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News and Events | Issue 1, 2021



Mapping biodiversity hotspots

UBC researchers have mapped the most important areas that provide Canadians with freshwater, recreation and carbon storage.






Needles in haystacks

UBC computer scientist Dr. Raymond Ng explains how data scientists can comb through massive amounts of health information and help patients.





What’s killing BC’s whales?

Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that human interactions are the lead cause of whale deaths.





Marvelous Marine Invertebrates
Mollusks, starfish sponges and jellyfish, oh my! Learn about marine creatures without backbones.
February 7, 2021



Breaking Bad


The Science of Breaking Bad
Chemist Dr. Donna Nelson explains what it's like to serve as the science advisor for a TV show.

January 26, 2021





Virtual Mineral Tour
Join a virtual trip to the Pacific Museum of Earth and explore the basics of mineral identification. All ages welcome.






Our new UBC Alumni Builder Award winner

Geological sciences alumnus Dr. Andrew Davies (BSc ’94) has received the 2021 UBC Alumni Builder Award, recognizing his contributions to the UBC earth sciences community and his advocacy for geoscience education. The award celebrates alumni who have significantly enriched the lives of others.



Dr. Emily V. Fischer



Chasing the eye of the storm

Dr. Emily V. Fischer (BSc ‘02) on getting hooked on atmospheric science as a child and the importance of diversity and mentoring in STEM.



Markus Thormeyer



Just keep swimming

UBC environmental sciences student Markus Thormeyer has been named a Top 8 Academic All Canadian for the 2019-2020 season. This champion swimmer has represented Canada at the Olympics and is an advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in sports.




  • Dr. Ian Mitchell has been named the new department head of Computer Science.
  • UBC Mathematics welcomed Dr. Daniel Coombs as new department head.
  • Geochemist Dr. Dominique Weis, fisheries expert Dr. Rashid Sumaila and biologist Dr. Dolph Schluter have been named University Killam Professors.
  • Computer scientist Dr. Alla Sheffer has been inducted as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow.
  • Congrats to the winners of the 2020 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Awards!
  • Mathematician and professor emeritus Dr. Priscilla (Cindy) Greenwood, as well as UBC alumni Dr. Jeffery Dahn (MSc '80, PhD '82) and Carol Pearl Herbert C.M. (BSc '66, MD '69) were appointed to the Order of Canada.
  • UBC alumna Stephanie Winton (BSc '10) was selected as the recipient of Canada's New Noah conservation scholarship from Wildlife Preservation Canada.


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