John Watkins’s Across the Board is an exploration of mathematical puzzles and conundrums about the chessboard. It is not about the game of chess itself but rather the fascinating mathematics behind the chessboard and the pieces that traverse it.
Marlise Hofer, a social psychology graduate student and the lead author, conducted the study in Dr. Frances Chen’s Social Health Lab. The study examined the effect of scent on females’ stress responses using t-shirts.
UBC’s physics and astronomy department was lucky to host Dr. Barry Barish, one of the recipients of the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. Barish began his talk by describing that space-time is extremely stiff and hence changes in distance are very small, which is why the observed effects are so small as well.
On this vast Earth, your favourite spot to hang out might be around The Boulevard or The Pit. Your favourite spot to hang out outside of Earth, however, probably shouldn’t be around a dying main sequence star — not unless you want to risk a very tragic end!
The section highlighted UBC profs and students behind important discoveries. They’ve shared a few standout phrases about the process of science-ing: “That’s pretty cool”, “Let’s try...”, “But what’s the point?”, “I don’t know!”, “You’re kidding me,” and “It's very humbling.”
FlowRep, a new piece of software developed by UBC’s Dr. Alla Sheffer and her group, can take a complete 3D model and convert it into a compact 2D representation. To build FlowRep, Sheffer’s group conducted research at the intersection of psychology, fine arts, computer science, and geometry.
As part of Science Literacy Week last month, Megan Russel, a graduate student in geophysics and planetary science at UBC, gave a “Behind the Science” talk about the cutting edge discoveries in our solar system, including updates about spacecrafts like OSIRIS-REx.
In recognition of our world-class science, on September 8, the federal government announced that the University of British Columbia will receive $42 million to fund science and engineering research.
Dr. Ingrid Stairs of UBC’s department of physics and astronomy is one of the world’s experts on pulsars. Her research into pulsars is so cutting edge that The Royal Society of Canada just presented her with the Rutherford Memorial Medal.
Wildfires made headlines this summer both locally and globally. But BC was affected in different ways than Europe, where timber is not a significant industry. In bouncing back from the damage, UBC's Lori Daniels highlights the concerns of First Nations.
The trade-off of short term economic benefit and long term ecological risk creates a dilemma for the provincial government in deciding how to regulate salvage logging and is at the heart of a nationwide debate. UBC's Andison opines that the ecological impacts should be taken more seriously when deciding how to proceed.
UBC researchers worked together with interns at Microsoft Garage to develop the Holographic Brain Project, which was designed as a neuroanatomy learning tool to help teach a wide range of students about the brain.
Three UBC students started Innovation OnBoard with the goal of helping undergraduates become entrepreneurs. What brought them together was their shared mutual experience in trying to break into the entrepreneurial world.
From September 17 to November 3, the Woodward Library is hosting an exhibit titled Body Snatching & the Roots of Anatomy. You may be asking yourself, just what is body snatching? This antiquated practice is as grim as it sounds.
Bridging the gap between research and students, the Living Library allowed anyone to meet a real, live grad student and talk to them. The graduate students who were part of the Living Library were recruited by liaison librarians who thought that some students would be a personable, informative “book.”
Sacrificing material goods to build temples or giving offerings to appease a supernatural deity can be very costly. If religion can cause people to behave against their best interests, what is its purpose?
Life as a grad student is a uniquely chaotic and stressful experience. Then one day, if you’re like me, you stumble upon a comic strip that gets it.
UBC Library kicked off Science Literacy Week with a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on September 18 where students got the opportunity to be involved in that very process. The focus of the event was improving the available content on Wikipedia about Canadian science and scientists.
“Spotlight” profiles six women in STEM and is part of Science Literacy Week (September 18-24), a national celebration of everything science-y. With the series, the groups hope to dispel common misconceptions about what STEM is about.