peacefully at home on April 13 at the age of 89. “Ike,” as he preferred to be called, graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in 1950, having previously served during World War II for five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Early screening for anxiety disorders in children helps prevent mental health concerns: UBC study

Apr. 16, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has developed a simple two-question test to screen kindergarten-aged children for future anxiety disorders – the most commonly reported mental health concern among children.

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New tool helps teachers use technology more effectively

Apr. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia researcher has piloted a tool to help elementary and secondary school science teachers get the most out of new classroom technologies.

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Children teaching parents about Aboriginal culture: UBC study

Apr. 14, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

In a unique role reversal, children in literacy programs for indigenous families are learning about Aboriginal culture and language and teaching it to their parents – many of whom are missing this knowledge because of Canada’s history of residential schools and child welfare removal policies. This reversal is identified in a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

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Cyberbullying and bullying are not the same: UBC research

Apr. 13, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research comparing traditional bullying with cyberbullying finds that the dynamics of online bullying are different, suggesting that anti-bullying programs need specific interventions to target online aggression.

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Pride and prejudice: Pride impacts racism and homophobia

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

A new University of British Columbia study finds that the way individuals experience the universal emotion of pride directly impacts how racist and homophobic their attitudes toward other people are.

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Names Not Numbers: UBC introduces personalized service for incoming students

Apr. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia is offering a small campus experience to students admitted this fall to one of Canada’s largest universities, making UBC the first large university in Canada to implement a personalized service model.

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UBC president helps identify key steps to respond to growing Asia Pacific research strengths

Apr. 10, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The most dramatic new developments in science are taking place among nations in the Asia-Pacific and the phenomenon is changing the dynamic of science around the globe, according to three science and academic leaders from the U.S., Canada and Singapore.

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How to make high-end perfumes without whale barf

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

University of British Columbia researchers have identified a gene in balsam fir trees that could facilitate cheaper and more sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the fragrance industry and reduce the need for ambergris, a substance harvested from whale barf.

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Sexually abused boys at risk for more unsafe sex: UBC research

Apr. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

Young males who have been sexually abused are five times more likely to cause teen pregnancy compared to those with no abuse history, according to University of British Columbia research.

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Canadian arts philanthropist’s $5-million gift creates major new arts centre at UBC

Apr. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

A $5-million gift from arts philanthropist Michael Audain’s family foundation will establish a major new centre for the visual arts at the University of British Columbia, providing a leading-edge facility for future generations of Canadian artists.

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Ultra-Fast Laser Pulses Shed Light on Elusive Superconducting Mechanism: UBC Research

Apr. 2, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

An international team that includes UBC physicists has used ultra-fast laser pulses to identify the microscopic interactions that drive high-temperature superconductivity.

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Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study

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

Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, according to a Nature study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.

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