UBC professors inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Philip Andrew Hieter, professor of medical genetics, and Dolph Schluter, professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Zoology at UBC, were among 180 artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony on October 6, 2012.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy is an independent research center that draws from its members’ expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy, and education.
The current membership includes more than 300 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers.
For more on the new class listed by discipline, visit http://www.amacad.org/news/classlist2012.pdf.
Terry Fox Foundation supports UBC research into aggressive leukemia
A team led by Keith Humphries, professor in the Division of Hematology at UBC, has received $5.9 million over five years from the Terry Fox Foundation to find new ways to treat aggressive forms of leukemia by rapidly creating and using laboratory models that mimic acute leukemias in humans.
Members of the research team include Connie Eaves, professor of Medical Genetics and Vice President, Research at the B.C. Cancer Agency; Aly Karsan, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Andrew Weng, associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Martin Hirst, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
For more information, visit http://med.ubc.ca/terry-fox-foundation-supports-ubc-research-into-aggressive-leukemia/.
Alden Habacon receives 2012 Maharlika Award
Alden Habacon, Director of Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development at UBC, has been honoured with a 2012 Maharlika Award for his leadership, community service and his achievements in the field of culture and arts.
The Maharlika Awards, presented by the Filipino Canadian Cultural Heritage Society of British Columbia, honour members of the Filipino Canadian community for their outstanding achievements. “Maharlika” in Tagalog idiom connotes nobility or royalty, the title bestowed on the respected leader of a clan or tribe. The awards are intended to recognize noble heroes in society.
UBC men’s health researcher launches new prostate cancer website and online forum
To showcase study findings about how support groups promote health among prostate cancer patients, School of Nursing Assoc. Prof. John Oliffe has launched a website with online resources at www.prostatecancerhelpyourself.ubc.ca
The Prostate Cancer: Help Yourself website features information about Canadian-based prostate cancer support groups, video interviews with prostate cancer survivors and leading experts in prostate cancer care. A forum offers users opportunities to contribute to ongoing conversations by posting their thoughts, questions and replies. Users can also issue “e-vites” to help others find a prostate cancer support group in their region.
For the next phase of his research, Oliffe is inviting licensed healthcare providers to share their views about prostate cancer support groups by completing an on-line survey at http://bit.ly/SFDICP. Eligible participants will receive a $50 gift card upon receipt of their completed survey. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALA faculty member art installation receives international accolades
Bill Pechet, a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, has created a large art installation that is garnering international recognition. Located outside the Millennium Library in Winnipeg, the 35-ft. tall structure titled emptyful has received media coverage by the Contemporist, Gizmodo, France’s Courrier International, Germany’s Studio5555, and Russia’s Afisha Mir, and aired on the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. For more information, visit http://sala.ubc.ca/work/faculty-work/emptyful
cIRcle nabs top spot, launches award
The July 2012 Webometrics rankings has ranked cIRcle, UBC’s open access digital repository, as the top repository in Canada, and 44th out of more than 1,400 institutional repositories worldwide.
cIRcle and the UBC Graduate Student Society (GSS) launched the Open Scholar Award this past summer. The inaugural winners are authors of two projects for Physical Therapy 572: Lisa Cornish, Victoria Feige, Adriana Guenter, Christina Kliewer and Emily Mellis (view their project); and Jennifer Gonsalves, Evin Kuyer, Tamara McKay, Amy Moffat and Stephanie Palmer (view their project).
Four GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Awards will be given annually – two in April and two in October. Visit cIRcle for award criteria and more information.
UBC Applied Science awards Margolese National Design for Living Prize
Professor Eric Miller of the University of Toronto was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Margolese National Design for Living Prize. The award, made possible by a gift to UBC from the estate of Leonard Herbert Margolese, has a monetary value of $50,000. It recognizes a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes and will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field.
For more information, visit http://apsc.ubc.ca/apsc-eng/news/2012/10/ubc-awards-inaugural-margolese-national-design-living-prize-dr-eric-miller
Open UBC celebrates open access
Open UBC, a series of events in partnership with Celebrate Learning Week and Open Access Week, highlights open access and scholarship at UBC. On October 31 and November 1, UBC Library invites the community to learn more about what open access means to research, scholarship and the UBC community.
Speakers will present a variety of topics for interdisciplinary discussion, including: open education; open access in the sciences; open access and First Nations peoples; and open access initiatives for research and learning.
For a schedule of events or for more information, visit http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/events/oaweek/.
Fourth annual Community and Patient Fair
The fourth annual Community and Patient Fair for Health Professional Education invites UBC students to learn about community health organizations and resources. The event will feature:
• More than 30 community organizations with a wide range of services
• Short “patient panel” workshops with patients, care providers, faculty and students (register online)
• Resources for future patient referrals
• Opportunity to talk to patients and patient family members and groups representing them
Date: Oct. 31
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Life Sciences Centre West Atrium, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Info: Register for panels: http://www.meetingofexperts.org/
SALA events: Territories in Motion with Henri Bava; Four Vancouver Cultural Sites
This week, School of Landscape and Landscape Architecture (SALA) features guest lecturer Henri Bava from Agence TER in Paris who will speak on “Territories in Motion.” The event is made possible through the support of the French Consulate in Vancouver, as part of the Vis-à-Vis Architecture program, an initiative to connect French and Canadian architects.
Date: Oct. 26 (originally Oct. 22)
Place: HR MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Info: Free admission and open to the public.
Noel Best, design architect of Vancouver-based Stantec, will host Four Vancouver Cultural Sites, a talk and tour that will include the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) Renewal and MOA Asia, Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Dat: Oct. 26
Time: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Info: Email email@example.com to attend (first come first served)
Asia Pacific Memo: Introducing “Asia Pacific Memo–China only”; China: Two Faces of Social Protest
The Asia Pacific Memo series publishes short text memos or video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific twice-weekly at http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/
Their most recent memos:
• Introducing “Asia Pacific Memo – China only” (new subscription option)
• China: Two Faces of Social Protest, by Xi Chen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UBC Library and United Way Spelling Bee
UBC staff are invited to join a cross-campus team competition to raise awareness for the United Way. Teams of four to 10 will go head-to-head with various departments and units across campus to compete for the United Way Cup of Victory.
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Golden Jubilee Room, IKBLC
Info: More info. Register by November 13.