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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.



Dr. Zac Hudson



Brewing a better cup of coffee

A new, fully compostable coffee pod developed by UBC chemist Dr. Zac Hudson and Surrey-based NEXE Innovations breaks down in 35 days in municipal composting and is compatible with commercial pod brewing systems.


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.



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





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.




  • 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.


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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