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Network to seek learning, work links

UBC has been chosen as the headquarters of the Western Education and Training
Research Network, which will examine and assess policy issues and initiatives
in education and training.

The Western Network is one of five major research networks in education and
training launched Dec. 5 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC) to identify the links among learning and economic success, training and
Canada’s international competitiveness, and education, innovation and the
evolving training needs of Canada.

Books make move to new quarters during holiday break

Imagine a row of books stretching from UBC to Boundary Road, a total of 16.5
kilometres. Now imagine moving them to a new home, making sure they arrive in
exactly the same order so they can be methodically shelved. That’s exactly what
will happen later this month as the UBC Library moves 500,000 books–the
largest transfer of books ever undertaken in its history–from Main Library to
the Walter C. Koerner Library.

Donations make a difference in life

Pam Miles has a unique perspective on the university’s United Way campaign. As
a donor she receives thanks from campus volunteers. As a volunteer
vice-president for a United Way agency–Big Sisters of B.C. (Lower
Mainland)–she gives thanks for campus support.

Wall Institute to meld best minds in research

Four years ago, Prof. Ken MacCrimmon joined a select gathering of renowned
artists and scientists in the resort town of Bellagio in northern Italy.

Attendees included a Booker Prize nominee, a leading British composer and
author Joseph Heller.

Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the month-long, revolving door retreat
sought to mix and stir the creative juices of scribes and scholars and, in so
doing, inspire them to greater heights.

The experience proved a research opportunity unlike any other for MacCrimmon,
who was studying theories of creativity in the Faculty of Commerce and Business

Volunteers’ wreaths attract fan following

Neither the rain, nor sleet nor snow dumped on Vancouver lately has dampened
the enthusiasm of holiday shoppers looking to UBC’s Botanical Garden for the
perfect wreath to adorn their homes this season.

Food service in SUB slated for rejuvenation

UBC Food Services is in the process of preparing a Request for Proposal for the
space presently occupied by the 950-seat Pacific Spirit Place cafeteria and the
commissary in the Student Union Building (SUB).

“The re-establishment of some form of food service in the space is our first
objective,” said Food Services Acting Director Judy Vaz.

Sri Lanka gains UBC expertise as planners rebuild after war

Sri Lanka has a severe shortage of community and regional planners and has
turned to UBC for help.

Students get hands-on training in Tanzania

Earlier this year nursing students Danielle Morin and Laurel Fraser decided
that getting nursing experience in a developing nation would be an eye-opening

They underestimated.

Medical research to bridge Pacific

UBC’s Faculty of Medicine has entered into a joint research program with the
Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

The two faculties will work together as equal partners to develop at least two
major medical research centres which will have a unified leadership, mission
and objectives even though the researchers are an ocean apart.

Catch Father Bauer Classic Dec. 28-30

The Thunderbird hockey team will see out 1996 with the annual Father Bauer
Classic tournament, while the men’s basketball team welcomes the new year with
a four-team tournament.

Project aims to close doctor-patient gap

A new project at UBC aims to bring doctors and patients together to take a
shared role in making decisions about medical care.

Called Informed Shared Decision Making, the project will train
physician-patient teaching teams and create educational packages on
communication skills, critical evaluation of research evidence and decision
making for physicians, patients and undergraduate medical students.