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Nov. 21, 2005

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UBC Announces Aboriginal Health Nursing Preceptorship

A new initiative will give Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal UBC Nursing students the opportunity to work with experienced Aboriginal Health Nursing professionals.

In January 2006, the Aboriginal Health Nursing Preceptorship Program, a pilot project developed by the UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health in partnership with UBC School of Nursing, will provide a UBC School of Nursing student with six weeks of practical training in the field of Aboriginal health. Developed to reflect the dynamic and complex environments of Aboriginal communities, the program will be funded by the BC Ministry of Health, Nursing Directorate, and Aboriginal Nursing Strategies.

For more information on the Aboriginal Health Nursing Preceptorship Program, contact Community Research Associate Jenna LaFrance at 604.822.7988 or jennala@interchange.ubc.ca.

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UBC Musician Named Composer of the Year

UBC School of Music Prof. Stephen Chatman’s work Proud Music of the Storm has been chosen Outstanding Classical Composition of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Featuring the University of British Columbia Symphony and Singers, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and conductor Bruce Pullan, Chatman’s work appears an the album of the same name, and was produced by Karen Wilson with sound engineer David Simpson.

Proud Music of the Storm was released by Centrediscs, the award-winning recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, and was made possible through the financial assistance of UBC’s Hampton Research Endowment Fund.

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Undergrad to Serve as Young Ambassador to Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has chosen Christie-Belle Choy, a German and Political Science double major at UBC, as a DAAD Young Ambassador for the 2005/2006 academic year.

The DAAD Young Ambassadors Project is a new initiative directed at undergraduate students from North America who have recently studied in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home institutions. Choy is one of 15 students from the US and Canada chosen as Young Ambassadors.

Profiles of the Young Ambassadors are available at www.daad.org/?p=ambassadors-list.

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UBC Film Grad Named Best in the West

The 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival has awarded UBC 2003 Film Production graduate Jamie Travis with the BRAVO!Fact Award for Best Young Western Canadian Director of a Short Film.

Travis received the award for his film PATTERNS, which was praised for “its satiric use of film language to create an apparently logical universe that is simultaneously absurd.” The award is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.

To learn more about Travis’ film see: http://www.patternsthemovie.ca/.

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Engineering Prof. Saluted for Contributions to Manufacturing

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the world’s leading professional society serving the manufacturing industry, has elected UBC Prof. Yusuf Altintas to the Society’s College of Fellows for 2005.

Recipients are recognized by SME, their peers and the manufacturing community as key
contributors to the social, technical and educational progress of manufacturing, and join nearly 240 other SME members who have been elected as Fellows since the program’s inception in 1986.

Altintas’ research contributions to machine tools and machining technologies, and especially his work on metal cutting processes and machine tool controls, are recognized world-wide. He is also an expert in machine tool chatter vibrations.

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UBC Continuing Studies Honoured for Innovation

An innovative UBC Continuing Studies course has been recognized by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), the leading US organization devoted to continuing higher education.

“The Well-Trained and Ethical Tutor Program,” a writing course developed by UBC Continuing Studies, was named Most Innovative Programming — Noncredit by UCEA Region West.

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B.C. Government Appoints UBC Child Care Experts

Child care professionals from the UBC community comprise three of the five recent appointees to the Provincial Child Care Council.

The appointees are Darcelle Cottons, Director of UBC Child Care Services; Hillel Goelman, Director of The CHILD Project; and Paul Kershaw, Assistant Prof. in the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP).