UBC This Week | May 11, 2006
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Korea Foundation gift creates Korean Legal Studies
Korea Foundation President Kwon In-hyuk and Korean Consulate
Deputy Counsel General Jae Won Jun recently presented $562,500
(US) to UBC President Martha Piper and Law Dean Mary Anne Bobinski.
The gift will enable the Faculty of Law to create North America's
first permanent professorship in Korean Legal Studies.
To be formally established by 2008, the professorship will focus
on human rights, international trade, international dispute resolution,
and intellectual property while enhancing strong cultural and
educational links between UBC and Korea. As the largest single
gift from the Korea Foundation, it adds to a total lifetime gift
to UBC of $1.5 million (Cdn), part of which added the Korean Legal
Studies Program to the UBC Centre for Asian Legal Studies in 2003.
Journalism ethics professor to lead science
Stephen Ward, Assoc. Prof. of Journalism Ethics, has been awarded
funding to improve science journalism and establish a science
journalism program at the School of Journalism. The program will
be the first of its kind in Canada.
An internationally recognized media ethics expert, Ward joins
Elizabeth Simpson, Assoc. Prof and Canada Research Chair in Genetics
and Behaviour, in a $10.2 million, four-year gene therapy program
- the Pleiades Promoter Project – in order to develop more
flexible and safer tools for the delivery of genes into the brain.
The project is one of the largest investments in gene therapy
research in Canadian history.
Genome Canada recently approved Dr. Ward's application to study
the public communication of controversial science, thereby improving
science journalism by exploring new models and strategies for
genomic communication. The project will fund workshops on science
journalism, the publication of research and will be the core of
the new science journalism program. It will establish a graduate
course in science communication and provide financial assistance
to students who intend to become science journalists.
UBC student quintet wins top prize in
Coleman Chamber Ensemble competition
The Cascades Brass Quintet, from the UBC School of Music, is
the winner of the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass
Winds/Brass Prize of the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition
held in Pasadena, CA. Awarded a $4,000 (US) prize, the group competed
against 14 ensembles from Juilliard, Eastman, USC, U Houston and
UCLA, placing first among 3 woodwind quintets, 2 sax quartets
and another brass quintet.
The group includes Al Cannon and Malcolm Aiken, trumpets; Micajah
Sturgess, French horn; François Lévesque, trombone
and Daniel Pain, tuba. In March, the Cascades Brass Quintet placed
second at the Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music Competition and
was accepted into the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Indiana.
For more information: www.colemanchambermusic.org.
Five awards of excellence recognize UBC
Five UBC School of Nursing faculty members were honoured with
awards of excellence at the inaugural annual meeting and awards
ceremony of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
Lynette Best, UBC adjunct professor and Chief of Nursing and
Professional Practice with Providence Health Care, was recognized
with an award of distinction for excellence in practice, education,
administration and research. UBC Lecturer Kathy O’Flynn-Magee
was honoured with an award of excellence in nursing education
for mentorship and professional development of new clinical educators.
Associate Prof. Patricia Rodney was presented with an award
of distinction in nursing for her national leadership related
to nursing ethics. Assoc. Prof. Colleen Varcoe was given an award
of excellence for international expertise and research in ethical
health care practice and policy related to violence, inequity,
and partner violence. Sandra Whytock, UBC adjunct professor and
clinical nurse specialist in gerontology at Providence Health
Care, received the award of excellence for her advocacy for elders
and geriatric nursing practices.
For more information: www.crnbc.ca.
Three undergraduate scholarship winners
selected for study in Germany
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded three
UBC undergraduate scholarships to Mark Chaiyakul, Kai Sheffield,
and Lisa Young for study in Germany. As part of 62 undergraduate
students chosen from 210 applicants across the US and Canada,
the students were selected by a panel of experts to conduct either
academic work, internship, or senior thesis research in Germany.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly funded
independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany
that provides support to 50,000 students and faculty for international
research and study each year.
For more information: www.daad.org.
UBC Chair co-authors APRU collaborative
research paper award
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) announced
the APRU Fellows Program collaborative research paper award winner
through a peer review of experts. The winning paper is entitled
"Indigi-nation: the politics of being/becoming indigenous
in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Canada.” The three authors
include UBC Chair in Korean Research Dr. Hyung Gu Lynn, as well
as Tim Bunnell from National University of Singapore, and Ward
Friesen from University of Auckland.
The cross-national and multidisciplinary collaborative efforts
were based on the theme "New Directions in Asian Studies:
Ethnicity and Nationalism before and after the Digital Age.”
Formed in 1997, the APRU is a consortium of 36 leading research
universities that foster education, research and enterprise, thereby
contributing to economic, scientific and cultural advancement
in the Pacific Rim.
For more information: www.apru.org.
UBC to host 2006 learning conference
The fifth annual UBC Learning Conference is a forum for educators
to interact and share ideas and approaches to teaching and learning
with technology, held May 11-12, 2006 at UBC’s Forest Sciences
With the theme "Crossroads in Teaching: Reflection, Innovation,
Technology, Learning," the conference will explore resources,
challenges, and best practices related to e-portfolios, weblogs,
curriculum theory, team-based learning techniques and web accessibility.
Keynote speakers include John Ittelson, Director of Interactive
Design and Education Applications at California State University,
and Richard Gale, Director for the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning Higher Education Program. Registration
fees are $100 ($50 for students), plus GST.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.elearning.ubc.ca.