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pests on   the prowlTargeting BC?s pine beetle epidemicHope for Huntington?sHow research is poised to transform livesfrom tHe inside outCorporate social responsibility at workmore tHan wordsTapping into the power of operatic communicationA Journal of Research and Discovery   >  Issue 04 >  June 2008 Office of the Vice   President ResearchAs the irreversible decline of oil availability looms in the not-so distant future, Naoko Ellis   is using a grassroots UBC research project   to promote the widespread environmental and economic benefits of biodiesel8   Battle of the bark the pine beetle is transforming BC?s lush greenery into a sea of red death.   J?rg Bohlmann looks to the conifer tree for clues on how to halt the beetle?s rampant spread03  From waste to worth Waste cooking oil is finding new life as Naoko Ellis advances research into the viability of a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based oil   06  Between the linesNancy Hermiston is examining the links between music   cognition and improved learning development through one   of the most complicated art forms 12  the hunted/r Jeff Carroll?s research into Huntington?s disease is not only offering hope for the afflicted; it?s changing the course of his   own genetic destiny  16  the lens of language How Sharon Thesen is constructing the world through   the creative imagination   18  In the company of giantsSustainable business practices used to be seen as an oxymoron. How James Tansey is making corporate social responsibility business as usual 20  Greater than the sum of its parts  Is it nature or is it nurture? Why Joseph Henrich is unconvinced either category gives a complete picture of human behaviour2008 is an exceptional year at UBC. Not only does it mark 100 years of excellence in education and research, but it is also the year UBC will be hosting Congress 2008, the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities   and Social Sciences that is a forum to discuss the most important social and cultural questions of our day. All great universities recognize the invaluable contributions that the humanities and social sciences make to the world and this issue of frontier showcases why UBC agrees. Humanities research, like Sharon Thesen?s explorations   into seeing the world through poetic language, helps enrich our lives in unexpected ways.   Social science research keeps us informed   about critical issues such as James Tansey?s work into how companies can better manage their corporate social responsibilities. But whether the social or natural sciences, researchers in this issue share one commonality: an interdisciplinary approach. UBC was among the first universities to champion the value of tackling issues from perspectives that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  This approach is amply evident in the research of Nancy Hermiston, who is exploring learning development through the medium of opera, and Joe Henrich, who is integrating psychology, economics and evolutionary science in an  effort to provide a more comprehensive view  of human behaviour.As we look towards the next 100 years of groundbreaking research, UBC?s commitment to supporting the social sciences and humanities will continue to be a top priority. After all, you need not look further than the pages of this current issue to understand why.  Dr. John Hepburn,  Vice President Research  June 2008  A MESSAGE FROM THE VIcE PRESIDEnT RESEARcHCover Photo > Klaus Botte  Source: Natural Resources Canada      Above > Alamy/Tracy Ferreropublications mail agreement no. 41268533return undeliverable canadian addresses to:university of British Columbiaoffice of the Vice president researchroom 224, 6328 memorial roadVancouver, BC  Canada  V6t 1Z2SubScRIbEFor your complimentary subscription  to frontier, please call 604.822.1995  or email info.frontier@ubc.ca  www.research.ubc.caA Journal of research and discoverypublished By office of the  Vice president research,  university of British ColumbiaFax 604.822.6295email info.frontier@ubc.cawriting and design kaldor.comcirculation 15,000all rights reservedprinted in CanadaThis magazine is printed on 10% post-consumer recycled fibre that is FSC certified.


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