UBC This Week 23-Jan-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jan 23 Balancing act
Jan 22 Stephen Toope to lead U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs
Jan 21 Monuments man
Jan 21 UBC announces initial sport review results and increased varsity funding
Jan 20 National open data and ‘appathon’ competition announcement
Jan 20 Expert tip: Putin’s Games
 Jan 20 Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jan 23-Feb 8 Theatre at UBC presents Chekhov’s The Seagull
Jan 23 BC coastal forest and forestry: what’s the vision?
Jan 24 Education Career Fair
Jan 24 Global Health: Reconsidering its Meaning and Purpose to Everyone
Jan 25 UBC Concerto Competition
Jan 25 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball vs UNBC Timberwolves
Jan 26 Opera Tea on the Stage
Jan 26 Assertiveness Training 1
Jan 27 Electoral Politics in Cambodia: A Serious Challenge to Hun Sen’s Ruling Party?
Jan 27 Science Case Competition Event
Jan 28 Engaging with the Values, Vision, History and Culture of the Musqueam Nation
Jan 28 How to Get Work Internationally
Jan 29 Suicide Awareness Day
Jan 29 Guyland: Proving Masculinity on the University Campus
Jan 29 What is ‘Healthy’ Water? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Water Security
Jan 30 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice: “I am who you are”
Jan 30 What Are We Laughing At? A Personal and Biblical Exploration of Suffering, Mockery and Sexuality in Comedy
Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/calendar.aspx.

UBC People

UBC People

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.

to top

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.

to top

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.

to top

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.

to top

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.

to top

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.

to top

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.

to top

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

to top