Media Release Archives - May 2012

UBC gains $3.8 million for major studies on religion, security, trade

May. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia has launched major new research projects on religion and morality, terrorism and security, international relations in the digital age, free trade and sustainability, thanks to $3.8 million in new funding from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales

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

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered a sensory organ in rorqual whales that coordinates its signature lunge-feeding behaviour – and may help explain their enormous size.

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Largest class of Aboriginal MDs graduate from UBC

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

Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a University of British Columbia medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring, the largest cohort of Aboriginal students to graduate in the history of the Faculty of Medicine and in the province.

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Parents are happier than non-parents, new research suggests

May. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

New research by psychologists at three North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, finds that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning from life than non-parents.

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UBC researcher wins 2012 Trudeau Foundation scholarship

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

Daniel Werb, senior research assistant at the Addiction and Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been awarded the 2012 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship for his PhD research project investigating initiation and cessation of injection drug use among street youth in Vancouver.

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Vancouver, Montreal, Portland and Minneapolis among most “bikeable” cities in North America: UBC research

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

University of British Columbia researchers are making bikeability research easily accessible to consumers and city planners by introducing bikeability “heat maps” in partnership with Seattle-based Walk Score® at www.walkscore.com/bike.

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Kari Grist to be Managing Director of UBC’s Communications & Marketing Department

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

The University of British Columbia has selected Kari Grist to be Managing Director of the newly created Department of Communications & Marketing. She will join the portfolio of incoming Vice President of Communications and Community Partnership, Pascal Spothelfer.

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H1N1 discovery paves way for universal flu vaccine: UBC research

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

University of British Columbia researchers have found a potential way to develop universal flu vaccines and eliminate the need for seasonal flu vaccinations.

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Hedge funds more like guardian angels than vultures: UBC research

May. 7, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

New University of British Columbia research shows that – contrary to popular opinion – hedge funds have a positive influence when investing in U.S. companies filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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UBC to double enrolment in midwifery education program

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

The University of British Columbia’s Midwifery Program – bolstered by increased funding from the Province of British Columbia – will double in size over the next five years, a move intended to augment the number of pregnancy and childbirth specialists in B.C.

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UBC digitization program brings B.C. history to the world

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

An innovative UBC program has provided more than $1 million in funding to help B.C. communities promote their unique histories to audiences around the world, thanks to digitization.

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Canadians don’t mean what we say about government spending: UBC researcher

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

Nearly half – 45 per cent – say that government laws, services and programs are irrelevant to their well-being and quality of life, according to a national poll by McAllister Opinion Research on issues studied by University of British Columbia public policy professor Paul Kershaw.

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