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UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 13 | Nov. 7, 2002

UBC Around the World


Last summer, UBC Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Prof. Anthony Barrett led a team of UBC students to the village of Baginton in central England to carry out the annual excavation of the Lunt Fort, a Roman military establishment dating to the age of the emperor Nero.

The UBC team is the only non-British unit to be granted access to the site designated by the British Parliament as a site of national importance.


UBC Computer Science Prof. Wolfgang Heidrich is heading up a joint project with McGill University and the Max-Planck Institute in Germany using remote robotic technology developed at UBC. The project will enable medical students to practice surgical techniques and simulate actual operations without requiring a cadaver.

UBC researchers are using the robotic arm to cut through liver and artificial brain tissue and to record cutting and deformation forces as well as other data so realistic that surgical simulations can be developed.


Since 2001, UBC Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Asst. Prof. Lisa Cooper and graduate students have been working with researchers from a number of Canadian universities and museums on the archaeological expedition of Tell ‘Acharneh in Western Syria. The site occupies several millennia in antiquity and was recently visited by Syrian Minister of Culture Najwa Qassab Hasan.


UBC Civil Engineering Assoc. Prof. Loretta Li is supervising graduate students at Kyushu University in Japan on a project that investigates the performance of various natural soils as municipal waste landfill liners. The work examines retention of toxic leachate that is generated by the action of water on waste fly ash, which is commonly deposited in municipal landfills.


UBC became the first Canadian university to offer an MBA program in China when the Faculty of Commerce launched its International MBA Program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2001.

The program has been officially approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and is taught entirely by UBC Commerce faculty. Recruitment is underway for the second group of students to begin classes in January 2003.


In May 2003, the Centre for Human Settlements will conclude a five-year $10-million project to help reduce poverty in Vietnam. Canadian and Vietnamese academics are working together with 15 Vietnamese communities to reduce poverty by building latrines and wells, rearing hardier breeds of chickens and planting income-generating pepper trees. UBC is also helping Vietnamese universities generate solutions to localized poverty. The Canadian International Development Agency provided half the funds for the project.

Hong Kong

School of Architecture Assoc. Director Jerzy Wojtowicz recently received Honourable Mention in the International Competition for the Development of the Intergrated Art, Cultural and Entertainment District at the West Kowloon Reclamation Waterfront. The award was given for “its elegant and well-balanced simplicity and the appropriate distinctions it draws between cultural and commercial uses,” noted the jury.


Philip Evans, director of the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, recently completed the first description of the wood anatomy of a new conifer tree species discovered five years ago growing in an isolated sandstone gorge near Sydney.
The species, called Wollemia nobilis, was known only from the fossil record and was previously thought to be extinct. The new discovery has sparked worldwide interest.


UBC School of Nursing Director Sally Thorne took part in the first graduation ceremony at the Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Punjab, India, where UBC faculty and students have been helping to provide better education for young women and improve health care since 1997. “You would not believe the pride that this rural region of the Punjab takes in UBC,” says Thorne, “and how high profile our university is here.”


The UBC Faculty of Commerce has signed an agreement with Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), a leading executive development school in Brazil. Under the agreement, Commerce will work with FDC on joint executive training programs and host an EMBA module on our campus in August 2003. Discussions are now underway on co-operative executive programs in logistics and supply chain management.


A team of students from UBC’s Global Outreach Students’ Association built water filters in the valley community of Chitulul, Guatemala last summer. The team uses BioSand water filters, developed by the Centre for Affordable Water Sanitation and Technology in Calgary, to remove 100 per cent of parasites and 99.9 per cent of bacteria, including cholera, which recently killed two dozen children in one rural community.

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