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UBC Science Alumni | Issue 1, 2018

Microbes with big hair named after members of Rush

UBC microbiologists have named three new species of microbe after members of the Canadian prog-rock band Rush. The microbes are covered in flagella, which resemble the long manes of hair rockers sported in the 70s.

Looking back at the year in science

Curiosity, discovery and change—2017 was another exciting year at UBC Science. Our short video highlights some of our accomplishments. And remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest news.

UBC astrophysicist wins prize for mapping ‘baby’ universe

UBC’s Gary Hinshaw is a recipient of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize. Hinshaw and colleagues from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team mapped the early universe, providing insights into dark energy.


The Neuroscience of Rhythm
Why is some music so danceable? Peter Vuust uses the latest brain scanning tech to explain how we process rhythm. 
January 23, 2018

Saving Science In Fact-Free Times
UBC epidemiologist Jennifer Gardy and a panel of fellow science nerds discuss how to talk truth to (science) fiction.
February 15, 2018

FestEVOLVE 2018
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum celebrates Darwin and the evolution of life with family friendly activities and tours.
February 10-18 2018

Top researcher in computer systems to join UBC

Harvard’s Margo Seltzer will join UBC as the Canada 150 Research Chair in Computer Systems and the Cheriton Family Chair in Computer Science. Seltzer's work focuses on making computer systems better for users, particularly in education.

Mushroom mystery? There’s an app for that

UBC botanist Mary Berbee is working on an app to help foragers avoid dangerous mushrooms. The app could come in handy in a world in which people may not carry field guides but do carry cellphones.


Mathematicians Kai Behrend and Brian Marcus had been named 2018 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

UBC computer scientist Gail Murphy has been inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

A podcast hosted and produced by researchers at UBC’s Michael Smith Labs has won BC’s most prestigious award for journalism, The Jack Webster Award.    

UBC alumnus Ross Beaty​ (BSc 74, LLB 79) has been inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

UBC postdoctoral researcher Stilianos Louca (PhD 17) has won The Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

Amazon, Hootsuite, Max Planck Institutes, SAP and Tesla are among UBC Science Co-op’s 2018 Employer Recognition Award winners.

Whales migrate north to maintain skin regimen

Researchers have captured footage of bowhead whales ‘exfoliating’ by rubbing against rocks, explaining why they return to Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, every summer. The warmer coastal waters could help facilitate moulting.

Largest galaxy merger captured with ALMA

A collision between two rare, massive galaxies has been captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, representing one of the most extreme examples of violent star formation ever observed.

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