UBC joins edX
UBC recently joined edX, a non-profit MOOC platform that also provides a community of peers with whom UBC can conduct research in how students learn and how best to use technology to support their learning. UBC joined edX as a Charter Member and as a contributor to edX will join the university advisory board that serves as the chief advisory body to edX. For more information, click here.
Faculty profiled in CIHR fall newsletter
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is featuring research by UBC’s Teresa Liu-Ambrose and Howard Feldman in their Show Me the Evidence Fall 2014 newsletter. The publication highlights CIHR funded research on dementia with details of how findings by CIHR-supported researchers are being used.
Liu-Ambrose’s research explores the effects of resistance training on cognitive abilities and the progression of dementia. Feldman discusses current research in treating Alzheimer’s disease, including the role of combination therapies, presymptomatic diagnosis and preventive treatment, and pharmacogenomics — customizing drugs to an individual’s genetic profile. Click here for more information.
Dentistry celebrates 50th anniversary
This year marks 50 years since eight students registered for the first dental class at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. On September 19 and 20, events will celebrate milestones from the program’s 50-year history. Dentistry alumni, former and current students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the welcome reception and beer garden, a symposium, and a gala at The Commodore Ballroom. Click here for more information.
Live music, food and farm tours at FarmAde
UBC Farm is holding its 12th annual UBC FarmAde as part of AMS FirstWeek. This family-friendly event features local musicians, local and sustainable food and beverages, a children’s play area, square-dancing, community info booths, farm tours, and more. Live performances from local artists will include Washboard Union, Twin Bandit and Shout!White!Dragon!
Admission for the event is free; tickets for food and refreshments will be sold on-site (cash-only). Valid government-issued photo ID is required for alcohol purchases. A secure bike valet will be available, and guests are encouraged to utilize public transit or cycling, as parking at the Farm is limited.
Date: September 12
Time: 3 – 8 p.m.
Theatre and opera season opens with Twelfth Night
Director Stephen Heatley and his design team have amped up the fun factor by setting Shakespeare’s romantic comedy in modern day New Orleans. The hilarity of the play’s gender bending and sexual confusions is heightened against the backdrop of Mardi Gras.
Date: September 25 – October 11
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Info: Buy tickets here.