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UBC This Week | May 17, 2007

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UBC Spring Congregation:


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 bestows honorary degrees

UBC Vancouver’s spring congregation will take place May 23 - 30. Undergraduate and graduate degrees from all 12 faculties will be conferred at 23 ceremonies. In addition, the following eight people will receive honorary degrees:

  • Michael Bliss, historian of Canadian medicine and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto
  • David Dodge, Governor of the Bank of Canada
  • Michael Halliday, linguist and professor emeritus at the University of Sydney
  • Cassie Campbell-Pascall, former captain of Canada’s two-time gold medal-winning women’s
    hockey team and CBC rinkside reporter
  • Robert Davidson, Haida artist known for his interpretation of the traditional art of the Pacific
  • P.J. (Jim) Peebles, cosmologist and Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University
  • Martha C. Piper, President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC from 1997 to 2006
  • C.S. (Buzz) Holling, Canadian ecologist and professor emeritus at the University of Florida

UBC Okanagan will hold its spring congregation June 8.

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Ecotrek receives worldwide attention

Worldwatch Institute has nominated ecotrek for one of 17 World Clean Energy Awards (WCEA) in the category of construction. The WCEA were launched earlier this month to recognise projects worldwide which implement the broad-based use of renewable energies and energy efficiency concepts. The program was developed by the Swiss-based Transatlantic 21 Association.

Ecotrek is a project undertaken by UBC’s Office of Sustainability to reduce energy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions at UBC through a cost recoverable method known as Energy Performance Contracting. The project involved rebuilding and retrofitting the infrastructure of nearly 300 academic buildings, and to date has helped reduce core campus energy use by over 20% and water use by 30%.

The WCEA winners will be announced on June 15 in Basel, Switzerland.

For more information on ecotrek, visit www.ecotrek.ubc.ca.

For more information on WCEA, visit www.cleanenergyawards.com.

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Education professor named a top media contributor

Curriculum Studies Prof. Wayne Ross has received the 2007 Media Contributor of the Year Award from the Association of the B.C. Deans of Education (ABCDE). This award recognises Ross’ contribution to the media as a commentator and journalist in his area of expertise-school curriculum and teaching.

ABCDE represents the nine provincial teacher education programs. Their mission is to enhance cooperation among B.C.’s teacher education programs and other educational stakeholders, and promote the exchange of ideas around educational opportunities for B.C.’s children.

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UBC and explorASIAN present Dadawa

The 2007 explorASIAN grand finale concert features international world music artist, Dadawa, at the Chan Centre on May 31. Dadawa’s music is a blend of contemporary world music and traditional sounds of Asia.

For more information, visit www.explorasian.org.

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T-Birds bound for Rio

Four current members of the UBC Thunderbirds swim team and a recent alum have been named to Canada’s roster for the 2007 Pan American Games, July 13 – 29, in Rio de Janeiro. Swimming Canada announced a 28-member team built of both veterans and young up-and-comers. Senior Caitlin Meredith, third-year Annamay Pierse, fourth-year Scott Dickens, and rookie Matt Hawes will join former T-Bird Liz Collins in Rio.

Canada won 12 medals at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Their top opponents in Brazil are expected to be the Americans, who have a similar style team.

For more information, visit www.rio2007.org.br.

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