UBC This Week – 26 Feb 2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Feb 24   Annual breakfast raises over $11M for UBC Student-Athletes
 Feb 20  UBC Engineering enrolls record number of women in 2014

Upcoming Event Highlights

Feb 26  Steven Galloway with magician David Gifford
Feb 27 Press Start: Culture, Industry, and Innovation in Japanese Gaming
Feb 27  Event: SCARP Symposium – Contours and Coastlines: Deconstructing the Pacific Northwest
Feb 28 UBC CPD OB Ultrasound Course
Feb 28 Dealing with Difficult People
Mar 1 Tom Burrows exhibition
Mar 1 Book Launch: Written As I Remember It
Mar 2  Event: SALA Lecture Series: Christoph Reinhardt
Mar 2 “Is This Just One More Folk Legend?”
Mar 2  Event: Lunchtime Dialogue: Indigenous Architecture and Design
Mar 3 2015 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
Mar 3 Urban Forests for Urban Futures – the 2015 Leslie Schaffer lecture
Mar 4 Wall Wednesdays: Adapting Forests to Climate Change: Fiddling While Rome Burns?
Mar 4 Annual Environmental Science Career Fair
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

Dean appointed to the Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Dermot Kelleher will become UBC’s next dean of medicine beginning September 1, 2015. The Board of Governors approved the five-year appointment at its February 12 meeting.

Currently vice-president of health and dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, Kelleher brings strategic medical leadership skills and experience with academic institutions, health service delivery organizations, government and industry. A clinician, scientist and entrepreneur, he has been instrumental in the successful development of academic health science centres and networks in the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Click here for more information.

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UBC oceanographer named U.S. Sloan fellow

UBC oceanographer Stephanie Waterman has been selected as a 2015 Alfred Sloan Research Fellow and will receive $50,000 to further her research in physical oceanography. Recently, her research focus has been on the physics of the Arctic and Southern oceans. This summer, she will utilize a small, autonomous ocean glider to gather fine-grained environmental and physical measurements of Canada’s Arctic waters.

The two-year fellowship honours the achievements of outstanding young scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science in Canada and the U.S. Twenty UBC Science researchers have been awarded the fellowship since 1984. Click here for more information.

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In memory of professor emeritus Tony Scott

The Vancouver School of Economics (VSE) community was deeply saddened by the passing of professor emeritus Tony Scott on February 17, 2015. Scott began teaching in the Department of Economics at UBC in 1953, where he was Chair from 1967 to 1971.

“Tony was a first-rate scholar who made major and lasting contributions in the field of resource economics, and a builder of Economics in Canada and at UBC. He was, among many other things, the founding president of the Canadian Economics Association, a chair of our department, and a publicly engaged economist who made important policy contributions in the areas of natural resources and federalism,” says director of VSE Thomas Lemieux.

A memorial service will be held on February 28, 1 p.m at the Celebration Hall of Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the A. D. Scott Fellowship in Economics at startanevolution.ca/donate, by calling 604.827.4111 (toll free 1. 877.717.4483) or by mail at 500 – 5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3. Click here for more information.

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Health benefits of transit investment

The community is invited to explore the critical link between transit and health at a free panel event on transit’s role in building a livable healthy region, increasing walking and biking, reducing sedentary time in cars, and improving air quality.

Speakers will include Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President of Public Health for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; Bob Ransford, director of the Mayor’s Coalition; Anthony Perl, professor of Urban Studies and Political Science at Simon Fraser University; Lawrence Frank, professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and the School of Community and Regional Planning; Jennifer Gardy, assistant professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, and Patrick Condon, professor at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Date:    March 9, 2015
Time:    4:30 – 6 p.m.
Place:   Michael Smith Labs, Room 101-102, 2185 East Mall
Info:     RSVP here.

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Head Librarian wins 2015 Worldwide Books Award for Publications

Vanessa Kam, Head of Music, Art and Architecture Library, has received the Worldwide Books Award for Publications from the Art Libraries Society of North America. The award recognizes two of Kam’s articles published in the society’s peer-reviewed journal, Art Documentation. Her two-part article series was recognized for its in-depth study of the book and its place in art libraries and publishing. She will receive her award at a ceremony on March 22 at Fort Worth, Texas.

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Library Senate Report released

UBC Library has released its University Librarian’s Report to the Senate 2013/14. The annual report provides key highlights from the Library for the past fiscal year including new study and collaboration spaces, additions to physical and digital collections, initiatives to strengthen ties with the First Nations and Asian communities and more.   The report was released concurrent to the University Librarian’s presentation to the Vancouver Senate Committee last Wednesday.

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2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize Finalists announced

UBC Library, in partnership with the Pacific Book World News Society, has shortlisted three titles for the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia.

  • French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest by Jean Barman (University of British Columbia Press).
  • Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnohistory and the Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
  • The Sea Among Us: the Amazing Strait of Georgia by Richard Beamish and Gordon Macfarlane, editors (Harbour Publishing).

The award was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a former University Librarian at UBC Library and Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, who passed away in 2012. The winning title will be announced later this spring. Click here for more information.

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Press Start: Gaming Conference

A two-day conference on Japanese videogames will bring together scholars, gamers, and industry representatives to talk about Japanese gaming culture and the role that games continue to play in economics, gender studies, and education. This event coincides with the renewal of Japanese gaming companies in B.C. such as Bandai Namco, Capcom, Gree, Gumi, and Sega.

Date:    February 27 to 28
Place:   C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall) and UBC Asian Centre (1871 West Mall)
Info:     https://pressstartubc.wordpress.com/

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Essences: a photography exhibition by UBC alumna

From March 2 to April 15, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will host the first of two exhibitions by UBC alumna Evelyn Nodwell. Inspired by the traditional “high key” style of photography, Nodwell’s photographs in “Essences” were taken in Vancouver, Paris and China, and will appear in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary at UBC Library. The exhibition is free and open daily.

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Book launch: How Climate Change Comes to Matter by journalism professor

A panel event will be held to launch and discuss journalism professor Candis Callison’s book How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts. Callison’s book explores the initiatives of social and professional groups — from scientists to Indigenous leaders and advocates of corporate social responsibility — as they encourage diverse American publics to care about climate change

The discussion will be moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger (UBC Journalism) and the respondents will include Milind Kandlikar (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), David Tindall (UBC Sociology), David Archer (Visiting Peter Wall International Scholar, University of Chicago)

For more details, visit the Liu Institute website.

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