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UBC This Week | Nov. 23, 2006

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The UBC Sustainability Strategy - Inspirations & Aspirations:


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UBC professor named Canada's Health Researcher of the Year

Among Canada's top health researchers recognized at the fifth annual Canadian Health Research Awards, UBC’s Robert Hancock was awarded the CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research - Canada's Health Researcher of the Year.

Hancock is an undisputed leader in microbiology and his research is having a tremendous impact on health. Throughout his career he has focused on addressing infectious diseases, which are responsible for a third of all deaths worldwide.

The CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research: Canada's Health Researcher of the Year honours the memory of the late Dr. Michael Smith who shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993. This award recognizes innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication to health research, providing world-class researchers with funding to pursue critical research and to support and mentor trainees.

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Seasonal Concert 2006 – free for faculty and staff

UBC staff and faculty are invited to attend this year’s free Seasonal Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Performances will include music by The Cascades Brass Quintet, a string quartet made up of UBC School of Music students, and excerpts from the UBC Opera Ensemble’s upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.

Tickets are available at the Chan Centre ticket office, Monday-Friday 12- 5:00 p.m. and the day of the concert after 10:30 am. For more information, please contact the UBC Ceremonies Office at 604-822-2484 or ceremonies.office@ubc.ca.

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UBC professor, President Elect of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Recently named President Elect for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Prof. Erica Frank is a Canada Research Chair and Professor in the UBC Departments of Health Care and Epidemiology and Family Practice, as well as a Senior Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Founded in 1961, PSR is a non-profit advocacy organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to stop nuclear war and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment. In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Price awarded to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for building public awareness and pressure to end the nuclear arms race.

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Inspirations & Aspirations: The UBC Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability is a key component of Trek 2010 and recent campus-wide consultations revealed how sustainability is being integrated into planning processes at all university levels. As a result, the following documents are now available:

  • The Sustainability Strategy - defines the university's nine major goals and highlights specific initiatives of departments across UBC to improve social, economic and ecological performance. It covers composting, where to find fairly traded products, and how we'll meet Kyoto Protocol targets ahead of schedule;
  • The Sustainability Strategy AND YOU - suggests actions individuals can take towards a more sustainable campus such as taking the Sustainability Pledge.

Both documents are available in print or can be viewed at www.sustain.ubc.ca.

The Sustainability Office is also available to provide presentations on campus. Please call 604.827.5641 for more information.

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Materials Engineers garner best paper award

UBC Materials Engineering co-authors J.D. Zhu, B. Zhang, S.L. Cockcroft and D. Maijer have received the Best Paper Award for their presentation at the Light Metals Symposium of the 2005 Canadian Conference of Metallurgists. The paper titled Simulation of Microporosity Formation in A356 Aluminum Alloy Casting: The Role of Hydrogen Transport, advances knowledge of the defects in alloys used by the automotive and transportation industries to build lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The award was presented at the 2006 conference by the national Metallurgical Society, a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

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