Community News August 2021


Congratulations to twenty doctoral students at UBC who have received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS), and six postdoctoral fellows who have received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. 

The Vanier CGS program awards up to $50,000 per year for three years, for students working in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are worth $70,000 per year for two years. Across Canada, 166 doctoral students received the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, while 70 received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. 

Read more about these awards and the recipients. 

Scientists capture most detailed radio image of the Andromeda galaxy to date

Scientists led by UBC PhD student Sofia Fatigoni have published a new, detailed radio image of the Andromeda galaxy – the Milky Way’s sister galaxy – which will allow them to identify and study the regions of Andromeda where new stars are born.

The study – which is the first to create a radio image of Andromeda at the microwave frequency of 6.6 GHz – was led by UBC physicist Sofia Fatigoni, with colleagues at Sapienza University of Rome and the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics.

“This image will allow us to study the structure of Andromeda and its content in more detail than has ever been possible,” said Fatigoni. Read more at UBC Science.  

If the hardiest species are boiled alive, what happens to humans?

The Pacific Northwest recently experienced an unprecedented heatwave. This has impacted the environment in many ways including some very extreme effects on marine life. Sandra Emry, a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of zoology, and Dr. Christopher Harley, a zoology professor, gave their thoughts about the impact of heatwaves on marine life and how their research will help us to understand the long term impacts on marine and human life in the future. 

Read more in the Atlantic and The Guardian.