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If you want to gain an appreciation for a kingdom that’s in fact more related to us than plants, there’s no need to piece together a shiitake costume and travel to a mushroom-con. It’s not even necessary to go out into the city. Right on UBC’s campus there is a staggering amount of diverse fungi to discover.

Dr. Brett Finlay, UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, will add this prestigious honour to the collection of awards that he has received for his contributions to understanding disease and improving people’s health.

Sure, Pluto is an icy body that is cold enough to have year-round winter, but I don’t think your North Face jacket could handle the -223 C temperatures. Pluto’s longer years may be tempting, but who really wants to get in 90,560 Earth days of skiing in a single season?

You might never want to even think about rats, much less study them, but that’s exactly what UBC graduate students are doing in the Downtown Eastside with their Vancouver Rat Project. UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) held a talk on rats and public health in Vancouver as part of their Grand Rounds lecture series.

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