Science & Technology 2013
The Consulate General of France in Vancouver has partnered with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies to bring leading French scholars to UBC in a program titled French Scholars Lecture Series. The 6th public lecture will be performed at UBC on November 27th by Dr. Jean Gayon. His talk will focus on "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Enhancement".
The results of a large international study, described in an article published in the journal Nature Genetics dated 27 October 2013, has identified eleven new regions of the genome involved in the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease. There were obtained through a unique global collaborative effort by the best researchers in the field.
The CNRS Gold Medal, France’s most prestigious scientific distinction, will be awarded in public on November 1 to the developmental biologist Margaret Buckingham, exceptional grade senior researcher emeritus at CNRS and professor emeritus at the Institut Pasteur.
Is Science objective? Ultimately, has the anthropology of science not played a part in raising doubts about the objectivity of the sciences? Does science accept this part of social construction?
ccept this part of social construction?
Both French anthropologists, Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola try to answer these fascinating questions in this video filmed by Consulate General of France in Vancouver, just before their performance at MOA on Sept. 25 .
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Martin Karplus from French National Center for Scientific Research
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".
President François Hollande congratulated Martin Karplus who is Director of the Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory, a joint laboratory between the French National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Strasbourg.
Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs, Philippe Martin, minister of the environment, sustainable development and energy, and Pascal Canfin, minister delegate for development, welcome the unanimous adoption, in Sweden, of the first volume of the IPCC’s fifth report, which confirms the dramatic reality of climate change: The first decade of the 21st century (2001-2010) was the hottest since 1850.
Mathieu Leporini replaced Didier Marty-Dessus, the former Science and Technology Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Vancouver. To know more about him, please read the article.
Portraits of two French joint-PhD students at UBC.
Article published in The Sea Around Us Project Newsletter (issue 77).
CNRS researchers from Toulouse III University – Paul Sabatier and the IRD have recently observed an original sanction interaction between a plant and an ant. In French Guiana, the Hirtella physophora plant is capable of retaliating against the "guest ants" that prevent it from flowering. These results illustrate the importance of sanction mechanisms, which prevent a mutualistic partner from becoming a parasite.
Why Canadian universities, including SFU and UBC, are so successful in terms of technology transfer?
A French delegation came a few weeks ago to study the way SFU and UBC are able to mobilize alumni and private companies to finance their activities. Video filmed by both Consulate General of France in Toronto and Consulate General of France in Vancouver.
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