Michael Byers wins Donner prize
Michael Byers, Canada research chair in global politics and international law at UBC, has won the $50,000 Donner Prize for the best public policy book by a Canadian. The Donner jury described his book International Law and the Arctic as “an accessible and thorough analysis of the current state of play in the central Arctic Ocean and its five bordering coastal states, an area where the combination of melting sea-ice and the growing demand for oil and gas has increased international interest in resource exploration, shipping rights and environmental protection.” Read more in the Toronto Star article.
UBC antimicrobial pioneer elected to American National Academy of Sciences
Julian Davies, a professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). His laboratory, the Davies Lab, searches for antibiotics from a variety of natural sources which include bacteria isolated from soils, sediments, clays, mushrooms, and lichens.
Davies is among 21 associates from 15 countries elected to the NAS, a 150-year-old society that provides independent, objective advice to American policy makers on matters related to science and technology. Click here for more information on the Davies lab.
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences opens new Pharmacists Clinic
On April 28, 2014, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences officially opened the Pharmacists Clinic, Canada’s first university-affiliated, licensed, pharmacist-led patient care clinic.
Located in mezzanine level of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, the 1,470-square-foot space has five consultation rooms equipped with state-of-the-art point of care equipment and software, including blood pressure monitors and access to electronic health care information through Excelleris. Services provided to patients who come to the clinic by physician or self-referral include comprehensive medication reviews and vaccinations.
“The Pharmacists Clinic represents a bold step forward in the way we train pharmacists and our commitment to innovation in pharmacy education, research and practice,” says Dr. Michael Coughtrie, professor and dean, UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences. For more information, click here.
Civil Engineering instructor awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Writing
Ruth Derksen, senior instructor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Award for Historical Writing. Derksen’s book Daughters in the City chronicles the stories of young refugee Mennonite women who worked as domestic servants in Vancouver from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The award will be presented to Derksen on June 7 by Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Judith Guichon during the B.C. Historical Federation Annual Conference. Click here for more information.
SALA faculty member wins Architizer Award
Watershed Materials, a startup company co-founded by School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) faculty member Joe Dahmen (with David Easton and Jose Muñoz), has received an Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the Products +Technology category for its sustainable masonry blocks. Watershed blocks are produced with a novel manufacturing process that creates durable structural blocks with less than half the energy of conventional concrete masonry. For more information, click here.
UBC alumnus awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence
Kit Pearson, an alumnus of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Award for Literary Excellence. In her fantasy and historical fiction, Pearson looks to the War of 1812, to Alberta in 1949, and to Mayne Island in the 1930s. She sees children as residents of the past who are largely overlooked.
This is the second year running that an SLAIS alum has won this award. SLAIS alumnus Sarah Ellis received the Lieutenant Governor’s award for Literary Excellence in 2013. Click here for more info.
Physician residents open screening clinic for underserved women of Vancouver for Pap Awareness Month
The LACE campaign is a provincial-wide campaign for cervical cancer and pap test awareness during the month of May. UBC Gynecology and Family Medicine physician residents have put together a resident-run clinic for the Downtown Eastside women, who are at higher risk for cervical cancer due to inadequate screening. This is the first year they are undertaking this project.
Date: Tuesdays and Thursday evenings during May 2014
Time: Downtown Community Health Centre, 569 Powell St., 5 – 8 p.m.
Pender Community Health Centre, 59 West Pender St., 5 – 7 p.m.
Info: Patients encouraged to register here.
Computer Science and SAP host GIRLsmarts workshops
UBC Computer Science and corporate partner SAP are hosting two summer GIRLsmarts workshops for girls in the seventh grade. GIRLsmarts is an outreach program dedicated to exposing girls to computer science and technology. Workshop participants will learn about music and technology, social gaming, user interfaces and more (no experience required). The cost for the full-day workshops is $15 (bursaries are available). To register, click here and to learn more about the history of GIRLsmarts, click here.