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UBC This Week | Oct. 26, 2006

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Without Borders: UBC Annual General Meeting 2005 / 06:


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UBC’s Annual General Meeting Nov 1, 2006

Students, faculty, and staff, are invited to log onto the live webcast of UBC's 2006 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at www.ubc.ca.

Along with UBC President Stephen Toope and medical student Derrick Randall, the AGM will feature incoming UBC professor and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman who will discuss his vision for teaching at UBC.

The AGM will conclude with a Q&A – questions can be e-mailed in advance or on the day of the event: agm.questions@ubc.ca. People can also view the webcast in a theatre setting on each campus:

  • Vancouver Campus – Michael Smith Labs, theatre (no food or drink in the theatre)
  • Okanagan Campus – UBC Okanagan Arts Building Atrium

The 2005/06 UBC Annual Report, entitled Without Borders, will be available for on-line viewing after October 30, 2006. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback for a chance to win a free 80 GB video iPod.

For more information: www.ubc.ca/agm.

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Stephen Ward Short-listed for Scholarly Book Prizes

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has announced that Assoc. Prof. of Journalism Ethics Stephen J. Ward is a finalist for its 2005-2006 Scholarly Book Prizes, for his book The Invention of  Journalism Ethics: The Path of Objectivity and Beyond.

These four prizes are awarded to the best Federation-supported books published in the humanities and social sciences. Named after the distinguished Canadian scholars Harold Adams Innis, Jean-Charles Falardeau, and Raymond  Klibansky, two prizes are awarded in each field, one for best work in  French and one for best work in English. The winners will be announced at a reception at 6:30 p.m. on November 25 in Ottawa.

Established in 1990, Scholarly Book Prizes have been awarded to such acclaimed Canadian researchers as Yvan Lamonde, Evelyn Cobley, Wallace Clement, John Myles, Pierre Camu and Philip Resnick. The prizes recognise Canadian excellence in research and writing in the humanities and the social sciences, and acknowledge the significant contribution that Canadian scholarly books make to the advancement of knowledge.   

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Prof. Earns Recognition for Documentary on Community Integration of Immigrants

School of Community and Regional Planning Professor Leonie Sandercock has received awards for her multi-media documentary Where Strangers Become Neighbours: the story of the Collingwood Neighborhood House and the integration of immigrants. The International Federation of Housing and Planning film competition and the Berkeley Video and Film Festival each awarded the film an honorable mention.

The film tells the story of a Vancouver neighbourhood that in the mid-1980s began to experience significant immigration from countries such as China, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and India. Like most other neighborhoods, Collingwood residents were initially fearful, suspicious of and even hostile towards these newcomers.Today the neighbourhood is remarkably harmonious and a real community spirit has developed across many cultures.

The 50-minute multi-media production was written and produced by Sandercock, and directed by Giovanni Attili. It is the first major research output from the Vancouver Cosmopolis Laboratory at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.

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UBC’s First Video PhD Dissertation Profiles Homelessness

Jennifer Mervyn, a part-Métis 29-year-old crisis worker and counselling psychology PhD candidate, is the first UBC student to submit a video ethnography as her doctoral disseration. A former street youth herself, Mervyn’s video, Metamorphosis: An in-depth look at the life of former street kids, followed the lives of four women as they successfully transitioned their lives off the street -- something she is determined to help many others accomplish.

The film debuted in 2005 at the International Association for Counselling conference in Argentina and has since been shown more than 20 times in North America. Mervyn will be profiled in UBC’s 2005/06 annual report at www.ubc.ca/annualreport.

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Historian wins City of Vancouver Book Award

UBC historian and Faculty of Education emeriti Jean Barman is a winner of the 18th-annual City of Vancouver Book Award for her book Stanley Park's Secret.

Barman and another writer will split the $2,000 prize, awarded since 1989 to the author of a book "in any genre that demonstrates excellence and enhances [the] understanding of Vancouver's rich history and culture."

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First Canadian Art Educator of the Year at UBC

Rita Irwin, Associate Dean in the Teacher Education Office, is the first recipient of the Canadian Art Educator of the Year Award for 2006.

The Canadian Society for Education through Art is the national, professional association for art education. The award will be presented to Irwin at the CSEA National Conference, taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on November 23 -25, 2006.

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UBC Professor Debuts Basketball Documentary

The play-by-play excitment of high-calibre women's basketball is the subject of Assoc. Prof. Sharon McGowan's new film, The Oldest Basketball Team in the World.

In July 2005, the World Masters Games hosted the first women’s basketball tournament over the age of 65. To qualify for the Masters, athletes only need to be in the right age bracket and “still breathing.” However, many former Olympians enter and the competition is serious.

Written and directed by McGown, the documentary follows the “Retreads” as they train for the Games through to the final competition where, alone in their category, they find they must play against three younger, stronger and faster teams. A former UBC Athlete of the Year (1949), team manager Nora McDermott helps the Retreads go for the gold.

The Oldest Basketball Team in the World will air October 27 on CityTV at 8 p.m.

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UBC Opera Launches Season with Benefit for David Spencer Endowment

The UBC Opera Ensemble’s full season of opera begins with the annual concert to benefit the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund. The fund, established by the late Vancouver philanthropist, goes directly to supporting young musicians’ educational and career goals. This year’s concert will be held at the Chan Centre October 27 and 28, 2006 at 8 pm.

For the rest of 2006/2007, the UBC Opera Ensemble will perform with two fully staged and costumed operas at the Chan Centre, three Opera Teas, and a special presentation of Bach’s Johannes Passion at the Old Auditorium at UBC. Productions by the Opera Ensemble feature student and professional singers, professional direction and design, and music by the UBC Symphony under the baton of a variety of guest conductors.

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UBC Members Highlighted in List of Chinese-Canadians "making a difference in B.C."

In its list of 100 Chinese-Canadians "making a difference in B.C.," the Vancouver Sun identified many with UBC connections, including:

  • Chan Centre donors Caleb Chan and Tom Chan
  • Former UBC instructor, architect James Cheng
  • Josephine Chiu-Duke of UBC's Asian Studies Dept.
  • Xiong Gu of UBC's Dept. of Art History, Visual Art
  • Gary Ho of the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwan-based Buddhist charity
  • UBC-trained VSO assistant conductor Kenneth Hsieh
  • Bob Lee, UBC alumnus, former chancellor and creator of UBC Properties Trust
  • Dr. Victor Ling, UBC Assist. Dean of Medicine
  • Miss Chinese International 2001, Bernice Liu
  • Dr. Hiram Mok of UBC's Mood Disorders Centre
  • Weihong Song of UBC's Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Chan Centre architect Bing Thom
  • Grace Wong of UBC's Sauder School of Business
  • Vincent Cheng Yang of the UBC-affiliated International Centre for Criminal Law Reform

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UBC Officially Opens The Walter C. Koerner Forestry Centre at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Friday

The Koerner Centre will be the premier accommodation facility at Loon Lake and will be used to host conferences, workshops and retreat groups at the Forest. The 10,000-sq.-ft. conference and accommodation facility at Loon Lake is equipped with sixteen rooms accommodating 40 people, a dining room, great room and attached meeting facilities. It also features the extensive use of wood and historical photos of forestry in British Columbia throughout the building.

The Centre has been made possible through a significant donation by The Koerner Foundation in memory of Walter C. Koerner and his contributions to forestry in British Columbia.

The 5,000-hectare Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is managed by UBC's Faculty of Forestry for research, demonstration and education in the field of forestry sciences. It is also used for recreational purposes for the public.

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Sociologist Discusses Study on Girls' Meanness Nov. 1

Sociologist Dawn Currie will discuss her most recent study as part of ArtsWednesdays on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at UBC Robson Square. The study involved interviewing 70 girls in Vancouver to help understand their experiences in high school.

Prof. Currie reports that girls usually see being "mean" as a female quality. They recall stories of boys acting in a mean way, but tend not to classify their behaviour as "mean." According to the girls in the study, meanness is associated with being and staying popular.

The talk will offer insights for educators and parents interested in the quality of educational experiences for girls.

For more info: www.arts.ubc.ca/index.php?id=397&backPID=4&tt_news=1695.

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