UBC This Week | Feb. 1, 2007
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UBC professor awarded essay prize
English Assoc. Prof. Mary Chapman recently
won the 2006 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize from the American Studies
Association for her essay on writer Sui Sin Far, believed
to be the first Eurasian to publish in Canada and the US.
Entitled In the Land of the Free, the paper is
part of a book-in-progress on American suffrage literature,
and examines Far’s work during the Progressive Era,
a period of reform from the 1890s through the 1920s that
saw many Americans push for social justice, equality, and
For more information, visit www.arts.ubc.ca.
UBC Engineering students honoured
at EWB national conference
UBC Engineering students brought home two awards from the
2007 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) National Conference
held in Calgary, Alberta, in January. The UBC Chapter received
Chapter of the Year honours, and UBC Chapter President Michelle
Murphy, a fourth-year civil engineering student,
was named Volunteer of the Year.
The UBC Chapter is currently organizing Bridging the Gap,
a one-day conference March 10 on International Development.
For more information, visit: http://ubc.ewb.ca.
Canadian engineering students gather
at UBC for WEC 2007
More than 200 engineering students from nine universities
across B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan gathered at UBC in
January for the annual Western Engineering Competition (WEC
2007). UBC Engineering students took home the bronze in
four of six competitions, showcasing their engineering design
skills, communication skills, and talent for impromptu debate.
For more information, visit wec2007.wesst.ca.
What's the Plan? UBC Vancouver
Campus Plan Speaker Series
The Speaker Series is a part of the UBC Vancouver Campus
Plan process. The lectures begin Feb. 5 with William
J. Flynn, Managing Director US National Council
for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET), speaking
on Teaching, Learning and Research: Future Trends and Implications
for Physical Learning Environments. On Feb. 7, Fred
Kent, President of the New York based Project for
Public Spaces, continues the series with Place Making: Methods
for Improving the Public Realm.
For more information, visit www.campusplan.ubc.ca.
Registration is recommended.
UBC faculty member to open Berlin
The Tracey Fragments, scripted by Creative Writing
Program Assist. Prof. Maureen Medved and
based upon her first novel, will open the prestigious Panorama
program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival
(Berlinale 2007). It is the newest feature film from Canadian
director Bruce McDonald.
For more information, visit www.thetraceyfragments.com.
Alumni Affairs Web Design Wins
UBC Alumni Affairs has won a Gold CASE award in recognition
of excellence for their web site redevelopment in the annual
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
awards. Kudos to Alumni Affairs’ Elisa Cachero, who developed the design; Public Affairs’ Adrian Liem, who handled much of the technical work; and Public Affairs’ Scott Vrooman, who programmed several backend tools and application logic.
You can view the site at www.alumni.ubc.ca.
UBC Student Development Awards
The Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (CABSD)
recognizes exceptional contributions or significant improvements
to the student experience and learning environment at UBC.
Several awards are open for nominations from UBC students,
faculty and staff for the 2006/07 UBC Student Development
Awards. Nominations should be directed to the Office of
the Vice President, Students by Feb. 16. Award winners will
be announced on March 19 and will be honoured at a special
For award details, criteria and nomination requirements,
President's Award for Public Education
This award is an initiative of the VP Research Office with
judging by the Faculty Research Awards Committee. Nomination
forms must be received at the VP Research Office by February
16. The first recipient will be honoured at the Celebrate
Research Gala March 8.
Details can be found at www.research.ubc.ca.
Paetzold Fellowships for graduate
The Faculty of Graduate Studies hosted a reception in January
to recognize donor Cordula Paetzold. Since
2002, 124 Paetzold Fellowships have been awarded to UBC
graduate students. Through endowed funds, 26 students from
areas such as music, forestry, art history, genetics, and
sociology are awarded this prize annually.
UBC Faculty member honoured by
Uppsala University (Sweden)
Prof. Gaalen Erickson will join the company
of Kofi Annan, Prof. James Watson and Prof. Noam Chomsky to receive an honorary
doctorate from Sweden’s Uppsala University at this
spring’s Conferment Ceremonies as part of the Linnaeus
Festival, celebrating the Tercentenary of the birth of Carl
Prof. Erickson is a Professor and Director of the Centre
for the Study of Teacher Education. His interests embrace
the areas of student and teacher learning specifically in
the fields of science education and teacher education.
Leadership of the Faculty of
The Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Jack Saddler as Dean of the Faculty
of Forestry until June 30, 2010. Over the past six year’s
of Dr. Saddler’s leadership, the Faculty’s focus
has broadened to include programs in conservation, wildlife,
First Nations, forest science, government forest policy,
innovative wood products, ecology and much more.
Vice Provost and Associate Vice
President Academic Resources pro tem
Effective February 1, 2007, Prof. Wes Pue will
take on the role of Vice Provost and Associate Vice President
Academic Resources until a new Vice President Academic and
Provost takes office. Holder of four degrees, Prof. Pue
joined UBC’s Faculty of Law in 1993 as the first incumbent
of the Nemetz Chair in Legal History and is currently the
Assoc. Dean, Graduate Programs and Research in the Faculty
of Law. His research interests include the histories of
legal professions, comparative legal history, and constitutional
and policing issues. He is Editor of the Law and Society series, published by UBC Press.
Leadership of the UBC Library
and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Catherine Quinlan has offered her resignation
as University Librarian, effective March 17. Highlights
of her 10-year tenure include the development of the Library’s
digital collection and collection of rare and special materials,
the establishment of a three-year strategic planning cycle
for the Library, developing and obtaining funding for the
Chapman Learning Commons, leading the development of the
UBC Okanagan Library, initiating and obtaining funding for
e-help, and developing the Learning Centre. She was pivotal
in obtaining a gift of more than $20 million from Dr. Irving
K. Barber to support the construction of the Irving K. Barber