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UBC This Week | Sep. 20, 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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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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UBC announces University Square program review

UBC Campus and Community Planning (C&CP) will hold an open house to obtain input from the campus community on the building and open space elements of the plaza to be built above the transit hub. There will also be workshops on a variety of topics relevant to the Square.

The open house will take place in the Main Concourse of the Student Union Building from Mon, Sept. 24 through Fri, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Feedback forms will be available at the open house and on-line from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at www.universitytown.ubc.ca/living_neighbourhoods_universityblvd.php.

For further information, contact Joe Stott, Director of C&CP at 604.827.5157.

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Tour of Courage at UBC

UBC is one of the sponsors of the BC Cancer Foundation's Tour of Courage Community Ride this Saturday and Sunday, a bike fundraiser with a guest appearance by Lance Armstrong. Riders can choose from distances of 30, 60 or 90 km.

For more information, visit www.tourofcourage.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=BC_homepage.

The event is made possible by support from a variety of UBC groups. Thunderbird Stadium is hosting the event, thanks to UBC Athletics. Other services are being provided by UBC Food Services, Parking and Access Control, Land and Building Services, Campus and Community Planning, Office of the University Counsel, Treasury, the President’s Office and Ceremonies and Events. 

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UBC professor wins award for book

Assist. Prof. Daniyal Zuberi, Department of Sociology, has won the Michael Harrington Book Award for Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada (Cornell University Press, 2006). This award is given by the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association for a book published in the previous year that demonstrates how scholarship can be used to work for a better world.

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UBCO celebrates first successful MA thesis defence

Master of Arts candidate Lindsay Gibson completed UBC Okanagan’s first successful thesis defence last Friday. Gibson is a History 12 teacher at Kelowna Secondary School and was a member of the Faculty of Education’s first cohort of graduate students. His thesis was entitled Considering Critical Thinking and History 12: One Teacher’s Story.

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UBC celebrates its quarter century members

The UBC Quarter Century Club will hold its 12th annual dinner on Oct. 2 at UBC’s Sage Bistro. Prof. Stephen Toope, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, will present new inductees with a memento of appreciation of their years of service and academic contributions to UBC.

The UBC Quarter Century Club recognizes full-time faculty members in the ranks of Professoriate, Instructor, 12-month Lecturer, Librarian or Program Director for 25 years of service. In 2003, the club began recognizing active members who have reached 35 years of service. This group is known collectively as Tempus Fugit, or “time flies.”

For more information and the list of new inductees, visit www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/qcc.

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UBC alumnus to speak on cultures of innovation

UBC and the BC Innovation Council will present a public forum featuring Dr. Alastair Glass, UBC alumnus and Ontario’s First Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation. Glass, who played a major role in establishing the innovation agenda in Ireland, will speak on Research and Innovation: Bridging the Public and Private Sectors and Creating a Stronger Provincial Economy.

A reception will begin the evening from 6 - 6:45 p.m., followed by the forum from 7 - 8 p.m., at UBC Robson Square on Sept. 25.

For more information, visit www.bcinnovationcouncil.com/current_affairs/media/press_releases.php?id=48&press=1&draw_column=2:3:2

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UBC film alumni collaboration results in top prize

Trans Neptune, a collaboration between UBC Film Program alumni Matthew Long (writer/director), Jessica Cheung (producer), Neil MacDonald (cinematographer) and Adam Locke-Norton (editor), won the $1,500 Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for the best short film screened at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.  

The film tells the story of Pandora, the last of the Drag Queen Cosmonauts, who makes a shocking discovery at the edge of our solar system. Trans Neptune was also nominated for three Leo Awards, received a BC Arts Council Grant, and was in the Short Film Corner at the Festival de Cannes, France.

For more information, visit www.transneptune.com

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Final call for nominations for research awards and prizes

The final call for nominations for UBC’s faculty research awards and prizes is Oct. 15. Available awards and prizes are:

  • Killam Research Prizes (all disciplines)
  • The Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize (all disciplines) 
  • The Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research (all Sciences)
  • The Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Creative Arts (Performing, Fine and Creative Arts) 
  • The Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance and Development in the Visual and Creative Arts  (Performing, Fine and Creative Arts)
  • President’s Award for Public Education through the Media (all disciplines)   

Nomination guidelines and forms available at: www.research.ubc.ca/forms.aspx.  

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Loran Award scholars come to UBC 

UBC has three new Loran Award scholars in attendance this year: Robyn Hooper of Bowen Island; Aneil Jaswal of Vernon, and Michael Singh of Charlottetown, P.E.I.

This award is given out to students entering their first year of university. Renewable for up to four years, it includes an annual tuition waiver and stipend of $8,000, access to funding and internships through summer programs, invitations to annual gatherings and forums, and mentorship opportunities. Since 1992, 32 Loran scholars have studied at UBC (17 alumni and 15 current).

For more information on the award, visit www.loranawards.ca.

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