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UBC This Week | Mar. 26, 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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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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UBC powers down for Earth Hour 2009

UBC will join World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Earth Hour 2009 by powering down a day in advance on March 27. The goal is a reduction of electrical usage by five per cent from a typical weekend. UBC’s decrease in power consumption will be monitored live at http://client.pulseenergy.com/dashboards/ubc.

Tips on how to power down for Earth Hour:

• Turn off all non-essential lights when leaving a room (classrooms, offices, washrooms)
• Turn off lights when leaving work
• Turn computers on standby when not on for 15 minutes or longer
• Turn off computers, printers and photocopiers when leaving work
• Unplug small appliances (kettles, microwaves, coffee makers, charging devices, stereos)
• Close open windows to reduce heat loss
• Ask professors to turn off lights after class
• Study without a computer - read, write notes and exchange ideas with classmates
• Turn off lights in residences

Send Earth Hour stories to kara.bowen@ubc.ca. Stories will be posted on UBC’s Climate Action Plan at http://climateaction.ubc.ca/.

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UBC experts offer fresh solutions for Downtown Eastside

UBC experts Prof. Margot Fryer, Director of UBC Learning Exchange and Prof. Emeritus Aprodicio Laquian of Community and Regional Planning, participated in a sold-out public forum on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The forum, sponsored by UBC, the Globe and Mail and CTV was held at UBC Robson Square on March 24.

Watch the webcast on The Globe and Mail's website:

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UBC names new University Librarian

Ingrid Parent has been named UBC Library’s new University Librarian. Parent, currently the Asst. Deputy Minister for Library and Archives Canada, begins at UBC on July 1.

For more information, visit http://www.vpacademic.ubc.ca/Appointment_of_Parent.pdf.

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Engineering Co-op announces award and contest winners

In celebration of National Cooperative Education Week, Engineering Co-op announced its annual award recipients:

• Mechanical engineering student Troy Adebar was awarded Student of the Year. An active member and promoter of the co-op program, Adebar completed five work terms. Two with the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, his third with Kraft Canada, and the final two terms were in biomedical research with Evasc Medical Systems.
Prof. Peter Lawrence, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded Faculty Member of the Year for his promotion and commitment to the Engineering Co-op Program and its Project Integrated Program (PIP), a design-based learning program.
• SNC-Lavalin, a leading engineering and construction group, was awarded Employer of the Year. In 2008 SNC-Lavalin hired 30 co-op students: 19 civil, nine mechanical, one electrical and one environmental.

For more information, visit: http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/nationalcoopweek.php

Engineering Co-op announced the winners of the Tales from Co-op contest:

• First Prize: Melissa Kober - Civil Engineering, UBC Okanagan
• Runner up: Lana Rupp – Mechanical Engineering, UBC Vancouver

Read their winning stories at https://www.coop.apsc.ubc.ca/home/2009/03/25/tales-of-co-op-contest-winners/

The co-op programs in Arts, Engineering, Forestry, Science, and the Sauder School of Business announced three winners of a poetry contest based on creative efforts and connections to co-operative education:

Alyzee Lakhani (Arts--English)
Ryan Stelzer (Engineering--Civil)
Alice Huang (Arts--English and History)

To read their winning entrees, visit https://www.coop.apsc.ubc.ca/home/2009/03/25/tales-of-co-op-contest-winners/

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UBC author reading: Timothy Brook

Timothy Brook, Principal of St. John’s College at UBC, will give a reading and a discussion of his book Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World.

Date: March 31
Time: 12:30 – 1:30
Place: Lillooet Room, Room 301, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Info: http://www.calendar.events.ubc.ca/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo

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BCNET holds green technology conference

BCNET will be hold its annual conference Green Technologies for Research and Learning. UBC is a core member of BCNET, a not-for- profit organization providing high-speed optical network capabilities to BC's higher education and research institutions.

The conference keynote address will be given by Dr. Ron Dembo, founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, who will discuss the role of IT in tackling climate change.

Date: April 28 and 29
Place: SFU Harbour Centre
Info: http://www.bc.net/2009-conference/overview.html

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