UBC This Week | Feb. 14, 2008
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Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences honoured
Prof. Oldrich Hungr, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for his work in rock and soil geology and the study of landslides. The honour will be presented in Ottawa in March.
Also, graduate students from the department took the top three prizes at this year’s Mineral Exploration Round-Up poster competition, held in Vancouver. Katrin Breitsprecher and her team took first prize, Scott Blevings and his team took second, and Lucy Hollis and her team took third.
For more information, visit www.eos.ubc.ca/home/aurora/newsflash.html.
Unruly Salon series explores the Highway of Tears
UBC’s Faculty of Education offers the fourth in its Unruly Salon speaker series on Feb. 14 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. with art, music and a lecture on the Highway of Tears – No Time for Nostalgia: Asylum-making and Segregated Residential Schools in British Columbia, followed by a discussion and reception.
The series, made up of seven performances by scholars and/or artists with disabilities from the visual, performing and musical art sectors, aims to increase awareness about disability arts and the significant cultural contribution of disabled Canadians.
The free series is at UBC’s Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road and requires pre-registration at www.unrulysalon.com.
Call for nominations for the 2008 UBC Alumni Achievement Awards
Every year the UBC Alumni Association singles out outstanding UBC alumni with awards presented at the annual Alumni Achievement Awards Evening. The association asks for nominations in several award categories by March 15.
For more information, including award categories and criteria, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards. For additional details or a copy of the printed nomination brochure, contact Marisa Iuvancigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-822-8917.
Call for equity proposals
The Equity Enhancement Fund is asking for proposals for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. Funding up to $5,000 is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit head. Funds are allocated by the Associate Vice President, Equity in consultation with the President’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Discrimination and Harassment.
Calls for proposals are sent twice a year, with application deadlines of March 15 and Oct. 15. The guidelines can be found at www.equity.ubc.ca/employment/eaf_eef.htm For more information or to submit a proposal, contact Assoc. Vice President Tom Patch, Equity Office at email@example.com.
UBC film collection hits 5,000
The UBC Film Collection, housed in the UBC Visual Resources Centre, recently passed the magic number of 5,000 films on DVD, videotape, laser disk and 16mm film. The collection includes movies from 38 countries from around the world and a special interest in Canadian motion pictures (one-fifth of the films are Canadian).
The collection forms the basis of UBC’s courses in Film Studies and is widely used across the Faculty of Arts and is open to the UBC Community for in-house viewing.
The Visual Resources Centre, a joint venture of the Departments of Theatre and Film, Art History, and Visual Art and Theory, is in Room 206 of the Frederic Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road. For more information, visit www.film.ubc.ca/library.shtml.
Courses offered at the Botanical Garden
Hitomi Gilliam, of the American Institute of Floral Design, will give a seminar at UBC’s Botanical Garden on Advanced Flower Arranging: Nature’s Creative Edge on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gilliam will review the elements and principles of design and share her design ideas inspired by the winter landscape at the Botanical Garden. Plant material will be provided for participants to create a floral piece; participants are asked to bring a container and tools (secateurs and/or a florist knife).
Cost is $55 for members; $60 for non-members. To view Gilliam’s work, visit www.hitomi-art.com.
On Feb. 24, Joan Carrigan will offer a ‘honeysuckle rib’ basketry workshop from 9 a.m. - noon. This basket is a traditional European style used for gathering and storage. Participants will be offered a variety of natural materials and dyed reed to incorporate into their basket, and will learn about the gathering and preparation of these materials.
Cost is $80 for members, $95 for non-members.
Both events will take place at the Botanical Garden Reception Centre, 6804 South West Marine Dr. For more information or to register, call 604-822-3928 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org.
Karaoke and Lunar New Year celebration on campus
UBC’s Centre for Korean Research will host a lecture entitled Is Korean Noraebang, Japan KaraOKe? Singing Banquets, Singing Doctors, and Singing Rooms in Korea by Assoc. Prof. Millie Creighton, Department of Anthropology, on Feb. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 120.
On Feb. 15, the Institute of Asian Research will host a Lunar New Year celebration from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. with arts and crafts demonstrations, Asian food sale, book sale and entertainment. Lion Dancing, by Tiger Martial Arts Club, will perform at 11:30 a.m. and at noon; the UBC Chinese Music Ensemble, headed by Dr. Mei Han of the UBC School of Music, will perform at 12:30 p.m.
Both events will take place at the C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall. For more information, visit www.iar.ubc.ca/bulletin/seminarsFEB2008.htm.
UBC Film alumnus wins award at Sundance
Robert Kirbyson, a UBC Film Production alumnus, has been awarded the top prize – $10,000 – at Delta Air Lines’ Fly-In Movies competition for his short film, Ctrl Z.
Ctrl Z is the story of a man who discovers that clicking the Ctrl Z button on his keyboard allows him to go back in time. His film was chosen through online and in-flight audience voting. An estimated 350,000 viewers saw Kirbyson’s film.
For more information, visit www.robertkirbyson.com.
Mondo Spider draws crowd at UBC
UBC Engineering-Physics alumni Jonathan Tippett, Charles Brinson, Lee Christie and Alex Mossman created a robotic arachnid as an art project in 2006. Last week Mondo Spider made a cameo appearance at UBC in honour of Old Red/New Red, a day during EWeek where current engineering students network with alumni.
A video is available at www.engineering.ubc.ca/alumni/mondo-spider.php.