UBC law professor Joel Bakan (centre) with film-makers Mark
Achbar and Jennifer Abbott - photo by Nancy Bleck
UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 3 | Mar.
The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
UBC law professor Joel Bakan has a hit movie on his hands.
The Corporation, which Variety calls a "cogent, entertaining,
even rabble rousing indictment of perhaps the most influential
institutional model of our era," has won critical acclaim,
audience appreciation and awards from such film festivals
as the the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam
and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Solving the Mysteries of Spider Silk
People have been using silk for more than 2,000 years but
scientists are still trying to unravel the mystery of its
strength and flexibility. One question that continues to stump
them is why spider silk contracts to almost half its size
UBC Now Ranks 35th among World’s Universities
The University of British Columbia is now ranked 35th among
the world’s 500 top universities, according to a study
cited in the Jan. 24 issue of the Economist.
Study Shows Nurses are Regular Targets of Violence
When she went on shift that day in May 1992, Dorothy Leslie
thought it would just be another day at work. It turned out
to be her last.
Shell Shock in the Emergency Room
A child the same age as your own bleeds profusely from a
wound; her leg has been dismembered. A severely burned patient
stares into your eyes before dying. An irate member of a patient’s
family physically accosts you in a moment of rage and despair.
Innovation, Ideas Crossing Boundaries
If ideas carried passports, we’d see that they cross
many borders before having an impact on our lives. That concept
is the theme of this year’s Research Awareness Week
(RAW) to be held March 6-13 at UBC’s main campus, UBC
Robson Square and at UBC’s affiliated hospitals.
UBC Alumni: The First Cyberpunk
The first thing to know about William F. Gibson is that he
is not a Luddite. Popular journalism has him clacking out
his nine novels on cyberspace, ultra modernity and the advent
of hyperlife on a manual typewriter.
Eleven to Receive Honorary Degrees
Two Nobel prizewinners, a former federal Cabinet minister,
an Olympic rower and a renowned pianist are among the 11 individuals
who will receive honorary degrees from the University of British
Columbia this year.
Study Reveals Canadians Willing to Pay More for "Healthy"
Many Canadian homeowners are keenly interested in having
“healthy” houses and they are willing to pay more
for building materials to improve the indoor air quality,
lighting and acoustics in their homes.
Dr. Chu's Micro Gadgets
Just as James Bond was always armed with amazing gadgets
that Q secreted in his pens, watches, and Aston Martin cars,
researchers at UBC’s new Centre for Health and Environment
Research (CHER) can now equip themselves with high-tech micro
gadgets provided by the centre’s micro sensor specialist,
Have Lab, No Travelling Required
A unique pilot project will soon allow UBC pharmacy students
to access laboratories south of the border without leaving
their own classroom.