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UBC Science Alumni | Issue 3, 2018

UBC researchers can’t wait to dig into Mars

Planetary scientist Catherine Johnson and her team are part of NASA’s InSite mission, and can’t wait for the lander to reach the Red Planet.

Meigan Aronson
Texas A&M Dean to lead UBC Science

U.S. physicist Meigan Aronson will take on the leadership of the UBC Faculty of Science this fall. Currently Dean of the Texas A&M College of Science, Aronson will succeed Simon M Peacock, who has overseen tremendous growth and transformation across the Faculty over two terms as Dean.

Mexican spiders get ready for their close-up

Last year, UBC zoologist Wayne Maddison travelled to the highlands of southern Mexico in search of undiscovered species of jumping spiders. In his online journal, he takes a close look at these resplendently beautiful arachnids.

BC’s free anti-overdose kits save hundreds of lives

A BC program that hands out overdose-reversing drug kits significantly reduced the number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2016, according to UBC mathematicians and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

UBC alumna’s quest to entertain non-gamers

Brie Code (BSc 01) is a programmer and the CEO of TRU LUV, a studio making video games for people who find games boring. She explains how a conversation with her game-averse cousin steered her towards a different kind of digital experience.


How to Press and Mount Plants
A UBC Botanical Garden and Herbarium workshop suitable for art and scientific projects.
June 16

Life: As We’ve Known It
Reflect on the beauty and fragility of life through intimate portraits of flora, fauna and fossils. Part of the 2018 Capture Festival.
Until August 19

UBC Farm Summer Learning
Workshops on everything from herbalism to fermentation. All are beginner-friendly.
Summer 2018

  • UBC and BCIT have launched Western Canada's first degree in forensic sciences.
  • Biologist Judith Mank joins UBC Science as a Canada 150 Research Chair in evolutionary genomics.
  • Biologist Vanessa Auld (BSc 83) is the new Head of the Department of Zoology at UBC.
  • Microbiologist Brett Finlay has been inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
  • Astrophysicist Mark Halpern has received the 2018 Carlyle S. Beals Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society.
  • Ben Williams has won the 2017 UBC Mathematics and Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award.
  • UBC alumnus Robert Langlands (DSc 85) has won the 2018 Abel Prize for his Grand Unified Theory of Maths.
Old school lectures still prevail in science classes, but not at UBC

An analysis of more than 2,000 classes at colleges and universities across North America found that 55 per cent of science classes continue to be dominated by lecture-based teaching. However, at UBC, only 15 per cent of science classes are dominated by lectures.

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