UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 16 | Oct. 19, 2000
Organizers hope women get into IT
A free one-day session on how to boost women's participation rates
in information technology will be held at Simon Fraser University's
Harbour Centre Oct. 21.
Entitled "Getting IT" the meeting will share ideas and generate
awareness among students, parents, teachers, industry and government
on the importance of computers in all career fields for women.
The session will address how to land a first job in science and
IT; explore creating diverse computer science curriculum in high
schools and universities; and provide hands-on demonstrations.
Female university and high school students account for less than
20 per cent of those taking computer science courses.
The session is organized by Supporting Women in Information Technology
(SWIFT) in partnership with UBC, SFU, Science Dean Maria Klawe,
who is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-IBM
Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for B.C and Yukon, the
New Media Innovation Centre, Wired Women, and the
Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science and Technology.
For registration information visit http://taz.cs.ubc.ca/swift/pan.
Focus on globalization's effect on women
UBC's Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
is hosting a major conference.
Women's Studies: Asian Connections -- which is co-sponsored by UBC's
Institute for Asian Research and UBC and SFU`s Women's Studies Departments -- will
take place Nov. 2 through Nov. 5 at UBC..
"Most of the discussion on the impact of globalization has focused
on economic concerns and development issues, despite the fact that
considerable research has been done on the impact on women," says
Valerie Raoul, director of the Centre for Research in Women's Studies
and Gender Relations and professor of French, Hispanic and Italian
Representatives of non-government organizations and community
groups will join academics at the conference. Sessions on diasporic
women will be included.
Fees vary, but the conference is free for UBC and SFU students.
For program and registration information visit the Web site www.wmst.ubc.ca
or call 604-822-9171.
Celebrate alumni and athletic achievements
The outstanding accomplishments of graduates, students, faculty,
community leaders and athletes will be recognized at the sixth annual
Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner on Nov. 2.
Among those to be honoured are the 12 recipients of the Alumni
Awards announced earlier this year: Geordie Aitken, Pathology and
Chemistry Prof. Donald Brooks, May Brown, Nicola Cavendish, former
Board of Governors chair Harold Kalke, Lyall Knott, Medicine Prof.
Donald McKenzie, George Puil, Paul Rosenau, Jesse Sims, David Suzuki,
New members to be inducted into UBC's Sports Hall of Fame include:
Barbara (Bim) Schrodt, director of women's athletics at UBC during
the 1950s; former football and rugby player Donn Spence; basketball,
volleyball and track star Marilyn Peterson Kinghorn; basketball,
football, hockey and soccer star Reg Clarkson; and the 1948-50 ice
The celebration at the Westin Bayshore starts at 5:30 p.m. with
dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person.Tables of 8 are $1,000.
Net proceeds go to support UBC Alumni and Athletic scholarships,
bursaries and development.
Call 604-822-3313 or (800) 883-3088, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Putting the `e' in library
As information technology radically changes the way knowledge is
created, communicated and preserved, librarians, students, researchers,
teachers and the public are gathering at UBC to discuss the issues
and implications for the university.
The second eLibrary symposium, eLibrary@ubc2, takes place Nov.
2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Main Library's Dodson Room.
"We have had a very enthusiastic response from the widest possible
range of experts at UBC, from graduate students to Barry McBride,
vice-president, Academic and Provost, UBC Press, University-Industry
Liaison and representatives from many departments," says Catherine
Quinlan, university librarian.
Also taking part are Michael Rosenzweig, publisher and editor-in-chief,
Evolutionary Ecology Research and professor, University of Arizona,
and SFU School of Communications Prof. Donald Gutstein, author of
E.con: How the Internet Undermines Democracy."
As well a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence workshop,
Knowledge Futures: Alternative Models for Scholarly Publishing,
will be held at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There is no charge, however space is limited.
For program information and to register visit the Web site www.library.ubc.ca/home/elibrary.