UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 12 | Oct.
In the News
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in September 2002
Compiled By Michelle Cook
Kids can jump their way to strong bones
Something as simple as jumping off and on to low platforms
can make a childs bones stronger. It can be accomplished
in as little as 10 minutes, three times a week, and requires
nothing more high-tech than platforms 10-50 centimetres in
height, UBC Asst. Prof. of Human Kinetics Heather McKay told
the National Post. However, bone that is not stressed in exercise
can lose density, so the children will have to make exercise
a lifetime habit to keep the benefit, McKay said.
More foreign students choose UBC
Applications by foreign students wanting to attend UBC are
up 43 per cent this year, to 4,029 from 2,814 last year. Don
Wehrung, director of UBCs international student initiative,
attributes part of the increase to fallout from the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
The U.S. is sending a signal that its being more
circumspect in granting student authorizations. For international
students, the perception is that it will take longer and theyll
have a harder time. Wehrung told the Vancouver Sun.
He added that Canadian schools are also benefiting from years
of marketing themselves overseas, from relatively inexpensive
tuition and living costs and from the good reputations many
Canadian schools have abroad.
All fat is not bad
Canadians can look forward to greater flexibility in tailoring
a daily diet that appeals to them but also fits a healthy
lifestyle, according to a major North American nutrition study
released yesterday. UBC Food and Nutrition Prof. Susan Barr,
who led a report subcommittee, told the Toronto Star that
the report makes it clear that a healthy diet does need some
fat. The report by Canadian and U.S. scientists recommends
wide ranges for healthy levels of carbohydrates, fat and protein
to provide the necessary daily calories for normal eating.
Schools of higher earning
Years of putting off much-needed maintenance work and rising
enrolment levels have made universities about as desperate
for cash as freshmen at a year-end pub crawl. Considering
how poorly equities are performing, pension funds and insurance
companies have voraciously gobbled up the university debentures
- rated as investment grade by the various bond agencies -
as a safe way to invest in their own futures. UBCs associate
treasurer Peter Smailes told Canadian Business magazine that
having bonds allows UBC to go ahead with projects without
donations. Donors see that, and they want to come in.
The debenture issues range in size from $125 million at UBC
to $225 million at Concordia in Montreal. So far, only four
Canadian institutions have issued bonds: UBC, Concordia, U
of T and York University.
UBC positioned to be a global leader
UBC President Martha Pipers keynote address to 800
participants of the Sept. 4 Global Citizenship conference
was reprinted on the Vancouver Sun editorial page. In it,
Piper said 9/11 was a harsh wake-up call, and if we are to
live in one world we must all assume and fulfill our responsibilities
as global citizens.
This is a fight that a university, every university,
must join. And, we believe that the University of British
Columbia, located in one of the worlds most culturally
diverse and tolerant cities and linked to the worlds
most advanced research and educational institutions is ideally
positioned to assume a leadership role, Piper said.
Unfriendly fire in the Far East
A year after 9/11, the search for culprits and co-conspirators
in Southeast Asia has yielded meagre results. UBC Director
of Canada-Asia Policy Studies Paul Evans told the Far Eastern
Economic Review that the U.S. war on terrorism has meant less
to Southeast Asia than the 1997 regional economic crisis.
With ruling political parties taking advantage of the U.S.
anti-terrorism programme for their own purposes, the
overall result is a more conservative order in eastern
Asia, says Evans.
Wine Library opens
UBCs newest library doesnt have any books in
it, only thousands of bottles of wine donated from B.C. and
around the world. The collection in the Wine Library, part
of the UBC Wine Research Centre, will help researchers evaluate
how well B.C. wines age and how they compare to other international
We only select those [B.C. wines] that have the potential
to age and we approach the winery and they donate 24 bottles
of each wine and we put it in here and age it in the temperature-
and humidity-controlled conditions. Every year we taste one
bottle and we also analyze a bottle from that line using sophisticated
analytical methods, explained UBC Prof. Hennie van Vuuren,
the Centres director, to Global TV.
UBC economist one of Canadas best
A Toronto Star business report calls UBC Economics Prof.
John Helliwell one of a handful of truly able economists
that Canada is fortunate in having.
Helliwell deserves attention not just because he has
outstanding economic credentials but also because he is an
innovative thinker whose research often ends up leading to
conclusions quite different from conventional wisdom,
said the Stars economics editor David Crane.
UBC remembers 9/11
The Global TV Noon News Hour broadcast live on Sept. 11 from
UBCs Robson Square campus, where a memorial was held
to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
In acknowledging the tragic anniversary, UBC President Martha
Piper told those assembled, As a university, I think
we see the only way that we can respond or act is through
increased knowledge and understanding and developing a sense
of respect and trust as a community. So our role is really
to educate the future citizens of the world.
Can Lits man of the moment
Dr. Anthony Cheung from the UBC InVitro Fertilization program
told Sing Tao Daily that only 10 per cent of couples suffering
from infertility undergo InVitro treatment, mainly due to
the high cost.