Strategy 9 – Knowledge Exchange

UBC researcher creates wood-based alternative to single-use plastic

UBC researcher creates wood-based alternative to single-use plastic

UBC researcher Dr. Feng Jiang has developed a cellulose film that looks like plastic and behaves like plastic—but is biodegradable. Dr. Jiang’s process breaks down wood fibres (sourced from forest waste) in a solution of cold sodium hydroxide combined with mild mechanical blending. The sodium hydroxide is then recycled. The result is a translucent, strong […]

Unlocking the mysteries of concussion and the brain

Unlocking the mysteries of concussion and the brain

Please visit https://www.med.ubc.ca/news/unlocking-the-mysteries-of-concussion-and-the-brain/ to read the story.

Mobilizing vaccine research in a pandemic

Mobilizing vaccine research in a pandemic

When Canada began rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, the Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) supported by UBC and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute mobilized rapidly to monitor the safety and side effects of the vaccines with the launch of the CANVAS-COVID study. For Kim Marty, senior data manager at the VEC, one of the biggest challenges […]

Harnessing the power of forests to fight climate change

Harnessing the power of forests to fight climate change

Dr. Suzanne Simard is leading the Mother Tree Project at UBC, which could transform how we manage forests while capturing more carbon and protecting biodiversity worldwide Forests have the potential to be “carbon sinks”, absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than they release. That’s great for slowing climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 in […]

Engineering lab deploys mobile air pollution laboratory

Engineering lab deploys mobile air pollution laboratory

An “air pollution lab on wheels”, PLUME will be used to measure concentrations of air pollutants across the city including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ground-level ozone, black carbon, methane, volatile organic compounds, and various sizes of ultrafine particles that can affect air quality. PLUME, which stands for Portable Laboratory for Understanding Human-Made Emissions was developed […]

Industry partnership provides a boost in UBCO battery research

Industry partnership provides a boost in UBCO battery research

Despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles, researchers are still working to develop a smaller, longer-lasting battery to power the vehicles. Current battery research at UBC Okanagan has led to additional funding from industry partner Fenix Advanced Materials to lead the charge when it comes to battery development. Dr. Jian Liu, the UBC Okanagan Principal’s […]

Fires and floods: Future-proofing forestry against climate catastrophes

Fires and floods: Future-proofing forestry against climate catastrophes

Looking out towards the tall trees visible from her office, UBC Forestry professor Dr. Lori Daniels reflects on the environmental firestorm that her children, she and other people from her generation could face. “We are experiencing the effects of climate change that I used to think would mostly land on the shoulders of future generations; […]

UBC Library rethinking problematic Indigenous representations in children’s literature

UBC Library rethinking problematic Indigenous representations in children’s literature

What does one do with problematic materials in a library collection—with books that are outdated, that perpetuate stereotypes, depict cultural appropriation, or include racism and other harmful elements? This question was faced by librarians at UBC Vancouver’s Education Library, Xwi7xwa Library and UBC Okanagan (UBCO) Library, who are working to contextualize problematic books from the […]

UBC entrepreneurs join fight against plastic pollution

UBC entrepreneurs join fight against plastic pollution

The end of plastic pollution—in the oceans, on land and in our air—could be within reach with two UBC ventures working hard on solutions that could make this vision a reality. “Tonnes of plastic waste pollute our land and oceans,” says Dr. Jordan MacKenzie, co-founder and CEO of Bioform Technologies, a UBC start-up that is […]

Detecting insects goes high-tech on UBC campus

Detecting insects goes high-tech on UBC campus

A new Campus as a Living Laboratory project is enabling UBC researchers to monitor insects in real time, on a scale never done before. “This project promises to help us understand insect biodiversity, which we know is both crucial to ecosystems, and affected by human activities,” says Dr. Juli Carrillo, Assistant Professor in the Faculty […]