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UBC This Week | Jun. 15, 2006

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World Urban Forum June 19-23:


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UBC welcomes the World Urban Forum June 19-23

UBC and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) welcome the world to the World Urban Forum June 19-23 in Vancouver. During this five-day event non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, urban professionals, educators, politicians, academics, engineers, artists and journalists, among others, will focus their attentions on one common topic: the city.

For more information on public events, Earth Blog, forums, tours, workshops and initiatives related to urban sustainability visit www.wuf3.ubc.ca.

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UBC Professor awarded Founder's Medal

Geography Prof. Derek Gregory was awarded the Founder's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for international leadership in research in human geography and social theory. Her Majesty The Queen approves the award of two Gold Medals, the Founder’s and the Patron’s medal, each year. Originating in 1831, the Society's gold medals are awarded for the encouragement and promotion of geography, science and discovery.

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UBC student receives National Volunteer Award

Presented by the Let’s Talk Science (LTS) program, student medical researcher Derrick Randall was recognized with the 2006 National Volunteer award for his work in sharing science with children in small and under-served communities. A true student leader, Randall completed his undergraduate and graduate education at UBC and is entering the university’s medical school in September.

In conjunction with 22 post-secondary Canadian institutions, LTS provides opportunities to inspire youth to explore potential careers in the sciences. LTS is a national charitable organization that strives to improve science literacy through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy.

For more information: www.letstalkscience.ca.

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UBC Continuing Studies receives eight awards

UBC Continuing Studies was presented with eight awards from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) in Toronto, and the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) in San Diego.

The UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health Care Administration was recognized for outstanding programming at both events. Developed through a collaboration of the Institute for Aboriginal Health and College of Health Disciplines, the ten-month program builds knowledge for effective administration of Aboriginal community-based health programs and facilities.

UBC Continuing Studies also won awards for program excellence for the UBC Certificate in Project Management (offered in collaboration with the Sauder School of Business and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science); CAUCE outstanding marketing awards in advertising and thematic campaign categories; a UCEA marketing award for brand development; and an innovative marketing award for the publication “Open Minds: Continuing Education in Review.”

For more information, visit: www.cstudies.ub.ca.

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UBC alumna wins literary criticism award for UBC doctoral dissertation

Louise Ladouceur of the Faculté St. Jean, University of Alberta, was selected as the winner of the recently announced Garbrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism. The prize-winning book is a revised version of her 1997 doctoral dissertation, supervised by Derek Carr and Alain-Michel Rocheleau (UBC French, Hispanic and Italian Sudies) and Margery Fee and Jerry Wasserman (UBC Department of English).

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Grant funds math teaching for Aboriginal students

Principal investigator Cynthia Nicol, co-investigator Jo-ann Archibald, co-investigator Heather Kelleher and collaborator Lee Brown received a two-year $66,500 grant from the Canadian Council on Learning for their project “Developing and Investigating Culturally Responsive Approaches to Mathematics Teaching and Learning.” The collaborative project works with students, parents, teachers and community members to improve mathematics teaching and learning for Aboriginal students.

The program is a unique partnership with UBC, Haida Gwaii Nation and School District, Nisga'a Nation and School District, and the Vancouver School Board.

For more information: www.ccl-cca.ca/ccl.

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Last reviewed 22-Sep-2006

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