UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb.
IN THE NEWS
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in January 2003.
Compiled by Brian Lin
Fishery Prof an iconoclast
In a profile on UBC Fisheries Prof. Daniel Pauly, The New
York Times detailed his work in marine stocks around the globe.
Looking at the big picture has not been the mandate
of anybody, Pauly told the NYT, with an accent that
simultaneously hints at many languages, but not necessarily
his native French or his acquired tongues, German or Spanish
or the Swahili or Indonesian that he once spoke.
Most fisheries scientists work for regulatory agencies charged
with managing a particular stock in a particular port, he
said. But he and his colleagues have given ourselves
the mandate to look at the whole world.
Nobody has been asking these questions before,
In the process, he and his fellow researchers are making
a splash with paper after paper in the most prestigious scientific
journals. Their news is uniformly bad. As a result, Pauly
has become a man on a mission to spread the word that fish
stocks are plummeting around the world.
Bacteria fighter honoured
In a profile, UBC Microbiologist and Peter Wall Institute
Distinguished Prof. Brett Finlay told The Vancouver Sun he
has a huge respect for bacteria. They are endlessly
fascinating and I have to say I like them in a perverse sense.
Finlay, an expert in food- and water-borne bacteria, including
E. coli and salmonella, is working on a vaccine for cows that
may prevent E. coli outbreaks like the one that killed seven
people in Walkerton, Ont., in 2000. The vaccine is undergoing
large-scale trials and Finlay says results so far are promising.
We are extremely proud that this eminent researcher
was attracted to UBC and remains here to continue his important
work and to mentor students from a variety of disciplines,
says UBC President Martha Piper.
Commenting on the likelihood of British Columbians forgiving
Premier Gordon Campbell for his drinking and driving charges
in Hawaii, Jessica Easton, a psychotherapist who works with
UBCs Centre for Applied Ethics, told BCTV that people
can forgive Campbell because most are familiar with alcohol.
In our culture we almost expect all adolescents will
go through a time where they experiment with alcohol,
Honesty may also have sown the seeds for public sympathy
and people seem willing to give him a second chance. We
have enough evidence to believe that he is a functioning,
capable man who acts on his word, Easton added.
University administrators say they are beginning to turn
away excellent students because financing of the post-secondary
education system is not keeping pace with demand.
At UBC, the cut-off for Arts students has risen from 72 per
cent in 1996 to 78 per cent in 2002, and from 82 per cent
to 85 per cent in science.
UBC received so many applications in 2001 that it admitted
1,500 students more than the provincial government was willing
to fund. But the university cannot afford to repeat the practice
this year and so is using higher grade requirements as a tool
to keep admissions in check, Rosalie Phillips, assistant registrar,
undergraduate admissions told The National Post.