UBC prof recognized by the Canadian Public Health Association
James Frankish, professor and director of Centre for Health Promotion Research, has won the Ron Draper National Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association. Frankish is a leader in the field of health promotion in Canada. He led or helped establish the first university-based research and practice institute on health promotion at UBC (Centre for Health Promotion Research); the National Program of Research on Literacy and Health; and the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research. As an educator and mentor for students in public health, he has promoted collaboration among researchers from different fields, partnerships with communities and community organizations, participation of people from vulnerable population groups, and participation of students in community-service learning.
School of Population and Public Health professors recognized for teaching and mentorship
Dr. K.S. Joseph, professor at the School of Population and Public Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is the winner of the 2014 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Mentoring award. Joseph was recognized as an exceptional mentor to masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral students, junior faculty, and clinical fellows. Click here for more info.
Dr. Jane Buxton, associate professor in the School of Population and Public Health, received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for 2013/14. Buxton has been described by her students as a “kind, caring and supportive mentor” who challenges them to “think critically” and “voice their opinions in a respectful manner.” Click here for more info.
Faculty members win B.C. Pharmacy Association Ben Gant Innovative Practice Awards
Larry Leung and Jason Min, Directors of Clinicare Pharmacists Inc. and members of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, are the recipients of the 2014 Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award, presented by the B.C. Pharmacy Association (BCPhA). The award is presented to a BCPhA member who has demonstrated significant innovation in his or her respective practice and the profession. To read the full media release, click here.
SCARP honourary professor joins 15 planning theorists in Vienna
School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) honourary professor John Friedmann joined 15 planning theorists in Vienna in May to launch the Evolution of Planning Thought project. The project is composed of three elements: a book entitled The Future of Planning: Personal Stories in the Evolution of Planning Thought, an inter-generational dialogue, and a lecture series organized at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. For more info, click here.
NGX Interactive wins award for Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Story of Medicines project
Out of more than 5,000 submissions from 24 countries, NGX Interactive won silver in the 2014 Summit Creative Award® (SCA) competition for its Story of Medicines project, a state-of-the-art hands-on exhibition for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. The project won in the category of Education Institution Interactive Media. SCA celebrates the creative achievements of small and medium sized advertising agencies worldwide with annual billings under $30 million. To read more, click here.
Nursing prof writes report released by Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Maura Macphee, associate professor of UBC Nursing, is the author of a report released May 27 by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Titled “Valuing Patient Safety, Responsible Work Design,” the report covers nursing care delivery, changes to staff mix, and staffing levels. Click here to read the report.
Engineering students receive Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarships
Engineering students Christina Noel and Andrea Palmer are the recipients of the 2014 Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarships. Noel, a fourth-year civil engineering student, was one of five top undergraduate women engineering students across Canada to receive the Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship of $5,000. Palmer, a fourth year mechanical engineering student, received the Dillon Consulting Ltd. Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship of $5,000. The scholarship is given to a woman studying engineering who is leader in her community, a dedicated volunteer and a strong ambassador for the engineering profession. Click here for more info.
Biomedical Engineering students recognized
Biomedical engineering(BME) MASc student Lawrence Buchan has received the 2013-14 Graduate Student Achievement Award in recognition of his entrepreneurial and scholarly achievements. Buchan is using weight-bearing MRI to investigate the role of biomechanics in hip arthritis. Click here for more info.
BME MASc student Marianne Black has received the Paul Geyer Graduate Award in Biomedical Engineering for 2013-14 in recognition of her entrepreneurial, scholarly and leadership achievements. Black’s resarch addresses the lack of orthopaedic surgical drills in developing countries. Click here for more info.
BME MEng student Michael Cancilla has received the B.C. Medtech Award in Biomedical Engineering for 2013-14 in recognition of his entrepreneurial, leadership and scholarly achievements. Cancilla and a team of UBC biomedical engineers worked with surgeons at VGH and Mulago Hospital in Uganda to develop a sterile drill cover which allows surgeons in Mulago to safely use a regular power drill in place of a high quality surgical power drill during orthopaedic trauma surgeries. Click here for more info.
Steel Bridge Team places first in 2014 Pacific Northwest Steel Bridge Competition
The UBC Steel Bridge Team achieved the following rankings at the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Northwest Student Conference at Oregon State University: third in construction speed, second in lightness, second in display, first in efficiency, and third overall. The team qualified to participate in the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Akron, Ohio. Click here for more info.
Pharm Sci graduates win Apotex Inc. Future British Columbia Leader Award
Recent graduates of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dawei Ji and Aaron Sihota are the recipients of the 2014 Apotex Inc. Future British Columbia Leader Award, presented by the B.C. Pharmacy Association (BCPhA). This award assists with the expenses for undergraduate students to attend the annual BCPhA conference. Students are recognized for good academic standing, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs, and commitment to community service. Read the full media release here.
Arthur Erickson bio wins Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize
David Stouck’s biography of architect Arthur Erickson is the winner of the second annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. The $1,000 prize, given by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, will be awarded at a June reception at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. For more on the prize and this year’s winner, visit UBC Library’s site.
Library Communications wins Best of Show Award
The UBC Library’s Communications and Marketing team was awarded in the Best of Show Awards Competition at ALA’s PR Xchange. The team was recognized for its suite of promotional materials for the Chung Collection, which consisted of a documentary film, a coffee table book, Chung Collection brochures, bookmarks and magnets. Displays of the winning entries will be featured at the PR Xchange at the ALA Annual Conference at the end of June, and an award certificate will be presented.
2014 CTLT Institute: June 3-10
The 2014 Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology (CTLT) Institute shares practices and research around teaching, learning and educational technologies. Held June 3 – 10, 2014, the Institute will hold workshops and information sessions led by 44 facilitators from 36 UBC departments and units and four universities.
The Institute will close June 10 with the Flexible Learning (FL) Open House and Poster Session followed by a keynote address by Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Centre for Teaching. For more info and to register for the information sessions, click here.
Man-Up Against Suicide exhibit
A photo exhibition titled Man-Up Against Suicide, led by School of Nursing professor John Oliffe, looks at suicide through the eyes of 25 people who have direct experience with a suicide attempt or contemplation. Also featured are the perspectives of men and women who have lost a loved one to suicide. The stories told through photographs challenge the stigma of mental illness and show that there are alternatives to taking one’s life.
Date: May 29-June 29
Hours: 12 –6 p.m.
Place: Foster Eastman Gallery, 1445 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Shelved exhibition on display at UBC Library and partner sites
UBC Library will launch a new art exhibition entitled Shelved in collaboration with the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) and Artspeak. Artists Krista Belle Stewart, Randy Lee Cutler, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak have created exhibits that will examine various archives and filing systems and produce experimental library spaces. The displays, which are free and open to the public, rotates from April to August at the BAG, Artspeak and in the Ridington Room at UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture Library. For more information, visit the Library’s site.
Governor General awards 2014 Killam Prizes
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the 2014 Killam Prizes to five Canadian scholars: Sajeev John, Andreas Mandelis, J. R. Miller, Francis Plummer, D. R. Fraser Taylor. The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall on May 26, 2014. The Canada Council Killam Prizes were created to honour the career achievements of Canadian scholars and scientists in five fields: health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. For more information, visit killamprogram.canadacouncil.ca.
Killam symposium on CBC Radio One May 30, 9 p.m.
CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy will interview the 2014 Canada Council Killam Prize winners around how they hope their work will change the world. The show will air nationally on May 30 at 9 p.m. on CBC Radio One. This year’s Killam Prize recipients have made their mark to find an effective HIV vaccine, pioneered diffusion wave technologies that are revolutionizing medical diagnostic methods, introduced the new discipline of “Cybercartography” and its capacity to illuminate socio-economic issues, enhanced our understanding of relations between Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, and developed optical technologies that will transform the way information systems work.