UBC This Week 19-June-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jun 19 Lululemon’s downward dogfight: how boardroom politics can impact the bottom line
Jun 18 Mobile app reads kids’ respiratory rate faster, more accurately
Jun 18 Survey reveals discrimination, instability in Vancouver housing market
Jun 18 Play it forward
Jun 18 Fighting crime one tweet at a time
Jun 17 What’s next for Northern Gateway?
Jun 16 Beautiful game theory: why economists are following the World Cup
Jun 13 Training camp prepares Team BC for Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jun 19 Rodney Graham: Torqued Chandelier Release and Other Works – Opening Reception
Jun 20 Cross-Professional Collaborations in Health Professions Education Scholarship-Launching Event
Jun 20 Information Session: UBC Translation and Interpretation Programs (Korean/English)
Jun 21 Celebrating The Poets Of Bengali Language
Jun 21 Greenheart Presents Aeriosa
Jun 24 GSAB Garage Sale
Jun 24 Information Session: UBC Certificate Program in Peer Counselling
Jun 25 The Rick Hansen Institute Global Research Platform: presentation and demonstration
Jun 25 UBC Farm Market at UBC Bookstore
Jun 26 African Storybook Project
Jun 26 UBC Opera Ensemble – Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
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

Vancouver Board of Education superintendent appointed Professor of Teaching and Director of Executive Educational Leadership

UBC announces the appointment of Vancouver School District Superintendent Steve Cardwell to Professor of Teaching and Director of Executive Educational Leadership at UBC. Cardwell brings 34 years of experience in public education including 15 years as a member of school district senior leadership teams, as faculty associate to teacher education students, and as an adjunct professor in the Educational Administration and Leadership program at UBC. Cardwell will focus his contribution on the development of senior educational leaders on a national and international basis.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering prof receives Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research

Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Vijay Bhargava has received the Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research, a career award recognizing the contributions made by researcher in Canada in the field of telecommunications. Bhargava’s contributions in the 1980s were on error control coding and spread spectrum communications for terrestrial, satellite and other wireless applications. His current research interests are in wireless communications, particularly in resource management of 5G networks, multi-tier cellular networks, cognitive radio, cooperative and relay-based systems, and green communications. His work with spectrum and energy-efficient fifth-generation systems will likely be deployed around 2020. Click here for more info.

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Vancouver architects and developers support new Master of Urban Design Program

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at UBC has received support for its new Master of Urban Design Program (MUD) from Vancouver’s architecture and urban development communities.

Architectural firms Bing Thom Architects, James K.M. Cheng Architects, Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning, Rositch Hemphill Architects and real estate developer, Concert Properties Ltd. have established five entrance scholarships for the new MUD program.

James Cheng, Kasian, PFS Studio and ZGF Cotter Architects have also agreed to offer conditional paid three-month internships to MUD graduates. Several of the companies will contribute some of their senior professionals to the MUD Affiliates, a group of award-winning academics and practitioners in urban design. The Affiliates will teach courses, present lectures, attend design reviews, lead tours and offer professional mentorship. Click here for more info.

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CIRS receives SABMag sustainable building design award

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) has received one of SABMag’s 2014 awards for Canada’s green buildings. CIRS was conceived as a tool to demonstrate the possibilities in sustainable design and construction. Read more here.

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Computer Science professor receives alumni achievement award

Faculty of Science associate dean and computer science professor Gail Murphy has received the 2014 University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Alumni Achievement Award. Murphy received her PhD from the University of Washington in 1996 and joined UBC Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor the same year. Her research focuses on developing tools to help software developers and knowledge workers be more productive when working with large information spaces. Her research on software evolution and tools led her to co-found Tasktop Technologies, a company that has over two million users, including the majority of the Global 2000. Click here for more details.

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Engineering student wins Ottawa Startup Weekend

UBC engineering student Tejbir Wason and his team won Ottawa’s Start-up Weekend competition with MyJam, an app they developed that allows users at a party to ‘like’ songs. The songs with the most votes move up on a common queued playlist. Following the competition, the team’s twitter account flooded with messages from music industry venture capitalists interested in the development of the app. The team plans to launch the app for iPhone by end of August and for Android in December 2014. For more information on MyJam and Wason, click here.

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UBC SailBots win first in Robotic Sailing Regatta

UBC Sailbots captured their third-straight victory at the 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta held in Vallejo, CA. For the second year in a row, UBC Sailbots scored a perfect 50 out of 50. The engineering team is the most successful team in the competition’s history, with the U.S. Naval Academy in second place. Each team navigated a robotic sailboat through a series of challenges including a 10 km race in 20 knot winds. Click here for more info.

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SPPH student team wins Canadian Evaluation Society student competition

School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) student team Jackie Siegel, Zahra Remtulla, Petra Lolic, Laura Ball, and Crystal Sun won the 2014 Student Case Competition at the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) 2014 National Conference held in Ottawa. The team was coached by SPPH professor Chris Lovato. The CES is a society dedicated to the advancement of evaluation theory and practice. Click here for more info.

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Videos by pharmacy students place in Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists competition

Two videos produced by students from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences placed in three award categories as part of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) 2015 Pharmacy Student Competition 2013. Esther Chan, Adam Smylie and Cindy Pan won in the Patient Impact Awards category for their video “A Typical Day … For a Typical Pharmacist.” The video also earned a Members’ Choice Award, in which CSHP members voted for their favourite entry online.

The CSHP 2015 Pharmacy Student Competition 2013 is part of the CSHP 2015 Initiative. Launched in 2008, the CSHP 2015 Initiative is a vision for excellence in pharmacy practice by the year 2015 that aims to make the use of medications more effective and safe. To read more and view the videos, click here.

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Pharmacy alumna wins CPhA Patient Care Achievement Award for Health Promotion

UBC alumna and local pharmacist Nafisa Merali (BSc Pharm ’91) was honoured with the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s (CPhA) Patient Care Achievement Award for Health Promotion at the CPhA awards ceremony in Saskatoon. Merali has been described as a pioneer in the pharmacy profession. Her four Vancouver pharmacies offer free monthly clinics on a range of topics in several languages. To read more, click here.

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UBC Library launches PARC

UBC Library introduces Library Preservation and Archives – also known as Library PARC – a new modular storage facility that is being built to accommodate future collections growth. Very low circulation items from the Library’s collections will be relocated to Library PARC, freeing up physical space at branches for other uses – including student and research services, study spaces and informal learning areas, multimedia labs, scholarly exchanges and more. The Library is consulting widely with faculties and departments across campus to help it select materials for storage and develop effective policies.

Library PARC will be located at UBC Vancouver’s South Campus (in the Research Precinct); a celebratory groundbreaking took place last month, and construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2015. Read more about PARC on the Library’s site.


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