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UBC This Week | Oct. 25, 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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CIFAR asks the next big question on Nov. 1

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) will host public forums across the country to get Canadians talking about big questions the world will face in coming years that advanced research can help solve. Two UBC experts will be among those probing questions in Vancouver.

  • How do microbes change the world? Curtis Suttle, UBC Assoc. Dean of Science and expert on ocean viruses
  • What makes people happy? John Helliwell, UBC Economics professor emeritus and economics pioneer
  • How do nature and nurture consort? Bryan Kolb, founding father of behavioural neuroscience

The event will be held at the Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard St. at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. Doors open at 4 p.m. Attendance is free, but space is limited.

For more information, visit www.thenextbigquestion.ca/Pages/Rsvp/Default.aspx

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UBC departments collaborate on student film contest

The UBC Department of Computer Science and the UBC Film Production Program are collaborating on a film contest open to all computer science students. Equipment and software is provided by the department, with consultation available from Assoc. Prof. Sharon McGowan and Assoc. Prof. Chris Gallagher.

Conceived by Computer Science Instructor Steven Wolfman and Computer Science undergraduate Athena Li, the contest is part of the department’s “vPortfolio” initiative to improve learning by enabling students to document their learning experience via the medium of video.

For more information, visit www.cs.ubc.ca/projects/vportfolio/index.html.

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UBC researchers recognised for cardiovascular work

Two UBC researchers were recognised with research fellowships by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress this week. Post-doctoral fellow Mitra Esfandiarei of the Child and Family Research Institute in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences received the HSFC AstraZeneca research fellowship. Post-doctoral fellow Maziar Rahmani of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre received the HSFC Pfizer research fellowship.

These fellowships give researchers the chance to train with leaders in their disciplines. For more information, visit the HSFC honour roll at ww2.heartandstroke.ca/Page.asp?PageID=33&ArticleID=6549&Src=news&From=SubCategory.

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UBC student receives medical scholarship

Jennifer Anne Barley, a fourth-year UBC medical student, is one of sixteen students who have been awarded a College of Family Physicians of Canada Medical Student Scholarship. This award is given to Canada’s top medical students with career intentions in family medicine.

For more information, visit www.cfpc.ca/English/cfpc/communications/news%20releases/2007%2010%2018/default.asp?s=1.

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Joining hands: conference looks at teacher issues

UBC's School Leadership Centre (SLC@UBC) will host Joining Hands: Network for Building Collaborative Cultures and Practices: Teacher Induction, Mentoring and Retention Conference. Faculty, school administrators, government representatives and other education professionals from across North America will compare experiences and programs for teacher induction, mentoring and retention.

The conference will take place at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond on Oct. 26 and 27 as the first of a series of mentoring initiatives. For more information and registration, visit www.slc.educ.ubc.ca.

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Seminar on literacy, gender equality and secularism in Pakistan

UBC Prof. Emeritus Muhammad Iqbal of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will give a seminar on Oct. 29 entitled Promoting Literacy, Gender Equality and Secularism in Pakistan: A Retirement Activity. Iqbal will speak about the work of a charity he established, The Maria-Helen Foundation, to undertake social development projects in his native Pakistan.

The seminar will take place in Room 1005 of the Forest Sciences Building, 2424 Main Mall, at 3 p.m., with light refreshments at 2:45 p.m. For more information, contact Iqbal at iqbal@interchange.ubc.ca.

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UBC presentation on birth in the entertainment media

On Oct. 30, the UBC Maternity Care Club will host Birth in the Entertainment Media, a multimedia presentation and panel discussion aimed at UBC students and staff. This club is an interdisciplinary group of students from nursing, medicine and midwifery with an interest in pregnancy and birth.

The event will take place in the Norm Theatre in the Student Union Building at 7 p.m. For more information, contact birthinthemedia@gmail.com.

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Seminar on developments on the Korean peninsula

UBC’s Centre for Korean Research and the Korea Economic Institute of Washington, D.C., will host a seminar on The Changing Political and Economic Environment of the Korean Peninsula. Speakers include the Honourable Nyum Jin, former Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea; the Honourable Ted Lipman, Canadian Ambassador to South and North Korea; Dr. Balbina Hwang, Senior Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific, Department of State, USA; other government officials; and professors from UBC, Stanford and the Korea Economic Institute.

The seminar will take place from 3 – 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Room 120 of the C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall. For more information, visit www.iar.ubc.ca/bulletin/Oct26-2007.htm.

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