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Graduate explores genetic test's effects

It's highly unusual for a large crowd to attend and applaud a PhD defence, but more than 50 people were present when Sue Cox defended her doctoral research.

Many had first-hand experience with the topic of her 500-page thesis, "It's Not a Secret But...: Predictive Testing and Patterns of Communication about Genetic Information in Families at Risk for Huntington's disease."

Cox is one of more than 2,200 UBC students graduating during Fall Congregation Nov. 25 and 26. Degrees will be awarded in eight ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Supreme Court justice, economist earn degrees

Canada's Chief Justice Antonio Lamer, and one of Canada's leading economists, Richard Lipsey, will receive honorary degrees from the university at Fall Congregation Nov. 25.

Samarasekera at helm as new V-P, Research

Metals and Materials Engineering Prof. Indira Samarasekera, director of UBC's Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering and university co-ordinator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation, has been named vice-president, Research.

Health research pays back province: report

The dividends -- economic and social -- of the $62.8 million UBC's Faculty of Medicine and the affiliated teaching hospitals succeeded in getting for research this year have been outlined in a report recently released by the faculty.

Electronic Arts head named Great Trekker

One of Canada's leading marketing managers who has contributed to the success of companies ranging from produce growers to software manufacturers has been named the 1999 recipient of the Great Trekker Award.

Web site revamped to improve access

The university's main Web site at www.ubc.ca has a new look and feel. The redesign is the initial phase of a larger and more comprehensive project to radically reshape the use of the Web at UBC.

Cut waste, earn points: challenge

In a bid to raise awareness and encourage environmentally sustainable practices across campus, academic and operational units will compete to attach their names to two new student scholarships. The scholarships will be given to two students who exhibit outstanding environmental stewardship next May.

Televised surgery places students on cutting edge

Surgical teaching in UBC's Faculty of Medicine will soon be using state-of-the-art electronics thanks to an innovative new facility called the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education.

Plan to solve cliff erosion in works

A UBC-led effort to find long-term solutions to the steady erosion of the porous sandstone and silt cliffs along the tip of the Point Grey peninsula has emerged from public consultations and is ready to develop options to fix the problem.

Bookstore gives part of proceeds to United Way

Thinking of buying books for holiday gifts?

If you do your shopping on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the UBC Bookstore, you can pick up some great presents and contribute to UBC's United Way campaign at the same time.