As part of the Vancouver Institute Lectures Series, Green College presents a “Richard III: The Resolution of a 500-Year-Old Cold Case” by Dr. Turi King.

Dr. King is a Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Her work over the years has combined genetics with archaeology, history and geography. Her PhD award-winning research in genetics examined the link between British hereditary surnames and the Y chromosome. She has continued her work on the Y chromosome and surnames, and has been leading a project examining the genetic legacy of the Vikings in the north of England. As well as leading the international research team involved in the DNA identification work of the remains of Richard III, she is also leading the project carrying out the whole genome sequencing of Richard III which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of genetic fingerprinting at the University of Leicester.

This event took place on March 12, 2016.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Buckley, R., Morris, M., Appleby, J., King, T., O’Sullivan, D., & Foxhall, L. (2013). ‘the king in the car park’: New light on the death and burial of richard III in the grey friars church, leicester, in 1485. Antiquity, 87(336), 519-538. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00049103 [Link]

Dockray, K. (1997). Richard III: A source book. Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton. [Available at Koerner Library – DA260 .R54 1997]

King, T., Fortes, G., Balaresque, P., Thomas, M., Balding, D., Delser, P.. . Schurer, K. (2014). Identification of the remains of king richard III. Nature Communications, 5, 5631. doi:10.1038/ncomms6631 [Link]

Markham, C. R., Sir, & Project Gutenberg Online Catalog. (2011). Richard III: His life and character Project Gutenberg. [Link]

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Entrepreneurs at companies like Slack and Hootsuite have put Vancouver’s $23 billion high tech industry on the map. But building the economy of tomorrow—not to mention a utopian, Star Trek future—means taking a step beyond the digital. We need fundamental leaps in computing power, clean energy, and smart materials.

Now a new set of innovators and disruptors are setting up shop in Vancouver, looking to harness the extremes of physics to build tomorrow’s technologies.

Join us as we chat with leaders at Vancouver quantum computing start-up D-Wave, magnetized target fusion pioneer GeneralFusion, and UBC’s world-renowned Quantum Matter Institute. These local, award-winning teams are on the long path in pursuit of game-changing solutions—warpdrive, transporters and holo-decks might be closer than we think.

This event took place on February 3, Wednesday 2016, 6:30-9:00pm at Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC.


Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson is a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver. She specializes in science and environment stories, from E. coli and isotopes to carbon offsets and killer whales. As a general assignment news reporter, she’s also covered kidnappings, earthquakes, and has won a RTDNA award for her live reports from the Stanley Cup Riot.

Before she became a storyteller, Lisa thought she was going to be a scientist. She graduated from UBC with an Honours degree in biology after pipetting stickleback DNA, counting kelp, and watching fish mating dances.

She returned to UBC for her master’s in journalism, focusing on science and risk communications. She still takes interest in things that many journalists hate, including animal carcasses and math.


Vern Brownell
President and CEO
Burnaby-headquartered D-Wave is a world leader in superconducting quantum computers—computers that hold the potential to solve some of the world’s more difficult problems. Its systems are being used by Lockheed-Martin, Google and NASA. Co-founded by UBC alumni Geordie Rose, D-Wave has been granted over 110 US patents.

Dr. Michel Laberge
Founder, President and Chief Scientist
General Fusion Inc.

Founded by UBC graduate Michel Laberge, GeneralFusion has emerged as a global leader in magnetized target fusion. The Vancouver company is working to develop a reactor that compresses magnetically-confined plasma to fusion conditions—in pursuit of clean, cheap energy.

Dr. Jenny Hoffman
Professor, Physics & Astronomy-UBC
UBC Quantum Matter Institute

Researchers at UBC’s QMI are pushing the boundaries of materials research, investigating the fundamental mysteries of super conduction, nano-structures, magnetism, and even more exotic phenomena. Questions being asked at the QMI hold the potential to revolutionize electronics, telecommunications, energy, and next-generation computing.

Dr. Jonathan Bagger

TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science.  It brings together technical, engineering, and administrative staff; university researchers and students; private-sector collaborators and licensees; international collaborators; and publicly funded agencies supporting basic research in Canada’s interests.  TRIUMF connects Canada to the global science and technology community, and as a bridge between the academic and private sectors, drives Canada’s innovation engine with collaborative and joint projects.  TRIUMF’s mission is:  To make discoveries that address the most compelling questions in particle physics, nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, and materials science; to act as Canada’s steward for the advancement of particle accelerators and detection technologies; and to transfer knowledge, train highly skilled personnel, and commercialize research for the economic, social, environmental, and health benefit of all Canadians.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Haroche, S., DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books, & OpenEdition Books. (2013). Quantum physics. Paris: Collège de France. [Link]

Scheck, F., ebrary eBooks, & SpringerLink ebooks – Physics and Astronomy. (2007). Quantum physics. Berlin: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-49972-5 [Link]

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This year’s celebration of science took place in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The featured scientist was Dr. Andrew Trites, Professor & Director, Marine Mammal Research Unit, Fisheries Centre at UBC whose research on pinnipeds (Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, and harbor seals) is designed to further the conservation and understanding of marine mammals. In 2007 as part of the Big Blue Project team, he unearthed a blue whale skeleton in PEI. This experience plus his driving passion to resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals are compelling. “I don’t know what questions will raise their heads tomorrow, that’s partly what makes this so interesting”. Find out more about this awesome scientist.  A panel of BC science writers highlighted their works and talk about why they love science and how to make science fun for kids.

Featured BC Science Writers

Claire Eamer, author The World in Your Lunch Box, Lizards in the Sky, Spiked Scorpions and Walking Whales and more

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, hands-on science writers with over 70 science books including the Dirt Book, Kitchen Science, and Hockey Science

Carol McDougall, creator of Salmon Sky View

Lori Sherritt-Fleming, artist, aRYTHMetic poet

Ashley Spires, illustrator of Scary Science and Blinky the Space Cat books

Paul Zehr, writer of books using superheroes to improve scientific literacy, Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man.

Special Tribute to science educator, Gordon Gore and founder of the Big Little Science Center in Kamloops.

Women remain underrepresented in many fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Esteemed panelists, planetary scientist and NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal winner Dr. Laurie Leshin, zoologist and MacArthur Genius grant winner Dr. Sally Otto, and Vice President, Response Biomedical Corp and UBC Science Alumna Dr. Barbara Kinnaird-Steen, with our moderator Dr. Simon Peacock, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Science discuss the STEM gender gap. Learn how we can encourage more young women to embrace science, listen to practical advice for women pursuing STEM careers, and discover what factors may affect young women’s careers in the sciences.  Presented as part of UBC Science’s 50th Anniversary. This event took place on Friday, October 25th 2013 at the Allan Yap Biodiversity Theatre, Beaty Biodiversity Museum | Faculty of Science.  This talk is presented as part of UBC Science’s 50th Anniversary lecture.


Dr. Barbara Kinnaird Steen - Barbara serves as Vice President of Research and Development at Response Biomedical Corp. Dr. Steen served as Vice President of Response Biomedical Corp. Dr. Steen served as Senior Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations at Response Biomedical Corp. Dr. Kinnaird-Steen has over 19 years of research and business experience primarily in the field of infectious diseases and Point of Care (POC).

Dr. Laurie Leshin - Laurie serves as Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Earth & Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she leads the scientific academic and research enterprise at the oldest technological University in the United States.

Dr. Sally Otto - Sally is professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC, studying population genetics and evolutionary biology. I develop and analyse mathematical models to study how populations change over time. The aim of this work is to identify when and whether particular evolutionary transitions are possible.

Dr. Simon Peacock – Simon is Professor and Dean of Science, UBC, and Dean at the Faculty of Science.  His research focuses on understanding the thermal, petrologic, and seismological structure of subduction zones.

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