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Media Release | Nov. 14, 1996

Global warming will take toll in Canada's North

Projected global warming in Canada's North over the next 50 years would result in more forest fires, landslides and significantly reduced water levels in lakes according to a study commissioned by the federal government. A six-year regional study of the effect of climate change in the Mackenzie Basin was recently completed at UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute (SDRI).

  • Contact: Stewart Cohen, project leader, Sustainable Development Research Institute,

QUEST peers into Vancouver's future

What will Vancouver and the Fraser Valley be like in the year 2030? The answer is in your hands when you play QUEST, a computer game aimed at making complex urban planning issues accessible to the average citizen. The game, developed by master's student David Biggs and colleagues at the Sustainable Development Research Institute (SDRI), gives players decision-making power over all areas of planning in the Lower Mainland. Players watch the consequences of their ideas and policies unfold over four decades from 1990 to 2030.

  • Contact: David Biggs, graduate student, Sustainable Development Research Institute,

Men enrol in Nursing in record numbers

A record number of men have enrolled in the first year of the School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The enrolment of 14 men in first year brings the total number of men in undergraduate nursing programs to 36 out of 532 students. Barbara Paterson, an assistant professor of Nursing, has done research on the topic and says changes in society are leading to a gradual increase in the number of men entering the profession.

  • Contact: Asst. Prof. Barbara Paterson, School of Nursing, 604.822.7558

Osteoporosis discovery saluted

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Harold Copp will be honoured by the Osteoporosis Society of B.C. with a gala dinner at the Waterfront Centre Hotel on Nov. 21. Copp is being honoured for his discovery in 1961 of calcitonin, a calcium-regulating hormone which inhibits bone loss. It is one of the most widely used therapeutic agents for the treatment of osteoporosis, with annual sales in excess of $1 billion.

  • Contact: Gavin Wilson, Public Affairs Office, 604.822.2130


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