UBC This Week 8-May-2014

 

Recent UBC Media Releases

May 8 Lethal parasite evolved from pond scum
May 8 A cure for Down syndrome? Parents’ attitudes surveyed in UBC studies
May 7 The customer isn’t always right: what happens when customers snap at call centre workers
May 6 UBC bootcamp for future politicians expands to Ontario
May 6 Panel explores role of music therapy in managing neurological disorder
May 5 New Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health launched at UBC
May 2 Mom’s brain is different

Upcoming Event Highlights

May 9 Genomics Forum 2014 – Genomics: Driving BC’s Bioeconomy
May 9 International Job Search Strategies for Domestic Students
May 10 A Growing Affair - Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale
May 10 Royal Opera House Live Cinema at UBC – Verdi: Les Vepres Siciliennes
May 10 Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
May 11 Tennis Single League
May 12 Connect, Copyright & Course Reserves All Day Drop-in
May 12 How mixed methods as nomad science can open doors in higher education research–WERA/CCIE
May 13 GPS Workshop: Management Essentials for Leadership
May 13 Pap Screening Clinic: Downtown Eastside
May 14 David Suzuki: The Global Eco-Crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability (Milton K. Wong Lecture)
May 14 Taiwan’s Economic Development, Relations with Mainland China, and the bid for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
May 15 White Systems in Deficit: Australian Indigenous School Reform
May 15 Liturgy and design: Coptic Orthodox in Calgary by Rodger Woods
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

New Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Student Development

The Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies announces the appointment of Associate Professor Rachel Fernandez to the position of Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate and Professional Development.

Fernandez will assume strategic leadership and oversight of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Office led by Professor Tony Farrell since its inception in 2010. In addition to the Postdoctoral portfolio, Fernandez will take on the responsibility for guiding the faculty’s efforts in the key area of graduate student professional development.

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Emergency Preparedness Week: May 4-10, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Week, held May 4-10, is an opportunity to take steps to minimize the impact of an emergency on you and your family. Visit Emergency.ubc.ca/epweek to learn about what goes into a basic supply kit, how to write an emergency plan and to learn about hazards in B.C. and across Canada.

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Engineering Student Centre breaks ground

Construction of the UBC Engineering Student Centre has commenced. The $5.22 million, 10,060 square foot, two-story building will be used by engineering undergraduates for group work, learning, socializing, extracurricular events and other activities. The building will be open to all engineering students, and will help promote cross-disciplinary learning and networking among students. Click here for more info.

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Engineering Excellence Awards recognize outstanding students, alumni and emeriti

The Faculty of Applied Science’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards mark the fifth annual celebration of outstanding UBC Engineering alumni, future alumni and faculty emeriti. Congratulations to Gordon Forward (BASc ’60), Lifetime Achievement; Brent King (BASc ’96), Community Service; Stephanie Gnissios (BASc ’10) and Duncan McNicholl (BASc ’09) Young Alumni; Shannon Hoekstra (BASc’14), Future Alumnus; and Martha Salcudean (DSc ‘01), Professor Emerita. Click here for more info.

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Political Science prof gives analysis on UN peacekeeping budget

In line with recent discussions about the peacekeeping budget within the UN, Katharina Coleman, associate professor in the Political Science Department at UBC, has recently published on the issue with a news flash in The Global Observatory and a report with international think tank, International Peace Institute.

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Researchers work toward sustainable waste management system

Professor Victor Lo’s team of graduate students, research associates, and postdoctoral fellows in Civil Engineering are approaching pre-commercialization of their “sludge-busting” microwave technology for sustainable waste management in the wastewater treatment industry. The process will economically benefit the wastewater treatment industry by reducing sludge volume and its associated disposal costs, generate saleable products and recover energy. Click here for more information.

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McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award given to Osoyoos teacher

Peter Gajda, a math and science teacher at Osoyoos Secondary School, is this year’s winner of the McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award, presented annually by UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science to recognize the contributions of high school teachers to students and communities through their mentorship. Winning teachers must be nominated by former students. Gajda was nominated by third-year UBC Engineering student Tyson Costa from Osoyoos. Click here for more information.

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2013/14 Community Report highlights the sustainable Library

The UBC Library’s 2013/14 Community Report is now available online. The report’s theme is sustainability and highlights ways that the Library is supporting economic, environmental and social sustainability at the university. Efforts include contributions to Better World Books, digitization projects on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, a technology training program for international students and more.

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Tiananmen 1989 book display at the Asian Library

Members of UBC and the public are invited to view Tiananmen 1989: A Book Display on the Asian Library’s upper floor dealing with the historical events that took place at Tiananmen Square in Beijing 25 years ago. Nearly 100 items about the historical incident, mainly from UBC Library collections, are on display until June 10. The Asian Library is located in the Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall.

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