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UBC Science Alumni | Issue 3, 2017

Marijuana flavour genes identified

UBC botanists have pinpointed the genes responsible for giving marijuana its flavour. The work could help growers develop highly reproducible cannabis varieties, ensuring consistency like in the wine industry.

Fall Chemistry alumni reunion: Hold the date!

Don’t miss UBC Chemistry’s Alumni Reunion and Awards Ceremony. Enjoy a walk down memory lane with presentations from inspirational alumni, tour research labs, and catch up with friends at a reception in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Saturday October 14.

Tiny plankton wage sophisticated warfare

High-resolution images of dinoflagellates captured by UBC scientists show the tiny plankton wield intricate weaponry—bio-structures which seem like ‘alien devices’. One even resembles a Gatling gun.


We think of plankton as passive, just floating in the ocean, but they can "harpoon" their supper. Watch them in action and explore our photo gallery.


Chemistry goes green at UBC

GreenChemUBC is a new student initiative which organizes weekly conversations around a sustainable science idea, and discussion groups on innovative green research. Recently, GreenChemUBC reached out to the Suzuki Elders to spread the word about research in the department.

Chemistry alumna reveals science of chocolate

Eagranie Yuh (BSc' 03) uses her degree in organic chemistry to further her culinary skills in French pastry and artisanal chocolate. She explains the delicious layers of chocolate making.


Shutter, Click
Head to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum this summer and discover the winners of the 2017 Nature Vancouver Photography Competition.
Begins May 7

Magic and Science: Two Worlds Apart?
Jutta Eming argues that certain magic practices are comparable to scientific methods, bringing together disparate worlds.
May 23

Two for One Garden Admissions
UBC Botanical Garden joins National Garden Days celebrations across Canada with two for one admissions all weekend.
June 16-18


Chemist Roman Krems is the winner of a 2017 UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Mathematician Sabin Cautis has been named the recipient of the 2017 Coxeter-James Prize.

UBC, Max Planck joined by UTokyo in quantum materials collaboration.

UBC zoologist Bill Milsom (PhD' 78) received a 2017 BC Community Achievement Award.

Alejandro Ádem, a UBC mathematician and CEO of MITACS, has been named a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

UBC zoologist Jennifer Sunday (BSc' 02) is the winner of a 2016 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize.

Groundwater monitoring for methane required

Methane is highly mobile in groundwater, posing safety risks near energy wells, according to new research. “Currently monitoring for leaks is conducted at the surface—the surrounding groundwater underneath isn’t usually monitored,” says UBC earth scientist Aaron Cahill.

Do flip out

A Ubyssey story zeros in on Chemistry 233, a newly transformed and ‘flipped’ class that has improved exam results and learning attitudes.

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