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UBC This Week | Jan. 18, 2007

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Principal pro tem announced for College for Interdisciplinary Studies

Douw Steyn has been named as Principal pro tem of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, an extension of his current role as Assoc. Dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies interdisciplinary units. The appointment is until Feb. 2007.

Steyn is a professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and has served UBC as Director of the Science One Program and Chair of the Atmospheric Science Program. He is one of Canada's best-known air pollution meteorologists, and is internationally recognized for his work on urban and region air pollution, and the meteorological and chemical processes leading to degraded air quality in regions of complex coastline and topography.

His research, which is richly supported by NSERC and CFCAS, involves both field measurement and numerical modelling of air pollution and associated meteorological phenomena. He is also well-known for his wide-ranging studies of the climatology and dynamics of sea breezes.

After more than two years of consultations, all interdisciplinary units and interdisciplinary academic programs presently located in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS) will be transferred to the College, leaving FoGS to concentrate its activities on the support of UBC graduate programs and graduate students.

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Faculty of Medicine award recipients

Dr. Wan Lam, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Science and Senior Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, is the recipient of the National Cancer Institute of Canada / Canadian Cancer Society William E. Rawls Prize. The award honours a young investigator whose work has led to important advances in cancer control.

Assoc. Prof. of Medical Genetics Dr. Steven Jones has received an Early Career Scholar Award in the senior category from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Ian MacKenzie has been awarded the Royal College Visiting Professorship in Medical Research by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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UBC garners three silver CASE awards

In the annual Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards among North American universities, a selection of UBC campaigns and publications were recognized for institutional excellence in marketing and communications.

  • UBC's alumni publication, Trek Magazine, was awarded silver in a competition among peer publications from institutions in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Western Canada. The magazines were judged on appropriateness of content, design, and for their effectiveness as assessed by alumni and the institution. A 2005 survey of UBC alumni indicated that more than 70 per cent of readers considered Trek to be good or excellent. www.alumni.ubc.ca
  • As a compilation of the year’s top UBC stories as told through the headlines of the world’s media, the Year in Review (YIR) publication and campaign received a silver award. The supporting campaign included mailings to high school counselors, elected officials and American and Canadian academics, as well as an on-line version, supporting website and advertisements. YIR was also inserted in key publications such as the 2005/06 UBC Annual Report.
  • The World Urban Forum campaign was awarded silver in the 2007 CASE Awards. Hosted by the Government of Canada in partnership with UN-HABITAT and co-organized by UBC, the June 2006 event was preceded by a newspaper ad campaign, media coverage, an on-site multi-media display, and a WUF website promoting public events, workshops and a link to the UBC-created eco-footprint calculator.

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