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UBC This Week | Jan. 11, 2007

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UBC This Week is a weekly summary of UBC people in the news, recent media releases and upcoming event highlights. UBC This Week past issues are also available on-line.

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UBC Canada Research Chairs announced

Jiahua Chen has joined the university as Canada Research Chair in Statistical Genetics. Chen, who comes to UBC from the University of Waterloo, develops statistical methods to estimate subgroups within a mass of data with many variables. His work in developing new statistical theory as well as implementing software can be applied to many disciplines, including astronomy, engineering and genetics.

Other new Canada Research Chair appointees include: Steven Hallam, Environmental Genomics; Carlo Marra, Pharmaceutical Outcomes; Dinesh Pai, Sensorimotor Computation; and Judy Wong, Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance.

For more information on the five new and five re-appointed Canada Research Chairs, visit: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.

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Fine Arts alumni launch TV series

Mark McGuckin and Calum MacLeod, graduates of the UBC Fine Arts program, have produced and launched their own TV series called Road Hockey Rumble. The pair also star in the program that premiered Jan. 10, 2007 and will continue Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).

McGuckin worked on the film College Days, College Nights with Prof. John Zaritzky and the UBC Film Program. He also produced the Lyon King (2004) which screened at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and is now being broadcast on CTV’s Comedy Network.

For more information: www.roadhockeyrumble.com.

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CBC broadcast: Music Bridge – a quintet of students from UBC and Italy

Tune into CBC radio (105.7FM) on Sunday Jan. 14, 2007 at 12:05 p.m. for the CBC broadcast of Un Pont Musicale, a student musical and cultural exchange between the UBC School of Music and Italian Conservation G.F. Ghedini di Cuneo.

Last February, two UBC students were selected to travel to Italy to form a quintet with students from the Cuneo Conservatory. Masterclasses, rehearsals and chamber music performances took place in the Cuneo, Piedmont and Turin areas during the Olympic Games. Last November, UBC welcomed two Italian students from Cuneo, Ferdinando Vietti (cello) and Olga Tarasevich (piano), to rehearse with UBC students Erin James (violin), Alana Chang (violin), and Chantal Lemir (viola) to perform in several areas around BC, including Kelowna and Penticton.

For more information: www.cbc.ca/wcp.

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The Net Gen: A Community Discussion – what do students really want?

The Educause Learning Initiative will host a web-seminar and community discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the rise of the generation commonly called Net Gen. Following the one-hour talk, an open discussion on this topic will be coordinated with students, faculty and staff.

The rise of new technologies have spawned new conversations about engagement and learning on today's college campuses. But what do these Net Gen learners really want? From the mouth of a confessed Net junkie, learn what makes these students tick, what ticks them off, and what faculty and administrators need to know to bridge the generational divide. Using anecdotes from her own life and the lives of her peers, speaker Carie Windham will provide an overview of Net Gen characteristics and how those characteristics translate to the classroom, including the Ten Commandments of Net Gen Teaching and Engagement.

Location: Telestudios Main Theatre, Lower Level, 2329 West Mall, Rm. #0110 www.telestudios.ubc.ca. For information and to register: www.tag.ubc.ca.

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