UBC This Week | Jul. 24, 2008
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Solar canopy system chosen as clean energy project
UBC’s Solar Canopy Illumination System has been chosen as one of 15 innovative clean energy projects in B.C. to receive funding from the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.
The solar canopy system provides daylight to the interior regions of multi-floor office buildings to reduce substantially the need for electric lighting and, therefore, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The project will receive $2M for a series of solar lighting demonstrations in various buildings and geographical locations to show the flexibility, versatility and cost-effectiveness of the technology.
For more information, visit http://www.phas.ubc.ca/ssp/solar-canopy-illumination-system/ and www.gov.bc.ca/empr/popt/innovative_clean_energy_fund.html.
Sauder receives major support for study on globalization and work
Assist. Prof. Danielle van Jaarsveld, in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division of the Sauder School of Business, is part of an international team led by the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) that will conduct a study of work and employment in a global context. Specifically, the team will examine the involvement of institutional players in dialogues about change and the capabilities required to evolve in this new environment.
The research team has received one of the four $2.5 million grants awarded this year by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program (MCRI).
For more information, visit http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=News&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=22632
Zoology students earn Young Scientist awards
Two Zoology graduate students have won two of the five 2008 Young Scientist awards handed out by Europe's Society of Experimental Biologists.
Graham Scott was recognized for his work investigating how the bar-headed goose – a species that migrates over the Himalayas at altitudes of up to 9,000 metres – adapts to high altitude flight (http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/2007/07jul05/honkers.html)
Jodie Rummer, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Colin Brauner, was rewarded for her research into how fish use physiology to mitigate environmental stress.
The Young Scientist award is open to PhD and post doctoral students from around the world, with cash prizes ranging up to $1,200.
For more information, visit www.sebiology.org/meetings/Marseille/Session_Info/YSAS.html.
Nominations open for honorary degrees
The UBC Vancouver Senate is calling for honorary degree nominations of individuals who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels, such as:
- Leading academics
- Public intellectuals and opinion makers
- Visionary leaders and exemplary public figures
- Community builders and philanthropists
Any member of the public or the University community may submit a nomination. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2008. All nominations are valid for a period of three years. For additional information on the nomination process or to submit a nomination, visit http://www.senate.ubc.ca/vancouver/honorary.cfm.
Researching children’s and young adult literature
A graduate research conference on youth literature will highlight the work of students and researchers in the field of children's and young adult literature. The conference will be held in conjunction with the visit of Aidan Chambers, award-winning British novelist, to the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Chambers will give the conference’s plenary address, entitled Reading and Books in a Digitalizing Culture.
The conference is sponsored by UBC's Department of Language and Literacy Education, the Department of English, the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the UBC Creative Writing Program, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
Date: July 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre ???
Audrey Capel Doray and Joan Balzar in conversation with Lorna Brown
Artists Audrey Capel Doray and Joan Balzar will discuss their work and careers in conjunction with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery's current exhibition, Idyll. Capel Doray, a recipient of four Canada Council awards, and Balzar, a prominent member of the Vancouver art community, will reflect on the 1960s and early 1970s and the context in which their work was produced. The conversation will be moderated by Lorna Brown, an independent artist, curator and writer.
Date: July 26
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Notes: The discussion will be illustrated with slides and refreshments will be available.