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UBC This Week | Jun. 7, 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 Fisheries professors honoured

Prof. Carl J. Walters is the 2007 recipient of the Timothy R. Parsons Medal for excellence in multidisciplinary ocean sciences. He has been a UBC faculty member since 1969 and was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The medal presentation will take place on campus June 7.

The Timothy R. Parsons Medal was established by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to recognise achievement in ocean sciences.

For more information, visit www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/Awards/parsons_award/recipients_e.htm.

Prof. Daniel Pauly was recently given an honorary doctorate by the University of Montreal in recognition of his work in fisheries, biology and biodiversity. Pauly is a professor and director of UBC’s Fisheries Centre.

For more information, visit www.umontreal.ca/medias/communiques/2006-2007/20070523_collation_grades_2007.html (French only).

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UBC professors to receive Order of B.C. and Order of Manitoba

Prof. Brett Finlay, microbiology and biochemistry, will receive the Order of British Columbia on June 14. The Order of B.C. is the province’s highest honour for outstanding achievement.

For more information, visit www.protocol.gov.bc.ca/protocol/prgs/obc/obc.htm.  

Dr. Verna Kirkness, founding director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning and member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, is one of 12 people to receive the Order of Manitoba on July 12. The Order of Manitoba is the province’s highest honour.

For more information, visit http://lg.gov.mb.ca/activities/news/2007/ordermb07.html.

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UBC students and alumni walk away with Leo Awards

The Leo Awards celebrate excellence in B.C. film and television. This year 13 UBC alumni and students were nominated and nine took home an award.

UBC film alumni Nimisha Mukerjee, Jessica Cheung and Phillip Lyall won Best Student Production for their film Scattering Eden, made in the Film Program in 2006.

Michelle Porter (BA 2001) and Amy Belling (BA 2003) won Best Short Drama for Regarding Sarah, a film which also won awards for Best Direction and Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama (Porter) and Best Picture Editing in a Short Drama (Lauren Mainland, BA 2005). 

Brian Pearson (BA 1990) won Best Cinematography in a Short Drama for his work on Nostalgia Boy; Ross Weber (MFA 1986) won Best Direction in a Feature Length Film for Mount Pleasant; Julian Clarke (BA 2000) won Best Picture Editing on a Feature Length Drama for Unnatural and Accidental, and current MFA student Luke Carroll won Best Animation Program or Series for his work as a producer on Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow.

For further details on the Leos, including a list of winners and nominees, visit www.leoawards.com.

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Michael Smith Foundation announces awards

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) recently announced the 2007 recipients of awards in the categories of Trainee, Scholar, Research Unit, Team Start-up, and Technology/Methodology Program. UBC has multiple winners in each category. MSFHR is funded by the provincial government to build B.C.’s capacity for health research.

For details, visit www.msfhr.org/sub-funding-recipients-list.asp?award_program_id=32#applicants.

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High Commissioner to India to speak at UBC

David Malone, Canada’s High Commissioner to India and non-resident ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan, will present Canada and India: A Study in Contrasts, at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on June 13.

For more information, visit www.ligi.ubc.ca.

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VanDusen features UBC students' "green" gardens

Eco-friendly gardens designed by UBC Landscape Architecture students Seela Amaratunga and Shasta McCoy will be showcased at The Vancouver Sun Garden Show at VanDusen Botanical Garden June 7-10. The two beat out 13 of their classmates in a competition to find ways to lessen the environmental impact of gardens, without sacrificing beauty or design.

The Green Garden section of the show provides design inspiration and knowledge of composting, water conservation, green roofs, living walls, and plant selection for those wanting to "go green". 

For more information, visit www.vancouvergardenshow.com/page200.htm.

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Last reviewed 07-Jun-2007

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