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Samantha Grist has been awarded the esteemed Killam Doctoral Fellowship by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowships are awarded every year to the most exceptional doctoral degree candidates at UBC. The fellowships are the University’s most prestigious merit-based graduate award. Samantha is pursuing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Karen Cheung and Dr. Lukas Chrostowski in the area of Microsystems and Nanotechnoloy.
Could we efficiently generate electricity through photosynthesis like a plant, store energy organically, use components that do not harm the environment and use up carbon dioxide while doing it? Sounds good but how could we get there? Meet the purple bacteria.
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) identified UBC start-up, Aspect Biosystems, as one of three companies that exemplify Vancouver's entrepreneurial buzz. The 3D bioprinting company was chosen because it demonstrates the strength Vancouver businesses derive from combining great ideas with a stable business climate, a first-class education system and a close association with the natural environment. The impact UBC has had on Vancouver's climate of innovation can be seen in how this research, started in ECE’s Walus Lab, has flourished in the last two years.
According to the ex-CEO of Google Eric Schmidt, “every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003″. Massive amounts of data at our disposal and exponential advances in computing technology enabling us to process it, ushered in the era of “big data”.
Many home electronics, such as your computer, or anything else that uses a battery, run on direct current (DC). These devices use a converter to transform the alternating current (AC) supplied at the wall socket into the DC they need. Big data centers and telecommunications also use DC. The proliferation of these devices has increased global electricity consumption by 27% in the past decade, and DC use is projected to increase even further with the addition of 20 million battery-powered electric vehicles by 2020.
We are on the cusp of revolutionary changes in communication and microsystems technology. Engineers are bringing together photonics (manipulation of information using photons) and electronics (information processing using electrons) on a single platform (silicon). Electronic–photonic circuits will have a huge impact on high-speed communications for mobile devices, optical communications inside computers and in data centres, sensor systems, and medical applications.
Respiration rate is an important diagnostic tool in many serious diseases such as pneumonia. The current, recommended method for measuring respiratory rate is counting breaths for one minute. This method is not efficient in a busy clinical setting.
Professor Vijay K. Bhargava has been awarded the 2015 Killam Prize for his achievements in the field of wireless communications.