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K C Y M Docket no.: 1162 Version no: 1 Client : UBC Research Date: 2006 Nov 10 Item: Frontier magazine Size: 8.5x11.75 inches Logos: repro Photos: hires Line Screen: 150 line Fonts: DIN, A Garamond Pro, Avant Garde, Cloister Proofed by: ROS/KB/MR A Journal of Research and Discovery > Issue 02 > December 2006 Office of the Vice President Research A CURE FOR CHRONIC PAIN? The real deal on a promising painkiller GOING GREENER Sustainability meets the real world WEANED ON THE WEB Demystifying teen Internet use MAN VS. MICROBE Waging war on infectious diseases K C Y M Docket no.: 1162 Version no: 1 Client : UBC Research Date: 2006 Nov 10 Item: Frontier magazine Size: 8.5x11.75 inches Logos: repro Photos: hires Line Screen: 150 line Fonts: DIN, A Garamond Pro, Avant Garde, Cloister Proofed by: ROS/KB/MRROS/KB/MR All trapping is the responsibility of the printer/ pre-press company outputting final film/plates. IN THIS ISSUE > From Out of the Shell 03 A new era of pain management could be on the horizon. How Terry Snutch turned snail venom into a multi-million dollar painkiller The Smaller the Particles 06 The Bigger the Questions Exploring the chasm between quantum mechanics and Newtonian physics, Josh Folk uncovers new possibilities in the murky world of subatomic particles Seismic Shift 08 Saving lives, securing critical infrastructure and avoiding business interruptions during earthquakes: Terje Haukaas looks to shift the future towards performance-based engineering THE MICROSCOPIC MENACE 12 The next disastrous pandemic could strike any time, anywhere. Brett Finlay is finding hope in the battle against infectious diseases Art of Darkness 16 Jodey Castricano investigates the role of stories in structuring our social and cultural reality Mixed Messages 18 The information technology revolution is spawning a generation of tech-savvy kids. Jennifer Shapka aims to document its influence – both positive and negative The Green House 20 Can sustainability work in the real world? John Robinson is determined to prove it with his forthcoming “greener than green” living laboratory Welcome to the second issue of frontier, the University of British Columbia’s journal of research and discovery. As one of Canada’s top research institutions, we at UBC are committed to fostering an environment that promotes and facilitates first-rate research dedicated to furthering intellectual pursuits, and benefiting our society in a positive and significant way. The fact is, research matters. University research has far- reaching implications for our society, and our lives. From the greatest, most significant medical discovery of our day – such as Brett Finlay’s important work on infectious diseases – to gaining a broader understanding of the societal impact of technology – such as Jennifer Shapka’s research in to technology’s influence on adolescents’ social, physical and cognitive development – research enriches our lives, drives our economy, and contributes to greater global understanding. We are proud to have researchers spanning all disciplines, who are dedicated to engaging in important, meaningful and inspirational research. The examples in these pages are but a few of the many UBC researchers who impact our world. Enjoy this second issue of frontier.  Dr. John Hepburn, Vice President Research A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT RESEARCH Cover and page three photos> Paul Joseph K C Y M Docket no.: 1162 Version no: 1 Client : UBC Research Date: 2006 Nov 10 Item: Frontier magazine Size: 8.5x11.75 inches Logos: repro Photos: hires Line Screen: 150 line Fonts: DIN, A Garamond Pro, Avant Garde, Cloister Proofed by: ROS/KB/MR  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 5,000 All rights reserved Printed in Canada SUBSCRIBE For your complimentary subscription to frontier, please call 604.822.1995 or email info.frontier@ubc.ca 10% post-consumer waste 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

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