Media Release Archives - October 2012

UBC experts comment on Nov. 6 U.S. election

Oct. 30, 2012 | Filed under: Hot Topics, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , ,

As the U.S. election approaches, UBC’s experts on American politics, the election and campaign issues are available for commentary.

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The new UBC wireless charging system works in all weather conditions. (Photo: UBC)

Park and charge: UBC researchers invent safe wireless vehicle charging technology

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

University of British Columbia researchers have invented a safe, efficient technology to wirelessly charge electric vehicles using “remote magnetic gears” – and successfully tested it on campus service vehicles.

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Summer babies less likely to be CEOs: UBC research

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

Sauder School of Business researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that a person’s date of birth can affect their climb up the corporate ladder. The Sauder study shows that only 6.13 per cent of an S&P 500 CEO sample was born in June and only 5.87 per cent of the sample was [...]

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Cycling infrastructure can reduce risk of cycling injuries by half: UBC study

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

Certain types of routes carry much lower risk of injury for cyclists, according to a new University of British Columbia study on the eve of National Bike Week in Canada.

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Michael Kobor. Photo credit: Human Early Learning Partnership

Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress

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

A University of British Columbia and Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) study has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity, all leave an imprint on a person’s genes. And, that this imprint could play a role in our immune response.

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Dr. Helen Tremlett has found that some MS patients experience 'natural' improvements (Credit: UBC/VCHRI).

Some MS patients experience “natural” improvements in disability: UBC-VCH research

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

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients sometimes experience “natural” improvements in disability at least over the short term, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

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Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) feeding on a strawberry. Credit: Michael Gordon, the University of British Columbia.

Fruit fly’s ‘sweet tooth’ short-lived: UBC research

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

The humble fruit fly may have something to teach us about forgoing empty calories for more nutritional ones – especially when we’re hungry.

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Thirteen Canada Research Chairs valued at $11 million appointed at UBC

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

University of British Columbia research in areas ranging from physical therapy, to conservation ecology, to climate change received a boost today with the appointment, advancement or renewal of 13 Canada Research Chairs.

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Prof. Janet Werker, UBC Psychology Dept. Martin Dee photo.

Maternal depression affects language development in babies

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

Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital.

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Peter Allard speaks at UBC

$100,000 prize to fight global corruption

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

The UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall has launched one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the international fight against corruption and protecting human rights.

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