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Office of the Vice President Research  A Journal of Research and Discovery > Issue 03 > November 2007  Fighting crime with forensics  CancelLing Cancer  Research that goes from the lab to the living  From innovation to enterprise  Bridging BC’s commercialization gap  How safe is Canada’s water?  What every Canadian should know  CANADIANS USE 343 LITRES OF WATER PER PERSON, PER DAY. The Innovation Issue | November 2007  12 Sweet Justice  CSI at UBC: How David Sweet is using dental forensics to pit modern science against criminals 03 Down the Drain  Is our water as safe and as abundant as it appears to be? Karen Bakker aims to uncover the truth behind water governance in Canada  06 Target: The Big C  Martin Gleave and the Prostate Centre are focusing on translating prostate cancer research from the lab to directly affect the living  10 What lies Beneath  What lurks preserved beneath lake bottoms is giving Ian R. Walker clues on how climate may change in the future  16 Pop Art by the Pen  Frenzied facts and fictions collide as Maureen Medved takes her unconventional approach to writing from book to big screen  18 Evolution Revolution  His world is full of organisms with no names. Brian Leander is working to discover and characterize the diversity of life on Earth  20 Bridging the Commercialization Gap  Biotechnology in BC is getting a boost through the Centre for Drug Research and Development, a non-profit organization aimed at driving drug development  For those familiar with frontier, the University of British Columbia’s journal of research and discovery, you will know it showcases the many UBC researchers who impact our world and this issue is no exception. But as “The Innovation Issue” implies, we are showcasing the work of researchers who are doing things differently. Innovation can mean many things. In a traditional sense, it suggests the introduction of new ideas or methods much like the works of Brian Leander, who is actively engaged in the characterization of organisms never before seen by human eyes and Maureen Medved, whose unconventional approach to writing is pushing the boundaries of language. In a translational sense, it means the transfer of research at the university level to the public at large. Ranked number one in Canada for technology transfer according to the Milken Institute, UBC has many such examples including David Sweet’s forensic dentistry techniques, which are employed by forensic experts worldwide to prosecute criminals and Martin Gleave’s work with the Prostate Centre, where research discoveries in the lab are leading to therapeutics that improve outcomes for cancer patients. In whatever form it manifests, one thing is for sure: UBC is leading the way in innovation. Read through this issue and I am sure you will agree.  Down the Drain It’s the land of majestic mountains, lavish terrain and plentiful waters. For Canadians today, their perception of the natural bounty that surrounds them knows no bounds. But in light of recent water contamination tragedies such as Walkerton and North Battleford, Canada’s most vital resource is proving that it is not as bountiful – or safe – as it seems. Dr. Karen Bakker, Director of UBC Vancouver’s Program on Water Governance, is setting her sights on debunking the myths surrounding the abundance of Canada’s water and hoping to incite the need for change in Canadian water governance on both the provincial and federal level.  A Message From Dr. John Hepburn, Vice President Research  November 2007    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 5,000 All rights reserved Printed in Canada  Cert no. SW-COC-1887  This magazine is printed on 10% post-consumer recycled fibre that is FSC certified.  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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