UBC This Week | Jun. 29, 2006
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UBC Publishes North America's First University Sustainability Strategy
UBC is the first university in North America to create a comprehensive sustainability strategy.
Inspirations and Aspirations: The Sustainability Strategy identifies 68 targets and actions for achieving nine major sustainability goals:
- Improve human health and safety
- Make UBC a model sustainable community
- Increase understanding of sustainability inside and outside the university
- Reduce pollution
- Conserve resources
- Protect biodiversity
- Maintain and maximize the utilization of the physical infrastructure
- Maintain and enhance the asset base
- Ensure ongoing economic viability
Following extensive consultation with more than 100 stakeholders, at least one UBC faculty, department or student organization has assumed responsibility for achieving each of the strategy's targets.
For copies of the strategy, its companion brochure Inspirations and Aspirations: The Sustainability Strategy and You, or more information on Campus Sustainability Office initiatives, visit www.sustain.ubc.ca.
UBC Family Studies Prof. Named to National Health Sciences Academy
Anne Martin-Matthews, UBC Prof. of Family Studies and a pioneering scholar in social gerontology, has been selected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of the highest honours bestowed upon Canadian scientists.
Also the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Aging, Martin-Matthews' research has advanced understanding of widowhood and marital status transitions in later life, balancing work and home life responsibilities in the context of an aging society, and issues of aging in rural environments. She has initiated and led multi-disciplinary research teams in social gerontology and her scholarship has been translated into the arena of government policy.
Martin-Matthews will be inducted into CAHS at a celebration dinner in Ottawa on Sept. 27. For more information on Martin-Matthews or the School of Social Work and Family Studies, visit www.swfs.ubc.ca.
College of Health Disciplines Names Principal Pro Tem
Lesley Bainbridge has been named Principal pro tem of UBC's College of Health Disciplines, which oversees the university's 15 health and human service programs in interprofessional education and research.
Since July 2005, Bainbridge has been the college's Associate Principal of Interprofessional Programs and Director of Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine. Previously, she served three years as Interim Director of the School of Rehabilitation Science and eight years as Head of the Division of Physical Therapy.
Bainbridge is involved in curriculum development, practice education models, evaluation, research and community engagement as they relate to interprofessional health education and collaborative practice. As a tenured associate professor, she is pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral studies with a focus on inteprofessional health education.
Bainbridge received her physiotherapy training at the U.K.'s Royal Naval School of Physiotherapy and her Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science in Physical Therapy and Masters in Education from UBC.
For more information on the College of Health Disciplines, visit www.health-disciplines.ubc.ca.
Barber Learning Centre Partners to Preserve Historical Treasures
UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) are partnering to preserve the documentary heritage of B.C.
The Learning Centre has entered into a five-year agreement with the AABC to provide funding totalling $125,000 for a series of soon-to-be-announced preservation projects, which will significantly improve access to B.C. historical documents such as letters, photographs and maps. The funding will be distributed in amounts of $25,000 per year for five years.
"Providing access to information and promoting lifelong learning are key goals of the Learning Centre," said Catherine Quinlan, the Learning Centre's Managing Director. "This agreement supports those goals and strengthens efforts to document and preserve B.C.'s fascinating heritage for all."
For more information on the Learning Centre, visit www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.