UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 3 | Mar.
UBC has gained two honours in BC Biotechs 2003 Biotechnology
Brett Finlay, UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor, was
recognized with an Innovation and Achievement Award. It honours
an individual whose pioneering work has led to important applications
in the field of biotechnology. A professor at UBCs Biotechnology
Laboratory and co-founder of Inimex Pharmaceuticals, Finlays
research in bacterial disease has led to the near-completion
of a cattle vaccine to combat E. coli.
UBCs University-Industry Liaison Office was recognized
with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The office, led by Angus
Livingstone, has been instrumental in the creation of the
majority of B.C.s biotechnology companies. Started in
1984, it provides services such as technology screening and
assessment, prototype development, technology commercialization
and intellectual property protection.
Education Prof. Margaret Early and a team of researchers
at five Canadian universities have received a $750,000 grant
from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada (SSHRC) to make literacy education more relevant to
the Internet age. Early and researchers will partner with
three school boards and a teachers union to determine
exactly what kinds of skills students will need and how best
to teach those skills.
The team will study innovative teaching practices that expand
students literacy skills by exploring a variety of media,
including photography, video, art, music, drama and the Internet.
The project will also allow teachers to learn from each other
as they integrate multimedia resources and their students
cultural diversity into the curriculum.
The findings will form the basis of a Literacy Framework for
the New Economy, designed to establish Canadian schools as
leaders in literacy education, and give teachers tools to
make technological, as well as cultural and linguistic skill
development, a key component of all classroom activities.
Visual Art Prof. Ken Lum is this years recipient of
the Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance and Development
in the Visual and Creative Arts.
Lum joined the Dept. of Fine Arts in 1990 and has an outstanding
record of teaching, scholarship, artistic production, criticism
His work has been exhibited around the world and been included
in the Carnegie International, the Sáo Paulo Bienal,
The Venice Biennale and the Johannesburg Biennale. He currently
edits the critically acclaimed journal YISHU: The Journal
of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Since his arrival at UBC, Lum has also taught two years as
Invited Professor at L école Nationale Supérieure
des Beaux-Arts in Paris as well as a full term in the same
capacity with the Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in Munich.
More recently, he has worked on a number of public art commissions
for the cities of Vienna, Austria and Leiden, the Netherlands
and another for the State of Sienna in Italy.
Education Assoc. Prof. Peter Gouzouasis has been awarded
the Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual
and Performing Arts.
Gouzouasis has launched several successful initiatives that
have dramatically changed programs in the faculty. Gouzouasis
created the Fine Arts and Multi-Media in Education cohort
of student teachers being trained to teach in elementary schools.
He also established the MUSES lab, a multimedia learning space
for visual arts and music education and a precursor to the
FAME cohort model.
Gouzouasis is western Canadas only authorized trainer
for Macromedia Director, the most powerful multimedia scripting
tool for Macintosh, PC, and 3DO platforms, and has completed
a working interface of Interactive Wes, an interactive ethnographic
piece on the life of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Geography Prof. David Ley is one of four Canadian academics
named to the Trudeau Foundation Fellowships to pursue research
on public policy issues.
The awards are the first made by the Foundation, which was
established to help foster the critical thinking championed
by Pierre Trudeau and endowed with a $125 million contribution
by the Government of Canada last year.
Ley, the Canada Research Chair in Geography, studies how immigrant
communities integrate into urban environments and how loss
of identity in urban environments is resisted.