UBC This Week | Jul. 6, 2006
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UBC President’s Office administrative
Professor Stephen Toope officially became UBC's
twelfth President and Vice Chancellor on July 1, 2006, announcing
two administrative changes as a first order of business.
Angela Redish, who holds a faculty position
as professor of ecoomics in the Faculty of Arts, has accepted
the position of Senior Advisor to the President. This role will
provide advice and counsel on matters related to policy and planning
and will liaise with UBC faculty, staff and students to provide
an open channel of communication with the Office of the President.
Reny Kahlon has accepted the position of Director,
Office of the President, assuming the administrative responsibilities
attached to the former Executive Director position, excluding
Senate and those issues addressed by Redish. Kahlon will continue
to manage the President’s schedule.
UBC architects, designers assist Downtown
In conjunction with UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and
Global Studio, architecture, urban planning and industrial design
students and practitioners from 15 countries came together in
June to help improve the lives of residents of Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside through design.
55 students and 20 teachers who attended the World Urban Forum
worked with five community organizations in the Downtown Eastside
including the Chinatown Revitalization Committee, the Vancouver
Area Network of Drug Users, Central Waterfront Coalition, Vancouver
Aboriginal Friendship Centre and the Strathcona Revitalization
Global Studio was spearheaded by the United Nations Millennium
Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, and
addresses the need for design professionals to work with communities
experiencing disadvantage or social exclusion. The project works
with them to develop more sustainable and liveable environments.
New Dean, Faculty of Science
The Board of Governors has accepted the President’s recommendation
to appoint Simon Peacock as Dean of the Faculty
With degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981)
and the University of California, Los Angeles (1985), Peacock
has held administrative posts at Arizona State University including
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Personnel, Chair of the Department
of Geological Sciences, and most recently Divisional Dean of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Peacock’s research focuses on the thermal, petrologic and
seismological structure of subduction zones – places on
Earth where tectonic plates dive into the Earth’s mantle
triggering great earthquakes and explosive volcanism. His research
has been funded by the National Science Foundation for the past
20 years and he has published more than 50 articles in peer reviewed
journals including Science and Nature.
New Director, School of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture
UBC's Faculty of Applied Science has appointed Ray Cole as the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture (SALA), effective July 1, 2006.
Cole is an Honorary Member of the Architectural Institute of
British Columbia and currently serves as a director of the Canada
Green Building Council. He was an inaugural recipient of the UBC
Excellence in Teaching Prize in 1990 and currently holds the UBC
designation, Distinguished University Scholar.
Cole will be the inaugural Director of SALA, which was formed
in July 2005 by the consolidation of the UBC School of Architecture
and the UBC Landscape Architecture Program. The new school includes
graduate level professional and post-professional programs in
architecture and landscape architecture, together with an undergraduate
program in environmental design.
Call for nominations: UBC research awards
As one of the top 40 universities in the world, UBC celebrates
the distinction and achievement of its researchers. The Office
of the Vice President Research invites nominations for the following
research awards and prizes by October 15, 2006.
- Killam Research Prizes (all fields)
- Jacob Biely Prize (all fields)
- Charles McDowell Award (Sciences)
- Black and Somerset Awards for performance/ education and
development in the visual and performing arts (Arts)
The following self-application nomination is due September
- Killam Research Fellowships (self-application)
For more information: www.research.ubc.ca or contact Kally Basra at 604.822.6010.