UBC Reports | Vol. 58 | No. 4 | Apr. 4, 2012

UBC Reports

April 2012
Felix Oghenekohwo has a love of numbers. Marteen Dee Photograph

Aiming high

The African Institute of Mathematical Sciences helped Felix Oghenekohwo pursue his love of numbers. A new partnership may soon see other African students pursue studies at UBC.

Jill Lambert

Dr. Chris Zed, says approximately 30 per cent of the children in the school experience pain from tooth decay and oral disease. Martin Dee Photograph

UBC Dentistry “adopts” Florence Nightingale

The Faculty has opened a dental clinic at the Vancouver school as part of its Adopt a School Program.

Lorraine Chan with files from Terry Wintonyk

UBC offers China business program

Participants get a crash course on fundamentals such as copyright protection, negotiation styles, navigating government, opening factories and hiring staff.

Basil Waugh

Canada Research Chair Barb Pesut is a leader in rural palliative-care initiatives essential to an overall provincial health strategy. Tim Swanky Photograph

Social capital and the great beyond

Palliative-care providers in rural B.C. have a champion in Barb Pesut, who’s been immersed in exploratory fieldwork since 2008.

Chris Bowerman

UBC Prof. Nassif Ghoussoub is leading UBC’s Housing Action Plan. Mark Mushet Photograph

UBC weighs affordable housing options

The University has released potential housing program options designed to help attract and retain the best people.

Basil Waugh

UBC Forestry Prof. John Richardson is trying to find the best way to protect freshwater streams in logging areas. Martin Dee Photograph

Protecting our freshwater

Since the 1970s foresters have left a buffer zone of 30 metres around freshwater streams. Now, the rules are changing. But John Richardson wants to see hard data.

Heather Amos

Pharmaceutical Science Prof. Larry Lynd is working to create cost-effective and sustainable policies to treat patients with rare diseases. Martin Deee Photograph

The plight of orphan diseases

Prof. Larry Lynd is leading a team that has just received $1.5 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study funding policies for treating rare diseases.

Jimi Galvão and Christopher Cook

“The idea is to build capacity in those communities so the program carries on after we leave,” says UBC researcher Judy McLean. Judy McLean Photograph

Missing nutrients

Judy McLean has helped form a partnership with the Rwandan government to deliver micronutrients to 150,000 children.

Lorraine Chan with files from Jennifer Honeybourn

Education Prof. Ryuko Kubota is one of 220 UBC students and researchers presenting at the 2012 American Educational Research Asssociation conference. Martin Dee Photograph

Language, race and social change

Prof. Ryuko Kubota will present a case study on second language education and issues of race and multiculturalism at a Vancouver conference of 12,000 education researchers.

Heather Amos

Bill Reid Bracelet. UBC Museum of Anthropology Photographs


Museum of Anthropology curator Karen Duffek talks about receiving two major Northwest Coast artworks.

Karen Duffek

A new Asian language app by (left-right) faculty members Ross King, Duanduan Li and Rebecca Chau combines resources for Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. Martin Dee Photograph

Want to learn Chinese characters? UBC has an app for that

The UBC Asian Studies App is the first university Asian language mobile application and boasts 10,000 digitally animated Chinese characters.

Basil Waugh

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