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UBC This Week | Apr. 2, 2009

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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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Recent UBC Media Releases

Upcoming Event Highlights

Visit UBCevents, UBC's new campus-wide calendar: www.events.ubc.ca

Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at www.gothunderbirds.ca/schedule.asp.

UBC People

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AVP of Academic Affairs receives International Ziegfeld Award

Anna Kindler, UBC Assoc. Vice President, Academic Affairs, will receive the United States Society for Education through Art 2009 International Ziegfeld Award. The award will be given at the National Art Education Association Conference in Minneapolis.

The International Ziegfeld Award honours leaders who have made significant contributions to art education.

For more information, visit http://m1.cust.educ.ubc.ca/news.php.

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UBC student to represent Canada in G8 University Students' Summit

UBC student Davis Chiu, a fourth-year PhD candidate of chemical and biological engineering, will represent Canada in the 2009 G8 University Students’ Summit.

Chiu will be one of two students from Canada at the summit held in May at the Istituto Siciliano di Storia Patria in Palermo, Italy.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=/2009/03/ubc-engineering-student-selected-to.html

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UBC alumnus named Rogers CEO

UBC commerce alumnus Nadir Mohamed, BCom ’78, was named president and chief executive officer of Rogers Communications.

For more information, visit http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b0330115A

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UBC alumnus wins Juno

UBC music arts alumnus John Burge, DMA ’89, won the Juno for Classical Composition of the Year for his work Flanders Fields Reflections.

For more information, visit http://www.arts.ubc.ca/about-arts/single-page-news/article/613/1202.html.

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MagNet research network receives NSERC funding

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced funding for seven strategic research networks, including the Magnesium Network (MagNet) hosted by UBC. Under the direction of Dept. of Materials Engineering Prof. Warren Poole, MagNet connects a team from industry, government and five Canadian universities to focus on reducing vehicle weight using wrought-magnesium alloys.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=/2009/03/magnet-research-network-receives-48m-in.html

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UBC professor leads plant study project

UBC plant biologist Prof. Loren Rieseberg will lead an Indiana University Bloomington team that has been awarded an $8 million, four-year National Science Foundation grant to study the genetics of economically important and evolutionarily interesting plant species. Rieseberg has joint appointments at IU Bloomington and UBC.

For more information, visit http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/10445.html

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Student team MosaStore places second in Ivey Business Competition

MosaStore, a team including electrical engineering PhD candidate Samer Al-Kiswany and Sauder MBA student Swaneesh Shatmanyu, won second place and a $10,000 prize in the IBK Capital - Ivey Business Plan Competition.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=/2009/03/mosastore-places-third-in-ivey-business.html.

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Student team EasyPlug wins New Entrepreneur Award

UBC student team EasyPlug was a winner at the TiEQuest Business Plan competition held in Toronto. The undergraduate team of engineering and commerce students was given the New Entrepreneur Award and received a $5,000 prize.

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Computer Science receives Alfred Scow award

The UBC Dept. of Computer Science has received the Alfred Scow Student Development Award. This award is granted to an undergraduate program or department that has contributed to student development and demonstrated vision, integrity, and dedication to social justice.

For more information, visit http://www.vpstudents.ubc.ca/student.cfm

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Green College welcomes Ludmilla Jordanova as Visiting Professor

Ludmilla Jordanova, a leading historian of science, medicine and portraiture, will be in residence at UBC’s Green College as a Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor from April 3-7.

Jordanova will deliver a series of free presentations open to all at various locations on campus.

For more information, contact gc.programs@ubc.ca or 604-822-0676, or visit www.greencollege.ubc.ca.

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New Venture Design holds open house

New Venture Design (APSC 486/COMM 486), a year-long program run jointly between Sauder School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Science, will give a presentation of this year’s four teams, their products and business plans. In attendance will be graduates who have started companies and the faculty and industry people behind the course.

Date: April 7
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Place: Room 2020, Fred Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall

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Prof Talk’s April lineup

ProfTalk, UBC CITR’s Monday morning radio talk show hosted by Farha Khan, will give the following interviews for April:

April 6
Professor Emeritus and renowned pianist Robert Silverman, from the UBC School of Music, discusses his beginnings, why he became a pianist and taught piano at UBC, and how he continues to strive to "bring notes on a page to life as vividly as possible."

April 13
Prof. Scott Hinch, Faculty of Forestry, discusses his research on salmon migration and role as Director of the undergraduate program in Natural Resources Conservation.

April 20
Prof. Alfred Hermida, School of Journalism, discusses how journalism and forms of media are changing, the rise of social media and the role of citizen journalism.

April 27
Dean Emeritus Marty Hollenberg, former dean of Medicine, discusses his fondest memories of UBC and what he is currently doing outside of academia.

For more information, visit http://ubcproftalk.blogspot.com/ or view playlist at http://playlist.citr.ca/podcasting/xml/proftalk.xml.

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Last reviewed 02-Apr-2009

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