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UBC This Week | Mar. 1, 2007

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Celebrate Research Week:


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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Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at www.gothunderbirds.ca/schedule.asp.

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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.

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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 to CPD-CME.

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 Fellowship.

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Nominations for UBC Alumni Achievement Awards

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.

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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.

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Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Day

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 can play.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sci Trek

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.

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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.

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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.

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Last reviewed 01-Mar-2007

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