UBC This Week | Feb. 19, 2009

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Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at www.gothunderbirds.ca/schedule.asp.

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The UBC advantage

What makes a good university great? What distinguishing features speak to excellence? In the continuing process of renewing the strategic plan, it is important to have a clear understanding of UBC’s research and teaching advantages.

To see President Toope’s article and the related question of the week, visit www.strategicplan.ubc.ca.

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Special offer to UBC community: get your free tickets and cheer on Canada’s Paralympians

The UBC community is invited to the Hockey Canada Cup sledge hockey tournament at the UBC Thunderbird Arena from Feb. 24 – March 1.

Hockey Canada and UBC’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat are pleased to extend a complimentary invitation to all UBC students, staff, faculty, alumni and the University Neighbourhoods Association to attend 7 p.m. games on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25.

Team Canada, the reigning World and Paralympic Champions, will host sledge hockey teams from Germany, Japan and the USA. This is one of the only opportunities to see Team Canada in Vancouver before the 2010 Winter Games.

While quantities last, free tickets are available at War Memorial Gym (beginning Feb. 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) with appropriate identification or online at www.ticketmaster.ca, special offer, code word UBC2425. Service charges apply with online orders only. Two tickets per person.

For more information on UBC and the 2010 Winter Games or this promotion, visit: www.ubc.ca/2010. Additional tournament information is available at www.events.ubc.ca and www.hockeycanada.ca/hccup.

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UBC athletes receive 2009 Premier’s Athletic Awards

UBC athletes Annamay Pierse and Michael Mason received the Premier’s Athletic Awards at a ceremony on Feb. 12 at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

Pierse was selected as the University Female 2009 Premier’s Athletic Award recipient. Her accomplishments include: 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championship – won five gold and two silver medals, set two individual and one team Canadian national records and was Sport Female Swimmer of the Meet; 2008 Canada West Meet – named Female Swimmer of the Meet and set three Canada West records; 2008 Olympian for Team Canada.

High Jump athlete Mason was selected as the University Male 2009 Premier’s Athletic Award recipient and was also selected as the male award recipient for BC Athletics. His accomplishments include: three- time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) high jump champion and record holder; a gold medal at the 2008 Canadian Championships; first place as a Canadian Olympic Team Qualifying Standard at 2008 Washington Indoor Meet; and eighth place at 2008 World Indoor Athletics Championships.

For more information, visit www.hls.gov.bc.ca/sport/awards_and_medals/.

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Physics professor awarded fellowship

UBC Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Asst. Prof. Robert Raussendorf was awarded the 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in physics.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded more than $6 million to 118 early scientists, mathematicians, and economists as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. The winners from 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.

For more information, visit www.sloan.org.

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UBC Engineering holds open houseUBC Engineering holds open house

Learn how engineers make a world of difference at UBC Engineering’s open house. Head to the moon and back with the Thunderbird Robotics student team. Meet Rosie the Robot. Understand how your drinking water is cleaned. Hear from Engineers Without Borders students on how to become a global engineer. Play with Silly Putty and other cool materials. Discover the societal benefits of Formula One motor racing. Win great prizes and enjoy free snacks.

Date: Feb. 27 – 28
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Place: 2332 Main Mall, Kaiser Building Atrium
For directions visit: www.maps.ubc.ca
Info: www.engineering.ubc.ca

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CIHR Café Scientifique presents talk on life balance

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique presents The Unhurried Family: Reducing Stress and Enhancing Life Balance, three short talks on research into stress and coping in infants, couples, and families, and strategies to enhance life balance, health and well-being.

The panel of experts will include UBC Asst. Prof. Liisa Holsti, Assoc. Prof. Catherine Backman, Assoc. Prof. Anita DeLongis and moderator Asst. Prof. Melinda Suto.

Date: March 10
Time: 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Juliet’s Café, 1905 Cornwall Ave. (west of Burrard bridge)
Info: RSVP required: osot.wellcafe@ubc.ca (limited seating) www.ot.med.ubc.ca/clinical_community/events.htm

This event is hosted by the UBC Dept. of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as part of its series Conversations on Occupation to recognize UBC’s Celebrate Research Week.

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Green College hosts Flavours of British Columbia

Green College will host a wine tasting and food grazing event where attendees will sample a wide variety from established and mature vintage wineries from B.C. After an aperitif, each wine will be matched with an appropriate food dish, adding up to a dinner that will be served at “grazing stations.”

Date: Feb. 27
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Place: Graham House Reception Rooms, Green College, UBC
Info: gc.reception@ubc.ca or 604-822-8660 www.greencollege.ubc.ca