UBC This Week | Jan. 11, 2007

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UBC Canada Research Chairs announced

Jiahua Chen has joined the university as Canada
Research Chair in Statistical Genetics. Chen, who comes to UBC
from the University of Waterloo, develops statistical methods
to estimate subgroups within a mass of data with many variables.
His work in developing new statistical theory as well as implementing
software can be applied to many disciplines, including astronomy,
engineering and genetics.

Other new Canada Research Chair appointees include: Steven
, Environmental Genomics; Carlo Marra, Pharmaceutical Outcomes; Dinesh Pai, Sensorimotor
Computation; and Judy Wong, Mechanisms of Genome

For more information on the five new and five re-appointed Canada
Research Chairs, visit: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.

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Fine Arts alumni launch TV series

Mark McGuckin and Calum MacLeod,
graduates of the UBC Fine Arts program, have produced and launched
their own TV series called Road Hockey Rumble. The pair
also star in the program that premiered Jan. 10, 2007 and will
continue Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m. on the Outdoor Life Network

McGuckin worked on the film College Days, College Nights with Prof. John Zaritzky and the UBC Film Program.
He also produced the Lyon King (2004) which screened
at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and is now being
broadcast on CTV’s Comedy Network.

For more information: www.roadhockeyrumble.com.

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CBC broadcast: Music Bridge – a
quintet of students from UBC and Italy

Tune into CBC radio (105.7FM) on Sunday Jan. 14, 2007 at 12:05
p.m. for the CBC broadcast of Un Pont Musicale, a student
musical and cultural exchange between the UBC School of Music
and Italian Conservation G.F. Ghedini di Cuneo.

Last February, two UBC students were selected to travel to Italy
to form a quintet with students from the Cuneo Conservatory. Masterclasses,
rehearsals and chamber music performances took place in the Cuneo,
Piedmont and Turin areas during the Olympic Games. Last November,
UBC welcomed two Italian students from Cuneo, Ferdinando
(cello) and Olga Tarasevich (piano),
to rehearse with UBC students Erin James (violin), Alana Chang (violin), and Chantal Lemir (viola) to perform in several areas around BC, including
Kelowna and Penticton.

For more information: www.cbc.ca/wcp.

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The Net Gen: A Community Discussion –
what do students really want?

The Educause Learning Initiative will host a web-seminar and
community discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 from 10 a.m. to
12 noon on the rise of the generation commonly called Net Gen.
Following the one-hour talk, an open discussion on this topic
will be coordinated with students, faculty and staff.

The rise of new technologies have spawned new conversations about
engagement and learning on today’s college campuses. But what
do these Net Gen learners really want? From the mouth of a confessed
Net junkie, learn what makes these students tick, what ticks them
off, and what faculty and administrators need to know to bridge
the generational divide. Using anecdotes from her own life and
the lives of her peers, speaker Carie Windham will provide an
overview of Net Gen characteristics and how those characteristics
translate to the classroom, including the Ten Commandments
of Net Gen Teaching and Engagement.

Location: Telestudios Main Theatre, Lower Level, 2329 West Mall,
Rm. #0110 www.telestudios.ubc.ca.
For information and to register: www.tag.ubc.ca.