Organization: Univ of British Columbia

Automotive partnership fund makes four awards

The Automotive Partnership Fund (APF) has invested $14.9 million in four university-based projects worth a total of $28.7 million. The largest award ($10.6 million) goes to a $16-million R&D project at McMaster Univ for a project entitled Network for the Engineering of Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems in collaboration with General Motors Canada,…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…

BC government helps fund new TRIUMF accelerator

The Province of British Columbia is investing $30.7 million in the Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) at TRIUMF on the campus of the Univ of British Columbia. The $62.9-million project will see the construction of an underground beam tunnel that will house a linear accelerator used to produce medical isotopes that could alleviate the shortage…

BC clean energy cooperative formed to assist sector

A BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative has been formed to act as a source of talent, knowledge and expertise for the clean energy sector. The cooperative was formed through a letter of intent between the National Research Council‘s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, the Univ of British Columbia and BC Hydro‘s clean energy subsidiary, Powertech…

CANARIE announces Green IT project winners

An alliance of leading information and communications technology (ICT) firms, universities and international partners is the big winner of a Green IT competition held by CANARIE. The Green Star Network — led by École de technologie supérieure — has been awarded $2 million to develop a groundbreaking Internet in which network nodes will be powered…

CANARIE upgrades network, funds new projects.

CANARIE Inc has announced a critical upgrade of its national research network that will dramatically increase network capacity 10-fold. The upgrade was achieved with the installation of ethernet routers from Juniper Network Inc, Sunnyvale CA, allowing researchers to exchange and analyze large data volumes more quickly. The upgrade was unveiled at CANARIE’s Summit 09 conference…

Research infrastructure funds flow first in BC

British Columbia universities and colleges are the first in the country to be funded under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) with $455.1 million going to 29 projects. The first round of projects received $202.3 million from KIP, $231.1 million from the BC government and $21.7 million from other sources. The largest project is at the…

Boeing hires BC interns to conduct visual analytics

The federal government, Province of British Columbia and Boeing Canada Operations Ltd are providing $1.5 million over four years to support 100 graduate student internships who will utilize the emerging multi-disciplinary field of visual analytics to help improve aircraft efficiency and reliability. Funded through the MITACS-administered ACCELERATE BC, the students from the Univ of British…

Green IT MOU signed by UBC, Prompt & UC San Diego

The Univ of British Columbia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Univ of California – San Diego and the Quebec-based non-profit, Prompt Inc, to improve the energy efficiency of information technology and reduce its carbon footprint. The institutions will share best practices, work with national funding bodies and generate data on greenhouse gas…

York Univ joins TRIUMF as associate member

York Univ is the latest post-secondary institution to join TRIUMF as an associate member. The membership will give York-based researchers access to large-scale research facilities and expertise in the physical and life sciences. In addition to nuclear physics, TRIUMF’s science program includes particle physics, molecular and materials science and nuclear medicine. The facility is owned…