Core Area – Research Excellence

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

Adding a simple polymer to fertilizers or pesticides (agrochemicals) could dramatically reduce agricultural pollution, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.  When agrochemicals are sprayed onto crops, a large amount typically ends up in the surrounding environment due to droplets splashing, rebounding or rolling off the target plants.  This amount […]

Thirty-five Research Excellence Clusters to receive GCRC support in 2021/22

Thirty-five Research Excellence Clusters to receive GCRC support in 2021/22

A total of 35 emerging and established research excellence clusters led by researchers on the Vancouver campus will be supported in 2021/22, including 24 awards made through the 2021/22 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition (GCRC) and eleven clusters entering the second year of their current award. Research Excellence Clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers […]

Championing investment in digital research infrastructure innovation

Championing investment in digital research infrastructure innovation

For Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Department of Linguistics, Sockeye has been a dream come true. As a member of the original UBC Digital Research and Compute Infrastructure committee, he has championed investment into digital research infrastructure, resulting in a high-performance computing platform with nearly 16,000 CPU cores and 200 GPUs, available […]

Embodied carbon pilot helps building industry address climate change

Embodied carbon pilot helps building industry address climate change

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the built environment are a significant contributor to climate change. As policies to reduce operational energy consumption and related GHG emissions from buildings start to take effect, the embodied emissions associated with building material choices are becoming proportionally more significant. But in order to reduce embodied carbon in future buildings, […]

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

A University of British Columbia-led study has identified a computer technique that health facilities can use to screen, diagnose and monitor COVID-19 pneumonia more efficiently.  The researchers found that a pre-trained neural network called DarkNet-19 can rapidly and reliably detect COVID-19 on chest X-rays. The network recognized the disease’s imaging patterns on nearly 6,000 chest X-rays with […]

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

A group of researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus are working to find sustainable ways of managing the Okanagan landscape in collaboration with Syilx traditional knowledge holders, with support from UBC research cluster funding. Enhancing Ecosystem Sustainability: A Syilx/Settler Science Collaboration is an interdisciplinary research cluster that aims to contribute solutions to issues of importance to […]

UBC doctoral student wins Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

UBC doctoral student wins Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

UBC PhD student Jennifer Lavalley has been named a 2020 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar. Jennifer is pursuing her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies, exploring the experiences of Indigenous people who use drugs, in order to optimize and ensure the cultural relevance of overdose-focused harm reduction and substance use treatment. Prior to her current position as a […]

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

The response to COVID-19 and the demands on medical-grade personal protective equipment, including medical masks, has turned a spotlight on the need for improved supply lines and the manufacture of masks locally. Researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia have responded to the challenge, designing a fully compostable and biodegradable N95 […]

Greening our world through automation

Greening our world through automation

Research2Reality recently profiled the work of Curtis Berlinguette, professor of chemistry at UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Berlinguette is working on the world’s first self-driving robot to help make new materials for clean technologies. Berlinguette co-leads Project Ada, short for Autonomous Discovery Accelerator for Materials Innovation, a group with the goal to fast-track development […]

Latest innovative sustainability research studies how climate change will impact seafood security

Latest innovative sustainability research studies how climate change will impact seafood security

In a study recently published in Global Change Biology, Muhammed Oyinlola, postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and William Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability under Global Change at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, looked at how climate change could impact 85 species of fish and molluscs that […]