UBC This Week | Apr. 13, 2006
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Lifetime achievement for Medicine Professors Emeriti
Professors Emeriti Drs. Patrick and Edith McGeer are co-recipients of the second annual 2006 Faculty of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, an award recognizing extraordinary members of the Faculty of Medicine with distinguished careers at UBC.
Members of the Dept. of Psychiatry, the McGeers have been members of the UBC community since 1954, forming an outstanding research collaboration to explore the workings of the human brain, particularly the role of the immune system in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Edith McGeer was also former director of the Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research at UBC. Pat McGeer is a UBC alumnus and also served as a BC MLA for 25 years and held several cabinet portfolios.
Prominent German scholar awarded John G. Diefenbaker Award
Heiner Ganssmann, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin, has been awarded the 2006 John G. Diefenbaker Award by the Canada Council for the Arts in order to further his research at UBC on the sociology of money. Prof. Ganssmann will contribute to the research of UBC’s Institute for European Studies and his research will include both cultural and economic approaches to the analysis of money.
Established in 1991, the annual award honours the memory of former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker and enables a German scholar to spend up to 12 months in Canada to pursue research in the social sciences and humanities. The award is valued up to $75,000 provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, plus a travel allowance of up to $20,000 provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Psychiatry professor wins community award
UBC Psychiatry Prof. Kerry Jang will be named “Academic of the Year” by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA/BC) for his research on mental illnesses and his work in creating support programs for homeless people in Vancouver’s Collingwood area. The 12th annual CUFA/BC Distinguished Academics Award recognizes BC university faculty members who use their research to make societal contributions beyond academia.
UBC students introduced in BC legislature
Three UBC students (as well as two from University of Victoria and Emily Carr Institute), were officially introduced in the BC legislature by the Hon. Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education on April 4. The students are part of the novel STEPS Forward program that supports young adults with developmental disabilities in attending regular university classes and participating in a full range of campus activities. Judith Mosoff, President of Steps Forward and Assoc. Prof. in the Faculty of Law says that including students with developmental disabilities as valued members of this community acknowleges a fundamental value of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the dignity of all persons. It also shows the university commitment to real diversity in its population and a broad understanding of lifelong learning, she says.
"Inclusive post-secondary education has been made a provincial priority by a determined community organization at the STEPS Forward Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society," said Minister Coell in his remarks. "My ministry, with the support of Community Living BC, the non-profit group Voices, and the administration and faculty of the universities of Victoria and British Columbia, and Emily Carr, have implemented an important vision. By working together we have made inclusive post-secondary education a reality in British Columbia. These students are leading the way in a new frontier of inclusiveness that will slowly transform post-secondary classrooms and workplaces across the province."
Created in 2001, the STEPS Forward program strives for an inclusive post-secondary education that encourages persons with disabilities to attend classes and fully participate in campus life. For more info: www.steps-forward.org.
Chan’s new world music series reaches East Side schools
Roots and Shoots is an annual initiative of UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the Britannia World Music Society. The 05/06 inaugural instalment includes concerts with local world music groups Aché Brasil, Masabo Culture Company, Shango Ashé and Uzume Taiko. Designed to introduce more than 1,500 students and teachers from East Side schools to culturally diverse professional music, each concert opens with a pre-professional youth group in the same genre to portray the progression from student musician to professional performer. In addition to the performance, each school will have an artist-in-residence workshop with one performer from the music group to continue learning in a school setting.
At no cost to the students or schools, Roots and Shoots is funded by 2010 Legacies Now, ArtStarts: Schools in Community Fund, and the Chan Endowment Fund of the University of British Columbia.
UBC a title sponsor for ExplorAsian 2006
In celebration of May as Asian Heritage month in Vancouver, UBC is the title sponsor for ExplorASIAN 2006, a community initiative to highlight the arts, education, and cultural expressions of Pan Asian Canadian artists and culture. The festivals kicks off with a free, family-style open house with performances, demonstrations, lectures and community displays on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 10:30am-5:00pm at UBC’s Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall. For more info: www.explorasian.org.
UBC students take top honours in provincial Chinese language contest
UBC students won 10 out of 12 possible prizes in university-college categories at the 2006 BC “Chinese Bridge” Mandarin Speech Contest April 9. First and second prizes were awarded to fourth-year Fod Shadbakht and second-year Sara Mazloum, respectively. Each will go on to represent Canadian universities in the worldwide competition in Beijing.
Organized by the Education Office of the Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Vancouver and co-organized by the UBC Department of Asian studies, the Confucius Institute at BCIT, the Chinese Language Association of BC, and the Canadian Teachers of Chinese as a Second Language, the contest promotes multiculturalism and Chinese language and culture learning.
UBC, Royal Canadian Legion join forces for new veterans’ transition program
UBC Counselling Psychology and the Faculty of Education will launch a joint program with the Royal Canadian Legion to assist soldiers and police officers in making the transition to civilian life. The Royal Canadian Legion gave UBC $20,000 to fund the Canadian Military and Veterans Transition Program. This free program will enable participants to better understand their military experience and its impact on their lives. Facilitated by UBC education Prof. Marvin Westwood and UBC Assoc. Prof. of Family Medicine David Kuhl, the sessions will focus on education regarding the transition process, the effect of trauma on the person, building skills for self-regulation and communication skills.