Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Professor Dirk van Zyl was among the individuals and organizations whose geotechnical expertise helped to conduct an investigation of the Mount Polley dam breach which happened on August 4, 2014.
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.
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A book published in 1998 by UBC Press and edited by Aprodicio Laquian, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) professor emeritus, is discussed in a Vancouver Sun column. The book documents how Vancouver real-estate developers started using the “racist” label to shut down advocates of slow growth in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Guy Dumont helped develop iControl-RP, a device that monitors the patient’s brainwaves and blood oxygen levels during surgery, allowing for anesthesia to be finely calibrated minute by minute.
Similar story in The Loop.
Geering Up UBC Engineering & Science for Kids is introduced on City TV as a code-writing camp teaching kids to design their own webpages and use computer commands to operate robots. This week, Google visited the camp to support Geering Up’s STEM outreach efforts.
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A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria found that up to six out of 10 young Canadians are consistently drinking more than the recommended daily limits of three drinks a day for women, and four for men. School of Nursing (NURS) Professor Elizabeth Saewyc says part of the problem is the way young people are socialized. She points out that drinking has become a normal part of having fun or having a nice evening, whereas for young men, there is added pressure in the sense that hard drinking is equated with being a man.
More than 100 schools in B.C. are considered at high risk of earthquake damage. Carlos Ventura, director of UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF), says schools are potentially very dangerous. There are 36 in particular that are classified as H1, the highest risk level. The schools haven’t been approved for seismic upgrades. “The longer you wait the risk keeps increasing,” says Ventura.
Mechanical Engineering student Ben Thorne won a bronze medal in the men’s 20 km race walk at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships held in Beijing. Earlier this season, Thorne earned a silver medal at the World University Games.
Materials Engineering alumnus and former Thunderbirds men’s hockey forward and defense Ben Schmidt will join the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) in Ohio for the 2015-2016 hockey season.
Master of Urban Design & Development Planning alumnus and City of Vancouver Engineering Assistant Robert White has designed an interactive map of the height of all Vancouver buildings. The buildings are mostly under 10 meters which White describes on Twitter as “surprisingly suburban.”