UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 11 | Sep.
5 , 2002
Barclays Award goes to UBC
Asst. Prof. of Finance Kai Li was awarded the annual Barclays
Global Investors Canada Ltd. Research Award. Li won the $10,
000 prize based on her paper "What Explains the Growth
of Global Equity Markets?". Her research proved that
the growth of global equity markets between 1974 and 1997
was primarily because of overconfidence among investors, and
therefore not sustainable.
Engineer earns award of a lifetime
Prof. of Mechanical Engineering Clarence de Silva has been
presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Automation
Congress, "in recognition of his outstanding contributions
to the field of Intelligent Automation and Its Practical Applications."
The award plaque was presented in June at a meeting held in
Orlando, Florida. Also, earlier this year, de Silva was appointed
the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal, Control
and Intelligent Systems (founded in 1972).
UBC Prof. joins elite group
Prof. Walter Hardy of UBC's Physics and Astronomy Dept. is
in good company. By winning the prestigious Fritz London Memorial
Prize for Low Temperature Physics, he joins an elite group
of previous recipients - eight of whom have gone on to win
the Nobel Prize. The international honour, awarded every three
years for outstanding experimental and theoretical contributions
to low temperature physics, was presented at the International
Low Temperature Conference in Hiroshima, Japan in August.
Hardy was recognised for his pioneering research in hydrogen
and high-temperature superconductors. A cash award of $21,000
will be divided equally between Hardy and two other winners,
Russell J. Donnelly of the University of Oregon, and Allen
M. Goldman of the University of Minnesota.
New portfolio supports med school expansion
Dr. Joanna Bates has been appointed Senior Assoc. Dean, MD
Undergraduate Education for an initial three-year term.
The new portfolio is designed to recognize the increasing
scope of responsibilities in the area of MD undergraduate
education as the faculty expands its undergraduate enrolment
in a distributed program of medical education.
Bates will chair the MD Undergraduate Expansion Taskforce
and the Curriculum Management Committee.
After joining the Dept. of Family Practice in 1992, Bates
served in a variety of leadership roles including Associate
dean, Admissions in the faculty from 1997 to 2002. She has
expertise in the areas of medical education programs, medical
informatics and telehealth.
UBC alumni tread the boards at Bard on the Beach
UBC alumni have been strutting and fretting their hour upon
the stage at Bard on the Beach this year, but they are far
from poor players.
Several graduates of the Theatre program have played leading
roles in performances at Vancouver's popular annual Shakespeare
Katey Wright, who helped to found the Bard 13 seasons ago,
has the role of Viola in the comedy Twelfth Night. Moya O'Connell,
returns to Bard for her second season in the role of Imogen
in Shakespeare's epic adventure Cymbeline.
Two recent UBC grads making their debut at the festival this
year are Damon Calderwood, a Theatre and Science major, who
has parts in Twelfth Night and Henry V, and Joshua Reynolds
who appears in Cymbeline.
Another graduate, Kevin McAllister, designed the set of Twelfth
Bard on the Beach runs to Sept. 22 in Vanier Park. For more
information call 604-739-0559 or visit www.bardonthebeach.org.
Arts space expands
School life just got more pleasant for Arts students, thanks
to renovations to Buchanan D block. An open area on the first
floor of the building has been enclosed to provide larger
office facilities for the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS)
and more social space for students.
The new space will also house a variety of amenities for
students including several iMac computers, showers for bicycle
commuters, and a fully furnished lounge with a stage and small
The move to expand began two years ago when the AUS held
a referendum asking students to pay an extra $5 per year to
help fund the renovations. The university put in $250,000,
and alumnus James Meekison (BA'61, MA Economics'62) donated
Health Policy forum
UBC has been chosen by the Commission on the Future of Health
Care in Canada to host a public policy debate on the "Pros
and Cons of Globalization in Health Care."
The discussion will take place at UBC at Robson Square on
Thursday September 19 from 7-9:30 p.m. The free event is part
of a series of policy forums across the country organized
by the Romanow Commission to consult with Canadians about
health care issues.
Moderator John Gilbert, Principal of the College of Health
Disciplines at UBC, will welcome a panel of six speakers including
Robert Evans, health care economist and UBC Economics professor,
and Susan Harris, clinical associate professor in family practice.
The guests will speak to a discussion document provided by
the Commission, and the public will then be invited to give
United Way kickoff
This year's United Way is set to kick-off on Wednesday, Sept.
25th with a BBQ at the SUB South Plaza. Co-hosted by the Alma
Mater Society, it will feature burgers, live music, prizes,
and fun! The event is scheduled to run from 11:30am-1pm and
the cost is $5. Tickets are available from any campaign volunteer,
the campaign office or at the door.
"This year, UBC employees hope to raise $400,000 and
money raised from the Kick-Off BBQ sales will go towards our
goal," Campaign Chair Deborah Austin says.
For more information about the United Way, volunteering for
UBC's campaign or information about the Kick-Off Event, call
604-822-8929 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or visit online at www.unitedway.ubc.ca.
Hampton Place flea market
The Hampton Place Community Fund is holding a Flea Market
and Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2002. It will take place from
ten a.m. to two p.m. at the War Memorial Gym. Organizers are
expecting up to 100 exhibitors. Residents' tables will carry
a variety of items for sale from books to small furniture.
The event will also host food concessions, local musicians,
and a silent auction with gifts donated by merchants in the
community. Proceeds will go towards building the "community
within Hampton Place and with the university, "said Committee
member Diane Alfred.
Freddie Wood calls alumni back
UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre kicks off its 50th anniversary
activities with an invitation to all former company members
to attend a gala reunion on Dec. 7. If you were a member of
the Theatre, the UBC Players' Club or MUSSOC, you can add
your name to the Frederic Wood Theatre's anniversary database
by visiting www.theatre.ubc.ca
or calling 604-822-0050.
Organizers are also collecting memorabilia such as programs,
photos and reviews, as well as historical observations and
anecdotes for use in the anniversary activities. These will
include a commemorative exhibit on the history of campus theatre
at Robson Square to be held Nov. 18 - Dec. 5, and a series
of salons with former UBC students who are now working in
the industry, beginning Nov. 23.
On Dec. 7, the Theatre will throw open its doors for an afternoon
open house. This will be followed by the anniversary gala
where guests will be treated to a variety show.
Two students have been elected to UBC's Board of Governors.
Science student Mark Fraser and former AMS president Erfan
Kazemi join our new chancellor Allan McEachern on the 15-member
board. For further information about board members visit www.bog.ubc.ca.