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Design Centre for Sustainability's 100 Year Sustainability Vision basis for Community Excellence Award

The UBC Design Centre for Sustainability has been working with the City of North Vancouver to prepare a 100 Year Sustainability Vision, and the city has recently won the Community Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation for the plan.

Operating under the themes of liveability, sustainability and resilience, the long-range plan examines likely scenarios, challenges and opportunities in the future, allowing the city to develop forward-thinking policy that would address land use planning decisions and their greenhouse gas implications.

The award was presented during the Union of BC Municipalities 2009 convention.

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UBC film alumni and faculty screen at 2009 VIFF

The 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) features 11 ?lms by UBC film students, alumni and faculty.

UBC alumnus David Hauka wrote and directed his thesis documentary Certainty while completing his MFA. The gala opening feature film A Shine of Rainbows was edited by alumnus Alison Grace and produced by Kim Roberts, a graduate of UBC Law. The Canadian Images Programme opens with the feature film Excited, directed by alumnus Bruce Sweeney and edited by adjunct professor Rafi Spivak.

Also in the line-up of features are Leslie, My Name is Evil, directed by alumnus Reginald Harkema, and The Red Rooster, directed by creative writing graduate Terry Miles. Both films, along with Excited, are in competition for the Canwest Award for Best Canadian Feature Film.

The documentary 65_Red Roses required the collaboration of numerous UBC alumni including directors Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji, director of photography Mike Rae, story editor Nettie Wild and original score by Adam Locke-Norton. Film Production adjunct professor Ian Kerr served as the director of photography on the documentary feature Facing Ali.

Short films by UBC Film alumni include Big Head (director Dylan Akio Smith, producer Sidney Chiu, director of photography James Liston), The Armoire (director Jamie Travis, director of photography Catherine Lutes), Man vs. MiniVan (director of photography Catherine Lutes) and Grace (director of photography James Liston) directed by Samantha Simmonds, alumnus of Creative Writing and Fine Art.

Filmmaker, UBC alumni and adjunct professor Lynne Stopkewich serves on the 2009 Canadian Images Jury.

The UBC Film Production Alumni Association will be hosting a VIFF party downtown at Lux on Oct. 13. For more information on this event, contact the UBC Film Production Alumni Association at pr@ubcfilmalumni.org.

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A Celebration of Life for Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick

A memorial celebration will be held for Abraham Jedidiah Rogatnick, former UBC professor of architecture. In 1959 he initiated a Study Abroad Program that provides students with learning experiences in cities around the world. He retired as professor emeritus in 1985.

Rogatnick was also the co-founder of the first contemporary art gallery in Vancouver, co-founder of the Arts Club Theatre, Fulbright Scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Date: Oct. 25
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Great Hall of the Vancouver Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street
Info: RSVP rogatnick@gmail.com or 778-938-1222
To view an on-line obituary, visit http://bit.ly/LDhgF

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UBC doctoral candidate wins international economics award

UBC doctoral candidate Laura Turner was awarded a Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) Award at the 24th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA) in Barcelona.

The award is given to the authors of the three best papers presented by young economists under the age of 30.

The prize-winning paper, Household Responses to Individual Shocks: Disability and Labour Supply, was co-authored with Turner’s supervisor, UBC professor Giovanni Gallipoli, and was funded by Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network.

The FEEM Award replaces the EEA Young Economist Award, which was awarded to Gallipoli in 2003.

For more information, visit http://www.econ.ubc.ca/admin/prizes.htm

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