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News and Events | Issue 5, 2019



Pest control alone won’t solve our rat problem

Rats carry many pathogens, and dealing with infestations is extremely difficult. UBC researcher Kaylee Byers explains how scientists are rethinking the way cities handle these tricky animals.




How community organizing can improve our health

UBC student Joban Bal is on a mission to diversify BC’s stem cell registry and encourage blood donation. He explains why health isn’t only about the individual, but about the community.




Tales from the otter side

An otter is once again threatening koi at Vancouver’s classical Chinese garden. Read our insider look at the first episode, when UBC stepped in to help




Visualization Analysis and Design

Join 2019 Test of Time Award winner Tamara Munzner as she discusses the design of visualization systems.

November 28





Living in Earthquake Country

UBC researchers on ground shaking, tsunamis and recent progress in preparing for the next major earthquake in Vancouver.

December 4




Fix it with Physics: Quirky Solutions to Daily Problems

Bring the whole family to our annual Faraday science show. This year’s theme is the physics of everyday life.

December 8






Secrets of the jellyfish

Jellyfish are taking over the sea. UBC oceanographer Jessica Schaub explains what makes these squishy creatures so pervasive and interesting.






How science fairs in BC happen

Madeleine Guenette (BSc 2014), executive director of the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia, explains what the organization does and how it gets youth hooked on science.








BC key to massive botanical sequencing project

An international team of researchers completed the sequencing of genes from more than 1,100 plant species. UBC researchers provided 60 plant samples from across BC.






Atmospheric pressure impacts GHG emissions from leaky gas wells

UBC geologists look at fluctuations in atmospheric pressure, which can influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface. Current monitoring strategies do not take this phenomenon into account.



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