Associate Vice-President, Campus and Community Planning appointed
The Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Michael White as Associate Vice-President, Campus and Community Planning, effective Feb. 3, 2014. White worked as a senior planner at the City of Vancouver for 10 years where he led city-wide initiatives in eco-density, revitalization, sustainable neighbourhoods and the new Canada Line. In Abu Dhabi, he was the senior planning manager at the Urban Planning Council where he created a range of plans and policies, including a new capital city plan and neighbourhood plans for the United Arab Emirates.
He will work closely with the Executive team in overseeing the Campus Planning and Design, Consultation and Sustainability and Engineering portfolios for both campuses, the Planning and Development Services and Programs and Animation for the Vancouver campus, and Campus Planning and Infrastructure for the Okanagan campus.
Psychiatry prof receives funding for Bipolar Youth Action Project
Dr. Erin Michalak, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has received funding from the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Medical Education/Research Grants for a study titled The Bipolar Youth Action Project. The two-year community action project, undertaken in partnership with the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia, aims to build knowledge about how youth living with bipolar disorder cope with the condition and to build capacity for youth to engage in participatory mental health research. For further info, click here.
Dads in Gear website launch kicks off National Non-Smoking Week
School of Nursing’s Prof. Joan Bottorff (UBC Okanagan) and Prof. John Oliffe (UBC Vancouver) have led a team of UBC researchers to develop a web-based resource to help new dads reduce and quit smoking. The Dads in Gear website has videos of experts speaking about nicotine addiction, fathering issues, and healthy living, as well as testimonials from dads who have successfully quit smoking. Resources include hints for dealing with cravings, quizzes, polls and places for dads to share their stories. The website was launched for National Non-Smoking Week on Jan. 19 to 25. Click here for more info.
Mechanical Engineering professor honoured by Turkish president
Mechanical Engineering professor Yusuf Altintas has received the Engineering Science Special Award from the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey. The award is Turkey’s highest science and engineering award given annually to a Turkish scientist living outside of Turkey. Altintas was honoured at a ceremony hosted by Turkey’s president Abdullah Gül and was presented with $50,000 Turkish lira which he donated to a non-profit foundation that supports higher education for female students from rural Turkey. Click here for more info.
Nursing professor’s book wins award from American Journal of Nursing
A book co-edited by Associate Professor and School of Nursing Director Suzanne Campbell has received a 2013 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, one of the most established and broad-based nursing journals in the world. Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making it Real addresses the use of simulation in nursing education and provides practical instruction on how to develop and design simulation scenarios and integrate them into the nursing curriculum. Click here for more info.
Computer scientists win best paper awards
Professor Michiel van de Panne and Ph.D. student Shailen Agrawal recently won the best paper award at the Motion in Games 2013 Conference for their paper “Pareto Optimal Control for Natural and Supernatural Motions.” Agrawal, van de Panne and M.Sc. student Shou Shen were also awarded a best-paper honorable mention at the ACM SIGGRAPH/EG Symposium on Computer Animation for their paper “Diverse Motion Variations for Physics-based Character Animation.” Click here for more info.
Graduate student wins Health Talks Student Contest
Sarah Chapdelaine, a second year Master of Occupational Therapy student, has won the Health Talks Student Contest from the B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council. The contest asked B.C. post-secondary, high school and elementary school applicants to express their hopes for health care through essay, video, or mixed media project. Chapdelaine’s winning essay on stigma and suicide expresses hope to evolve the language used around suicide as it relates to mental illness, to remove the stigma to facilitate recovery for those at risk and help heal those left behind. As winner, Chapdelaine will deliver a Pecha Kucha presentation at the Health Talks event on Feb. 26, 2014.
Copyright workshops for spring 2014
UBC’s Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office advises on the application of UBC’s copyright requirements and guidelines, and provides services to support the preparation of course materials, assignments, presentations and publications. The office is offering a new series of copyright workshops this term – click on the title links below for event and registration details.
Copyright for the Classroom
Date: Jan. 28 and Feb. 25
Time: 11 a.m. – noon Place: Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Copyright for Your Thesis
Date: Jan. 30
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Place: Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road
Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment
Date: Feb. 6 and April 3
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Place: Lillooet Room (301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Copyright and Conference Presentations
Date: March 19
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Place: Koerner 216, Koerner Library
Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access Publishing
Date: March 25
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Place: Koerner 216, Koerner Library