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UBC Science Alumni | Issue 1, 2018

UBC Science alumni reception at RoundUp

Attending RoundUp 2018? Join us prior to your evening engagements to reconnect and network with fellow delegates from UBC Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences this January 23. Free drink ticket with online RSVP.

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.

Exploring Asteroids in Near-Earth Space

Dante Lauretta, principal investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-Rex mission, discusses how asteroids could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and the organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth. Free event, January 25.

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.


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

Sourcing the Headwaters of the World
Masaki Hayashi explores how hydrogeologists increasingly rely on creative methods to find groundwater sources.
January 25, 2018

UBC researcher track ‘fugitive gas’ leaks from LNG operations

UBC hydrogeologists Aaron Cahill and Roger Beckie are using controlled natural gas leaks to understand how methane migrates into groundwater and the atmosphere. Their latest project leverages existing LNG developments.

UBC alumnus Ross Beaty joins Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Geologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ross Beaty (BSc 74, LLB 79) has been inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements in business. Last year Beaty was awarded the Order of Canada.


UBC astrophysicist Gary Hinshaw is a recipient of the $3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize.

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 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.

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.

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.

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