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News and Events for
UBC Science Alumni | Issue 2, 2017

A sweet chemical analysis

A beekeeping non-profit and a UBC isotope lab have joined forces to help the DTES and monitor Vancouver’s urban pollution. And what started as a food safety test could help improve our understanding of honey’s therapeutic properties.

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Sleeping with the enemy

A survey of 1,000 adult Facebook users reveals that 24 per cent, or one in every five, has snooped on the accounts of their friends, romantic partners or family members, using the victims’ computers or cellphones.

Survival instinct, not love, weaves spider colonies together

Spiders will live in groups if environmental conditions make it too difficult for single mothers to go it alone, according to UBC biodiversity experts. The findings dispute a long-held belief that social groups form so individuals can help their kin.


Spring Break fun at the Beaty Museum

Wondering what to do with the kids next week? Bring them to the Beaty and enjoy family-friendly activities.
Until March 26

Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps

Camps run July 10 to August 4. Make flash lights and robots, observe the sun using a solar telescope, and more.
Register now

The Hidden Beauty of Math

Cédric Villani, director of the Institut Henri Poincaré, discusses the interface between mathematics and art.
May 2

Looking for interns to join your team this summer?

UBC Science Co-op has students available for three- to 12-month, full-time paid internships starting in May 2017. Our students have strong communication skills, are academic achievers, and most have work experience. For more information contact Tina Lee.

Slave to the screen

Benjamin Wong (BSc’ 98) is a therapist treating video game addictions. As a former Warcraft gamer, he understands how alluring games can be, and the consequences of excessive play. “The more stimulated our society as a whole is, the more prevalent addictive behaviours will become.”


Quantum materials, clean energy and botany research received more than $2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

UBC and the University of Washington have launched the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative to use data for social good. Microsoft is supporting the partnership with a $1 million gift.

A new $4.4-million Genome BC supported project led by UBC zoologist Patricia Schulte will identify genes that could make trout more resilient to climate change.

Chemist Russ Algar and computer scientist Mark Schmidt have been named among the top young researchers in North America by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

UBC's Stephanie van Willigenburg has been named the recipient of the 2017 CMS Krieger-Nelson Prize for her exceptional contributions to mathematical research.

UBC mathematician Julia Gordon is the winner of the Ruth I Michler Prize.

Yeast in babies’ guts increases asthma risk
Yeast in babies’ guts increases asthma risk

UBC microbiologists have found a yeast in the gut of babies that appears to be a strong predictor of developing asthma. The research could help researchers understand the link between gut bacteria and asthma.

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