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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.

Mar. 12, 2004

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UBC International House Presents International Week 2004 March 17 to 19

This year's keynote panel, entitled "Borders Within: Two-Tiered Citizenship in Post-9/11 Canada," features panelists Tarek Fatah, the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress; Hind Charkaoui, sister of Adil Charkaoui, a Montreal father of two who has been detained without charge since May 2003; and Sunera Thobani, a professor in the women's studies' department at UBC and former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. The panel convenes on Friday, March 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the Norm Theatre, SUB.

Other International Week events include panel discussions on human rights and self-determination; international dancing featuring Japanese and Chinese contemporary bands, drum circles and salsa dance lessons; and cultural displays, international food, games, music, and mini performances at International House.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.students.ubc.ca/international.

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UBC Grad Student Wins ASI Innovation Award

The Advanced Systems Institute of BC (ASI) has announced Orcun Goksel, a graduate student in the electrical engineering department of The University of British Columbia, is one of three winners chosen from ten finalists for the ASI 2004 Innovation Award. Goksel won for his entry of a prostate brachytherapy haptic simulator, designed to help train medical students.

"Congratulations to this year's winners," said Victor Jones, ASI President. "The ASI Exchange Innovation Awards is a new initiative to honour outstanding new technologies exhibited at BC's premier advanced technology event, the ASI Exchange 2004. The recipients have been selected based on their ability to demonstrate that their technologies are highly innovative and have a strong potential for commercial success."

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Eight UBC Students Win Communication Awards

Eight UBC graduate students have won the annual ASI Exchange Communications Awards.

The awards were presented to university students who showed outstanding ability in communicating their research at the ASI Exchange technology exhibition on March 9, 2004. In the undergraduate category, two winners were chosen from 13 candidates. In the graduate category, 15 winners were selected from more than 120 candidates. UBC winners were:

  • Stephane Bibian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Meghan Deutscher, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • David Du, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Orcun Goksel, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Erik Jensen, Barry Po and Alvin Poon, Department of Computer Science
  • Kim Lam, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Patrick Pilarski and Nelson Siu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Chris Snow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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UBC Celebrates Commonwealth Day

Former Lieutenant Governor Garde Gardom and the Consul General of Malaysia Mat Dris Hajii Yacoob headed the celebration of the 26th annual Commonwealth Day at UBC on March 7.

Speakers included UBC students, staff, and alumni who represented some of the 53 member nations. Among those who provided personal insight into what freedom means in today's world were: Brenda Adhiambo Ogembo, an undergraduate student from Kenya; Lih Yeen Tan, a Commonwealth Scholar from Malaysia; Devni de Silva, a staff member whose husband is also a Commonwealth Scholar from Sri Lanka; and Mohamed Chelali, a UBC alumnus who was honoured for saving the life of President Chirac of France.

The day was brought to International House by the Commonwealth of Learning and the Royal Commonwealth Society, as Community Partners for Internationalization, an initiative of the Office of VP Students.

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