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Oct. 15, 2004
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UBC to Host October 18 Minds that Matter Symposium
On Monday, October 18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1
at the Life Sciences Building, UBC will host a symposium featuring
two distinguished winners of the Gairdner Foundation Awards. Over
the past 45 years, 61 of the 269 Gairdner winners have gone on to
win the Nobel Prize. The Vancouver symposium will feature:
Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl
Director, Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany.
Lecture: Molecular chaperones in the cytosol: from nascent chain
to folded protein.
Dr. Hartl is the co-recipient of the 2004 Gairdner award for his
seminal work in establishing the principles and discovering the
key mechanisms and pathways for cellular protein folding. His research
has direct relevance to
diseases such as Alzheimers, cystic fibrosis, and many cancers which
are believed to result from protein misfolding.
Dr. Randy Schekman
Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of
Lecture: The mechanism of vesicular traffic and implications in
A Gairdner Award recipient in 1996, Dr. Schekman is renowned for
his work on the mechanisms whereby proteins are manufactured within
living cells. By applying genetic analysis to yeast cells, Dr. Schekman
helped identify the intricate mechanisms that control the biological
assembly line along which proteins move as they are processed. This
research has contributed to a new understanding of brain function
UBC Economics Head Named to National Monetary
Professor Angela Redish, head of the UBC economics department,
has been named to the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy
Council (MPC). The MPC comprises 12 of Canada’s most distinguished
financial-market and monetary economists. It provides the Bank of
Canada, financial-market participants and economic policy commentators
with a regular, independent assessment of the appropriate stance
of Canadian monetary policy as the bank seeks to achieve its two-percent
Redish has taught at UBC since 1981, becoming a full professor
in 1993. She served as special adviser at the Bank of Canada in
2000/2001, and has been head of the economics department at UBC
since 2001. She has written extensively on Canadian monetary history,
and on the evolution of monetary systems, and has participated frequently
in conferences at the Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve
More information on the MPC's membership and activities is available
Action Canada Fellowships Go to High Achieving
UBC Med Students
The first female First Nations student to graduate from UBC’s
School of Medicine, Nadine Caron, and current medical student Freddy
Abnousi, are among nineteen young Canadians awarded 2004/2005 Action
Action Canada is a new, Vancouver-based national organization committed
to building leadership for Canada's future, created in 2002 through
a pioneering partnership between the private sector and the federal
government. Selected Fellows participate in an innovative one-year
program, continuing their studies or working in their professions
while taking part in intensive working conferences in Vancouver,
Ottawa and a third Canadian destination, this year the Yukon.
Caron is currently studying endocrine surgery at the University
of California, San Francisco. A graduate of the UBC School of Medicine,
she won the Hamber Gold Medal as the top graduating student and
was named one of Maclean’s Magazine’s “One Hundred
Canadians to Watch.” During her surgical residency she completed
her master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.
Abnousi graduated with a BSc from the UBC, then completed an MSc
in health policy, planning, & financing from the London School
of Economics and an MBA from Oxford University, before returning
to UBC to study medicine. He has led numerous consulting and research
projects for organizations such as the Kenyan Agency for Rural Development
in Nairobi, the British Medical Association in London, the American
Enterprise Institute Public Policy Think Tank in Washington D.C.,
the NESsT Venture Philanthropy Fund in Santiago, and The World Bank
As part of their leadership training, the Fellows design and implement
public policy projects of significance to Canada. Last year, a team
of Fellows produced two documentary films exploring Canadian foreign
policy in relation to Asian-Islamic cultures. Others examined poverty
in Canada and developed a call for action highlighted through publication
of a poster. One team created an innovative website, Vote-Smart,
to provide on-line resources encouraging youth participation in
the June election, and another held diversity training conferences
for high school students in Nova Scotia.
To learn more about Action Canada, visit www.actioncanada.ca.
Computer Scientist Wins $100,000 Award for Popular
Murray Goldberg, UBC computer science adjunct professor and founder
of popular course software WebCT, has been named recipient of this
year's EnCana Principal Award by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation.
The award, with a cash prize of $100,000, is given each year to
a Canadian innovator.
Since its inception from a course experiment in 1995, Goldberg's
WebCT -- which stands for World Wide Web Course Tools -- has become
an indispensable part of the university learning experience. It
is used every day by more than 10 million students at over 2,500
universities and colleges in 80 countries.
Courses created with WebCT contain searchable course notes, review
material, a discussion board, quizzes and exams, image databases
and chat rooms.
In 1997, with the help of UBC's Industry Liaison Office, Goldberg
founded WebCT Educational Technologies Corporation with Sasan Salari,
a student who had helped him design the software. In 1999, WebCT
merged with Universal Learning Technologies of Massachusetts. It
now has more than 300 employees in offices in the U.S., Canada and
Australia. For more information visit www.webct.com.
First Universitas 21 Fellowship Awarded to International
Susan Peters, international student coordinator in the Faculty
of Science, is the first recipient of the UBC Universitas 21 Fellowship.
The Fellowship, open to both academic and administrative staff at
UBC, is designed to strengthen links between UBC and other Universitas
21 member universities. In this case, the Fellowship supported a
visit by Peters to the National University of Singapore (NUS).
In an intensive week of activities at NUS, Peters met with representatives
from the International Relations Office, assistant deans in the
Faculty of Science, the coordinator of the Faculty of Science Student
Exchange Program, administrators in the Registrar’s Office,
and officers in the Office of Student Affairs. As a result of these
and other meetings, she has become a more knowledgeable resource
for science students wishing to go on exchange to NUS.
In addition to NUS, UBC has a number of other partner universities
in Universitas 21, a network of international research-intensive
universities. Among the goals of U21 are cooperation in the development
of new teaching and learning technologies and the promotion of staff
and student mobility. A list of the institutions comprising Universitas
21 can be found on the UBC International website at www.ubcinternational.ubc.ca.
UBC International Honour Society Recognized
Members of the UBC Chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society
received the Honourable Mention Key Chapter Award at the recent
Golden Key International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The selection
of Honourable Mention Key Chapter Award winners marks a 22-year
tradition for the Society. The award honours chapters that have
excelled in five major areas: communication, publicity, meeting
management, chapter activities and leadership, as well as in participation
in regional and international programs.
All chapters may apply for this award; however, only the most outstanding
chapter is selected to receive the honour. UBC’s Pul Harrison,
Julie Walchli and Andrew Arida serve as the advisors to the local
This year, the UBC chapter exemplified outstanding teamwork, dedication
and collaboration with other student organizations on their campus.
In addition, this chapter was engaged in a combination of service,
academic, social and fund-raising activities throughout the year.
Delegates from the UBC chapter accepted the award at the International
Conference awards luncheon in front of more than 800 delegates from
around the world.
Continuing Studies Grad Wins International Web
Artist Eva Muliawati, a graduate of UBC’s Continuing Studies
certificate in multimedia studies program, has won the Standard
of Excellence WebAward, given by the Web Marketing Association to
recognize outstanding corporate web sites. More than 1,300 sites
from 19 countries were adjudicated in 80 industry categories this
Muliawati, who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, can’t believe
her luck. When she first enrolled in the UBC certificate program,
she had no idea how to create a web site. After three intensive
months in the lab, learning Flash, Final Cut Pro and HTML software,
“my dream site was up and running,” she said.
The UBC certificate in multimedia studies provides students with
the technological tools to integrate all types of media—including
graphics, text, sound, animation and video—to create new forms
of interactive communication. Learn about the program at www.tech.ubc.ca.
New Book Tackles Tough Problems in Artificial
Assistant Professor Holger Hoos has just co-published the book,
Stochastic Local Search: Locations and Applications with Thomas
Stuetzle of Germany. Hoos's PhD thesis on stochastic local search
algorithms for computationally hard problems in artificial intelligence,
completed in 1998 at Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany),
received the ‘Best Dissertation Award 1999’ of the German
Hoos has been working on the design and empirical analysis of stochastic
local search algorithms since 1994, and his research in this area
has been published in book chapters, journal articles and at major
conferences in AI and OR. His research interests are currently focused
on topics in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, empirical
algorithmics and computer music. At UBC, he is a founding member
of the Bioinformatics, Empirical & Theoretical Algorithmics
Laboratory (BETA-Lab), a member of the Laboratory for Computational
Intelligence (LCI), and a faculty associate of the Peter Wall Institute
for Advanced Studies.
To read the prologue: http://www.sls-book.net/Sample-Pages/prologue.pdf.