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UBC SCIENCE CONNECT

News and Events | Issue 1, 2022

 

Sunflowers’ UV bullseyes help plant adapt to drought

Ultraviolet colours in sunflowers’ pretty yellow petals do more than attract pollinators. UBC researchers found that bullseye-shaped UV patterns—invisible to the human eye—also help the plant respond to extreme temperatures.

 

 

Computer Science alumnae connect girls to STEM careers

Inspiring Girls 4 Tech shows high school girls a path to success in computer science by touring local tech companies.

 

 

Gift to UBC Botanical Garden helps accelerate climate solutions

An anonymous UBC alumna donated $1.4 million to the Botanical Garden to grow its conservation and climate adaptation efforts.

 

 

Our 2022 UBC Alumni Builder Award winners

Lana Sutherland (BSc 93’) and Garret Chan (BSc 90’, LLB 93’) have received the 2022 UBC (Science) Alumni Builder Award, recognizing their commitment and passion for environmental stewardship and sustainability, and for contributions to UBC Science and UBC Botanical Gardens. They provide innovative and collaborative leadership in biodiversity research, and the protection, conservation and enhancement of ecosystems around the world.

 

Read with the UBC Book Club

Join us to read Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation by NYT technology columnist Kevin Roose.
Online.

 

Beaty Museum keeps memories alive

ReCollections online exhibit showcases creative works from past and present staff, students, researchers, and volunteers.
Until February 20.

 

New AI technique detects severe sepsis rapidly, cuts risk of death

A groundbreaking advance in machine learning to quickly detect sepsis—one of the biggest killers in the world—has been pioneered by UBC microbiologists.

 

 

Ancient marine deoxygenation shows fragility of oceans’ biochemical cycles

New work from UBC scientists uncovers links between rapid changes in ocean chemical conditions, climatic catastrophe, and biological crisis in Earth’s past.

 

Notes

Dr. Curtis Suttle

Dr. Walter Hardy

Dr. Pieter Cullis

  • Honours from the Order of Canada went to Science Alumni, Dr. Curtis Suttle (BSc 78’, PhD 87), Dr. Walther Hardy (BSc 61, PhD 65), and Dr. Pieter Cullis (BSc’67, MSc’70, PhD’72).
  • UBC Science has appointed Dr. James Charbonneau as the new Associate Dean Students, and Dr. Jaclyn Stewart as the new Associate Dean Academic.
  • Drs. Kai Chan, Isaac Li, Karon MacLean and Jessica McIver were named as new Canada Research Chairs, while Dr. Lindsay Eltis was renewed.
  • Dr. Zac Hudson was awarded the 2022 Mark Young Scholar Award by the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Chris Gill (PhD 94’), recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction, and Dr. Shuai Sherry Zhao (PhD 15’), recipient of the Young Alumnus Award at the 2021 Fall Chemistry Reunion!
  • Dr. Alejandro Adem (Mathematics) has been named the next chief editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society.
  • Physics and Astronomy announced the passing of Professor Emeritus Dr. John Eldridge, who taught the department’s first year courses and was involved with senior year optics labs.

 

 

Bio-logging improves mental health care and saves wild animals

Ecologists and mental health researchers from UBC use tweaked data from wearable devices to detect changes in behaviour.

 


 

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