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Deans named for Arts, Grad Studies

The faculties of Arts and Graduate Studies have appointed new deans for concurrent six-year terms.

Effective July 1, English Prof. Shirley Neuman, from the University of Alberta, and UBC Prof. Frieda Granot are the deans of Arts and Graduate Studies respectively.


St. John's University alumni welcome new college at UBC

Construction has begun on St. John's College at UBC, fulfilling a life-long dream for graduates of St. John's University, which was closed in Shanghai 44 years ago.

Graduates led by the St. John's University Alumni Association, Hong Kong, along with chapters in Taipei, Singapore, Vancouver and throughout North America, have collaborated with UBC to find a home for the college on the Point Grey campus.


Strangway to receive Order of Canada

UBC President David Strangway has been named to the Order of Canada.

Strangway was one of 24 people appointed officers of the order, the second of its three ranks. As well, 45 people were named members and three people were named companions of the order, the highest rank.


Engineering team soars to victory in U.S. skies

A radio-controlled aircraft built by a team of eight UBC engineering students soared to victory over a field of American and Canadian competitors in an aircraft design and heavy lift competition in Los Angeles recently.


Royal Society honours faculty achievements

Five UBC faculty members have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Professors Ira Nadel, Julian Davies, Nicholas Pippenger, Anthony Sinclair and F.J.R. (Max) Taylor are among 60 new fellows who will be formally inducted into the society at a ceremony in Ottawa in November.


Astronaut touches down on campus

Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau helped kick off a month-long educational program for 52 of Canada's top high school math and science students this month at UBC.


Blake to head Faculty Association for two-year term

Zoology Prof. Robert Blake has been elected president of UBC's Faculty Association for a two-year term. He has served as the association's vice-president for the past two years.


New drug responds to signs of heart attack

A UBC spin-off company is developing drugs that could save the lives of many of the half a million heart attack victims who die each year in North America.


Conference aims at reducing toll of major disasters

Nine years ago a tornado swept through Edmonton killing 26 people, half of whom died in a mobile home park in the northeast end of the city.

According to PhD candidate Laurie Pearce, of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning, it took almost one hour before rescuers realized that the mobile homes had been wiped out.


Mindess named associate VP, Academic

Prof. Sidney Mindess has been appointed associate vice-president, Academic, for a four-year term starting July 1. He replaces Dr. William Webber who has served in the position since 1990.


Nobel Laureate heads south for year's sabbatical at U of W

UBC's Nobel Prize-winning professor Michael Smith has been elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in the United States.


Emergency drill offers opportunity to test responses

A graduate student and a research technician are working in a campus lab on a quiet summer morning. Suddenly, there's an explosion that knocks the research technician to the floor, unconscious.

His shaken colleague calls 822-4567 -- the UBC hazardous materials emergency response number.


United Way UBC co-chairs begin 1996 team building

Prof. Ray Hall, from the Dept. of Theatre and Film, and Margaret Sayer of University Computing Services, have been named co-chairs of the 1996 UBC United Way Campaign.