UBC This Week | Dec. 21, 2006
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$50 million boost for research in western Canada
A groundbreaking $88 million federal investment in national high
performance computing (HPC) resources will improve the ability
of more than 350 UBC researchers to address some of the most complex
and socially relevant research problems in the world today.
UBC is a partner in WestGrid, one of Canada’s seven major
HPC consortia that together are creating a pan-Canadian network
of HPC facilities. The National Platforms Fund (NPF), built on
$78 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and
$10 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC), was announced Dec 21, 2006 in support of this
unified HPC strategy. Matching funds from provincial and industry
sources will bring total NPF funding to almost $180 million.
This investment marks the first time CFI has identified a specific
research infrastructure of strategic priority for the country
and brought together all stakeholders — universities, provincial
and federal funding agencies — to collaborate on the development
of a purposefully shared pan-Canadian resource. UBC is one of
more than 60 partners across Canada.
WestGrid (Western Canada Research Grid) operates HPC, collaboration
and visualization infrastructure across western Canada. With 14
partner institutions across four provinces, WestGrid is Canada’s
largest HPC consortium. Its partners include all universities
in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well
as the Banff Centre.
UBC hosts World Universities Debating
The UBC Debating Society will be hosting the 27th annual World
Universities Debating Championships between December 27 and January
4, 2007. Welcoming more than 1,000 students from 150 universities,
the 100-member UBC Debating Society will be adjudicating and thus
will not be taking part in the tournaments. Instead, they will
be listening and selecting winners among those who can best put
a strong argument forward through logic, persuasion and eloquence.
The UBC Debating Society is a student club of the UBC Alma Mater
Society. Members currently meet regularly to learn and practice
in both Canadian and British parliamentary styles.
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Anthropological Proessor Emerita wins
Prof. Emerita Julie Cruikshank's book Do
Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters and Social
Imagination has received the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic
Writing (from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology) and the
Julian Steward Award (from the AAA Anthropology and Environment
Both awards were presented at the American Anthropological Association
Meetings in San Jose. Cruikshank is Professor Emerita with the
Department of Anthropology, UBC Faculty of Arts.
UBC to co-host International Offshore
and Polar Engineering Conference
Dean Isaacson and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science has invited
the world's top offshore and polar engineers to Vancouver for
the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)
18th annual conference July 6-11, 2008. Delegates from more than
45 countries are expected.
Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, Michael Isaacson, is a world-renowned coastal engineer, successfully co-founded
ISOPE in 1989 and the first ISOPE-91 Edinburgh Conference. Since
then, ISOPE has held 36 successful international conferences and
For more information: www.isope.org.