UBC This Week | Mar. 20, 2008

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Bank of Canada honours economics professors

Assist. Prof. Henry Siu, Department of Economics, received the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Award for his work in the field of macroeconomics.

Prof. Michael Devereux, also of UBC’s Department of Economics, and Prof. Shouyong Shi, University of Toronto, received the Bank’s Research Fellowship of 2008. Devereux is known for his work in international economics and open-economy modeling.

The Bank of Canada Governor’s Award was launched in September 2007 to recognize academics at a relatively early stage in their careers who are working at Canadian universities in areas of research critical to the Bank’s mandate. The Fellowship Program specifically encourages leading-edge research to develop Canadian expertise in these areas.

For more information, visit www.bankofcanada.ca/en/index.html.

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European fellowship awarded to math professor

Assoc. Prof. Stephanie Van Willigenburg, Department of Math, has been awarded a 2008 Humboldt Research Fellowship for an extended period of research in Germany.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a German non-profit foundation for the promotion of international research cooperation.

For more information, visit www.humboldt-foundation.de/en.

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Unruly Salon series continues with mad bodies and minds

UBC’s Faculty of Education offers the sixth in its Unruly Salon speaker series with an evening of lectures and performance entitled Mad Bodies and Minds: Theatre as Knowledge, followed by a discussion and reception.

The series, made up of seven performances by scholars and/or artists with disabilities from the visual, performing and musical art sectors, aims to increase awareness about disability arts and the significant cultural contribution of disabled Canadians.

Date: March 20
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Place: Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Info: www.unrulysalon.com
Pre-registration is required

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Interdisciplinary sustainable design competition launches next week

The UBC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the Terry Project will host an interdisciplinary design competition entitled Designs for a Sustainable World

Student teams will devise solutions to case studies involving issues like water and sanitation, food processing, energy production, or recreational problems faced by various countries. The groups will spend the day giving form to their ideas using recycled material and "junk" in front of the SUB. Observers are welcome.

Date: March 26
Time: 9 a.m – 2.30 p.m.
Place: outside the SUB
Info: http://ubc.ewb.ca/dsw

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Research centres explore dynasties and political/cultural relations

UBC’s Centre for Chinese Research will host a brown bag lunch seminar by Assist. Prof. Leo Shin, History and Asian Studies, entitled Why Are We Picking on a Song-Dynasty (960-1276) Martyr?

Date: March 20
Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building Conference, 1855 West Mall

UBC’s Centre for Japanese Research and Korean Research will host two lectures later that day. The first, by Prof. Susumu Kohari, International Relations, Shizuoka University, Japan, is called The Korean Wave or “Hallyu” in Japan: Studies in Political and Cultural Relations between Japan and South Korea.

The second is by Prof. Hirata Yukie, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dokkyo University, Japan. Her lecture is on Contradictory Images of the Divided Korea in Tourism: the case of the DMZ Tour.

Thursday 20 March
C.K. Choi Building Conference Room #120