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UBC This Week | Nov. 9, 2006

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UBC Health Symposium

The fourth annual UBC Health Symposium will take place on Nov. 29, 2006 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Life Sciences Institute. Recently named one of BC's Top 30 Employers, UBC is committed to continuing to develop a healthy work environment.

The keynote and breakout sessions will include discussions about how to create a healthy community at UBC, compassionate communication, engaging the soul at work, and more.

On-line registration began Nov. 7: www.hse.ubc.ca/health-symposium.

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Engineering students’ invention ranks in TIME’s top 50

TIME Magazine has selected a car that travels 3,145 miles on a gallon of gas, invented by UBC engineering students, as one of the top 50 inventions for 2006. Mechanical Engineering students designed the carbon-fibre Mark V, which weighs 80 lbs, has a curved underbody and an ultra-fuel-efficient 54 c.c. engine. For optimal aerodynamics, the driver lies down and the windows do not open.

Kevin Li and Jonathon Yeung led their team to first place in this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Competition. More than 40 teams from Canada, the U.S. and India competed to design, build and drive a single-person vehicle in the most fuel-efficient way.

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UBC professor wins major book prize

Prof. Stephen Ward has been awarded the 2005-06 Harold Adams Innis Prize for his book, The Invention of Journalism Ethics (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005). The prize is annually awarded to the best English-language book in the social sciences by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Ward will receive his prize at a Nov. 25 ceremony on Parliament Hill.

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UBC professor wins BC Innovation Council award

Prof. Luciana Duranti in the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies has been awarded the Frontiers in Research Award from the BC Innovation Council. Recognized as an international leader in archival studies, Duranti expanded her initially small UBC-funded project into a global research agenda in North America, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Asia. The founder and Project Director of the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems, Duranti leads a multinational, interdisciplinary research effort addressing the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records.

For more information: www.bcinnovationcouncil.com.

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Institute of Asian Research launches Summer Institute China Program

The UBC Institute of Asian Research recently launched the Summer Institute China Program, an annual training program for business executives and government officials preparing for work in China. The Institute will take place June 3-15, 2007 in Vancouver, Whistler and Shanghai.

The program provides an opportunity to learn from government, business and academic leaders in areas such as contract negotiations, relationship management, government relations, cross-cultural communication, crisis management, and human resources. The program is partnering with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong during the Shanghai portion of its program.

For more information: www.iar.ubc.ca.

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UBC Professors named Howard Hughes research scholars

Three UBC faculty members have been designated Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholars: Medical Genetics Prof. Philip Hieter, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Prof. Natalie Strynadka, and Neurology Prof. Yu Tian Wang. Worth more than $500,000 over five years the trio were chosen from 546 applicants from eight countries. Both Tian Wang and Strynadka are previous HHMI research award recipients.

For more information: www.hhmi.org.

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UBC alum receives Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun

Pfizer Japan announced that Pfizer Inc. Chairman and Vancouver native Henry McKinnell was decorated with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from his Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. An UBC alum (BCom 1965), McKinnell is one of the first non-Japanese citizens to receive the Order, the most prestigious award available to members of the private sector.

McKinnell was recognized for his role as Chairman of the Business Roundtable, a group committed to strengthening economic relationships between Japan and the US. He has been a tireless advocate of foreign investment in Japan and worked closely with the Japanese government’s investment development authorities to improve Japan’s investment climate. McKinnell has also contributed significantly to the improvement of healthcare in Japan as a founding member of the STS Forum, an international forum for science, technology and the future of human health and wellness.

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Prominent UBC alum passes away after battle with cancer

Alum Gary Coull (BA 1976) was co-founder and Head of the Asian international brokerage firm CLSA. Recognized as a driving force in attracting international investors to Asia, FinanceAsia named Coull one of the top 50 people who have had a significant influence on Asia’s financial landscape in the past decade. Coull pushed CLSA to become the first foreign investment firm to set up a joint venture investment bank in China in 2003 after restrictions were eased following the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization. His annual CLSA investment Forum has been a dominant force in the investment community for the past 13 years. A memorial service will be held in Hong Kong.

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