UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 5 | Mar.
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,
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
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
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
Swim teams make history
The Thunderbird women's and men's swim teams made history recently,
winning their fifth consecutive dual national championship.