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UBC This Week | Dec. 14, 2006

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UBC names new Dean of Dentistry

Dr. Charles Shuler has been named the new Dean of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry, effective February, 2007. Shuler comes to UBC from the University of Southern California (USC), where he was most recently Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs. His research focuses on craniofacial development, oral carcinogenesis and gene therapy. At USC he played a leadership role in planning and implementing a problem-based learning dental education program.

Shuler received his BSc in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his PhD in pathology from the University of Chicago and developed an oral pathology specialty at the University of Minnesota and the Royal Dental College of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UBC names Principal, College of Health Disciplines

Louise Nasmith has been named the Principal of the UBC College of Health Disciplines, effective June 1, 2007. Nasmith joins UBC from the University of Toronto where she held the position of Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2002. Previously, she was the Chair for the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University.

Nasmith obtained her BA from the University of Toronto and her medical degree and education degree from McGill University. Nasmith has been involved with a number of projects that focus on the integration of care or chronic illness and interprofessional care and education. She is a member of the National Expert Committee on Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice, a Health Canada initiative.

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Engineering student recognized as Champion of Public Safety

UBC Mining Engineering student Doug Sweeney received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Public Safety from The Honourable Iona Campagnola on December 8, 2006.

The award recognizes Sweeney's lifetime of achievements spanning his 30-year career. As the Manager of Occupational Health and Safety at Thompson Rivers University, Sweeney is also pursuing his PhD in UBC's Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering.

For more information, visit: www.apsc.ubc.ca.

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Engineering students' holiday wishes to end poverty

The UBC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders has erected a tree in the Fred Kaiser Building as part of its "Wishes to Help End Poverty" initiative. Passers-by are being asked to fill out blank decorations provided to express their wishes for and personal commitment to ending extreme poverty.

The ornaments will be sent along with a letter to local Members of Parliament. For more information: www.ewb.ca.

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Engineering students win national scholarships

Two UBC PhD students are among six Canadian engineers who recently shared $52,500 as the 2006 recipients of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) national scholarships, which provide financial support to professional engineers pursuing advanced studies and research.

Civil Engineering student Andrew Wood received the $10,000 CCPE-Manulife Financial Scholarship to research asset management of municipal water infrastructure. Mechanical Engineering student Conor Reynolds received the $7,500 CCPE-TD Meloche Monnex Scholarship to investigate ways to reduce the negative impacts of transportation emissions on public health and the environment in urban centres.

For more information: www.apeg.bc.ca.

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UBC Computer Science student launches new software

The Eclipse Foundation recently launched the UBC-developed Eclipse Mylar 1.0, a task-focused software program that enhances developer productivity by reducing information overload and enabling easy multi-tasking.

Developed by UBC Computer Science PhD candidate Mik Kersten, the program gives users quick access to their most recent and closely related information by monitoring the user’s activity to determine what documents are most relevant to the task. It maintains the accessibility of the items of interest and automatically searches out related data. Mylar also simplifies task management by allowing developers to easily switch between tasks and share task context with other developers, thereby reducing the amount of scrolling and searching required to fix a bug or add a new feature.

The Eclipse Foundation is an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal software development platform.

For more information: www.eclipse.org.

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2006 UBC annual report feedback winner announced

Following the Dec. 8, 2006 deadline to provide feedback on the online version of the UBC annual report, staff member Meg Walker was randomly selected as the recipient of the 80 GB video iPod giveaway. Walker is currently a temporary Development Coordinator in the UBC Library Development Office.

Entitled Without Borders, the online annual report and archived UBC annual general meeting (AGM) webcast can still be viewed on the Public Affairs website: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/annualreports.

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