UBC This Week | Oct. 9, 2008
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The Massey Lecture Series presents Margaret Atwood at the Chan Centre
As part of The Massey Lecture Series, poet, novelist, and essayist Margaret Atwood will discuss the topic of debt at a lecture entitled Payback, Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.
Atwood is a winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award and is a bestselling author of more than 35 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake.
Date: Oct. 15
Time: 8:00 – 9 p.m.
Place: The Chan Centre
Info: $22.50 per ticket
UBC staff selected for Leave for Change Program
At last week's Celebrate Learning Week Open House event, President Stephen Toope announced six UBC staff who will be participating as volunteers in the Leave for Change program.
- Erin Creak, Communications Coordinator, Dept. of Health, Safety and Environment - as a Marketing Advisor in Malawi
- Manpreet Dhillon, Manager of Business Operations, Office of Learning Technology - as an HR Advisor in Botswana
- Sherry Dyck, Administrative Assistant, Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan - as a HIV/AIDS Trauma Advisor in Malawi
- Sarah McCalla, Financial Aid Officer, Enrolment Services - as an Activity Report Advisor in Burkina Faso
- Claire Moller, User Experience Architect, Enrolment Services -as a Web Designer in Nepal
- Craig Smith, Assoc. Director, Dept. of Health, Safety and Environment - as an Environmental Education and Tourism Advisor in Vietnam
For more information, visit http://hr.ubc.ca/leaveforchange/2009candidates.html
UBC’s respectful environment statement launched
In late September, President Stephen Toope introduced to faculty, staff and students the Respectful Environment Statement, UBC’s statement providing guiding principles in building an environment with respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion.
For more information, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/respectful_enviro/index.html
UBC Press book wins award
UBC Press book Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories, by John Sandlos, has won the U.S. Forest History Society's 2008 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award, an award recognizing authors in forest and conservation history.
For more information, visit http://www.ubcpress.ubc.ca/books/awards.html.
Mechanical engineering professors receive recognition
Prof. Yusuf Altintas has been recognized by Pratt and Whitney Canada (P&WC) as one of its six Research Fellows across Canada for his contribution to P&WC technology programs in manufacturing and the aerospace industry.
P&WC has renewed Altintas’ NSERC/Pratt and Whitney Chair in Virtual High-performance Machining for an additional five years and appointed Assoc. Prof. Steve Feng as NSERC/P&WC Associate Chair.
For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2008/oct2.html
History professor a finalist for book prize
UBC Dept. of History’s Prof.Tina Loo is a finalist for best English-language book in the Social Sciences in the annual Scholarly Book Prizes for her book States of Nature: Conserving Canada's Wildlife in the Twentieth Century.
The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences will announce the four winners - two in the humanities and two in social sciences, with one for best work in each official language - on Nov. 1 in Ottawa.
For more information, visit www.fedcan.ca.
UBC professor receives lifetime achievement award
Prof. Emeritus Janusz Laskowski of Mining Engineering received the International Mineral Processing Council (IMPC)’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Beijing on Sept. 27.
This award recognizes a lifetime achievement and contribution to IMPC in the advancement of the art, science and industrial practice of mineral processing.
For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2008/oct6.html.
Engineering professors awarded for new technology
Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Assoc. Prof. Mark Martinez and Mechanical Engineering’s Assoc. Prof. Carl Ollivier-Gooch and Assoc. Prof. James Olson in collaboration with Robert Gooding, Vice President of Technology, Advanced Fiber Technologies, have received the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Technology Innovation Award for their new advanced pulp screen technology.
For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2008/oct7.html