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pests on the prowl Targeting BC’s pine beetle epidemic Hope for Huntington’s How research is poised to transform lives from tHe inside out Corporate social responsibility at work more tHan words Tapping into the power of operatic communication A Journal of Research and Discovery > Issue 04 > June 2008 Office of the Vice President Research As 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 biodiesel 8 Battle of the bark the pine beetle is transforming BC’s lush greenery into a sea of red death. Jörg Bohlmann looks to the conifer tree for clues on how to halt the beetle’s rampant spread 03 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 lines Nancy 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 giants Sustainable 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 behaviour 2008 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 RESEARcH Cover Photo > Klaus Botte  Source: Natural Resources Canada      Above > Alamy/Tracy Ferrero publications mail agreement no. 41268533 return undeliverable canadian addresses to: university of British Columbia office of the Vice president research room 224, 6328 memorial road Vancouver, BC  Canada  V6t 1Z2 SubScRIbE For your complimentary subscription to frontier, please call 604.822.1995 or email info.frontier@ubc.ca  www.research.ubc.ca A Journal of research and discovery published By office of the Vice president research, university of British Columbia Fax 604.822.6295 email info.frontier@ubc.ca writing and design kaldor.com circulation 15,000 all rights reserved printed in Canada This magazine is printed on 10% post-consumer recycled fibre that is FSC certified.


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