UBC This Week 6-Nov-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Nov 6 New grant to fuel social innovation at UBC
Nov 6 Casting a long shadow
Nov 4 Bringing justice to housing costs
Nov 3 Casey Appleseed
Nov 3 Countries with poor marine safety records linked to oil spill vessels

Upcoming Event Highlights

Nov. 4-27 Free flu clinics
Nov 7 UBC’s Largest Zumba Class: Thrive Week Celebration
Nov 7 Grand Rounds: You are what your mother ate
Nov 8 Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture at the Vancouver Institute: The Change We Seek
Nov 8 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball vs. Victoria Vikes
Nov 8 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey vs. Calgary Dinos
Nov 9 Assertiveness Training 1
Nov 9 UBC Percussion Ensemble
Nov 10-14 School Psychology (SCPS) Awareness Week
Nov 10 Voice Masterclass with Russell Braun
Nov 11 Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBC
Nov 11 Flute Masterclass with Catherine Ransom-Karoly
Nov 12 2nd International Conference: Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?
Nov 12 The Missing Bachelor Man
Nov 13 NGDI Ebola Symposium for Treatment and Action
Nov 13 UBC Opera Ensemble – Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Nov 14 Preparing Traditional Fall Foods with Gerry Kasten
Nov 14 UBC ELI’s iNight in Winterwonder Land
Nov 19 Alumni UBC Achievement Awards
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

UBC 19th best global university for computer science

US News & World Report, a leader in college and grad school rankings, has released its list of the world’s top universities for computer science based on reputation and research. UBC is ranked 19th. Click here for the complete list.

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Economics prof wins SSHRC Insight Award

Economics professor Thomas Lemieux has received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Award plus $50,000 in research money. The award recognized his research on the causes behind the growing gap between rich and poor in Canada. Click here for more information.

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Ken Babstock winner of Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize

Acclaimed poet and UBC creative writing instructor Ken Babstock received the inaugural Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, which awards $25,000 to a writer with an exceptional body of work. Babstock also won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2012 for his collection Methodist Hatchet. Click here for more.

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Mental health project receives Movember funding

The Movember Foundation has awarded $150,000 to the Man/Art/Action project co-led by Tim Laidler, director of the Veterans Transition Network, and education professor Dr. Marvin Westwood with co-researcher Dr. George Belliveau.

Military men can experience high levels of mental distress and are unlikely to seek professional help. The project’s studio art and theatre interventions are meant to help them reinterpret their experiences in positive ways.

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Nursing, pharmacy, medicine students to provide flu shots

Each year, 3,500 Canadians die from influenza and 12,000 are hospitalized, but this month UBC Medicine, Nursing and Pharmaceutical students will help the campus community avoid the bug. From November 3 in the Okanagan and November 4 in Vancouver, 116 students will administer flu shots as part of UBC’s free flu immunization program for staff, faculty and students. Read more here.

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Hands-on learning for first-year engineering students

A new learning approach was introduced at APSC 150 (Engineering Case Studies) this year. Students under Case I instructor Dr. Nobo Yonemitsu participated in hands-on design and real performance testing in place of traditional lectures and tutorials, and created poster presentations instead of taking quizzes to demonstrate understanding.

Yonemitsu developed the approach with help from integrated engineering students Jonathan Lassam and Nik Radosevic. Click here for more.

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Okanagan students say yes to enhanced library

The UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) referendum in mid-October asking students to financially support a library/learning centre expansion has passed with an 85 per cent yes vote.

The project will add 45,000 square feet of study and learning space, more than doubling the size of the existing library. Read more here.

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SALA alum present proposals to combat rising sea levels

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture graduates Arthur Leung and Matthew Beall took first and second prizes in Simon Fraser University’s RISE competition, which seeks out ideas for responding to rising sea levels in Metro Vancouver.

Leung proposed the use of “soft infrastructure” around deltaic landscapes instead of “hard infrastructure.” Beall suggested pairing the region’s sea-level rise response with welcoming and integrating global climate refugees. Click here for more.

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Transit and other issues at SCARP dialogues

The School of Community and Regional Planning is presenting two SCARP Lunchtime Dialogues:

• November 10 – User-Centred Transportation: A Cross-Discipline Dialogue, with Larry Frank (SCARP), Kay Teschke (Public Health) and Robin Lindsey (Sauder School of Business)
• November 12 – Therapeutic Landscapes and the Healthy City, with Clare Cooper Marcus (University of California, Berkeley)

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Experts talk about science, art and beauty

Can art help the public to better understand science? How can scientists nurture their inner artist? These and other questions will be the subject of “Pure Beauty: Science and Your Inner Artist,” November 13 at the Beaty Museum. The panel includes microbiologists Patrick Keeling and Erick James, historian Robert Brain, and science student Paul Bucci. Click here for more info.

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“Failed intellectual” arrives at UBC

Eric Jarosinski, the brains behind the popular Twitter feed @NeinQuarterly and a self-identified “failed intellectual,” is hosting a presentation and discussion at St. John’s College on November 20. Jarosinski is an expert on modern German literature, culture, and critical theory. The event is co-sponsored by the Ziegler Fund in the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES), and the Department of Philosophy. Click here for more information.

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Money Logging book launch

Historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann will launch his new book, Money Logging, on November 13 at UBC’s School of Journalism. The book exposes the destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. View event poster here.

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