UBC This Week – 05-Feb-2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Feb 5  Cancer is not a game of roulette
Feb 5  UBC Okanagan students examine social phenomenon of Cristiano Ronaldo
Feb 4  Statement on sentencing of James Rupert
Feb 4  Experts comment on B.C. assisted suicide decision
Feb 4  Antibiotic-resistant E. coli detected on Vancouver farmers’ market produce
Feb 3  In Cancer’s Margins
Feb 3  Canadian banks being downgraded
Feb 2  Alumni UBC’s online project sharing platform supports those making a difference
Feb 2  Public dialogue on “personalized health”

Upcoming Event Highlights

 Feb 11  Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Workshop
 Feb 11  Copyright & Course Reserves Drop-in Clinics
Feb 10  UBC Sustainability Fair
Feb 9  Family Day Potluck – an Outweek 2015 event
 Feb 8  Tom Burrows exhibition
Feb 8  Queering Sex and Intimacy – An Outweek 2015 event
 Feb 7  Debt and Credit Management
Feb 7  International Development Week
Feb 6  Citation Management Using Mendeley workshop
Feb 6  Indigenous Awareness Week: Metis Day
Feb 5  UBC Opera Ensemble – Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
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

your evolution: alumni UBC’s online sharing platform supports those making a difference

alumni UBC is calling on UBC graduates, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and donors who are involved in a socially beneficial project to upload their stories on www.yourevolution.ubc.ca until March 1, 2015. Ten projects will be shortlisted by March 9 and the public will be asked to vote for their favourite project.

The winner will receive a “social entrepreneur support kit” that includes:

  • Professional photography session or the production of a video to help its cause
  • Mentoring session with UBC President Arvind Gupta
  • Access to a consultation with a UBC faculty member in an area most relevant to the project’s needs (e.g. business, law, engineering, computer science).

Now in its second year, your evolution was first launched in spring 2014 and received more than 130 entries. For further information and to enter a project, visit www.yourevolution.ubc.ca.

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Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program accepting applications

UBC’s new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program is a 20-month professional program for those looking to begin or enhance their careers as policy professionals in global policy-making environments. Students will gain multi and trans-disciplinary analytical and creative design skills, strengths in development, sustainability, and global governance, and an informed perspective on pressing global challenges, including a lens on cross-Pacific dynamics.

The program is jointly delivered by the Institute of Asian Research, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs is March 1, 2015. Visit mppga.ubc.ca or contact the program office at mppga.program@ubc.ca for more details.

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UBC student wins $2,500 for research presentation on reducing whiplash injuries

Mechanical engineering master’s student Alicia Figueira won third place in the AUTO21 TestDRIVE competition, receiving $2,500 for her presentation on her research focused on mitigating whiplash injuries in low-speed, rear-end collisions. Click here for more information.

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UBC SailBot team learns how to detect obstacles in upcoming cross-Atlantic voyage

UBC SailBot, the robotic sailing team of computer science and engineering students, is preparing to launch their 5.5 metre long sailboat off the coast of Newfoundland this summer in an attempt to become the first fully autonomous, unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. Previous attempts by other teams have resulted in sailboats going missing or capsizing when colliding with debris, icebergs, or other vessels. Learn how civil engineering faculty have been guiding the team with obstacle detection here.

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Civil engineering professor receives Canadian steel grant

Civil Engineering assistant professor Tony Yang has received a 2014 University Research Grant from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction for his research project Development of High Performance Modular Steel Structures. Click here for more information.

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Applied Science presents distinguished alumni lecture

The Faculty of Applied Science presents guest lecturer and UBC alumnus, Gane Ka-Shu Wong (BASc’83). Wong will speak about DNA/RNA sequencing and its applications for medicine, science and applied science. Wong has worked with the Human Genome Project, helped found BGI-Shenzhen (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute), and currently works at the University of Alberta as an AITF/iCORE Strategic Chair.

Date:    February 12, 2015
Time:    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place:   Room 102 – 2185 East Mall (Michael Smith Labs)
Info:     Click here.

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Nursing hosts Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholars’ presentation

Nursing professors Bernie Garrett and Maura MacPhee, the outgoing and incoming Elizabeth Kenny McCann (EKM) scholars, will talk about past activities and upcoming plans of the EKM Scholar portfolio. The EKM Scholar Award focuses on supporting teaching and learning scholarship initiatives in the School of Nursing.

Date:    February 10, 2015
Time:    12:10-12:50 p.m.
Place:   UBC Hospital, Room T206 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Info:     Click here.


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