Research Spotlights


July 6, 2017

Smart surface enables advanced manipulation of droplets

Nanostructured copper surface

For many years, engineers have sought to create a special kind of surface: one that can both repel and absorb liquids, and whose ability to do so — its “wetting behavior” — can be quickly and precisely controlled. The…


July 4, 2017

Award-winning ideas for affordable housing

Bridge Housing rendering courtesy of Ian McDonald

Ian Ross McDonald, adjunct faculty at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), received an award of excellence for his affordable housing idea in the recent City of Vancouver  re:THINK HOUSING competition…


July 4, 2017

UBC urban design program reimagines a more sustainable Surrey

Civic Plaza

Imagine a city with better transit, more green spaces and more diversity in housing types. This is the City of Surrey as envisioned by the first students of UBC’s master in urban design (MUD) program at UBC’s School of…


June 27, 2017

How to stay sane when your child can’t sleep

Your child’s sleep problems may be making you depressed and unsure of your parenting skills, says a new paper by UBC sleep expert and nursing professor Wendy Hall. The good news is you can turn the situation around. In this Q…


May 18, 2017

Many nursing home residents spend last months alive in pain

Nursing Home

What is a “good” death? A quick and painless one, most people would probably say.

But a recent study suggests that a substantial number of nursing home residents live the final six months of their lives in at least…