UBC Reports | Vol. 58 | No. 11 | Dec. 5, 2012

UBC Reports

December 2012
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Creating an oasis in the Downtown Eastside

UBC graduate Kim Villagante worked with the residents of the Oasis to create a community-building mural that would spruce up their inner city alley

Lorraine Chan

A forthcoming book by UBC's Shaylih Muehlmann details how the U.S.-backed war on drugs has failed Mexicans. Gastón Gordillo Photograph

Taking the pulse of the Mexican drug trade

Prof. Shaylih Muehlmann argues that decriminalization of drugs is the only way to stop the cycle of fear and poverty that rules Mexico.

Basil Waugh

UBC expert tips on making it through the merrymaking

A holiday survival guide

UBC expert tips on everything from family feuds to consumer chaos.

Heather Amos

Marina Adshade believes economics helps us understand topics related to sex and love. Martin Dee Photograph

The economics of sex

Marina Adshade has turned an economics course into a successful blog and a soon-to-be published book. Her agent believes Hollywood will be calling soon.

Marina Adshade

UBC’s Edward Slingerland and colleagues are leading the world’s largest study on how religions have evolved. Paul Joseph Photograph

From human sacrifice to Santa Claus: the cultural evolution of religious beliefs

Prof. Edward Slingerland leads a global consortium of academics in the world’s largest study of the evolution of religion.

Basil Waugh

Kirti Aneja originally qualified as a doctor in India, before immigrating to Canada. Martin Dee Photograph

Creating new opportunities for international medical graduates

Two internationally trained doctors talk about what it takes to practise in B.C. The IMG program is growing to a proposed 58 spaces in 2017

Brian Lin

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in a still from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part 1. Andrew Cooper Photograph courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Teen fiction a turn-on for adults, too

With huge sales and successful movie franchises, Young Adult fiction couldn’t be hotter, says Prof. Judith Saltman.

Lorraine Chan

Conditions for women working in the slums of Mumbai are in the subject of new research.©iStockphoto/Daniel Berehulak

Improving conditions for Mumbai’s slum workers

Unsanitary, dangerous conditions hamper the personal and professional survival of women and girls, says Prof. Kanchan Sarker.

Jody Jacob

Students with developmental disabilities can attend UBC supported by a program called Steps Forward. Just like every other student, they take classes, write exams, and graduate. Martin Dee Photograph

Inclusive U

How UBC is working to provide access and positive experiences for students with developmental disabilities.

Heather Amos

Melania Alvarez is helping improve math education for Aboriginal students. Don Erhardt Photograph

Cultural barriers crunched by numbers

Melania Alvarez addresses stereotypes to help Aboriginal kids achieve in math.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In the news

Highlights of UBC media coverage in November 2012

Heather Amos

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