UBC This Week | Dec. 6, 2007

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Dowlatabadi chosen as UBC’s interdisciplinary poster-child

Prof. Hadi Dowlatabadi, of the Liu Institute for Global Studies and Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics and Integrated Assessment, has won UBC’s first Interdisciplinary Poster Child award. Nominated by a group of his graduate students, Dowlatabadi is recognized for his commitment to finding solutions to complex global problems and his example to the UBC community.

This competition, open to students, faculty and staff, was launched by the College for Interdisciplinary Studies to champion UBC leaders in issues-driven interdisciplinary research and teaching.

For more information, visit www.cfis.ubc.ca/page419.htm.

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UBC professor appointed president of Council for Early Child Development

Prof. Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership in UBC’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies, has been elected President of the Council for Early Child Development. Hertzman is the Canada Research Chair in Population, Health and Human Development at UBC, and is recognized for his work in population-based measurement and the development of the worldwide standard known as the Early Development Instrument.

The Council for Early Child Development is a Canadian not-for-profit, non-governmental association of community and scientific networks with a focus on early child development science and community action.  

For more information, visit www.councilecd.ca.

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Boyd receives neuroscience award

Assist. Prof. Lara Boyd, of the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, was awarded the Golden Synapse Award at the 2007 Society of Neuroscience Annual Meeting for the best paper of the year. The paper is entitled “The Interaction between explicit knowledge, task demand and focal brain damage on implicit motor sequence learning”, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 30, pp. 46-57.

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Graduate student symposium considers the city and imagination

UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Urban Studies Program will host a graduate student symposium entitled The City and the National Imagination. The keynote address – Modern Nations and their Capitals: A Eurasian Comparison – will be given by Prof. Göran Therborn, Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies and Chair of the Sociology Department at Cambridge University. The address is also sponsored by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.

Speakers will be grouped according to the following themes:

  • Theorizing place and identity
  • Urban dreams, cosmopolitan identities and otherness
  • City branding, spatial practices and the globalized nation
  • Collective Memories and Politics of Urban Heritage

The symposium will take place on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Room 120 of the C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall. The keynote address will be from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

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‘Tis the season for Library gifts

UBC Library has launched a Vault web site where users can access images and stories from the Library’s special collections. Items range from the meticulous – such as zoological giraffe drawings by an 18th-century naturalist – to the monumental, including pages from a German book of prayer created in 1500.

As of next week, gifts can be purchased on the site, including card sets, book bags and calendars that incorporate images from the Library’s special collections.

On Dec. 11 only, UBC Library will sell items on the main floor of the Student Union Building from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A portion of gift proceeds is directed to one of the Library’s many funds and endowments.

 The images can be found at www.ubcvault.ca.