Student and alumni awarded 2013 Trudeau Scholarships
Three UBC members are among 14 who have been awarded Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships: Interdisciplinary Studies doctoral student Sophia Murphy and alumni David Morgan (Masters in Political Science, 2011) and Robyn Sneath (Bachelor of Education, 2011). The scholarships support social sciences and humanities doctoral students focused on researching and sharing innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.
In addition to a $60,000 annual grant for a three-year period, the Trudeau scholars will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of Trudeau fellows and mentors. There have been 19 Trudeau Scholars from UBC since the beginning of the program in 2003.
Film by MFA student becomes ninth-highest grossing domestic film in China
Chinese film Finding Mr. Right, a classic romantic comedy produced by UBC Film Production MFA student Michael Parker and his wife Shan Tam, has become the ninth-highest grossing domestic film in China’s history. Shot mostly in Vancouver, the film has topped the box office in China for four successive weeks since its March 21 release. Parker, who took a break from his graduate film studies at UBC last year to work as the film’s line producer, says Finding Mr. Right appeals to China’s booming middle class with its urban feel and its between-the-lines social commentary. The couple runs the independent production company Holiday Pictures and Maple Ridge Films, which specializes in service productions – foreign productions that shoot in B.C. For more information, click here.
Professor wins teacher educator award
The Association of B.C. Deans of Education (ABCDE) has named Professor Linda Farr Darling the winner of its 2013 Teacher Educator award. Farr Daring is the Eleanor Rix Professor of Rural Education in UBC’s Faculty of Education and works with the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program in partnership with Selkirk College, Castlegar, and school districts in the West Kootenays. She has provided exceptional mentoring of pre-service teachers whose aim is to teach in rural schools. She was also instrumental in bringing several new changes to UBC’s teacher education programs. Farr Darling has many publications and, since the mid-1990s, has initiated joint research projects involving university, college, community, rural educators, and school district personnel.
Faculty of Education announces 2013 Alumni Teacher Award Winner
Harpreet Dhillon, a grade six teacher at Surrey’s Cindrich Elementary School, has been named winner of the 2013 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award for her work in bringing social responsibility to her students and the greater student body of Cindrich.
The UBC Faculty of Education presents this award to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its alumni, who as teachers, are making impacts in the lives of their students and learning communities. Dhillon, who completed the UBC Bachelor of Education program in 2000 followed by additional training in art education, was selected from over 30 nominees.
The annual Alumni Teacher Award, now in its second year, grants $1,000 to a teacher and a $1,000 honorarium to the recipient’s school for enrichment activities, programs, or development. A ceremony will be held at Cindrich Elementary School on May 16 during school assembly. For more information, click here.
Continuing Studies recognized
Transformations: A History of UBC Continuing Studies, published in 2012 in tandem with the 75th anniversary of Continuing Studies, was recognized with an Honorable Mention by the 2013 Philip E. Frandson Award Committee of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
UBC Continuing Studies also received the UPCEA International Program of Excellence Award for its UBC Certificate in International Development, an online program for trained professionals with knowledge of international development issues and skills to work successfully in international environments.
Mentors help high school student succeed in science fairs
Nicole Ticea, a Grade 9 student at York House School, will compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair, May 11-18 in Lethbridge, AB. Ticea participated in the Science Fair Foundation’s Alumni Mentorship Program under the guidance of UBC Electrical Engineering’s John Berring and Christoph Sielmann, graduate students of Professor Konrad Walus.
Her project, one of 12 selected from more than 250 in the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair, looks at the electricity resulting from the pressure of raindrops on a roof.
“Not only did access to such a lab provide me with the materials necessary to complete such a project,” says Ticea, “but it certainly heartened me to learn that there are such researchers as John and Christoph who are open to giving a high school student the opportunity to work in a lab.” For more information, click here.
NGDI-UBC hosted global health meeting
Global health leaders from across Canada met on May 3-4 to discuss the creation of a training program to bring together Canadian researchers who are widely acknowledged as world leaders in their fields from different universities into a single, coherent national global health training initiative. The meeting was hosted by the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative at UBC (NGDI-UBC). For more information, click here.
UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building Wins Best of Show Award
The annual Ontario Association of Architects Celebration of Excellence Awards on May 10 showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. In addition to the 15 Design Excellence awards announced before the ceremony, three more honours were unveiled during the gala including Best of Show, awarded to UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/CDRD by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes & Hughes Condon Marler Architects. To read more, click here.
Alumni Weekend and JY Kwon at the Learning Centre
In celebration of UBC’s Alumni Weekend 2013, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will host a program featuring UBC alumnus Dr. Laifong Leung. Professor Leung will talk about the Chinese community in Canada in the 20th century as part of “Chinese Canadian Stories: From Early Literature to Modern Archives.”
Tours of UBC’s cultural collections at the Museum of Anthropology and the Chung Collection at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) will complement this talk. The Chung Collection, located on level one of the Learning Centre, will also be open for self-guided tours from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors will receive limited edition Chung Collection magnets.
Date: May 25
Time: 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Place: Learning Centre’s Chilcotin Room (Room 256)
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The Learning Centre also presents author and nurse JY Kwon, who will discuss his latest book, A Lonely Bee in the Land of Flowers – a true story about the experiences of an Asian male student in nursing school. After spending most of his life in a world dominated by men in an all-boys’ residence and the Korean army, Kwon suddenly finds himself transported to the female-dominated world of nursing. As he tries to survive in the “Land of Flowers,” he finds that nursing is not just a career but a humbling profession that reaches people at their most vulnerable, regardless of gender, culture or ethnicity.
Date: May 17
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Place: Chilcotin Room (Room 256)
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall
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