UBC This Week 30-Oct-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Oct 30 Finding genetic clues to intellectual disabilities
Oct 29 UBC researchers aim to simplify life saving drug
Oct 29 Black Republicans put most faith in U.S. government
Oct 27 Doctor’s orders
Oct 27 Vetting the municipal vote
Oct 27 One drop will do: UBC researchers develop simple new test for vitamin B12 deficiency
Oct 24 Indira Samarasekera welcomed back to UBC as Distinguished Fellow in Residence
Oct 24 Street View for the Bronze Age
Oct 21 More Indigenous teachers needed

Upcoming Event Highlights

Oct 31 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Volleyball vs. UBC Okanagan Heat
Oct 31 Halloween Concert: Piano Students of Corey Hamm
Oct 31 Abenomics Two Years In: Successes, Failures, and Transformations
Nov 1 Family Math and Science Day
Nov 1 Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Nov 2 Building Confidence and Resilience (for Women)
Nov 2 Thrive Talks-University: Money, Relationships & Stress
Nov 3 The Illustrated Biography of the Priest Ippen
Nov 3 Reframing Self Care, Planning Ahead
Nov 4-6 GSS Presents Pop-Up Dance Parties
Nov 4 Thrive Yoga Classes with the UBC Yoga Club
Nov 5 UBC Celebrates Movember: 6 Ideas in 60 Minutes on Men’s Health
Nov 5 Empathy, Narrative Truth and Artistic Process
Nov 6 2014 Marion Woodward Lecture: Dr. Bonnie Stevens
Nov 6 Rice in Japanese Culture: Myth and Reality from a Premodern Perspective
Nov 6 Nurses at the Cutting Edge of Health Care Transformation
Nov 6 The Comeback: Lecture Panel and Discussion
Nov 13 Pure Beauty: Science and Your Inner Artist
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

2014 flu clinic dates and locations for UBC staff, faculty and students

UBC will offer free flu shots to staff, faculty and students at clinics across UBC Vancouver Campus from November 4 to 27. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and reserve a spot at a clinic at riskmanagement.ubc.ca.

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Genomics helps B.C. pharmacists target the right drugs for the right patient

A new research project that aims to make personalized medicine a reality for patients is launching in community pharmacies across British Columbia. Led by a team at UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the “Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy” project is the first of its kind in North America and will position the pharmacist as the health care provider through which patient genetic information can be acquired, assessed, and used to guide drug therapy decisions.

The project is funded by Genome B.C. and the B.C. Pharmacy Association. Click here for more information.

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Engineering professor receives Meritorious Achievement Award

James Olson, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research and industrial partnerships at the Faculty of Applied Science, has received the 2014 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. Meritorious Achievement Award for his technical and leadership accomplishments in B.C.’s paper and pulp industry.

Olson is currently leading a $2.4 million five-year project in which he is partnering with B.C. Hydro, FPInnovations and major pulp producers across B.C. to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent. Click here for more information.

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Computer Science professors recognized

Computer science professors Alla Sheffer and Holger Hoos‘ paper “Filling Your Shelves: Synthesizing Diverse Style-Preserving Artifact Arrangements,” has been chosen as the November 2014 spotlight paper by IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. See here for more details.

Computer Science department head Anne Condon talked to TechRepublic about her passion for research in theoretical computer science and the importance of providing better curricular and a supportive environment for women in computer science. Read the article here.

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Mining engineering postdoctoral fellow wins Young Author award

Wenying Liu, a post-doctoral fellow in Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, has won a Young Author Award for “one of the best ten technical papers presented by an author younger than 35 years” at the XXVII International Mineral Processing Congress held in Santiago, Chile in October. Click here for more information.

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Engineering hosts Distinguished Speaker Series seminar and open house

The November seminar in Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Distinguished Speaker series will be given by Robert Burrell, professor and chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Burrell’s talk is titled “Nanomedicine: Advanced Nanostructured Materials.”

Date: November 4
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Place: Room 202, Chemical and Biological Engineering Building, 2360 East Mall
Info: Click here.

Find out how engineers help prevent disease, reduce poverty and create solutions to protect people and the planet at the UBC Engineering Open House. The event will feature demonstrations, lab tours and informative presentations.

Date: November 29
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Place: Fred Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall
Info: Click here.

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