UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 13 | Nov.
In the News
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in October 2002
Compiled By Brian Lin
B.C. businessman and entrepreneur Irving K. (Ike) Barber
has given $20 million to UBC to build a high-tech library
that will be the first of its kind in Canada.
I have created some disposable income and I wanted
to find a responsible way to inject this income back into
the roots of British Columbia, Barber told the National
Post. Barbers donation was the largest capital gift
UBC has ever received.
This kind of takes my breath away, UBC President
Martha Piper said. I can think of no adequate way to
say thank you, Ike.
Value of International Students
In a letter to the editor, director of UBCs International
Student Initiative Don Wehrung emphasizes the value and contribution
of international students.
It is not true that [international] students are a
cash cow, Wehrung told the Vancouver Sun.
We believe that UBC, its students, faculty and the province
all benefit from having additional international students
on our campus, but mostly from their presence and participation
in campus life rather than economically.
High tech trash
UBC toxicologist Chris Van Netten is worried about the health
risks posed when developed countries send their e-waste to
third world countries.
It is estimated that 100,000 people in the Guiu region in
southeastern China toil to recover valuable materials from
computers like copper and gold.
If these people stay in that environment and they will
be exposed, the incidence of cancer will be very high among
that type and number of people, Van Netten told CBC
The Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders Foundation
has named UBC researcher Bruce Vallance as its first endowed
Vallance has been focused on the role of bacteria and parasitic
infections in causing inflammatory bowel disorder, which affects
about one out of every 5,000 individuals.
Its an interesting research area because it hasnt
been heavily studied, Vallance told the Vancouver Sun.
So basically whatever finding or observation you make
Nobel Prize winner worked at UBC
Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman left UBC 16 years ago
because of provincial funding cuts to post-secondary education,
UBCs Psychology Dept. head Richard Tees told the National
Canadian universities will be raided over the next
while, Tees said. U.S. universities have lots
of retirements coming up and this is a natural place to hunt
for good people. If the universities dont have enough
money, they will lose their best people.
Tees, who is a friend of Kahneman, played a role in luring
the psychology professor and his future wife, also a professor,
to UBC in 1978.