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UBC Faculty of Applied Science faculty, staff, students and alumni are often featured in in the news, researching innovations, making a difference in their community and achieving exceptional status in professional or community organizations.

A summary of the latest news articles are provided below for your interest. For complete stories, contact ErinRose Handy at 604.822.1524 or

Dancing droplets launch themselves from thin fibers
Sun, 08/16/2015
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Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Professor James J. Feng is among researchers at UBC and Duke University whose studies on the self-propelling “dancing droplets” on spider webs and insects could lead to the development of new coalesce technologies for many industrial applications such as water purification and oil refining. 

Safe Surgery Innovations in Uganda
Al Jazeera
Sun, 08/16/2015
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Florin Gheorge, Arbutus Medical CEO and Biomedical Engineering alumnus, speaks about drill covers used in Uganda that his company has designed on Al Jazeera.

The medical device is one of the safe and affordable surgical tools used in developing countries.

Segment starts at 10:55.

Rising prices put downtown’s family-friendly design at risk
The Vancouver Sun
Wed, 08/12/2015
Author: Michael Bernard
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A Vancouver Sun article discusses the housing affordability of families in downtown Vancouver. Thirty years ago, Vancouver city council wanted to promote inner city living, trying out ways to attract people of varying incomes to live downtown. School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Adjunct Professor Ann McAfee says: “You needed to have a mix of affordable housing of different prices because not everybody who works downtown is a CEO…You need to have a lot of people who have much more modest incomes who are going to [serve] downtown: your clerks, your secretaries, your retail people, etc.”

UBCO profs win research grants
Kelowna Daily Courier
Sat, 07/25/2015
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UBCO School of Engineering researchers and several other faculties received more than $2.6 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The NSERC awards recognize excellence in scientific disciplines and supports projects in statistics, cell research, flat-lens microscopy, lung capacity at high altitude, among others.

The winners include: School of Engineering Associate Professor Shahria Alam, Assistant Professor Joshua Brinkerhoff, Associate Professor Kenneth Chau, Associate Professor Wilson Eberle, Associate Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu, Assistant Professor Ian Foulds, Associate Professor Kasun Hewage, Associate Professor Andre Phillion,  Professor Dwayne Tannant, , Graduate student Gyan Kumar Chhipi Shrestha and Seyed Mohammad Rezaei Niya.

Driverless cars poised to revolutionize transportation in Vancouver
Georgia Straight
Tue, 07/21/2015
Author: Stephen Hui
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School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Assistant Professor AnnaLisa Meyboom thinks Vancouver could be an ideal test bed for the self-driving cars of the future and that driverless cars are a technology that will dramatically affect urban life.

“You can make your roads much narrower, and you can make them much more efficient,” Meyboom said. “That’s quite far in the future, when you’re looking at all people being in autonomous vehicles. But it has the potential to free up a lot of road space for patios or for other recreational uses, for bike lanes–things like that.”