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UBC This Week | Nov. 16, 2006

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UBC professor named Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs

As an indication of the importance the university places on its relations with First Nations students and their communities, UBC President Stephen Toope has announced that Richard Vedan will take on a new position as the Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs.

Vedan has been Director of the First Nations House of Learning since 2001 and an Assoc. Prof. in the School of Social Work since 1995. He is a member of the Neskonlith Band of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nation. This new position becomes a permanent part of the responsibilities of the Director of the First Nations House of Learning and will provide system-wide support as the primary liaison for the President.

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UBC community supports annual United Way Campaign

As the 2006 UBC United Way Campaign enters its final weeks, campus donors and volunteers continue to support this expression of Trek 2010's commitment to global citizenship and to building a sustainable and civil society.

Thanks to the generous contributions of staff, faculty and students, UBC's campaign team has raised 70 per cent of its $384,000 target through donations and departmental initiatives, and hopes to increase participation by 100 new donors. Donation pledge forms will be accepted until the end of the tax year, Dec. 31, but please note that only those received before Dec. 13 will be eligible for the grand prize draw of two Air Canada tickets to anywhere in North America, plus other great prizes.

Individuals and departments can also support the campaign by organizing a fundraising event, or increasing your area's awareness of the United Way and its many UBC connections with a presentation by UBC Loaned Representative Andy Carr.

For more information on donating, booking a presentation, and events such as the Supply Management Poinsettia Sale, please visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca or call Campaign Coordinator Kate Petrusa at 604-822-8929.

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Nov. 22 Open House - New high tech Operations Centre launched

UBC’s Land and Building Services has upgraded its 50-year-old system for handling campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning problems by opening a new high tech Operations Centre. The centre officially opens Nov. 22 and features a computerized Building Management System designed to track the efficiency of all campus buildings. Rather than having users call a problem information line, the system now sends automatic alarms to technicians who can then diagnose problems and quickly dispatch engineers or trades people, and provides the ability to track and follow-up with customer calls.

The new LBS Operations Centre is the final feature of the ECOTrek infrastructure upgrade, Canada’s largest campus energy and water retrofit. The project, which began in 2003, is annually saving UBC $2.6 million in energy costs. To date, it has already saved $3.8 million over the three-year construction phase. ECOTrek is also annually cutting UBC’s water use by 30 percent, CO2 emissions by 15,000 tonnes, and energy use by 20 percent.

An Operations Centre open house will be held Nov. 22 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the University Services Building, 2329 West Mall, main floor lunch room.

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UBC Professor addresses House of Commons

UBC Assoc. Prof. Larry Frank addressed The House of Commons Standing Committee on Child Obesity on the impact of the built environment and community development on children's health. The Nov. 2 meeting focused on the role of the federal government and the way that it can influence positive outcomes for children, especially First Nations and Inuit children. Frank holds the J. Armand Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation and is affiliated with the School of Regional and Community Planning. He was invited to participate in this study because of his extensive research into the links between public health and land use, travel choices, the environment, land development, and transportation investment.

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UBC Professor named President, Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetrics

UBC Faculty of Medicine Senior Assoc. Dean and Clinical Prof. Dorothy Shaw has been named the new President of the Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetrics at the FIGO World Congress in Kuala Lampur.

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UBC Professor named Fellow, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Prof. Kishor Wasan, Distinguished University Scholar and Chair of UBC Pharmaceutics was named a 2006 Fellow with The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Wasan was recognized for his work in elevating the pharmaceutical science field through contributions in research, published works, patents, and/or presentations at scientific meetings. For more information: www.aapspharmaceutica.com.

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Graduate student film shown at Whistler Film Festival

UBC student Bojan Bocruzic's thesis drama Immigrant will be shown at the sixth annual Whistler Film Festival Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2006. Borcruzic is a Master of Fine Arts graduate of UBC's joint degree in film Production and Creative Writing. Bocruzic's film tells two parallel stories about Bosnians in Canada. The film will also be competing for a $15,000 Best Canadian Feature prize at the festival.

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International Awards and Opportunities available

Through the UBC Office of the Associate Vice President International, the following international awards are open for application.

  • BMW Group Scientific Award 2007 – for more information: www.bmwgroup.com
  • 2008 Fellowship Announcement – Japan – for more information: www.mars.dti.ne.jp
  • Shastri Indo Canadian Institute Awards – for more information: www.sici.org

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