Media Release Archives - June 2012

Atlanta has world’s most efficient airport, Korea now leads in Asia: UBC research

Jun. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), one of the world’s busiest international airports, is also the most efficient for the sixth year running says an aviation think-tank based at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

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Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study

Jun. 28, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Employment policy is also health policy according to a University of British Columbia study that found that workers experienced higher mortality rates if they didn’t have access to social protections like employment insurance and unemployment benefits.

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Prof. Matthew Farrer has identified a new gene mutation linked to Parkinson's disease thanks to the help of a Saskatchewan Mennonite family. (Photo: Martin Dee. Click on thumbnail to download high-resolution version.)

Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research

Jun. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

An international team led by human genetic researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the latest gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the help of a Canadian Mennonite family of Dutch-German-Russian ancestry.

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Stem cells can beat back diabetes: UBC research

Jun. 27, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

University of British Columbia scientists, in collaboration with an industry partner, have successfully reversed diabetes in mice using stem cells, paving the way for a breakthrough treatment for a disease that affects nearly one in four Canadians.

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Athletics director Bob Philip takes on new role at UBC

Jun. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UBC Athletics Director Bob Philip has been appointed senior advisor to Vice President, Students Louise Cowin. Starting on July 16th, Philip will provide advice to the Vice President, Students as she embarks on ambitious new plans for athletics and recreation.

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NSERC awards UBC $4.9 million to train young researchers

Jun. 26, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of geochemistry, quantum sciences, and information and communication technology systems received a $4.9-million boost from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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Students receive $60,000 from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at UBC

Jun. 25, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

Two incoming first-year students – Cassandra Elphinstone and Jen-ai Lai – will receive $60,000 each over four-years from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at the University of British Columbia.

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Elaine Kingwell is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC's Faculty of Medicine and the Brain Research Centre at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (photo: Melissa Ashman).

Multiple sclerosis patients have lower risk of cancer: UBC-VCH research

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

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear to have a lower cancer risk, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health. The study, published online in the journal Brain, is the first to investigate overall cancer risk in MS patients in North America. “Because the immune system [...]

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Older women more prone to workplace injuries: UBC study

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

Although the rate of workplace injuries in Canada has been declining over the past two decades, some workers – older women in health care, for example – are much more vulnerable to serious injuries, researchers at the University of British Columbia have found.

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Giving makes young children happy, UBC study suggests

Jun. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

If it is indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier – even if you’re a toddler, according to a new study co-authored by three psychologists at the University of British Columbia.

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Former Sauder professor returns from UC Berkeley to take helm as Dean

Jun. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

After a year-long search, the University of British Columbia has announced that Professor Robert Helsley will return to the Sauder School of Business as its new dean on July 1. Helsley, currently at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, will replace Sauder’s outgoing dean, Daniel Muzyka, who steps down on June 30, after 13 years of service.

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UBC ‘ecological footprint’ creators win Blue Planet Award at Rio+20 UN conference

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

Two pioneering UBC researchers who developed the “ecological footprint” concept have won the prestigious Blue Planet Award for Sustainability, valued at nearly $645,000 CDN, at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.

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UBC students report on Brazil violence for The New York Times

Jun. 11, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A reporting project by University of British Columbia journalism students, in collaboration with the New York Times, has exposed violent conflicts over resources and territory in Brazil, as the emerging superpower grapples with an increasing demand for food and electricity.

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Dr. John Cairns

UBC recognizes brain and heart researchers with $50,000 prizes

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

Two of Canada’s most distinguished health researchers – Dr. Guy Rouleau of the University of Montreal and Dr. John Cairns of the University of British Columbia – have been awarded the second annual Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, the most lucrative prizes bestowed by UBC.

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