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UBC Science Alumni | Issue 1, 2019

Exploring the far reaches of the Solar System

University of California’s Francis Nimmo discusses how New Horizons has expanded our understanding of Ultima Thule, Pluto and Charon. February 6 at UBC's Pacific Museum of Earth.

Catherine Johnson receives multiple honors

It’s been a big month for UBC magnetic fields expert Catherine Johnson. She’s been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Price Medal in Geophysics and the Shen Kuo Award for Interdisciplinary Achievements from the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy.

The weather outside is frightful

UBC researchers explain how their numerical weather predictions help TransLink and Caribou Road Services plan road salting and alternate bus routes before snow hits the ground.


Corallines are way cool
Corallines are diverse and abundant seaweeds found in a range of marine habitats worldwide. Learn more about them with botanist Kyra Janot.
February 3, 2019

Southern resident killer whales: risks and realities
UBC marine mammal researcher Andrew Trites separates fact from popular assumption surrounding killer whales.
February 5, 2019

PDAC reception in March
We realize March and PDAC are still far away, but it’s never too early to send your RSVP. See you in Toronto! 
March 5, 2019

Seabirds are going hungry

Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey, UBC researchers say. Since the 1970s and 80s, a quarter of penguin and nearly half of tern populations have been lost.

The science of drawing cartoons

Armin Mortazavi (BSc ‘14) combines his love of science with his appreciation for art. He is one of the creators behind the Adventures of Patoo, an online comic helping to improve the health literacy of children.

  • UBC’s Martin Barlow, Michael Bennett, George Bluman, David Boyd, Ailana Fraser, Nassif Ghoussoub and Malabika Pramanik are among the Canadian Mathematical Society’s inaugural class of fellows.
  • Computational biologist Sara Mostafavi has been awarded a CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair.
  • UBC marine mammal expert Bob Shadwick has been awarded a Fry Medal by the Canadian Society of Zoologists.
  • ADA, a UBC-developed 'robo-chemist' which uses artificial intelligence to conduct experiments, received $8 million in funding from Canada's Energy Innovation Program.
  • Professor Paul Gustafson has accepted a five-year term as head of the UBC Department of Statistics.
  • The UBC Science Co-op employer recognition awards are celebrating organizations and supervisors who have provided exceptional work term experiences.
Newly discovered wasp ‘zombifies’ spiders
Newly discovered wasp ‘zombifies’ spiders

A species of wasp from Ecuador lays eggs on a social spider, takes over its body, drives it to abandon its colony, then eats it. In similar instances of parasitism, wasps typically target solitary species.

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