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UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 5 | Mar. 7, 2002

Researcher searches nature for better human implants

From heart valves to teeth, replacing faulty body parts with artificial implants is becoming increasingly common. In Canada alone, there are now 37,000 hip and knee joint replacements performed annually.

Business leaders join Board of Governors

Six new members have been appointed to UBC's Board of Governors by the provincial government. They join Prof. Dennis Danielson, associate head of English, who was recently elected to the board as a faculty representative for a three-year term.

Pair tackle Creation for dramatic thesis

If the prospect of defending your thesis in front of a panel of professors makes you nervous, just ask Angelina Kekich and Stephen Drover about presenting theirs to a paying audience of theatregoers -- 10 nights in a row.

Vision researcher, historical scholar, among honorees

UBC researchers will be honoured at a gala event with a celestial theme to be held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on the evening of Thursday, March 14. Called Celebrate Research, the evening includes a sound and light sculpture by Fine Arts Assoc. Prof. Richard Prince called Aurora Borealis and musical entertainment by pianist Music Prof. Rena Sharon with the Borealis String Quartet.

Study puts educators in touch with blind

The increasing use of graphics in high school and university textbooks is proving to be a challenge for visually impaired students, but with the completion of a study on tactile graphic educational materials, researchers in the Faculty of Education hope to help establish guidelines for producing high-quality maps, graphs and other representations for the blind.

Sex hormones' link to stress, depression explored

If the sex hormone testosterone is powerful enough to produce puberty changes such as hair growth and sex drive, how does it affect the body the rest of the time?

Drug advertising may pose health risk warns researcher

When marketing meets up with medicine, results can be harmful to health, says a UBC researcher. Barbara Mintzes, a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology, led a study of how advertising affects prescribing practices in Vancouver and Sacramento, Calif.

Compassion heightens workplace performance, research suggests

The responses to the tragedy of Sept. 11 were poles apart. When seven TJX employees died aboard one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center, the president and CEO acted quickly. He gathered his staff and broke the news, called in grief counsellors and chartered a plane to bring the victims' relatives to the company's Massachusetts headquarters.

Improved delivery of inner-city health care focus of research

A research career in the question phase is how an inner-city doctor in UBC's Dept. of Family Practice describes his spot on the investigation spectrum.

Beat goes on all weeklong

A performance by UBC's Balinese Gamelan Ensemble and the chance to come and bang your own gong are some of the highlights of the School of Music's first festival of drumming taking place March 19-27.

Swim teams make history

The Thunderbird women's and men's swim teams made history recently, winning their fifth consecutive dual national championship.



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