UBC This Week | Dec. 7, 2006

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UBC faculty members named AAAS Fellows

Two UBC faculty members have been elected as Fellows of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in recognition
of their contributions to science and technology.

Prof. Janet Werker is a developmental psychologist
and Canada Research Chair in Psychology. She has gained international
recognition for her research examining the infant development
processes and the emergence of language.

A microbiologist at the Michael Smith Laboratories, Prof.
James Kronstad
is a fungal biologist whose expertise
includes pathogenesis, morphogenesis, and infection-specific gene

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UBC professor awarded first annual Mellon
Award for Technology Collaboration

UBC Department of Language and Literacy Education Prof.
John Willinsky
has received a $50,000 award from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for his Public Knowledge Project (PKP).
An initiative supporting open source tools for scholarly communications,
the PKP project was recognized for its potential in creating academic
disciplines and publications in developing countries. The Faculty
of Education will use the award to conduct a series of workshops,
surveys and other activities aimed at paving the way for adoption
of the PKP open source tools by Latin American academics.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a philanthropic organization
that honours the leadership and collaborative development of open
source software tools that can be applied to higher education
and not-for-profit activities. Willinsky is one of ten recipients
of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s first annual awards.

The awards were presented by the Coalition for Networked Information
by Sir Timothy
Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium and the
inventor of the World Wide Web. For more information, visit: http://pkp.sfu.ca

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UBC Botanical Garden Christmas tree chipper

Join the sustainability wave and bring your clean, undecorated
Christmas tree to the UBC Botanical Garden to be chipped into
bark mulch for garden pathways. Drop your tree off between Jan.
2-5, 2007 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Jan. 6-7, 2007 from 10:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Garden staff will be on hand January 6, 2007 with hot apple cider
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All other dates and times will be
self-serve drop-off. No yard trimmings please. UBC Plant Operations
and UBC Botanical Garden proudly sponsor this sustainability initiative.

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Holiday fun – UBC’s own Free
Hugs camp

Need a break from the winter doldrums? Try these on for a little
fun. YouTube resurrected the “Free
” campaign and UBC responded with its own “Free
” version starring residents and advisors from Korea-UBC