News Digest .
Forum . People
. Letters to the Editor
. Calendar

Think About It

Life scientist wins prestigious Steacie

Terry Snutch, a professor in UBC’s Biotechnology Lab, has won the Steacie Prize,
Canada’s most prestigious award for young scientists and engineers.

The $10,000 award comes in recognition of Snutch’s outstanding research into
the function of calcium channels in the human body.

Piper calls campus post-APEC forum for Jan. 20

UBC will hold a post-APEC forum on Jan. 20, 1998 in the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts.

“We should take the opportunity offered by the APEC experience to reflect
on the values of a democratic society and on the role of universities within
such a society,” said President Martha Piper in a letter to campus following
the Nov. 25 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, which was hosted by the federal
government at the Museum of Anthropology.

Think About It sales to support students

Wondering what to buy for Christmas?

The UBC Bookstore wants you to “Think About It.”

In particular, Western Canada’s largest bookstore wants people to consider
purchasing umbrellas, hats, mugs and T-shirts adorned with the “Think About
It – UBC” slogan.

Scholar aims to lessen First Nations suicide rate

A UBC counselling psychology professor has taken a different approach in his
research on suicide among First Nations youth.

Instead of focusing on the problems that troubled young people, Asst. Prof.
Rod McCormick wanted to discover what life-affirming experiences pulled them
back from the brink of taking their own lives.

Grad named B.C.’s Rhodes scholar

UBC graduate John McArthur has been awarded the 1998 Rhodes Scholarship for

McArthur graduated from UBC in 1996 with a BA in political science. He is
now studying for a master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University.

Traffic ideas flow in, lead to transit passes

Since Gordon Lovegrove started his job as UBC’s new director of Transportation
Planning, he’s received a steady stream of suggestions from the community on
and off campus.

“The suggestions are really helpful,” he says. “And now that BC Transit is
offering a month’s free transit to the person who comes up with the best suggestion
for improving transportation options to UBC or reducing the number of single-occupant
vehicle trips to and from campus, I expect that people will be putting even
more thought into the transportation challenges we face.”

Dog video test to raise student project funds

Psychology Prof. Stanley Coren has gone to the dogs and he’s taking the Dept.
of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing with him.

Together they’ve produced a video, The Intelligence of Dogs, which builds
on the popularity of Coren’s 1994 book on the subject, now in its 16th printing.

Dentistry clinic gets tough with bad breath

Secretly worried about your breath? Worry no more. A scientific analysis is
now available at B.C.’s first breath testing clinic in UBC’s public Dental Clinic.

Bubble zeros in on deadly tumours

Cancer researchers Thomas Madden and Marcel Bally are working on getting the
bubble to burst.

Madden, an adjunct professor of pharmacology, and Bally, a biochemist at the
B.C. Cancer Agency, are designing a new type of liposome, or fat bubble, that
can deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into tumours.

New position focuses on geriatrics research

How we treat elderly people ties in to how we value them and the values we
hold generally in our society, says Pamela Brett, geriatrics researcher in the
Dept. of Family Practice.

A new position within the division of Community Geriatrics, Brett’s job will
be to develop a research mandate by co-ordinating, promoting and supporting
research in geriatric health care.