UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 2 | Feb. 4, 2011

UBC Reports

February 2011

First gene cloned at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Biology professor Soheil Mahmoud and his team of graduate researchers, PhD student Zerihun Demissie and MSc student Lukman Sarker, have cloned the first gene at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

By Jody Jacob

UBC professor Nicholas Coops (left) and student Rory Tooke have developed a tool to help North Vancouver homeowners calculate their solar potential. Photo: Martin Dee

Mapping the power of sunshine

Researchers find solar savings for North Vancouver home owners British Columbia is known for its rainy weather and dark winter months but that hasn’t stopped researchers in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry from mapping solar energy potential in North Vancouver. “Everyone thinks Canada has a cool wet climate, but we have more solar energy potential than [...]

By Heather Amos

UBC professor Mark Beauchamp will be giving adolescents small devices called accelerometers to monitor their physical activity. Photo: Martin Dee

Helping teachers motivate kids to move

A new study will target teachers to inspire Canadian adolescents to get active.

By Heather Amos

UBC’s Aboriginal Portal will connect Aboriginal students with key UBC contacts, resources and opportunities, says student and videographer Maija Tailfeathers. Photo: Martin Dee

Portal profiles UBC’s growing Aboriginal community

The University of British Columbia has launched a web portal with an emphasis on video to showcase the growing number of programs and opportunities for Aboriginal students and scholars at UBC.

By Basil Waugh

Assistant professor Yvonne Lamers studies human nutrition and vitamin metabolism. Photo: Martin Dee

The value of vitamins

However wonderfully made, our bodies sometimes need extra help to keep healthy and strong.

By Lorraine Chan

The human touch: UBC to study green building inhabitants

If you build it, they will come.
But if you build a green building—one that aims to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient—but people aren’t comfortable living or working in it, you risk falling short of your green goals.

By Salina Marshall

Hideto Takahashi is zeroing in on a family of genes that may be responsible for neuropsychiatric disorders. Photo: Martin Dee

Postdoc zeros in on genes linked to psychiatric disorders

Like a detective zeroing in on the Mafia, Hideto Takahashi is piecing together clues to reveal how a family of genes may be the culprit of debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders.

By Brian Lin

UBC student Marwan Hameed never pictured himself a small-town dentist until he came across a big-city practice in the heart of B.C. Photo: Martin Dee

Student discovers allure of rural practice

“I’ve decided after graduating in June that I want to work in a rural area,” says Hameed. “From a dentistry perspective, the opportunities are amazing.” Currently in his fourth year of dentistry, Hameed hails from Baghdad and has lived most of his life in large cities including Vancouver, Toronto and London. However, last summer opened his eyes to new possibilities.

By Lorraine Chan

Outtakes

Douglas Scott, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, led one of two Canadian teams in an international collaboration that recently unveiled results from the first detailed survey of the entire sky.

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