Do you have a great idea for a project to help make UBC a more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus? The Equity Enhancement Fund is available to all students, faculty and staff who want to develop and promote ideas that significantly boost campus community’s equity and diversity. All academic or administrative units are invited to apply for funding up to $25,000 per project. Proposals with budgets small to large are encouraged to apply. Student groups as well as other faculty and staff groups are also invited to submit proposals through their respective leadership.
Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Successful projects will receive funding in May. Visit equity.ubc.ca/equity-enhancement-fund for guidelines and requirements.
Electrical and computer engineering professor Vincent Wong is focusing his research on integrating cloud computing and smart mobile devices. These two technologies are poised to transform applications such as mobile e-commerce, social networking, mobile healthcare, and augmented reality. Wong will be visiting the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg to continue his research into architectures that integrate these two technologies. Click here for more information.
The UBC Concrete Toboggan Team returned with a strong showing at the 2015 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) hosted by UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering. Despite an almost catastrophic sled failure, the team placed seventh among 17 competitors in the speed event. The team of 30 students from civil, geological, materials, and electrical engineering travelled to GNCTR with their concrete and timber composite ski-style toboggan weighing 279 pounds of more than 70 per cent post-consumer recycled materials. Click here for a video recap of the race.
Hosted by various Faculty of Applied Science departments, the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition in which participants have three minutes to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience. The guest judges of 3MT will be Julie Ovenell (Director, Communications, Office of the Vice-President Research & International), Lou Corpuz-Bosshart (Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs) and Margaret Doyle (Digital Storyteller, Communications & Community Partnership). All faculty, staff and students are invited.
The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Symposium will integrate indigenous and environmental perspectives of what it means to plan in the Pacific Northwest in a discussion titled Contours and Coastlines.