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UBC SCIENCE CONNECT

News and Events | Issue 5, 2020

Mosquito

 

Blood is the life: A closer look at mosquitoes

UBC biologist Ben Matthews explains his fascination with mosquitoes, and how the study of these insects has expanded with the arrival of genetic tools.

 

 

Woman with cellphone

 

 

Answer our reader survey for a chance to win

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Stomach

 

 

Could worms help us treat certain medical conditions?

Worms can cause serious intestinal infections, but UBC researchers are trying to determine if they could help us control inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

 

 

Child with Earth drawing

 

 

Can human rights legislation halt environmental destruction?

UBC’s David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights and the Environment, explains how recognizing the right to a healthy environment could help hold governments accountable.

 

 

Fish

 

Sea/Life with David Ellingsen
Dive into an online exhibit exploring our relationship with the ocean with a BC photographer and environmental artist.
Ongoing

 

 

Laptop

 

Your Next Step
From career workshops to online seminars, find valuable resources across UBC that can help you navigate our changing work lives.
Ongoing

 

 

Flowers

 

Herbal Medicine Through History
Trace the use of herbal medicines throughout history and different cultures during an evening of storytelling and folklore.
November 25

 

 

Lab worker

 

 

Labs in the time of COVID-19

Certain types of research and learning require lab courses, even during a pandemic. UBC professors look at the challenges and opportunities they’re facing taking lab classes online.

 

 

Space

 

 

39 new gravitational wave events recorded

UBC astronomers have helped confirm 39 new gravitational wave events, more than quadrupling the total known events. The information can help us learn more about the life cycle of stars.

 

 

Dunia Tozy

 

 

Dunia Tozy’s passion for storytelling, videograph

Leo award-nominated TV host, video journalist, filmmaker and photographer Dunia Tozy explains how she went from studying biology at UBC to broadcast journalism.

 

 

Notes

  • UBC biologist Claire Kremen is the winner of the 2020 Volvo Environment Prize, recognizing her research into how humanity can feed itself while also protecting biodiversity.

  • Chemist Allan Bertram, fisheries expert William Cheung, and zoologist Mary O’Connor have been recognized with NSERC prizes.

  • More than $4 million in federal, provincial and industry support will bolster UBC research into enhanced cannabis cultivars, with a focus on disease resistance.

  • UBC physicist Steve Dierker has been awarded $2 million to develop the Nanospectroscopy Laboratory for Polaritonic Materials Discovery.

 

Woman with glasses

 

 

Audio skimming app could help tired eyes

UBC language and computer science researchers have developed an app that allows people to audio skim complex documents. Future iterations might assist users with visual impairments.

 


 

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