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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,
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.
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."
Eight UBC Students Win Communication Awards
Eight UBC graduate students have won the annual ASI Exchange Communications
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
- 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
- Kim Lam, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Patrick Pilarski and Nelson Siu, Department of Electrical and
- Chris Snow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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.