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News and Events | Issue 2, 2021

Salmon science camp participants from the Nisga’a village of Gingolx

 

UBC launches Centre for Indigenous Fisheries

Biologist and Nisga’a Nation member Dr. Andrea Reid will be the principal investigator at UBC’s new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries. The centre will support the management of aquatic ecosystems and fisheries in Canada and beyond by combining Indigenous knowledge systems and modern science.

 

 

Galaxy

 

 

They grow up so fast

Astronomers have spotted a young galaxy with features typically seen only in older galaxies. The finding challenges our current understanding of how quickly galaxies form and evolve.

 

Researcher with liquid helium tank

 

 

How cold can you go?

Physicist Dr. Sarah Burke explains how ultra-cold temperatures give researchers at UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute a chance to study quantum materials—and why these materials matter.

 

 

Woman with laptop

 

 

First ever virtual UBC Physics Olympics is a big success

More than 400 high school students and teachers gathered online for this year's UBC Physics Olympics. The competition is one of the largest and oldest high school physics competitions of its kind in North America.

 

 

Shawna Narayan

 

 

UBC grad student helps youth get into STEM

Shawna Narayan, a master’s student in experimental medicine and physics alumna (BSc ‘18), has won Surrey's Civic Distinction Award. Her work with Empower the Future helps marginalized youth overcome post-secondary challenges.

 

 

Space debris

 

Space environmentalism
UBC's Dr. Aaron Boley and University of Texas, Austin aerospace engineer Dr. Moriba Jah discuss the challenge of space debris.
March 18

 

 

Isotopes

 

Rare isotopes
Watch the free live stream of the TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lecture Series and explore rare isotopes and heavy elements.
April 10

 

 

Cover Eat a Peach

 

Find good reads
UBC’s next book club selection is Eat a Peach, by David Chang, the star of the Netflix hit Ugly Delicious.
Ongoing

 

 

Notes

  • Three UBC Science-led projects in physics and new materials received $13 million in Canada Foundation for Innovation infrastructure support.

  • UBC biologist Dr. Ben Matthews is the recipient of a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship, which celebrates top early career researchers.

  • UBC biologist Dr. Patrick Keeling was recognized with the 2021 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal.

  • Dr. Gabriela Cohen Freue and Dr. Will Welch have received a collaborative research team award from the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute.

  • UBC alumnus and Mexican biologist Dr. Carlos Galindo Leal (MSc '84, PhD '91) has organized a series of online talks for Latin American scientists. Speakers include several UBC emeriti: Dr. Charles J. Krebs, Dr. Anthony R.E. Sinclair and Dr. Judith Myers.

  • Koby Michaels (BSc '18) discussed career-building in science communications at the latest UBC Virtual Collegia-Alumni Office Hours session, a program that connects first-year students and UBC alumni.

 

conductor

 

 

A new twist in superconductivity research

UBC physicists have proposed a way to create the first high-temperature topological superconductor by combining two thin sheets of copper-based materials in a twisted configuration.

 

 

 

Student with laptop

 

 

Improving our world through science

In 2020, we asked our alumni to articulate their vision for the future of UBC Science as part of our strategic planning process. Built on that feedback, and the aspirations of our students, faculty and staff, we’re pleased to present the Faculty’s renewed plan, Improving Our World Through Science.

 


 

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