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UBC This Week | Mar. 15, 2007

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UBC mathematicians garner awards for research achievements

The Canadian Mathematical Society has honoured three UBC professors. Prof. Martin Barlow received the 2008 Jeffery-Williams Prize for outstanding contributions to mathematical research. Prof. Izabella Laba secured the 2008 Krieger-Nelson Prize for exceptional research by a female mathematician, and Assoc. Prof. Vinayak Vastal won the 2007 Coxeter-James Prize, honouring young mathematicians.

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UBC members receive community achievement award

Assist. Prof. Margo Fryer, Prof. Kerry Jang and Elder Ellen White have been chosen to receive a BC Community Achievement Award from the BC Achievement Foundation, an independent foundation established by the Province to honour B.C.’s spirit of excellence in the arts, humanities and community service. The recipients will be recognized at a Government House ceremony in Victoria on April 25.

Through her work at UBC, Fryer helped establish the Learning Exchange, a nationally recognized initiative which fosters community service learning. Jang is a resident of Vancouver’s Renfrew Collingwood community who uses his expertise as professor and psychologist to address issues of homelessness, addictions and mental health. White is a teacher, author, activist, language specialist, storyteller, herbalist and elder from the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and is on the Elders Council of the Institute for Aboriginal Health at UBC and BC Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments.

For more information, visit www.bcachievement.com.

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UBC Vice Provost receives NAEA award

Vice Provost Anna Kindler has been awarded the 2006 Lowenfeld Award by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) at the national convention in April last year.

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Student's thesis film screens at MoMA

Creative Writing and Film Production MFA graduate Bojan Bodruzic's thesis film Immigrant will screen at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York this month as part of Canadian Front 2007. The film follows two parallel stories about Bosnian immigrants living in Canada in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, exploring connections between present and past, reality and memory. Canadian Front highlights new and recent feature films from Canada.

For more information, visit www.moma.org.

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UBC student-industry team net three Canstruction awards

Called Attack Hunger, this rendition of a shark was built using 6,400 cans of foodA team of six UBC engineering students and 16 engineers from Fluor Canada Ltd. won Best Rookie and People's Choice awards for their sculpture at the Vancouver Canstruction competition to combat hunger last week at Canada Place. Made from 6,400 cans of food and depicting a ship headed for a shark's open mouth, the seven-and-a-half-foot sculpture also garnered Honourable Mention from the judges, qualifying to proceed to the international judging round in Texas in May.

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

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Sustainability in action at UBC

Using only recycled materials, 11 teams of UBC students will race to create practical solutions to real-world sustainability issues during the 2007 Designs for a Sustainable World Challenge on March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition, including musical entertainment and a barbecue, will take place in front of the Student Union Building. The event is hosted by UBC’s Engineers Without Borders in partnership with the UBC Sustainability Office, the Terry Project and the Applied Science Centre for Professional Skills Development.

For more information, visit Designs for a Sustainable World Challenge.

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Socrates is on trial at UBC

Socrates on Trial is a new production based on Aristophanes’ comedy The Clouds and Plato’s Apology, adapted by UBC Prof. Andrew Irvine and directed by retired UBC lecturer Joan Bryans, at the Chan Centre through to March 16. The play revolves around two very different characters on trial claiming to be the real Socrates.

Tickets are available in person at the Chan Ticket Centre or from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or 604.280.3311.

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

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International symposium on Chinese painting and theory

UBC presents an international symposium March 29-30 at St. John’s College on copying in Chinese art. Unlike the traditions of post-Renaissance European art, which demanded authenticity and originality, Chinese painting tradition holds that a great artist is also a great copyist. This event is an opportunity to rethink a theoretical position for Chinese painting in the broader context of painting theory.

Pre-registration is advised by March 20. For more information, contact April Liu, awolape@yahoo.com.

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Last reviewed 07-Jun-2007

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