Media Release Archives - November 2012

Inviting customer complaints can kill business: UBC research

Nov. 29, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Giving customers a chance to complain can be a bad idea if customers believe they’re to blame for a product’s failure, a new study from the Sauder School of Business at UBC shows.

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HIV/AIDS Treatment as Prevention strategy working in B.C. Montaner calls for national implementation

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

A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) shows highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) reduces new HIV diagnoses, deaths and HIV prevalence, suggesting that the made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention strategy should be implemented across the country.

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Four of UBC’s 2012 Royal Society of Canada inductees. From left: Susan Boyd (Law), Anne Condon (Computer Science), Veronica Strong-Boag (Education), Judy Illes (Neurology)

UBC celebrates Royal Society inductees

Nov. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Royal Society of Canada recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence across the country.

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‘Repurposed’ anti-parasite drug shows promise as new TB treatment: UBC research

Nov. 22, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

A well-established family of drugs used to treat parasitic diseases is showing surprising potential as a therapy for tuberculosis (TB), according to new research from University of British Columbia microbiologists.

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The common dolphin (shown here) and the striped dolphin are similar in size but have very different diets. One eats energy rich prey and the other energy poor species. Photo credit: CRMM/University of La Rochelle

Eating right key to survival of whales and dolphins: UBC research

Nov. 21, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

In the marine world, high-energy prey make for high-energy predators. And to survive, such marine predators need to sustain the right kind of high-energy diet. Not just any prey will do, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of La Rochelle, in France.

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Adherence to HIV treatment significantly increases survival: UBC study

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

HIV-positive individuals who strictly adhere to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) have a significantly lower probability of premature morbidity and mortality as compared to those with suboptimal compliance to HAART, according to a new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).

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Largest class of Aboriginal doctoral students graduate from UBC Faculty of Education

Nov. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Eleven Aboriginal doctoral students will graduate from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education this year – the largest number to graduate from an education faculty in any Canadian university in one year.

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The new Earth Sciences Building underlies UBC’s commitment to science education

UBC’s commitment to science education underlined by $75M facility

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

The University of British Columbia today officially opens the new Earth Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide modern learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year and leading-edge laboratories for hundreds of researchers.

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UBC leads alliance to improve science education with Sloan grant

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

The University of British Columbia is partnering with seven top North American universities to study how to speed up the adoption of improved teaching techniques in science classrooms.

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Dr. Doug Brown. Photo credit: Brian Kladko

Length of trip to hospital less important for hypothermia victims than availability of advanced care facilities

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

Hypothermia victims whose hearts have stopped functioning should be transported to a medical facility with advanced heart and lung support equipment, even if that means longer travel time, according to a new study by a University of British Columbia medical resident. In a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Doug [...]

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Pre-eclampsia ward in a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Diane Sawchuck

UBC-CFRI effort to save pregnant women awarded additional $17 million

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

A project aimed at finding and treating women at risk of succumbing to pre-eclampsia – the often-fatal onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy – will receive an additional $17 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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UBC gains two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs

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

The University of British Columbia will be home to two more Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC), valued at $20-million over seven years, in the areas of quantum materials and devices and digital media research and innovation.

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UBC experts for U.S. election night

Nov. 6, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

UBC experts are available after-hours to comment on the U.S. election results tomorrow night and Wednesday morning. Media and the public are also invited to a panel discussion of the results, which will be live-blogged.

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UBC experts comment on China’s leadership changes

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

On Nov. 8 – just days after the U.S. election – China will hold its 18th National Party Congress, a week of high-level meetings that will culminate with new leadership for the superpower. UBC Asia scholars are available to preview the event and discuss its outcomes.

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UBC zoologist is donating $100,000 to help secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species. (Photo: Graham Osborne, The Nature Trust of BC)

“Genius grant” helps secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species

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

University of British Columbia zoologist Sarah Otto is using her MacArthur “genius grant” toward preserving fragile habitats in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia.

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Participants in the Veterans Transition Program reenact experiences from their military service. Photo by: Martin Dee

Canadian veterans to benefit from UBC expansion of transition program

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

A University of British Columbia program to help former members of the Canadian military make the transition back to civilian life is expanding into a non-profit organization that will provide services across Canada.

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Common ground on the common good: Study finds Republicans and Democrats can agree on some moral issues

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

A new University of British Columbia study that asked U.S. conservatives and liberals to rate the most influential historical figures of the 20th Century finds that the two sides of America’s “culture wars” share a surprising level of common moral ground.

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