Faculty of Applied Science
UBC researchers lead $24 million project to treat spinal cord injury
A UBC-led team is working on a new treatment that can bring hope to people with spinal cord injuries.
Jan 12, 2022
Stretchy, washable battery brings wearable devices closer to reality
UBC researchers have created what could be the first battery that is both flexible and washable. This zinc-manganese dioxide cell can be integrated into wearable devices like watches and patches for measuring vital signs.
Dec 9, 2021
Heightened food worries linked to worse mental health during COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns may have worsened worries over food insecurity among many Canadians and negatively impacted their mental health, according to a nationwide survey conducted during the first wave.
Sep 23, 2021
New tool estimates how much affordable housing a city needs
A UBC team led by housing expert Dr. Penny Gurstein developed a new tool to assess people’s housing needs and set realistic targets for housing supply.
Aug 31, 2021
New book helps readers spot online health scams
Internet health scams have increased in recent years, often spread through social media and causing untold harm, according to a new book by UBC nursing professor, Dr. Bernie Garrett.
Jul 28, 2021
Lhoosk’uz Dené village taps into clean water after a 20-year wait
After decades of relying on bottled water, a remote Lhoosk’uz Dené community now has a steady supply of clean drinking water thanks to a new water treatment plant crafted to their unique needs.
Jul 13, 2021
Innovating action on climate change and water quality through classical music
Dr. Madjid Mohseni, the scientific director at UBC-based RES’EAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation, is partnering up with the Italy-based symphony Bazzini Consort in an innovative approach towards tackling climate change and its impact on water.
Mar 22, 2021
Seismic guidelines underestimate impact of ‘The Big One’ on Metro Vancouver buildings
Scientists examining the effects of a megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest say tall buildings across Metro Vancouver will experience greater shaking than currently accounted for by Canada’s national seismic hazard model.
Nov 30, 2020
Better housing policies needed in a post-COVID world
UBC report highlights gains but calls for longer-term solutions to improve housing supply
Nov 24, 2020
This ‘Cold Tube’ can beat the summer heat without relying on air conditioning
The “Cold Tube” can offer relief from the summer heat without relying on air conditioning. It uses half the energy of conventional air conditioners and can be used in open spaces.
Aug 18, 2020
UBC students design low-cost ventilator for COVID-19
UBC engineering students have developed a simple, low-cost COVID-19 ventilator that may very well save lives.
Apr 23, 2020
UBC study highlights need to improve health care access in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle
UBC researchers have developed a data science method that analyzes how easily citizens can access hospitals and walk-in health clinics – and it’s a tool that could eventually help city planners and policymakers build smarter, more equitable cities.
Sep 30, 2019
Mandatory water meters supported by most Metro Vancouver councillors
UBC researchers surveyed elected councillors and mayors in the region and found that 68 per cent are in favour of mandatory water metering.
Sep 19, 2019
UBC researchers design roadmap for hydrogen supply network across B.C.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a hydrogen supply chain model that can enable the adoption of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered cars—transforming them from a novelty into everyday transportation in just 30 years.
Sep 12, 2019
UBC researchers find ways to hackproof smart meters
Smart electricity meters are useful because they allow utility companies to efficiently track energy use and allocate energy production. But because they’re connected to a grid, they can also serve as back doors for malicious hackers.
Jun 6, 2019
Combing through someone’s phone could lead to end of relationship – or not
For some people, the thought of their partner, friend or colleague snooping through their phone, reading their texts and emails, is an automatic deal breaker. However, some relationships can survive the snooping, a new study examining the motivations behind phone snooping has found.
May 30, 2019
UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering nears student gender parity
UBC’s new school of biomedical engineering (BME) is closing in on a milestone of student gender parity.
May 14, 2019
From foam to bone: Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants
Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.
Mar 19, 2019
Vard $1.5 million gift advances marine engineering research and learning at UBC
The University of British Columbia has received a $1.5 million donation that is expected to advance naval architecture and marine engineering education and promote innovative technologies in Canada’s shipbuilding industry.
Mar 15, 2019
Low-cost ‘cancer probe’ could spot deadly melanoma early
Work is being done at UBC on a tool to help in the early detection of melanoma: a simple, compact laser probe that can distinguish between harmless moles and cancerous ones – in a matter of seconds.
Mar 6, 2019