Silviculture institute shines at awards

UBC's Silviculture and Forest Engineering Institute of B.C. won in the education-academic achievement category during the fourth annual British Columbia Forests Excellence Awards.

Eleven awards were handed out to individuals and groups in nine categories in recognition of their contributions to improvements, innovation and renewal of the province's forest sector.

The Institute offers diploma programs for professionals practising in the areas of forest engineering as well as advanced silviculture. In addition, the Institute has initiated a Technical Module Program in Advanced Silviculture for forest technologists and technicians.

Plant sale offers perennial favourites

UBC's Friends of the Garden (FOGs) are once again staging their major fund-raiser, the annual Perennial Plant Sale on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14.

One of the attractions is free admission to the Botanical Garden, where Canada's largest rhododendron collection is in full bloom. Among the many free activities for children is potting up a sunflower to take home.

The main attraction is more than 12,000 plants of the highest quality, propagated by FOGs and sold at reasonable prices with expert advice.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Botanical Garden, 6804 Southwest Marine Dr. Pay parking is available in lots B6 and B7 north of the garden.

Some of us will be gazing at the stars

The nation's leading astronomers will converge on campus later this month to tackle some of the oldest mysteries of the universe.

UBC will play host to more than 125 of Canada's astronomy experts during the annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society/Societe Canadienne d'Astronomy (CASCA) from May 24-28.

"We are literally coming together to tackle where we came from-- the origins of the universe," says Jaymie Matthews, one of the event's organizers.

Matthews, an assistant professor of Astronomy and Physics, says some of the topics that the scientists will shed new light upon are the Big Bang theory, how old the sun is and what caused the sun and Earth to appear in the universe.