Media Release Archives - February 2013

UBC anchors the Broadway Corridor with an annual economic impact of $10 billion.

Rapid transit key to unlocking potential of UBC/Broadway corridor: study

Feb. 28, 2013 | Filed under: Business, Law and Society, Media Release, News Feed, University News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The City of Vancouver and UBC today released a KPMG study that shows the employment and population of the UBC/Broadway corridor will grow by 150,000 in the next 30 years and a rail-based rapid transit system is needed to meet the corridor’s population growth and significant economic potential.

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$2M from BCLC and the Province creates Centre for Gambling Research at UBC

Feb. 27, 2013 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Business, Law and Society, Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology, University News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

A $2-million investment from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and the Government of B.C. will create a major new Centre for Gambling Research at UBC to advance our understanding of gambling psychology and help reduce problem gambling behaviours.

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Prof. Carolyn Gotay led a study that found Canadian adult obesity is at historic high. (Photo: Martin Dee)

Canadian adult obesity at historic high

Feb. 27, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Obesity rates across Canada are reaching alarming levels and continue to climb, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

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Better than polls? UBC launches prediction market for B.C. Election

Feb. 27, 2013 | Filed under: Business, Law and Society, Media Release, News Feed, University News | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

UBC’s Sauder School of Business has launched an online prediction market for investors seeking to predict the outcome of B.C.’s May 14 provincial election.

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Doing good is good for you: Volunteer adolescents enjoy healthier hearts

Feb. 25, 2013 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Media Release, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Giving back through volunteering is good for your heart, even at a young age, according to University of British Columbia researchers.

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Catfight? Workplace conflicts between women get bad rap

Feb. 25, 2013 | Filed under: Business, Law and Society, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A new UBC study suggests troubling perceptions exist when it comes to women involved in disputes at work.

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UBC Chemistry Prof. Steve Withers (credit: UBC)

New flu drug stops virus in its tracks

Feb. 21, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A new class of influenza drug has been shown effective against drug-resistant strains of the flu virus, according to a study led by University of British Columbia researchers.

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New $10.1 M imaging facility will unlock medical, engineering secrets

Feb. 20, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, University News | Tags: , , , , ,

Scientists will get a closer-than-ever look at everything from molars to soils with today’s opening of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics at the University of British Columbia.

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Private premiums add up to largest out-of-pocket health expense for Canadians

Feb. 19, 2013 | Filed under: Business, Law and Society, Media Release, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Private insurance premiums are Canadians’ single largest out-of-pocket health expense, averaging $1,200 a year per affected household, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

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Powerful X-rays reveal the tiny "crime scene" of one of arrhythmia's culprits. (Image: Van Petegem Lab, UBC) Powerful X-rays reveal the tiny "crime scene" of one of arrhythmia's culprits. (Image: Van Petegem Lab, UBC)

Arrhythmia culprit caught in action

Feb. 17, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Using powerful X-rays, University of British Columbia researchers have reconstructed a crime scene too small for any microscope to observe – and caught the culprit of arrhythmia in action.

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Trisha Atwood at a stream site in UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Photo by: Amanda Klemmer

As predators decline, carbon emissions rise

Feb. 17, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have found that when the animals at the top of the food chain are removed, freshwater ecosystems emit a lot more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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Bilingual babies know their grammar by seven months

Feb. 14, 2013 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Babies as young as seven months can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and Université Paris Descartes.

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Computerized ‘Rosetta Stone’ reconstructs ancient languages

Feb. 11, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia and Berkeley researchers have used a sophisticated new computer system to quickly reconstruct protolanguages – the rudimentary ancient tongues from which modern languages evolved.

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New tool helps towns assess resources needed for bioenergy plant

Feb. 6, 2013 | Filed under: Media Release, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

For B.C. communities considering investing in a bioenergy heating system, it can be expensive and time-consuming to weigh the pros and cons.

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Blowing hot and cold: U.S. belief in climate change shifts with weather

Feb. 5, 2013 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , ,

A UBC study of American attitudes toward climate change finds that local weather – temperature, in particular – is a major influence on public and media opinions on the reality of global warming.

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Body language can predict outcomes for recovering alcoholics

Feb. 4, 2013 | Filed under: Arts and Humanities, Media Release, News Feed, Science, Health and Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

To predict whether a problem drinker will hit the bottle again, ignore what they say and watch their body language for displays of shame, a new UBC study finds.

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