Media Release Archives - September 2012

Fish getting smaller as the oceans warm: UBC research

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

Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.

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The Lew family & Law Dean Mary Ann Bobinski. Photo: Martin Dee

UBC Law receives $2M gift: Second largest donation to UBC Law by an individual

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

In memory of their late husband and father, Franklin Lew, Joan and Derek Lew have made a $2 million gift to the Faculty of Law at UBC.

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Students outside the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Photo by Don Erhardt

New UBC-Langara program to help more Aboriginal students get university degrees

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

UBC and Langara College have partnered to create a transfer program to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students working toward a university degree. The program offers up to $8,500 in scholarships to Aboriginal students, plus guaranteed admission to UBC’s Faculty of Arts and personalized support from Aboriginal advisors at both institutions.

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UBC receives $1M from Coast Capital Savings to propel social ventures

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

Social entrepreneurs will soon benefit from a $1 million contribution from Coast Capital Savings to the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The funding, announced today, will establish the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, a program supporting early stage ventures devoted to solving social and environmental problems using for-profit business models. [...]

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Housing on UBC's Vancouver campus.

UBC housing plan to increase affordability and choice for faculty, staff and students

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

UBC has approved a comprehensive housing program designed to help more UBC faculty, staff and students live on its Vancouver campus. UBC will expand housing for its academic community and workforce on campus, becoming the only Lower Mainland employer to offer significant levels of restricted housing to employees, and one of the world’s first universities to offer non-profit housing to low-income staff.

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Swainson's thrush in the wild. Photo credit: Darren Irwin, University of British Columbia.

Backpack-toting birds help UBC researchers reveal migratory divide, conservation hotspots

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

By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots.

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UBC hosts world’s experts on safeguarding digital assets

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

UNESCO conference – Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation

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UBC receives $4.5M federal boost for health research

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

University of British Columbia researchers have received $4.5 million in federal support for multidisciplinary initiatives that combine science, engineering and medical expertise.

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UBC joins Coursera to offer free online courses

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

The University of British Columbia is joining forces with the U.S.-based company Coursera to provide high quality, non-credit courses free of charge to a worldwide audience – bringing the university’s expertise within reach of anyone with Internet access.

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Ralph Sultan, B.C. Minister of State for Seniors (r) interacting with the Story of Medicines at the new UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building with dean Robert Sindelar. (Credit: Martin Dee, UBC).

UBC opens new $133M Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

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

The University of British Columbia today officially opens the new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art learning and research facility that will enable UBC to graduate 224 new pharmacists per year by 2015 – a 47 per cent increase – and more than double the research space for drug discovery and health care innovation.

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UBC first Canadian university to produce clean heat and electricity from biofuel

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

Today, the University of British Columbia officially opened a pioneering $34-million clean energy facility, making it Canada’s first university – and one of a few institutions worldwide – to produce both clean heat and electricity for its campus from renewable bioenergy.

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UBC partners with Vietnamese hospital to create $8M oral health research centre

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

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia has received an in-kind gift of $8 million from the Ho Chi Minh City National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology to create an oral health research centre.

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Collaborative maternity program results in fewer C-sections, shorter hospital stays: UBC/CFRI research

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

A program delivering collaborative maternity care resulted in fewer caesarean sections, shorter average hospital stays and higher breastfeeding rates for mothers, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Child & Family Research Institute.

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Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel receives UBC honorary degree

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

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel received today an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia during a special ceremony on the Vancouver campus.

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Dr. Oscar Benavente

Combination of blood thinning drugs shown to be ineffective as stroke preventer

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

An international team led by a neurologist at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has shown that a combination of aspirin and clopidogrel, both common blood thinners, does not prevent recurrence of a common type of stroke, and may even pose serious risks.

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National Soccer Development Centre

UBC welcomes Whitecaps FC and National Soccer Development Centre to campus

Sep. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus will be the home of a new training facility which will form the centerpiece of the proposed National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) – a new athletic facility to be shared by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the university and community.

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UBC welcomes more B.C. students with new personalized approach

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

The University of British Columbia is serving more B.C. students on its campuses than ever before, with continued growth at its Okanagan campus.

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Prescription database helps check use of addictive drugs: UBC research

Sep. 4, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , ,

A centralized prescription network providing real-time information to pharmacists in British Columbia resulted in dramatic reductions in inappropriate prescriptions for opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines, widely used and potentially addictive drugs, according to research by a University of British Columbia epidemiologist.

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