UBC Reports | Vol. 56 | No. 3 | Mar. 4, 2010

UBC Reports

March 2010

Paralympics a force for change

The 2010 winter games get the credit for prompting public initiatives that help people with disabilities,
according to almost 50 per cent of Canadians surveyed in a recent UBC Olympic Games Impact (OGI) study. The survey and study have been conducted under the auspices of the new UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability.

by Hilary Thomson

UBC’s sustainable sports centre

As a Paralympic competition venue, the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will host 20 Paralympic sledge hockey games.

Courtesy of UBC’s Campus Sustainability Office

A B.C. painter’s portraits of pride

A handsome collection of First Nations portraits that was recently donated to UBC Library by B.C. artist Patricia Richardson Logie is being unveiled on UBC’s Vancouver campus this month.

by Glenn Drexhage

Four ways to combat climate change

On a per capita basis Canada is one of the most energy-intensive countries on the planet, and nowhere is there a more urgent need for action on climate change than here. For too long, however, the debate has been primarily about the impact of climate change, and about emissions targets, and not on how the increasingly ambitious targets might actually be met.

by Prof. Robert Evans

UBC Paralympic Torchbearers

UBC torchbearers will be sharing their inspirational stories when the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay arrives on the Vancouver campus on March 11 near the Thunderbird Arena — home to the ice sledge competitions.

by Lorraine Chan with files from Heather Amos

Art exhibit illuminates Canada’s disability history

Idiocy. Imbecility. Moron. These words, taken from a 1924 public education poster, were once considered labels for people with disabilities.

by Melissa Ashman

New Aboriginal health course bridges campus with communities

By hearing first-hand accounts of historical and systemic impacts on Aboriginal people’s health, students in UBC’s new Aboriginal Public Health course are learning how they can help improve health care systems.

by Patricia Hall

Small (mining) is beautiful — Fair trade approach levels the field

“Sustainable mining” may sound like an oxymoron, but considering that all humanity depends on resources that must be either grown or mined, the concept is not self-contradictory, rather, it’s imperative.

by Erinrose Handy

UBC Okanagan researcher wants to turn waste into renewable energy

A professor of engineering at UBC Okanagan is working with municipalities, farms, factories and mills to identify effective ways to turn their organic waste into renewable energy — methane — and organic fertilizer.

by Jody Jacob

Hero of “Hotel Rwanda” a keynote speaker during International Week — March 15–19

Paul Rusesabagina, a Rwandan internationally honoured for saving more than 1,200 refugees during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will be the keynote speaker at UBC’s International Week (I.Week) March 15-19. The film based on his story, Hotel Rwanda, will be screened at S.U.B. on March 16 at 7 p.m.

The danger of Paralympic boosting

After years of hard work, Dr. Andrei Krassioukov has finally earned admission to the Athletes Village at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.

by Hilary Thomson

Perfectionism and youth suicide

The headlines are shocking, confusing and all too familiar. A teen commits suicide without warning, ending a life full of accomplishment and promise — a seemingly perfect life. But UBC Psychology Prof. Paul Hewitt suggests that a seemingly perfect life could signal the risk of teen suicide.

by Hilary Thomson

Where you live may affect your weight

UBC nutrition researcher Jennifer Black has found that B.C. has the lowest rates of obesity in Canada.

by Lorraine Chan

What’s on your mind? UBC celebrates research

Aspiring athletes can get insider information on maximizing performance at a free March 10 public presentation called Peak Performance: The Path to Exceptional Athletic Achievement, as part of UBC’s Celebrate Research Week March 5–13.

by Hilary Thomson

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