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UBC This Week | Sep. 18, 2008

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UBC professor awarded ecology prize

The 2008 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology will be given to UBC’s Prof. Daniel Pauly in a ceremony presided by President Montilla, Generalitat of Catalonia at theWorld Congress for Nature in Barcelona on Oct. 6.

The Ramon Margalef Prize recognizes the career or discovery in the field of ecology contributing to the sustainable management of natural resources.

Pauly was chosen among 17 candidates for his contributions to research and awareness of the global impacts of fisheries on marine ecosystems.

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UBC instructor makes Giller Prize list

UBC creative writing instructor Steven Galloway is among the list of authors considered for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, a story set during the siege in the mid-1990s, recounting the struggles of three inhabitants and a cellist, who plays each afternoon in a crater left by a mortar shell in front of his building.

A shortlist will be announced Oct. 7, with the winner to be revealed Nov. 11 at a gala dinner.

For more information, visit http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jwn-fI3iRV1GD64-QeOkTIPhkOSQ.

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New Director for Learning Centre

UBC Library has announced that Sandra Singh will begin as Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Nov. 1, 2008.

A UBC alumna, Singh was most recently Director of Systems and Special Projects at the Vancouver Public Library and has worked at other public libraries in Port Moody, Calgary and Abilene, Texas.

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Landscape architecture student wins international award

UBC landscape architecture student Ellen Pond, has received the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Research Honor Award for her study Revealing Climate Change Mitigation in the Landscapes of the Future: Retrofitting Residential Neighbourhoods, A Burnaby Case Study.

Pond’s research demonstrates how retrofitting existing residential neighbourhoods can reduce emissions from household energy, transportation, and food while allowing for population increases.

For more information visit: http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=/2008/09/sala-student-wins-international-award.html.

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Creative writing instructor receives award

UBC creative writing instructor Deborah Campbell, has won the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for her article published in the April 2008 issue of Harper’s magazine.

Entitled Exodus: Where will Iraq Go Next?, the article is based on the two months she spent living among Iraqi refugees in Syria.

The award will be presented Sept. 28 at the Word on The Street Book and Magazine Festival in Vancouver.

Professor Shahab Sokhansanj discusses the far reaching benefit of wood pellets with Minister Bell.
Professor Shahab Sokhansanj discusses the far reaching benefit of wood pellets with Minister Bell.

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Applied Science receives support for bioenergy research

UBC Applied Science is among the beneficiaries of the Ministry of Forests and Range's $600,000 support for developing B.C.’s wood bioenergy sector.

This funding will help scientists continue research into new uses for wood biomass resources in the emerging bio-industry.

For more information visit http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2005-2009/2008FOR0122-001404.htm.

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UBC professor gives design vision for CIRS

Dr. John Robinson will share his vision and design insight for UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at a talk entitled Transitioning to a Sustainable Campus: Creating the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.

The CIRS facility’s goal to radically reduce emissions, materials consumption, energy and water use is to live within building footprint using the site’s sources of sun, wind and ground for of its electricity and lighting, water supply, liquid waste treatment, ventilation, heating and cooling.

Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: C.K. Choi Building, 1855 Main Mall

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Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society awards scholarships

The Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society, in partnership with One World International Scholarship for Study in B.C., has awarded 4 students from China a $10,000 scholarship each towards studies at post-secondary institutions in B.C.

The scholarships are currently available to students from the People’s Republic of China, whose government has established a similar program to host B.C. students.

For more information visit www.bcscholarship.ca.

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Student research investigates use of cognitive enhancers

Rana Ahmad, a UBC PhD candidate in philosophy, is investigating how people evaluate the rise and ethical use of cognitive enhancers, such as Ritalin which is normally prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Ahmad’s research in the new field of neuroethics involves an online survey at the UBC Centre for Applied Ethics.

Those interested in taking the survey can visit: www.yourviews.ubc.ca. Clean Energy Research Centre Speaker Series

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Clean Energy Research Centre Speaker Series

Prof. Roland Clift, Centre for Environmental Strategy from University of Surrey, UK, will give a talk entitled Biomass and biofuels—truths, lies and promises.

Clift’s research specializes in Environmental System Analysis, including Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Energy Systems.

Date: Sept. 24
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Chemical and Biological Engineering Building
Room 103, 2360 East Mall
Info: http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/Events.htm

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Celebrate Learning Week begins with open house

Celebrate Learning Week will begin with an open house themed Navigating Your Learning Path, a one-stop venue for staff and faculty to explore personal and professional development opportunities from various on-campus providers.

Date: Oct. 1
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Arbutus Room, Ponderosa Centre
Info: rsvp by Sept. 26 http://www.hr.ubc.ca/prog_initiatives/celebrate/index.html.

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Green College presents Writer-in-Residence

Patricia Robertson, Green College’s 2008 Writer-in-Residence will be hosting a series of free talks to the UBC community, entitled Is Fiction an Endangered Species?

Robertson was one of 20 Canadian short story writers featured in this summer’s Green College series Salon des Refusés. Her work has been nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction prize, the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Awards, the CBC Literary Awards, and the Pushcart Prize.

Robertson launches her series this Friday with a reading from her latest short story collection, The Goldfish Dancer: Stories and Novellas.

Date: Sept.18
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Graham House Reception Room,Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Road
Info: contact gc.programs@ubc.ca or visit

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First Nations Studies hosts discussion on Inuit rights

UBC’s First Nations Studies Program is hosting a discussion given by Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization in Canada.

Simon will be speaking with students about her role in advancing Inuit interests, the recent Residential Schools apology, and the upcoming federal election.

Date: Sept. 25
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Law Building, Room 157
Info: Lunch provided, contact 822-0075 or fnspadvisor@mail.arts.ubc.ca

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Lectures given by Institute of Asian Research

The Centre for Japanese Research will host a lecture A Symbiotic Alliance: America's Dependence on Japanese Capital given by Prof. Daniel Okimoto, Stanford University, who specializes on the political economy of Japan.

Date: Sept. 19
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: 1855 West Mall, C.K. Choi Building, Conference Room #120
Info: followed by a reception in the CK Choi Lounge

The Centre for Chinese Research will host a lecture given by Prof. Gregory Chin, York University, entitled Party Reform in China: Promoting “Leadership Science” and Management Innovation, which examines how the Chinese Communist Party has responded to pressures of societal change, modernization, and globalization.

Date: Sept. 22
Time: 12.30 - 2 p.m.
Place: 1855 West Mall, C.K. Choi Building Conference Room #120

The Centre for Southeast Asia Research will host a lecture by Ambassador John Holmes, Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia, entitled Dialogue on Canada-Indonesia Relations.

Date: Sept. 24
Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Place: C.K. Choi Building, Conference Room #120

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Earth and Ocean Sciences student receives award

Earth and Ocean Sciences PhD student Stephen Moss has won the Rio Tinto Best Student Oral Presentation award at the ninth International Kimberlite Conference held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Moss' presentation looked at the evolution of kimberlite magmas at the Diavik site, Northwest Territories.

For more information visit www.eos.ubc.ca/home/aurora/newsflash.html.

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Last reviewed 22-Sep-2008

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