UBC This Week | Mar. 1, 2007
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Sloan Research Fellowships
Three UBC professors are recipients of the distinguished
Sloan Research Fellowship Award: Assistant Prof. of Physics
and Astronomy Dr. Andrea Damascelli; Assistant
Prof. of Chemistry Dr. Laurel Schafer,
and Assoc. Prof of Chemistry Dr. Ruth Signorell.
The Sloan Research Fellowships are intended to enhance the
careers of outstanding young science faculty members.
For more information, visit www.sloan.org.
Faculty of Medicine award recipients
Dr. Niamh Kelly of Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine and Dr. Ian Scott of Family Practice
were each awarded a Canadian Association of Medical Education
Certificate of Merit in 2007.
Dr. Gordon Page of Educational Support
and Development and his team – including Drs.
Carol-Ann Courneya, Bill Godolphin, Simon Huang, Peter Wing, Angela Towle and Clive Grafton – were awarded the 2007 Association of Faculties of
Medicine of Canada AstraZeneca Award for Exemplary Contribution
to Faculty Development in Canada.
Dr. Harry Karlinsky of Psychiatry received
the 2007 Faculty of Medicine Award for Innovation in Continuing
Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD).
Dr. Grant Innes of Surgery received the
2007 Faculty of Medicine Award for Distinguished Service
in CME/CPD recognizing substantial long term contributions
Drs. Brian MacVicar of Psychiatry/Brain
Research Centre and Julio Montaner of Medicine were each
awarded a Killam Research Prize, Senior Science Category.
Dr. Lawrence McIntosh of Biochemistry &
Molecular Biology received a Killam Faculty Research Senior
Nominations for UBC Alumni Achievement
The UBC Alumni Association recognizes accomplished alumni
with awards presented at the annual Alumni Achievement Dinner.
The Alumni Association is asking for nominations from the
community; the deadline is May 1.
For more information, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Pacific Museum of the Earth Vault and
Teacher's Resource Centre
Officially opened Feb. 28, the Pacific Museum of the Earth
showcases Planet Earth from the core to the stratosphere.
Collections from the M.Y. Williams Geological Museum (UBC)
and the Pacific Mineral Museum (Vancouver) were combined
to form the PME within the Department of Earth and Ocean
Sciences through a partnership between UBC and the Pacific
Mineral Museum Society.
The PME is a free, public museum intended as a resource
for UBC, the general public and particularly K-12 education.
For more information, visit www.eos.ubc.ca.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
The UBC chapter of Engineers Without Borders is promoting
March 1 as EWB Day with events around the city to encourage
simple steps towards eliminating extreme poverty. Volunteers
will distribute mock newspapers dated 2025 detailing actions
taken to end poverty, focusing on the roles that Canadians
One action suggested is to buy fair trade coffee. A portion
of fair trade coffee sales from more than 20 participating
coffee shops in the Lower Mainland will be donated to EWB
to help fund programs in Africa.
For more information, visit www.ubc.ewb.ca.
For a copy of the mock newspaper, visit www.playyourpart.ca.
Community Feedback Night at the
UBC Health Clinic
On March 5, staff at the UBC Health Clinic want to hear
from the community how to improve services. There will be
a discussion on the third floor of the David Strangway Building
from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit www.liveat.ubc.ca.
e-Learning Open House 2007
On March 8, UBC’s annual e-Learning Open House will
present the work of learning technology support units from
across campus. This is an opportunity to learn about ongoing
and emerging tools and trends in e-learning and find out
more about the training and support resources available
to faculty and staff.
For more information, visit update.e-strategy.ubc.ca.
To attend, RSVP online at www.tag.ubc.ca.
Robert Cook-Deegan – Topsy
Turvy: Science, Money & the Human Genome
The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics presents
a talk by Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan March
8 in collaboration with Celebrate Research Week. Cook-Deegan
is the Director of Duke University’s Center for Genome
Ethics, Law and Policy, and is the author of The Gene
Wars: Science, Politics and the Human Genome.
For more information, visit gels.ethics.ubc.ca.
UBC Supply Management presents Sci Trek, the Science and
Research Related Tradeshow, as part of Celebrate Research
Week on March 8. This is an opportunity to meet with scientific
suppliers and try out new products.
For more information, visit www.supplymanagement.ubc.ca.
Cultivating the Skill of Happiness
Matthieu Ricard, PhD in biochemistry,
Buddhist monk, author and researcher, will give four free
talks from March 9 – 11 on how changing thought processes
can help make people happier. This event is endorsed by
UBC’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Institute
of Asian Research, the Department of Asian Studies, and
the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation.
For more information, visit www.ricard.cfis.ubc.ca.
UBC brain researchers host public
forum on managing forgetfulness and aging successfully
Three brain researchers will speak on memory loss and how
it can be managed at a free public symposium March 12 at
UBC’s Life Sciences Centre. Drs. Max Cynader, Howard Feldman and Jonathan Schooler of UBC’s Brain Research Centre join Dr.
Art Hister, host of Canada’s longest running
health radio show and emcee of the symposium, to discuss
disorders of the aging brain, strategies to help improve
memory, and how to age successfully. The symposium is sponsored
by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
For more information, visit www.supporting.ubc.ca.
To attend, RSVP at 604-827-5831 or online at www.supporting.ubc.ca/rsvp.