UBC This Week | Oct. 13, 2006
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UBC Fisheries Expert Receives Society’s Highest Honour
Prof. Carl Walters has received the American Fisheries Society’s (AFS) Award of Excellence for original and outstanding contributions to fisheries science and aquatic biology.
Walters is known for his work in fisheries stock assessment, and ecosystem modeling. His main research work is on the theory of harvesting in natural resource management, with a primary interest in the basic problem of how to behave adaptively in the face of extreme uncertainty. He is one of the main developers of the ecosystem simulation program known as Ecosim, which is being used to test ideas about organization of tropic interactions in marine ecosystems and the implications of these interactions for sustainable harvesting theory.
With nearly 10,000 members, AFS is the world’s largest and oldest society for fisheries scientists and managers. Its mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
Whiplash Study Earns Researcher $500,000 Chiropractic Professorship
UBC researcher Jean-Sebastien Blouin has published findings that suggest the cause of whiplash injuries could be a person's startle reflexes elicited by unexpected loud sounds. Whiplash injuries most commonly result from seemingly minor low-speed rear-end collisions. The reason for the injury is not known but it is generally thought that the sudden acceleration of the body relative to the head damages the joints and muscles of the neck, which can lead to long-lasting pain.
Blouin and UBC colleagues, collaborating with MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists, exposed subjects to rear-end collisions that were sometimes accompanied by loud sounds. They showed that a significant component of the muscle reaction in a first collision - like the unexpected one on the roads - arises through being startled by the abrupt motion and loud sound of the impact.
Blouin's study, published in The Journal of Physiology, promises a new understanding of innovative ways to prevent and assess whiplash injuries. The article is available at http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/21/4/229.
In recognition of his work, Blouin will receive the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Professorship at a UBC Faculty of Education ceremony. CCRF has generously provided $500,000 to support the professorship.
UBC Recognized for Commitment to Sustainability
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded the University of British Columbia a Campus Sustainability Leadership Award. The award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding overall commitment to sustainability in their governance, academics, operations, and community outreach.
UBC was given the award for adopting a comprehensive Sustainability Strategy which sets 68 targets and actions for achieving nine major sustainability goals. The University recently completed the largest efficiency upgrade ever to take place on a Canadian campus and expects to reduce energy use by 20 per cent and water consumption in core facilities by 30 per cent.
The University offers more than 300 courses dealing with sustainability and several departments have adopted sustainability as a core value. The University's sustainability efforts are coordinated through its Sustainability Office, which is funded entirely by savings from its energy reduction programs and currently employs seven staff members and 10 students.
AASHE received 35 applications from North American institutions for the campus awards and 12 applicants for the student award. The award winners were selected by campus sustainability experts assembled by AASHE.
Applications for the campus awards have been posted online at www.aashe.org/resources/profiles/profiles.php.
Profs Receive Canadian Engineer’s Awards
UBC Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Croft has received the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession (Award Citation, while Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Head Kevin Smith has received the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education(Award Citation).
Established in 1972, the Canadian Engineers' Awards are presented annually by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) to recognize outstanding Canadian engineers. CCPE is the nationalorganization of the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.
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Irving K. Barber Learning Centre launches B.C. History Digitization Program
B.C.’s rich heritage is receiving a boost thanks to an initiative launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia.
The British Columbia History Digitization Program provides matching funds to undertake digitization projects that provide free online access to the province’s unique historical material.
The Digitization Program will provide total annual funding of approximately $200,000 for projects. It will support three funding request categories: $1,000 to $4,999; $5,000 to $9,999; and $10,000 to $15,000.
Private or public institutions and agencies that have the preservation of historical British Columbia materials as part of their mandate are eligible for funding. Applications, including further eligibility details, will be available on the Learning Centre’s website (www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca) by mid-October. Proposals must be received by the Office of the Managing Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre by December 15, 2006. For more information, please contact Bronwen Sprout, University Archives, at 604-827-3953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 18 Fair Highlights Sustainability for UBC Community
The Oct. 18 Sustainability Fair will highlight UBC resources and initiatives aimed at getting students, faculty and staff involved in positive change.
Taking place at the Student Union Building South Plaza from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., the event will feature information booths, a public food debate, displays on garbage management and opportunities to learn about local food.
The fair is sponsored by UBC Food Services, UBC Waste Management and the UBC Sustainability Office.
Nov. 2 Wines of the World Festival Supports Grad Students
The UBC Continuing Studies Understanding Wine Program and the UBC Wine Research Centre are presenting the Wines of the World Festival at UBC on Nov. 2, from 7-9 p.m., at the Sage Restaurant.
The festival offers information on approaches to wine tasting, specialty wine regions, wine making and wine research. A draw will be held for a free UBC Understanding Wine course. Proceeds from the event will go to UBC Wine Research Centre Graduate Students Scholarships.
Advance tickets are $35; $40 at the door. Contact Dr. David McArthur 604-822-4274 for tickets. (www.winearts.ubc.ca).