UBC This Week | Sep. 11, 2008
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23rd Gemini Awards nominate eight UBC alumni and faculty
Faculty and alumni from UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film have received eight nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
• For Best Biography Documentary Program, UBC alumnus Cal Shumiatcher for producing CTV feature documentary Confessions of an Innocent Man, and alumnus Nick Orchard for producing feature documentary about legendary singer/songwriter Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues.
• For Best Reality Program or Series, alumnus Cal Shumiatcher for the CBC reality series The Week the Women Went.
• For Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series, alumnus Nico Stagias, editor for Bravo’s dance feature Christopher House: Ahead of the Curve.
• For Best Sound in a Dramatic Series, alumnus Anke Bakker for her work on Global’s television series The Guard
• For Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series, former adjunct professor John Zaritsky for the CTV feature documentary The Suicide Tourist
• For Best Photography in an Information Program or Series, Ian Kerr, UBC Film adjunct professor for HGTV’s She’s Crafty.
The winners will be announced in four gala awards ceremonies held on October 20-22 and November 28, 2008 in Toronto.
For more information visit: www.geminiawards.ca.
UBC professors and former president appointed Royal Society Fellows
UBC science professors and former president Martha Piper have been appointed Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Fellows:
• Prof. Curtis Suttle, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, for his work in biological oceanography and microbial diversity to virology
• Prof. Ivar Ekeland, Dept. of Mathemaics, for his contributions to mathematics including Convex and Non-linear Analysis, Control Theory, Hamiltonian Mechanics, Symplectic Geometry, Mathematical Economics and Finance.
• Prof. Graeme Wynn, Dept. of Geography, for his analyses of the social and environmental ramifications of staple trades in the forests of colonial New Zealand, the environmental impact of industrializing societies, and the regional historical geography of early Canada.
• Prof. Clarence W. De Silva, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, for his contributions to the advanced education and the practice of engineering in Canada and overseas.
• Prof. Ann Marie Craig, Dept. of Psychiatry, for her contributions to the field of molecular and cellular neurobiology and in neuroscience, the development of new therapies for neurological and psychiatric diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer's, autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression.
• Former UBC president Martha Piper, specially elected for her contributions to science and medicine, creating new research frameworks, raising public awareness in research and persuading governments to increase investment in research and higher education.
UBC films in 2008 VIFF and TIFF
The 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Programme will include 15 films by UBC Film students, alumni and faculty.
• Documentary films by MFA graduates: Peg Campbell and Charles Wilkinson's Your Mother Should Know and Down Here
• Feature films by alumni and faculty: Stephen Hegyes’ 50 Dead Men Walking; Dean English’s Edison and Leo; Cam Labine, Lynne Stopkewich, James Liston, Julian Clarke and Madeleine Grant’s Control Alt Delete; Glen Winter and Fredrik Thorsen’s Stone of Destiny; Tom Scholte and Bojan Bodruzic’s Crime
• Short films by alumni: Allison Beda, James Liston, and Lindsay Allikas’ 30-Love; Rob Kirbyson’s Ctrl Z, Mark Ratzlaff and Jessica Cheung’s The Narrator; Amy Belling’s Gold! Gold! Gold!, Andria Spring and Madeleine Grant’s The Collinwood Campaign and Jessica Cheung’s Reverse.
50 Dead Men Walking, Edison and Leo, Control Alt Delete and Stone of Destiny are also being screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well as feature film Passchendale, by alumnus Gregory Middleton. The short film, Hello Goodbye, produced by BFA Film Program students Antoine Bourges, Vivi Olsen and Patrick Beechinor, was screened at the TIFF Student Showcase earlier this year.
The UBC Film Production Alumni Association will be hosting a VIFF party on Tues., Oct. 7 to showcase and celebrate the festival films by UBC Film alumni.
For more information about this event, contact the UBC Film Production Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering professors receive award
UBC engineering professors Prof. James Olson, Prof. Carl Ollivier and Prof. Mark Martinez have received the BC Innovation Council’s Lieutenant Governor’s Technology Innovation Award.
The team worked with Dr. Robert Gooding, Technology Vice President at Advanced Fiber Technologies, in developing a low-energy pulp screen rotor technology called the Gladiator HCTM rotor, an invention revolutionizing Canada’s pulp and paper industry.
Nominations for the Academic of the Year Award and the Career Achievement Award
Nominations for the Academic of the Year Award and the Career Achievement Award are now being accepted by Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) BC until Feb. 6, 2009.
These two awards given each year by CUFA BC, are to recognize outstanding faculty members who contribute to their communities through their research and scholarly activity.
CUFA BC represents 4,400 professors, instructors, professional librarians and other academic staff at UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC and Royal Roads University.
For more information, to download nomination forms, and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.cufa.bc.ca/awards.
UBC and NARSAD host forum on mental health research
UBC and NARSAD, a mental health research organization, are hosting a forum as part of Healthy Minds Across North America, an international day of free forums on the progress of research on mental health research.
Date: Sun, Sept. 14
Time: 1- 4:00 p.m.
Place: Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Hall #3, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Info: Reservations recommended, www.narsad.org or call 1-800-829-8289
Green College hosts UBC Law & Society Series event
UBC Faculty of Law’s Assoc. Dean Douglas will give a talk on his book Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves & Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925, which reveals the contradictions and consequences of an Indian land policy premised on access to fish, and a program of fisheries management intended to open the resource to newcomers.
His critics will be SFU Prof. Nick Blomley, UBC Assoc. Prof. Gordon Christie, and UBC Asst. Prof. Renisa Mawani.
Date: Thurs, Sept. 11
Time: 5-6:45 p.m.
Place: Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road
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UBC 6th annual staff welcome back bbq
This year’s barbecue welcomes staff back to the new academic year and includes a free UBC Catering BBQ lunch, live entertainment and information booths.
This event is hosted by the President’s Office and Human Resources and produced by Ceremonies and Events,
Date: Sept. 17
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: Flag Pole Plaza
To obtain meal wristbands, rsvp with your department administrator or bring UBC card to registration booth
Lecture given in honour of UBC physics professor
UBC Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) are sponsoring the Paul Sykes Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Paul Jay Sykes Jr., a UBC lecturer and administrator in Physics at UBC from the late 1940s to his retirement in1983.
Sykes Jr. gave a radio lecture on astronomy in the early 1930s when he was 14 years old, and was still a teenager when he first published a monthly column on astronomy.
The lecture entitled Unveiling Titan: Results from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons will be given by speaker Dr. Rosaly Lopes, an expert on volcanism.
Date: Sept. 13
Time 7 p.m.
Place: Hennings 201
Info: no admission, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
B.C. Innovation Council award UBC professors
The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) has given six UBC professors the 2008 BCIC Award:
• Prof. Larry Goldenberg, Head of the Dept. of Urologic Sciences, will receive the BC Science and Technology Champion of the Year Award for raising funds to create a leading national Centre for Excellence in prostate research, education and healthcare delivery programs.
• Assoc. Prof. Marco Marra, Director, Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency, will receive the Frontiers in Research Award for his work focusing on cancer research, the Human Genome Project and the sequencing of the SARS coronavirus.
• Assoc. Prof. James Olson, Prof. Robert Gooding, Assoc. Prof. Mark Martinez, and Assoc. Prof. Carl Ollivier-Gooch will each receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Technology Innovation Award.
The awards will be given at the 2008 BCIC Awards on Sept. 29, 2008 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
For more information visit www.bcic.ca.