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News and Events for
UBC Science Alumni | Issue 1, 2017

1.5 degrees could make big difference for our oceans

If countries meet the Paris Agreement warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, global fish catches could increase by six million metric tons per year. The benefits would most impact vulnerable tropical areas, UBC researchers say.

Our greatest hits from 2016

We know you are pressed for time, so we’ve made this short video which explains some of our discoveries and achievements over the past year. And remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

UBC team in running for $20-million carbon prize

A team led by UBC mineralogist Lee Groat is hoping to combine two common mining by-products—acidic drainage and carbon dioxide emissions—into stable, storable pellets. This technology could prevent accidents such as the tailings pond breach at Mount Polley and nab the team the $20-million NRG Cosia Carbon XPrize.

Too hot to handle

UBC research shows that climate change may make it more difficult for volcanic eruptions to cool Earth. After an eruption, sulfur gasses form aerosol particles which reflect heat from the Sun. However, with rising temperatures, it will become harder for these gasses to reach the height to have a cooling effect.


Big Data, Big Issues

Should we edit our genes? What if we’ve found the last antibiotic? Discover the issues in big data and genomics.
February 15, 2017

Science and Innovation in BC: What’s On Your Agenda?

What are the key innovation opportunities and challenges facing BC?
February 21, 2017


Grahame Arnould: Turning Heads

The biodiversity and environmental art of editorial cartoonist Grahame Arnould.
Until April 2, 2017


A beary interesting career choice

Nicholas Pilfold’s (BSc 2007 Life Science) passion is studying bears and traveling to distant places, which he does thanks to his work at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Pilfold’s research focuses on polar bears, but he is headed to China next month to look at another caniform: giant pandas.

Nominations for 2017 UBC awards close soon

The next UBC Alumni Achievement Awards recipients won’t raise their own hands. That’s why we need you. Help us recognize UBC alumni who are advancing their ambitions for a better world. Deadline for nominations is January 27, 2017.


The Canadian Astronomical Society has established the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy. Richer is a UBC professor and former director of CASCA.

Oceanographer Daniel Pauly was awarded the 2016 Albert Ier Grand Medal (Science) by the Musée Océanographique.

Chemist Katherine Ryan has been award the 2017 Melanie O'Neil Young Investigator Award.

Computer scientist Laks V.S. Lakshmanan has been named an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Scientist.

Michelle Kunimoto completed her undergrad at UBC and discovered four new exoplanets last year, and now makes Forbes's 30 Under 30. She's currently pursuing her Master's degree at UBC.

Elusive microbe finally caught

Scientists have captured Diplonemids, a single-celled organism found in the ocean, for the first time, and now realize the protists come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

“It’s like discovering lions after having only seen gazelles, antelopes and zebras for so many years,” said UBC botanist Patrick Keeling.

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