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News and Events for
UBC Science Alumni | Issue 2, 2018

De’coding’ stereotypes

UBC students have launched ambitious one-on-one workshops to help children on the autism spectrum program, problem solve, and connect.

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50 years
UBC Computer Science turns 50

Join us May 11 and 12 as UBC Computer Science celebrates half a century of outstanding research and learning. State-of-the art symposia will tackle AI, data science, the future of computer science, HCI, and more. The two-day event culminates with a dinner and awards ceremony.

Anne Condon
UBC computer scientist joins NSERC

Computer scientist Anne Condon has been appointed to the governing council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research.


Physics Summer Camps
Registration for summer camps for kids Grades 2 to 10 is open. Camps run from July 9 to August 3, 2018.
Register now

Dinos in Your Backyard
Check out the new Dinosaur Trackway casts at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and learn about dinosaur excavations.
March 29

Machines That Perceive and Communicate
Google research scientist Kevin Murphy discusses his recent work on visual scene understanding.
May 10

A (hotter) quantum leap

UBC physicists have discovered a system which could yield ‘warmer’ quantum technologies. Scientists studying quantum systems work in temperatures close to absolute zero, but a plasma could help scientists get around this requirement.

Math, CS lead in open education resources at UBC

A new report shows 85 per cent of the courses using free textbooks and open resources at UBC are within the Faculty of Science. Math and Computer Science instructors are leading adoption.

Brewing a storm

UBC Science alumnus James Walton (BSc 1985) owns the longest running craft brewery in the city, Storm Brewing. His lifelong passion for science and beer began when he brewed his first batch in his kitchen as a teenager.


Computer scientist Kevin Leyton-Brown has been named a 2018 fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Professor emeritus David Kirkpatrick has won a lifetime achievement award from CS-Can/Info-Can.

The Computing Research Association named Rachel Pottinger to the CRA board of directors.

UBC Mathematician Gordon Slade is the winner the CMS Jeffery-Williams Prize for 2018.

Water sustainability expert Mark Johnson has been awarded the university’s Charles A. McDowell award.

Exploring the link between mono and MS

Marc Steven Horwitz explains the connection between mononucleosis, aka ‘mono,’ and multiple sclerosis. Reducing the presence of the virus in the body might diminish MS relapses.

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