UBC joins in ShakeOut
UBC is participating for the third time in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise.
On Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. everyone on campus should:
• Drop, Cover and Hold on for one minute
• If there is nothing to get under, move to an inner wall
• Move away from windows and falling hazards
The recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan and 6.3 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand serve as reminders that earthquakes can happen anytime.
Visit this page to review Earthquake Preparedness Procedures. To learn more about ShakeOut BC at UBC, visit http://emergency.ubc.ca/shakeout/
Bringing the UBC Brand to life
The UBC community is invited to visit brand.ubc.ca, a new microsite full of tools, templates, guidelines and downloads related to telling our UBC story.
The website includes information about our brand, how to incorporate it into a wide range of projects, artwork and template downloads, and examples of how UBC units have applied the brand to their projects, to help inspire others.
This is the first version and we are committed to improving the site. Feel free to give us your comments and suggestions via the Feedback Form.
Batter up! UBC’s United Way Campaign kicks off
On Oct. 9, the 2012 UBC Community United Way Campaign launched online. Within the first two days of the campaign, the UBC Community raised more than $124,000 toward its $650,000 goal through payroll donations. To celebrate this success and raise awareness of the United Way’s priority areas of senior isolation, bullying and poverty, the 2012 campaign kicked off with the fourth annual Great Pancake Race on Oct. 11 at Koerner Plaza.
For more information about the campaign, visit http://www.unitedway.ubc.ca/.
UBC offers world’s largest forestry scholarship
The Faculty of Forestry is offering the world’s largest scholarship for forestry research to attract top doctoral students.
The Future Forests Fellowship will provide a PhD student with up to $240,000 — $60,000 annually for up to four years — to investigate some of the most pressing issues facing B.C.’s forests.
For more information, visit http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/10/05/ubc-offers-worlds-largest-forestry-scholarship/
$100,000 prize to fight global corruption
The Faculty of Law at Allard Hall has launched one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to the international fight against corruption and protecting human rights.
The Allard Prize for International Integrity will award $100,000 every two years to an individual, movement or organization that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
The prize was created by Peter A. Allard, a UBC alumnus, as part of his 2011 gift of $11.86 million to UBC’s Faculty of Law.
For more information visit http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/10/04/100000-prize-to-fight-global-corruption/.
Faculty of Education celebrates Year of Indigenous Education
UBC’s Faculty of Education is recognizing 2012-2013 as the Year of Indigenous Education. Throughout the year, the Faculty will bring together students, community members, faculty, teachers, and leaders in the field to engage in dialogue, share insights, and critically explore issues related to indigenous education.
To mark the beginning of this yearlong initiative, the Faculty of Education is sponsoring an annual ‘Musqueam Excellence in Education Lecture’ in partnership with the Musqueam First Nation. For the inaugural lecture, panelists from the community will share their experiences and talk about opportunities for Indigenous education.
Date: Thursday, Oct 11
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Place: UBC First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall
UBC Library ranked among top three academic library Twitter accounts
At a recent library research conference, presenter Willie Miller discussed his study of Association of Research Libraries using Twitter. In this study, he ranked @UBCLibrary as one of the three most influential accounts in North America. @UBCLibrary was the only Canadian institution in the top 10 list.
To view Miller’s presentation, visit “ARL Klout study: significance of Twitter in academic libraries”. To learn more about the IUPUI University Library and School of Information and Library Science Joint Research Conference, visit their website.
HELP expo highlights child development research
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is hosting its 2012 Fall Research Expo, a one-day event to highlight emerging child development research.
The morning keynote session, hosted by HELP director Clyde Hertzman, will explore three of HELP’s research streams: The Middle Years Development Instrument in British Columbia; Child Development Trajectories: Looking Forward to the Future; and Monitoring Rights in Early Childhood.
The afternoon session will feature workshops on HELP research topics, offering participants an opportunity to examine the research streams in more depth, exchange ideas and build skills.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Info and registration: http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/events
SALA lecture lifts the veil on exposed structures
The mounting desire for sustainable, economical, and “honest” design has encouraged the move towards exposed structures – buildings that showcase engineering ingenuity and intricate integration of mechanical, electrical, and acoustical systems. On Oct. 15 at the MacMillan Space Centre, structural engineer Paul Fast will explain the design challenges of “baring it all.”
Fast is Managing Partner of Fast + Epp and has led the structural design of many buildings locally and internationally including the Richmond Olympic Oval Roof, Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge, VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitors Centre, and Shanghai Wood Presentation Centre.
Date: Monday, Oct. 15
Time: 6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Place: HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver
Online reserves workshops for instructors
UBC Library has a new online reserves system in Blackboard Connect. The system is a one-stop tool that allows users to manage all their print and electronic reserves requests. Instructors getting ready for their January 2013 courses are encouraged to attend one of several upcoming workshops to learn about the new system and how to use it.
For more information, visit the UBC Library events calendar at http://events.library.ubc.ca/.
Chinese Canadian Stories at the Vancouver Public Library
UBC invites the public to check out a new interactive kiosk that tells the fascinating stories of Chinese Canadian communities from across the country. Visitors will be able to view visually stunning narratives in three languages — English, French, and Chinese — thanks to the efforts of Chinese Canadian Stories (CCS), an initiative of UBC Library and Simon Fraser University Library.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Place: Concourse level, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Sauder student receives KPMG scholarship
Anu Rao, a BComm student at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, is among four Canadian university students to be awarded a $5,000 scholarship from KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm.
The annual KPMG scholarships recognize outstanding students in accounting and professional services marketing for academic excellence, leadership skills, and commitment to their schools and larger communities.
UBC Law recognizes students who work with underserved populations
Recent UBC Law graduates Charles Hutchinson and Theressa Etmanski are the inaugural recipients of the Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award. The award recognizes students who choose to help underserved populations by pursuing articling positions in a rural community or with a social justice/public interest organization.
Hutchinson is currently articling with a sole practitioner based out of Vanderhoof, a small community in interior BC with roughly 4,500 residents. Etmanski is articling with the Legal Services Society which provides legal aid to low-income individuals.
For more information, visit http://www.law.ubc.ca/news/2012/oct/10_04_12_mclachlin.html
Grad student photo exhibition on BC tree planters
A photo exhibition by Arnaud De Grave, a UBC graduate student in the Faculty of Forestry, depicts a group of professional tree-planters in coastal British Columbia.
The exhibition, “Extreme Planting – Les homes qui plantaient des arbes en Colombie Britannique” runs until Nov. 2 at Alliance Francaise.
Date: Oct. 5 – Nov. 2
Place: Alliance Francaise de Vancouver, 6161 Cambie St.
Asia Pacific Memos: Ruling elites, changing universities
The Institute of Asian Research has released two new Memos on contemporary Asia:
• Thailand and Turkey: Challenges to Elite and Military Rule – by Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds and Columbia University; and Ayse Zarakol, Council on Foreign Relations and University of Cambridge
• The Role of the University in Singapore – Video Interview with Philip Holden, National University of Singapore
UBC Apple Festival hosts naming of Canada’s newest apple
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. Every year, around 20,000 kilos of apples are sold to thousands of attendees, and more than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available.
This year’s festival will host the naming ceremony for the very popular SPA493 apple, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Festival Main Stage. The public is invited to be among the first to find out the name of Canada’s newest apple.
Date: Oct. 13-14 ($4 entry, cash only)
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive
More info: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/apple-festival
“Uninterrupted” brings Adams River to the heart of the city
UBC Department of Theatre and Film adjunct professor Nettie Wild has a new film at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.
“Uninterrupted” captures the biggest salmon migration on the planet — the Adams River sockeye run – in a non-linear format. Multiple rear-screen projectors will turn VanCity Theatre into a giant public installation, casting six-foot-wide images on five different display windows fronting the theatre.
Date: Oct. 10 – 12
Place: VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (Free to the public)
More info: http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f6962-uninterrupted