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UBC News Digest

The UBC News Digest is a weekly summary of news stories about UBC people, research, learning, community, and internationalization initiatives. News Digest past issues are also available on-line.

May 7, 2003

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UBC human sciences researchers gain more than $6 million in federal funding

Social sciences and humanities researchers at UBC have gained $5.3 million in funding in Standard Research Grants and $950,000 through the Initiative on the New Economy research grants, both programs of the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.

The funding will support 71 UBC projects that ranges from a study of social phobia to a history and analysis of Canadians and adoption.

The UBC funding was part of a $73 million federal investment in social, economic and cultural research projects. B.C. universities gained $10.5 million to conduct 114 projects.

For a complete list of awards, organized by theme and by province, visit www.sshrc.ca.

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Six UBC women nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction awards

UBC staff, faculty and students have been nominated for the 2003 YWCA women of distinction awards. They are:

  • Dr. Joanna Bates, senior associate dean, Faculty of Medicine

  • Assoc. Prof. Karen Meyer, director, Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Nichola Hall, director, Arts, Humanities and Public Affairs, UBC's
  • Continuing Studies Dept.

  • Prof. Gail Bellward., associate dean, Grad Studies and Research,
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, Faculty of Arts student and 2003 Rhodes Scholar

  • Elaine Chong, Doctor of Pharmacy student, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Award winners will be named at a gala event June 5. For more information, visit the website at www.ywcavan.org and click on special events.

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Botanical Garden's Popular Perennial Sale Slated for Mother's Day

UBC's 13th Annual Perennial Plant Sale takes place on Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take Mom on a tour of the UBC Botanical Gardens, or select a gift from more than 10,000 choice plants grown by the Friends of the Garden, as well as some special treasures from the UBC Nursery.

Canadian Gardener David Tarrant and author Judy Newton will be on hand to give gardening advice, and there will be a children's corner for young green thumbs. Admission is free.

The sale is the garden's major annual fundraiser. For additional information, call 604.822.9666 or 604.822.3928. The Garden is located at 6804 Southwest Marine Drive.

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2003 CABSD award winners honoured

This year's CABSD award winners were honoured in a ceremony in the Chapman Learning Commons on April 30.

Four members of the UBC campus community were named recipients of the Margaret Fulton Award recognizing individuals on campus who have made a significant contribution to student's lives.

Student Health Service nurse Debbie Aikens, AMS Safety Coordinator Sue Brown, Chapman Learning Commons student development officer Margot Bell, and the outgoing co-chairs of the Community Health Initiative for University Students (CHIUS), Kristi Mardyn and David Hui were named recipients of the Margaret Fulton Award. The award recognizes individuals on campus who have made a significant contribution to students' lives.

The Faculty of Medicine's Rural and Underserved Community Practice Program received the Peter Larkin Award for a graduate or post baccalaureate program. The program has been sending medical students to rural and underserved communities for 26 years to give them a taste for medicine in the field.

The Alfred Scow Award for an undergraduate program or department went to the Integrated Sciences Program and Faculty of Arts' First Nations Languages Program. The Helen MaCrae Award recognizing outstanding AMS/GSS/UBC Student Services went to the AMS Ombuds Office and Student Exchange Program. CABSD awards recognize exceptional contributions or significant improvements to student experience and learning.

Established in 1998, the awards are named for former members of the university community who made major contributions to student life. Nominations for the awards were made by students, faculty and staff. Winners were selected by the CABSD which includes representatives from across campus.

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Distinguished University Scholars program launched

UBC has named its first 18 Distinguished University Scholars, under a new Chairs program that recognizes exceptional faculty members who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning.

The five-year, renewable Chair appointments are intended to retain scholars of excellence - scholars acknowledged by their peers to have achieved international recognition as leaders, or having the potential to be such leaders, in their specific fields. For each year that a person occupies a Chair, he or she receives $20,000 plus the designation of Distinguished University Scholar.

Criteria for being awarded a Chair include:

  • international recognition as leaders in their field;

  • a superior record in attracting and supervising students and trainees;

  • an innovative, original and high quality proposed scholarly program

  • integration of the scholar's work with their faculty's strategic
  • scholarly priorities.

Congratulations to this year's Distinguished University Scholars:

  • Nemkumar Banthia (Applied Science)

  • Anthony Barrett (Arts)

  • Jane Coop (Music)

  • Erwin Diewet (Arts)

  • James Enns (Arts)

  • Richard Ericson (Graduate Studies)

  • Sherrill Grace (Arts)

  • Derek Gregory (Arts)

  • Richard Johnston
  • (Arts)
  • Thomas Lemieux
  • (Arts)
  • Ken Lum (Arts)

  • Pitman Potter (Law)

  • Sandra Robinson (Commerce)

  • Linda Siegel (Education)

  • Natalie Strynadka (Medicine)

  • Yu Tian Wang (Medicine)

  • John Willinsky (Education)

  • Catherine Wilson (Arts)

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