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Canadian researchers from across disciplines join forces to tackle today’s big health challenges

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Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM

The Conversation

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Could snooping on your partner’s phone end your relationship? A new study says yes

Bustle

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Rapid transit under Burrard Inlet rejected two years ago as impractical

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New roster of ‘superstar’ research chairs reflects equity rules

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UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The story also appeared in Langley Advance.

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UBC seismic study points the way to disaster resilience on Vancouver campus

A team of UBC staff, leading earthquake faculty experts and engineering consultants has produced a study examining how to protect lives, research programs, infrastructure and assets on the university’s Vancouver campus in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.

The report presented to the UBC Board of Governors Feb. 12 was more than two years in the making, said Jennifer Sanguinetti, mechanical engineer and managing director of infrastructure development at UBC.

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Search engine-enhancing research from UBC and Microsoft wins best paper award

Rabab Ward, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UBC, has received a 2018 Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society. She shares the honour with her co-authors at Microsoft Research, including Hamid Palangi, her former doctoral student and the paper’s lead author.

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Emeritus APSC prof receives top engineering award

W.D. Liam Finn, professor emeritus in the UBC Department of Civil Engineering, has received the George W. Housner Medal from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

Considered the EERI’s most prestigious award, the medal is granted to one individual, if any, each year and only upon the unanimous vote of the Institute’s Board of Directors. It aims to recognize those “who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies.”

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From adversity to innovation

In the summer of 2017, Michael Ko received some heartbreaking news. His older brother, Daniel, who has muscular dystrophy (MD), had gone into cardiac arrest. After he was rushed to the hospital and stabilized in the ER, Daniel spent four months in intensive care, slowly recovering from the ordeal. But it left him bedridden and with impaired speech due to a tracheostomy. 

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