UBC Reports | Vol. 56 | No. 11 | Nov. 4, 2010

UBC Reports

November 2010
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Let there be light

Naeem Mawji knew that many of his fellow Tanzanians did not have access to electricity. But, it wasn’t until he got to UBC and investigated the matter that he realized the extent of the problem.

By Heather Amos

Prof. Tarek Sayed uses robust and precise video data to prevent future accidents. Photo: Martin Dee

Building safer roads

Close calls on the road can do more than just smarten up bad drivers.

By Lorraine Chan

A new breed of road engineers

Current standards guiding highway design and planning stem from the 1950s when mobility and standardization rather than safety evaluation were priorities.

Gage Averill, UBC’s new Dean of Arts, says Canadian universities should be bolder, more responsive to society and less defensive. Photo: Martin Dee

Dean of inspiration

Gage Averill, the new dean of
UBC’s Faculty of Arts, can’t help but bring
a little rock-and-roll attitude with him.

By Basil Waugh

Jennifer Bedford found that women’s reproductive hormones were affected by food-related stress.

Diet anxiety can weaken bones

A fresh box of Timbits appear in the office kitchen. selects a chocolate and a honey glazed to go with Her colleague hovers over the treats, fretting and She pulls herself away, but returns later to claim Who enjoys better health?

By Lorraine Chan

HIV-Exposed but Uninfected (HEU) babies have been found to be susceptible to infections and diseases typically suffered by HIV-positive babies. Photo: ©istockphoto/DorianGray

Protecting HIV-exposed babies

Every year, approximately 1.5 million babies are born to HIV-infected mothers around the world. In South Africa, where as many as 30 per cent of women of childbearing age are HIV-positive, an estimated 300,000 HIV-Exposed but Uninfected (HEU) babies are born annually.

By Brian Lin

Missing out: Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers are less likely to marry than the general population. Only one-third of survivors marry. Photo: ©istockphoto/Yarek Gnatowski

Cancer’s toll on child survivors

For thousands of children and young adults in British Columbia who have survived cancer, growing up can be an ongoing battle with long-term effects from life-saving treatments. Milestones that their peers take for granted—graduation, first job, marriage, and children—may seem unattainable.

By Brian Lin

UBC’s Alan Kingstone (left) and Tom Foulsham (right) are working to free students from the classroom note-taking grind. Photo: By Martin Dee

Researchers create video-highlighting tool

A new UBC learning tool helps students to “virtually highlight” key moments in class without having to take notes.

By Basil Waugh

Charles Ungerleider is a professor in the Faculty of Education who studies the sociology of education. Photo: Martin Dee

Growing inequality: Prof sees warning signs in Canada

Canadians have lived in a cohesive society for the past 60 years, but one UBC researcher recognizes the signs that it’s fracturing.

By Heather Amos

UBC professor Roger Shiner is working to prove his theory that corporations should be held to the same standards of accountability for criminal offences as a person is. Photo: Jody Jacob

Corporate criminal intent

Guilty minds and criminal intent are not just for people, says UBC Philosophy prof. Roger Shiner. He’s making a case that these legal concepts ought to apply to corporations.

By Jody Jacob

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