Department News

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Vancouver, BC (Nov. 4, 2009)- Lowly bacteria, it turns out, hold the power to help militaries and munitions manufacturing plants around the world clean up toxic waste on test sites. Compounds known as nitramines, specifically RDX, were invented back in World War II and have been used in military munitions for decades. These high-energy compounds are often used to propel tank shells and act like a more powerful version of TNT. But with increased knowledge of their environmentally harmful effects, Canadian and US militaries, along with others around the world are looking for ways to clean up... Read More

Thursday, December 6, 2007

(Vancouver - Dec. 6, 2007) - A science student who helped to make UBC-patented medicine more accessible in developing countries has been named the 2008 Rhodes Scholar for British Columbia. The scholarship of nearly $150,000 will allow fourth-year student Emma Preston to pursue a masters degree in global health science at Oxford University, starting October 2008. “UBC is extremely proud to have one of our students named to this distinguished scholarship,” says Brian Sullivan, UBC vice-president, Students. “Emma has achieved not only outstanding academic excellence, she has... Read More

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

OTTAWA (November 22, 2006) - Canada's top health researchers will be recognized tonight at the 5th annual Canadian Health Research Awards. These awards are among the Canadian research community's highest honours. This year's Health Researcher of the Year will be Dr. Robert Hancock of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hancock will be awarded the prestigious CIHR Michael Smith Prize for his world-leading research on ways of battling infectious diseases such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a major cause of lung infections in hospitals and nursing homes. Dr. Peter Singer from the... Read More

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