UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 1 | Dec. 29, 2010

UBC Reports

December 2010

The Next Big Thing in 2011, and beyond: January UBC Reports preview

UBC experts describe nine advances that may transform your world, from shapeshifting architecture to the ability to predict the diseases you may experience. Plus, two professors revisit their 2006 forecasts.

By John Hepburn, Vice President, Research and International

Masters of Architecture student Jordan Beggs and Prof. AnnaLisa Meyboom contemplate a model of a user responsive boundary. The model activates when motion is sensed. - Photo by Martin Dee

Intelligent Space

Shapeshifting spaces offer amazing new possibilities for individuals in public and private environments The School of Architecture, in collaboration with departments in Applied Science and Engineering Physics, is leading the way in investigating changeable architecture and making possible spaces which completely adapt and respond in real time to occupants and the environment. Using current technology [...]

By AnnaLisa Meyboom and Jerzy Wojtowicz

Assistant Prof. Homayoun Najjaran’s service robots could save municipalities millions of dollars - Photo by Jody Jacob

Municipal service robots

In the next 15 years, Canada will spend $12 billion to upgrade water main systems. A UBC professor is building a pipe inspection robot that will save money by entering subterranean waterways to find the weak spots.

By Jody Jacob

Prof. Andre Marziali thinks the genome revolution will change the way doctors can diagnose the bugs that ail us - photo by Martin Dee

The medical “tricorder”

With recent advances in DNA sequencing, finding the DNA of a virus or bacteria is literally a day’s work. Doctors may soon have a device that can quickly analyze and identify the common bugs that ail us.

By David Broemeling

Drs Peter Pare, Denise Daley and Andrew Sandford are professors in the Department of Medicine and investigators in the James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre - photo by Martin Dee

Low-cost personal genome analysis

There is an explosion in the use of techniques to find the gene variations that influence our lives. We are on the verge of a genetic revolution will be exciting, and scary.

By Drs. Peter Pare, Denise Daley and Andrew Sandford

John Robinson is a professor with the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and Director and executive director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative - photo by Martin Dee

Restorative Buildings

The old paradigm aimed to reduce environmental impact. The future is about buildings that actually improve our environment.

By John Robinson

Imaging Genetics – the ability to foresee brain disease?

“It’s not that you can’t find your keys, it’s that you don’t know what do to with them once you have them.”

By Judy Illes

Powerful “rare-earth” dental magnets

New magnets developed for the Japanese auto industry hold promise for struggling denture wearers.

By Drs. Ross Bryant and Michael MacEntee

Dr. Bruce McManus is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre and PROOF Centre of Excellence - photo by Martin Dee

Magic Biomarkers

News ways of using biomarkers open new horizons in defining risk, illness, and therapies for vital organ failure.

By Dr. Bruce McManus

Alfred Hermida is an assistant professor who leads the Integrated Journalism program in the UBC Graduate School of Journalism

Telling stories together, one tweet at a time

We can expect a raft of new tools to make sense of social media for a new age of collective journalism.

By Alfred Hermida

Updates from 2006

Prof. Jaymie Matthews provides an update on his 2006 prediction that, within 10 years, astronomers would find a planet capable of life. Prof. Stanley Coren reviews his 2006 look at the possibility of prescription pets.

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