UBC Reports | Vol.
51 | No. 3 |
Mar. 3, 2005
Celebrate Research: A Week-Long Focus on UBC Ingenuity
By Hilary Thomson
Killer spores, the aging brain and e-commerce hazards are
some of the topics to be explored in Celebrate Research Week
March 5-12 at UBC’s Point Grey and UBC Robson Square
campuses and partner hospital sites.
“This is a chance to showcase our outstanding research
and investigators, many of whom are world leaders in their
field,” says David Dolphin, UBC acting vice- president,
Research. “And it’s an opportunity to share with
the public, who funds much of our research, the results of
Ingenuity: Seeing the World Through New Eyes is the theme
of this year’s series.
“Many of the great discoveries in all areas of research
have been made by standing back as it were and looking at
things from different perspectives. It’s these kind
of stories that we want to highlight in this year’s
program,” says Sid Katz,
executive director, community affairs and Celebrate Research
Ever wondered where you picked up that cough? Or
why you just can’t hear as well as you could?
The many hidden health hazards in our environment, workplaces
and homes will be revealed by scientists at UBC’s Centre
for Health & Environment Research and the School of Occupational
and Environmental Hygiene in a presentation to take place
Wed. March 9 at 8 p.m. at UBC Robson Square.
Karen Bartlett will discuss her work in tracking a deadly
fungus found on Vancouver Island trees, Murray Hodgson will
look at designing noise out of classrooms and Kay Teschke
talks about risks associated with theatrical fogs and smokes.
The scientists will offer tips on detection, measurement and
Fraud and discrimination in online communications
is the topic for UBC Sauder School of Business professors
Paul Chwelos and Marc-David Seidel in a discussion to take
place at UBC Robson Square on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m.
An expert in electronic marketplaces, Chwelos will offer
suggestions on how to spot fraudulent practices in online
purchasing. Seidel will discuss the role of e-mail in reputation
management and offer a survival guide for telecommuters on
how to protect their reputation and handle issues related
Max Cynader, director of the Brain Research Centre at UBC
will discuss the aging brain in a presentation
on Sat. March 12 at 8:15 p.m. at the Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre at UBC.
Fears of cognitive loss are widespread among older people.
Cynader will discuss evidence showing it’s possible
to ward off age-related memory and cognitive loss by doing
some very simple things. Activities as diverse as reading
mystery stories, doing crossword puzzles, and frequent social
interactions are all known to be predictive of successful
Breakthroughs in transplantation will be
discussed by a panel of researchers from Vancouver Coastal
Health Research Institute, Providence Health Care and B.C.
Transplant Society, in a presentation at St. Paul’s
Hospital lecture theatre March 8 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Research Week also includes daily noon-hour sessions
at UBC Robson Square in subjects ranging from psychology to
art history and offered by the Faculty of Arts. Prof. Michael
Byers of the Liu Institute for Global Issues kicks off the
series with a presentation of The Laws of War, U.S. Style.
A highlight of the week is the March 10 Celebrate Research
Gala, where UBC honours its outstanding investigators. The
accomplishments of more than 200 UBC research award winners
will be celebrated with video vignettes and performances by
members of the UBC School of Music.
For a complete listing of Celebrate Research Week events,
and click on the information box. For free tickets to the
gala, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.