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Gail Murphy

Meet Professor Gail Murphy, UBC's new Vice-President Research and Innovation

Dr. Murphy’s abundant energy and deep experience will help drive the development and implementation of UBC’s new research and innovation strategy, and shape the broader activities of the VPRI portfolio. 

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2017 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition

The Offices of the Vice-President Research & Innovation and the Provost and Vice-President Academic are pleased to announce the 2017 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition.

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News feed of the latest research stories from UBC Public Affairs

Early guidance can help future moms fight fear of childbirth

Post Date: Sep 21, 2017

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Health care, education key to keeping women out of prison

Post Date: Sep 19, 2017

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Women in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.

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Limiting cheap offshore labour doesn’t always create domestic jobs

Post Date: Sep 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to bring jobs back to America. But his plan to limit outsourcing of manufacturing jobs may be flawed, according to research from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Professors Jan Bena and Elena Simintzi are currently researching how access to cheap offshore labour due to the 1999 U.S.-China bilateral agreement affected U.S. companies’ innovation.

In this Q&A, Bena discusses how limiting offshore labour won’t necessarily lead to more jobs in the U.S.

Based on your research, would Trump’s strategy bring jobs back to America?

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Health care, education key to keeping women offenders out of prison

Post Date: Sep 19, 2017

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Women in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.

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Changes in Earth’s crust caused oxygen to fill the atmosphere

Post Date: Sep 22, 2017

Matthijs Smit examines ancient rocks from the deep crust in Norway during the summer of 2017.

Scientists have long wondered how Earth’s atmosphere filled with oxygen. UBC geologist Matthijs Smit and research partner Klaus Mezger may have found the answer in continental rocks that are billions of years old.

“Oxygenation was waiting to happen,” said Smit. “All it may have needed was for the continents to mature.”

Matthijs Smit

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You’re not alone in feeling alone

Post Date: Sep 22, 2017

Feel like everyone else has more friends than you do? You’re not alone— but merely believing this is true could affect your happiness.

A new study from the University of British Columbia, Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School has found that new university students consistently think their peers have more friends and spend more time socializing than they do.

Even when that’s untrue, simply believing so affected students’ wellbeing and sense of belonging.

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Small-scale fisheries have big impact on oceans

Post Date: Sep 14, 2017

Credit: Jennifer Selgrath/Project Seahorse

A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a lack of data on their development over time.

“We found that the influence from small-scale fisheries is far from small,” said Jennifer Selgrath, lead author who completed the research as a PhD student with UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Project Seahorse. “In our case study in the Philippines, we found that the fisheries have become unsustainable because there are so many people trying to catch a limited number of fish and invertebrates.”

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