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UBC This Week | Nov. 6, 2008

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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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Upcoming Event Highlights

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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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Call for nominations - UBC awards for outstanding volunteer contributions

Nominations for outstanding volunteer contributions to UBC are now being accepted for the following awards.

  • The Slonecker Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to UBC
  • The Outstanding Student Award for Volunteer Contributions to UBC

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 30. For information on eligibility and nomination package, visit http://www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/ceremonies/honours/index.html#ubc_awards.

A reception will be held in January 2009 to thank the volunteers who contribute to UBC. To register your unit, contact Fiona Fung at Fiona.fung@ubc.ca or 604-822-0949.

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Annual UBC Remembrance Day ceremony

This year, UBC’s Remembrance Day ceremony will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The ceremony will include music by the UBC School of Music, short readings and remarks. UBC Vice-President, External, Legal and Community Relations, Stephen Owen; AMS President Michael Duncan and Dr. John Blatherwick, former Chief Medical Health Officer for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Honorary Colonel with the Canadian Forces Reserves will be among this year’s speakers.

Date: Nov. 11
Time: Doors open at 10 a.m., ceremony begins at 10:50 (45 minutes)
Place: War Memorial Gym
Info: Free parking (to 1 p.m.) - GSAB lot by War Memorial Gym and at metres
on Wesbrook Drive (from University Blvd. north to Bus Loop).
North Parkade parking is $4.00/day.
For directions, visit www.maps.ubc.ca. For more information, visit

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UBC opens new Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education

UBC's Faculty of Education has opened the new Centre for Research in Chinese Language and Literacy Education thanks to the commitment of $500,000 from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (“Hanban”) in Beijing.

Housed within the Faculty of Education's Dept. of Language and Literacy Education, the Centre will serve as a hub for world-class researchers and scholars to contribute to Chinese language teaching, testing, curriculum and materials development, including the uses of new digital technologies.

The official UBC-Hanban Agreement was signed by UBC Education Dean Rob Tierney and Madame Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban in October 2007 at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

For more information, visit http://educ.ubc.ca/.

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UBC students recognized at physics conference

Undergraduate students Firas Moosvi and Ruobing Yang won Top Student Talk awards at the 2008 Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference in Toronto.

Moosvi won in the category of medical physics for his presentation Characterizing Galbumin as a contrast agent in small animals using perfusion MRI and immunofluorescence.

Yang won in the category of biological physics for his talk Calibration of Magnetic Tweezers instrument for pulling on single DNA molecules using subpicoNewton forces.

For more information, visit http://cupc.ca/.

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UBC students win at opera competition

Students from the UBC Opera Ensemble won five out of six prizes at the Metropolitan Opera competition in Vancouver.

Three of the winners Justin Welsh, Stephanie Nakagawa and Suzanne Rigden
advance to the Region Finals in Seattle in January. Rachel Fenlon and Sunny Shams received Honourable Mentions.

For more information visit http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/auditions/national/.

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UBC Press publications win awards

Awards have been given for the following UBC Press publications:

  • States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century, written by UBC Dept. of History’s Assoc. Prof. Tina Loo, won the Harold Adams Innis Prize, presented by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) for Best English work in the social sciences
  • National Visions, National Blindness: Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s, won the CFHSS Raymond Klibansky Prize for Best English work in the humanities
  • Multicultural Education Policies in Canada and the United States, received the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Research Association

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UBC professor at neuroethics meeting

UBC Neurology Dept.’s Prof. Judy Illes will be the panel moderator for a talk entitled Discussion of the Ethics of Deep Brain Stimulation at the first Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting held Nov. 13 - 14 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=71657&orgId=ns.

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Mechanical engineering student receives Gartshore Fellowship

Mechanical engineering graduate student Adrian Armstrong has been awarded the Gartshore Graduate Entrance Fellowship, a one-year award given to top new graduate students in mechanical engineering.

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UBC Red Cross hosts World AIDS Week

In support of AIDS awareness, UBC Red Cross will be hosting a week of events leading to World AIDS Day on Nov. 21.

Red ribbons and Little Travelers will be sold to help with donations to benefit people living with AIDS. This year will also mark UBC's first Wear Red Day for AIDS on Nov. 21.

Date: Nov. 17 - 21
Place: Student Union Building
Info: http://www.ubcredcross.com/home/events/world-aids-week.shtml

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Sauder students host conference

Students from the UBC Sauder School of Business will host Enterprize Canada, a conference connecting students through interactive workshops and social events.

The February 2009 event will include a business plan competition with a prize pool worth more than $100,000. The deadline for competition registration is Nov. 16.

For more information, visit www.enterprizecanada.org.

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LOOP exhibition at Koerner Library

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory presents LOOP, an exhibit by UBC students from VISA (Visual Art) 470A, exploring the nature and perception of time through video, print media, photography, installation and sound.

Date: Nov. 5 – 15 (Wed – Sat)
Time: 12 – 5 p.m.
Place: Visual Art Gallery Room, Koerner Library
Room 112 - 1958 Main Mall

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Book art at the Learning Centre

Thumbsucker, an exhibition of book objects created by Visual Art Theory students at UBC, is now on display at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre until Nov. 14.

For more information, visit http://www.ahva.ubc.ca/eventsDetails.cfm?EventID=650&EventTypeNumID=5 .

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Last reviewed 06-Nov-2008

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