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UBC sociology professor wins 2009 SSHRC Aurora Prize

Asst. Prof. Sylvia Fuller, Dept. of Sociology, has been recognized with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Aurora Prize.  The award is given to an outstanding new researcher who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities. 

Fuller is passionate about ensuring equity in the labour marketplace.  As part of her award-winning research, she explores how labour market trends and institutions shape the longer-term employment possibilities of workers in non-standard employment. 

For more information, visit http://www.arts.ubc.ca/research/single-page-news/article/613/2361.html

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Land and Foods professor recognized by the American Chemical Society

Eunice Li-Chan, professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems’ Food, Nutrition and Health program, was recently named a Fellow of the Agriculture and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. Chan is recognized for her outstanding scientific contributions to the field of agricultural and food chemistry. Her research focuses on gaining a basic understanding of the molecular properties of food components, in the hopes of creating a systematic approach to food quality control, process improvement and new product development.

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Neurology professor publishes paper on MS relapse

Asst. Prof. Helen Tremlett, UBC Division of Neurology, School of Population and Public Health, and VCHRI Brain Research Centre, published a paper in the Nov. 4 issue of Neurology (the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology). 

Tremlett’s paper examines how MS relapses affect people during different time periods of the disease. She found that people with MS who have relapses within the first five years of onset appear to have more severe disability in the short term compared to people who do not have an early relapse.

For more information, visit http://www.brain.ubc.ca/2009updates.php#Tremlett_relapse.

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Computer professor elected as ACM Distinguished Scientist

Prof. Kellogg Booth, Computer Science, has been selected as an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Scientist, in recognition of his accomplishment in the computer field. 

The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes ACM members with 15 years of professional experience and five years of continuous Professional Membership who have made a significant impact on the computing field.

For more information, visit http://www.cs.ubc.ca/

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UBC nursing students at the forefront of H1N1 prevention

Fifty-eight UBC School of Nursing students are working in influenza clinics around the city including the Downtown Eastside, Richmond and the North Shore. Ten of these students are on campus giving vaccines at the Wellness centre in the Student Union Building.

Nursing students enrolled in the population health and community course in the fall term typically work in the influenza clinics as part of their clinical experience.  Due to the emerging pandemic and the need for more immunizations, work opportunities in clinics have increased.  The students are certified to give vaccinations after completing theory lectures in communicable disease (particularly seasonal flu/H1N1) and attending ‘in services’ on this year’s campaign organized by Vancouver Coastal Health.

For more information, visit http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/News/News_Item.aspx?id=108

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Architecture and planning students compete to design Olympic pavilion

Students from three UBC programs– architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning– will compete in a 24-hour charette (competitive workshop) to design a structure that will be built for showcase during the Vancouver Olympics.

The winning design will be developed into a public-use pavilion erected on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver from Feb .11 to March 1 of 2010.

Date: Nov. 8
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Frederic Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road
Info:  www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2009/nov3.html

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Institute of Asian Research presents lecture series

The Institute of Asian Research and the Program on Inner Asia will be presenting these two lectures:

Gender Equity in Access to Higher Education in Mongolia as part of Mongolia Lecture Series, investigates reasons for the lower participation of males than females in Mongolian higher education. The lecture features Enkhjargal Adiya and John C. Weidman from the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh.

Date: Nov. 5
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Place: Seminar Room 129, C.K. Choi Bldg, 1855 West Mall
Info: free and open to the public

South Korean Civil Society Organizations and the Political Process of Historical Memories, presented by The Centre for Korean Research, reviews how historical issues have entered into political contentions in South Korea, and in East Asia. The lecture will be given by Prof. Jungmin Seo from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Date: Nov. 13
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Place: Conference Room #120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall

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Next Conversations on Occupation Café

Sandra Hale, occupational therapist and MSc student in Rehabilitation Sciences and Sandra MacKay, artist, published writer, and speaker on recovery, will give two short talks about the disclosure of mental illness to potential employers, and the lived experience of recovery.  The presentations entitled Mental Health Stigmas and Occupations: Connecting the Dots, will be followed by an hour of small group discussion.

Date:  Nov. 24
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15)
Place: Juliet’s Café, 1905 Cornwall Avenue (just west of the Burrard Bridge)
Info:  RSVP required at osot.wellcafe@ubc.ca (space is limited)

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UBC engineering holds open house

Engineering professors, students and staff will hold an open house to share the world of engineering through one-on-one conversations, presentations, hands-on demonstrations and lab tours.

The event will feature Engineers Without Borders, earthquake demonstrations, a surgical robot, the Mondo Spider, Rosie the Robot, student work in Africa, and other novel solutions to challenging problems. There will also be prizes, giveaways and snacks.

Date: Nov. 7
Time:  9 – 4 p.m.
Place: Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall
Info:  www.engineering.ubc.ca/openhouse

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Vancouver comic artists on display at UBC Library

Drippytown: Vancouver Life through the Eyes of Independent Cartoonists, is now on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RSBC).

This collection features contributions from six local comic artists: Colin Upton, Ken Boesem, Julian Lawrence, James Lloyd, Jason Turner and Josué Menjivar.Their narrative-driven work provides a quixotic look at life in Vancouver – or Drippytown, also the name of one of the featured titles. The display, curated by a group of students from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, runs until Jan. 31, 2010.

RBSC is located on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall.

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