"Focus on Five" archive
Thad Harroun, physicist, Department of Physics: You might think twice the next time your reach for the bottle of Vitamin E supplements to protect against heart disease or ward off cancer. Physicist Thad Harroun is trying to unravel the mystery of whether the well-known, but little understood vitamin is really the great anti-oxident your pill bottle claims it to be. Read more.
Debbie Inglis, biochemist, director, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI): When times get tough, the tough make lemonade out of lemons or, in the case of biochemist Debbie Inglis, appassimento wine out of grapes. Read more.
John Hay, pediatric exercise medicine specialist, Department of Community Health Sciences: When research teams want to measure children’s daily activity levels without using intrusive wires and machines, they turn to pediatric exercise medicine specialist John Hay. Read more.
Jennifer Good, communication expert, Faculty of Social Sciences: What happens when you’re fed a constant diet of luxurious cars, sparkling jewelry, the gizmo-of-the-moment and other seductive eye candy flashing across the screen as you vegetate on your couch? It ain’t pretty, says communication expert Jennifer Good in her hot-off-the-presses book Television and the Earth: Not a Love Story. Read more.
Voula Marinos, criminologist, Department of Child and Youth Studies: “Justice is negotiated, but justice is also very fluid and discretionary.” Criminologist Voula Marinos takes a special interest in what happens behind the scenes of the criminal justice system. Read more.
Biochemist Debbie Inglis and her team at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) are introducing new, innovative, high-quality wine styles to the region’s winemakers that will adapt well to climate change conditions. And appassimento – from northern Italy, where grapes are ripened further off the vine because of a short growing season – fits the bill.