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News and Events | Issue 2, 2020



Mars magnetic field surprises scientists 

The first 10 months of data from NASA's Mars Insight mission reveal a planet that is shaken daily by quakes and has a surprisingly strong magnetic field.





Researchers explore mobile apps to combat COVID-19

UBC researchers have received more than $2.8 million in federal funding to help with the global COVID-19 response, including exploring health apps and new anti-viral drug leads. 






UBC's response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, UBC is postponing events and transitioning to online classes  for the remainder of the term. To learn more, visit






Mixing lasers and archaeology 

PhD student Rhys McMillan blends geochemistry and archaeology in his quest to provide local Indigenous communities with scientific data to support their oral histories. 





Unstructured rest key to student learning at field school 

Fieldwork is renowned for its long hours and grueling pace, but working without breaks leads to exhaustion and errors. STEM education expert “AJ” Jolley is investigating how students rest during field courses, and how it impacts learning.


Iola Knight



BC biology pioneer talks World War II, women in science 

Iola Musfeldt (BA’45, MA’47) on pursuing her passion for science during World War II—and how she once offered a bounty on rat tails to solve a medical mystery. 





Diving into coastal ecosystems and fish guts

Oceanographer Vanessa Fladmark (BSc ‘15) has examined over a thousand fish stomachs in an effort to understand BC’s marine ecosystems.




  • Botanist Patrick Keeling has been awarded UBC's top research accolade, the Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize. 
  • Chemist Ed Grant has been awarded the Canadian Society for Chemistry John C. Polanyi Award.
  • Sujatha Ramdorai is the winner of the 2020 Krieger-Nelson Prize for her exceptional contributions to mathematics research.


Women in science



Celebrating women in science 

We celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science by profiling 10 inspiring UBC Science researchers.



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