UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 13 | Nov.
Ag Sci Wins International Award
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Global Resource
Systems (GRS) Program has won the Scotiabank-Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Award for Excellence
in Internationalization for 2002.
The program, headed by Prof. George Kennedy, won in the category
of Broadening the Student Experience. Members of the selection
jury were impressed with the undergraduate programs
unique integration of science, language and regional studies.
Launched in 1996, the program gives students a sense of how
science operates in the real world through a combination of
language training, cultural studies and international experience.
There were 50 students in the GRS program in 2000-01.
Kennedy accepted the award at a special ceremony held in
Ottawa in late October.
Faculty and students of UBCs film program are celebrating
several awards this month. UBC Film Prof. Sharon McGowans
film Societys Child has been nominated for a Gemini
Award for Best TV Movie or Dramatic Mini-series. The movie
chronicles the life and death of Nikki, a nine-year-old girl
with Rett Syndrome, a genetically triggered disability that
only affects females.
McGowan and three other partners produced the CBC film, which
was broadcast in February.
The awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television, recognize outstanding achievements in the Canadian
film and television industries and will be aired on CBC Television
on Nov. 4 from Toronto. This is McGowans first Gemini
nomination in this category.
A film produced by a team of UBC students won the Telefilm
Canada Award for Best Emerging Western Canadian Director for
a Short or Mid-Length Film at the recent 2002 Vancouver International
Film Festival closing ceremony. Big Shoes to Fill was directed
by Michelle Porter and produced and edited by Sidney Chiu.
The cinematographer was Shannon Kohli. The award comes with
a $4,000 prize.
Woollard Receives McWhinney Award
Robert Woollard, Royal Canadian Legion Professor and Head
of the Dept. of Family Practice, has received the Ian McWhinney
Family Medicine Education Award for 2002.
Awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC),
the honour recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding
contribution to family medicine education in Canada.
Woollard, a full-time faculty member since 1989, is recognized
for his influence on the development of the discipline of
family medicine at the undergraduate and postgraduate level
and also in the area of continuing medical education and role
modeling. He chaired the Implementation Task Force for UBCs
new medical school curriculum.