UBC Library, PKU Library to share staff and expertise
UBC Library and the Peking University (PKU) Library have formed an agreement involving the exchange of staff and expertise related to cataloguing and conservation with an emphasis on Asian materials. The libraries may also exchange academic works from professors at UBC and PKU. The agreement takes effect December 1, 2012 and can be renewed after five years.
UBC and the Beijing-based PKU have had a wide range of research and other collaborative agreements, some dating to 1980. Professor Stephen Toope, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Shanlu Zhu, Chair of the University Council at PKU, signed a university-wide student mobility agreement earlier in 2012. Read the full announcement here.
UBC Nursing honours Helen Mussallem
Dr. Helen K. Mussallem, a recipient of an honorary doctorate from UBC, passed away on November 9, 2012 in Ottawa. Mussallem was a strong supporter of UBC School of Nursing. She was the first Canadian nurse to obtain a PhD degree from Columbia Teachers College in 1962 and served as executive director of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) from 1963 to 1981.
Her legacy has helped ensure that the next generation of nurses follows her example of national and international networking and nursing scholarship. To read more, click here.
Pharmaceutical prof receives ASHP Foundation’s 2012 Award for sustained contributions
Dr. Mary Ensom, professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, is the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature. Ensom is the first Canada-based individual to receive this award, and she will be recognized at the 2012 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of pharmacy professionals. To read more, click here.
Computer science professor receives Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Associate Professor Joanna McGrenere is the recipient of the 2012 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring. McGrenere was commended for her exemplary record in providing supervision, inspiration and support for graduate students. Click here for more information.
Food for Fines campaign raises over $6,000
For the tenth consecutive year, UBC Library and the Alma Mater Student Society ran their Food for Fines Campaign from October 22 – November 4. Food items were distributed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the AMS Food Bank. The campaign raised $6,343.80, surpassing last year’s take of $4,495.43. Click here for more information.
UBC Library’s Friends Newsletter
The latest issue of the Friends newsletter looks at the transformation of the Library through evolving library spaces and new collections. Highlights include recent acquisitions from Videomatica; a showcase of the Chung Collection; and in memoriam, profiles of Dr. Irving K. Barber and Basil Stuart-Stubbs.
UBC ACM team places third and goes to world finals
Five UBC teams participated in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2012 PacNW Regional Competition on November 3 at UBC. The UBC team of Jonathan Shen, Paul Liu, and Karlming Chen finished third behind two Stanford teams. They will go to the world finals in St. Petersburg in June 2013. For more on standings for all UBC teams, click here.
Canadian Literature holds George Woodcock Centennial Celebration
UBC-based quarterly journal Canadian Literature will hold a George Woodcock Centennial Celebration in honour of founding editor, the late George Woodcock. The event will lead in to Margaret Atwood‘s Terry Global Speaker Series talk. Award-winning critic and UBC emeritus professor W.H. New, and Canada’s poet laureate Fred Wah, will attend the event.
Date: Nov. 22
Place: Chan Centre
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Info: More details here.
An Evening with Thomas King
The First Nations Studies Program in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and Random House of Canada presents “An Evening with Thomas King.” The event is free and open to the public in celebration of the launch of King’s latest book The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. A book signing will follow the event.
Date: Nov. 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road
Best-selling author and philosopher gives lecture at UBC
Philosopher, best-selling author, and former UBC professor Lou Marinoff, and Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda will give a lecture on a book they have co-authored, The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy’s Transformative Power.
Marinoff has authored two international bestsellers: Plato Not Prozac, and Therapy for the Sane. Both books apply Asian and Western philosophy to the resolution of everyday problems. In 2004, The New York Times weekend magazine called him “the world’s most successful marketer of philosophical counseling.”
Date: Nov. 30
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Place: Angus 334
Info: More details here.
Action Canada Public Dialogues
Action Canada Fellows Ben Paylor (UBC PhD candidate in Experimental Medicine) and Andrew Pillar (UBC PhD candidate in Law) have organized a dialogue titled “An Action Public Dialogue on Challenges and Change in Canada’s Education Systems”. This dialogue is part of their fellowship projects staging public events with educational policy leaders across the country.
Date: Nov. 30
Time 7:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: Asia Pacific Hall, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St.
Info: Registration and more info here.
Where East Meets West exhibition
An exhibition titled “Where East Meets West: An Exhibition of Mid-20th Century Cantonese Musical Instruments in Vancouver” will showcase a collection of Chinese musical instruments used in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the ’50s and ’60s. These instruments are from the Chinese Cultural Centre and the Henry Lok-Tin Lee Collections at UBC’s Asian Library.
Date: Nov. 15 – Dec. 16
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tues-Sun, closed Mon and holidays)
Place: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Info: Opening reception and demo/workshop: Asian Library
Asia Pacific Memo update
Short text memos or video interviews are published twice-weekly in Asia Pacific Memo series at http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca.
- Senkaku Dispute: the Fallacy of seeing a Monolithic Japanese Government – by Tsuyoshi Kawasaki at Simon Fraser University
- Islamic Roots of Identity in Xinjiang, China – by Rian Thum at Loyola University New Orleans