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UBC This Week | Sep. 14, 2006

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Nobel laureate wins physics education award

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman and his team from the University of Colorado were awarded a 2006 Editors' Classics award through the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). The team’s site provides illustrations of physical models and simulations that provide different ways to study and learn, including movement of virtual objects and manipulating numbers and equations. The simulations use research about the ways in which students learn physics and has shown that students who use just the simulation have a better conceptual understanding of currents, voltages and circuits.

Wieman recently joined UBC to head up a US$12-million, five-year initiative to help reform science education. MERLOT is a National Science Foundation-funded digital library that provides peer-reviewed evaluations of learning material and assignments.

For more information: http://taste.merlot.org.

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UBC Okanagan hires new academic and research leader

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, a leading Canadian chemistry scholar from the University of Winnipeg, has joined UBC Okanagan as the institution’s first Associate Vice President, Academic and Research.

Abd-El-Aziz was educated in Egypt and Canada and received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. He was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and joined the University of Winnipeg as an Asst. Prof. in 1990 and was promoted to Professor in 1997. He has held a variety of positions at the University of Winnipeg, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science (2000-2001), Associate Vice President, Academic (2001-2004), and most recently Vice President of Research, International and External Affairs.

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Seven UBC faculty join the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada’s Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada has elected 82 new Fellows, including UBC’s English Prof. Eva-Marie Kröller, English Prof. Laurence Ricou, Health Care Prof. Clyde Hertzman, Zoology Prof. Sarah Otto, Community and Regional Planning Prof. William Rees, Biochemistry Prof. Natalie Strynadka and Neurology Prof. Yu Tian Wang. Founded in 1882, the RSC is Canada’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization.

For more information: www.rsc.ca.

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UBC Education professors receive CIHR funding

Faculty members in UBC’s Dept. of Education and Counselling Psychology and Special Education were awarded operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Asst. Prof Jennifer Shapka received $300,000 through CIHR's Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health for her project entitled “Risk and protective factors associated with adolescent Internet use: An examination of socio-emotional well being and cognitive development.”

Education Assoc. Profs. Rod McCormick and Ishu Ishiyama were co-applicants on a $297,240 CIHR Aboriginal Health Human Resources in Community-Based Research project entitled “Injury in British Columbia's aboriginal communities: Building capacity while developing knowledge.” McCormick is also co-applicant on a $411,000 CIHR grant project entitled “The impact of long QT syndrome on First Nations people of Northern British Columbia: A community based research program.”

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New family and child literacy project launched

Enhancing family literacy and children's school achievement is the focus of new research launched this fall by Education Language and Literacy Profs. Jim Anderson and Victoria Purcell-Gates, Canada Research Chair, Early Childhood Literacy. Over the next two years the Intergenerational Literacy Program will develop and measure the impact of a new teaching model that promotes literacy in the home and interaction between parents and children using texts, newspapers, books, documents and forms that are part of the family's everyday routines. The UBC Bookstore has provided $100,000 to fund this pilot project.

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