CFI awards UBC in support of top researchers
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced that UBC is among the recipients of awards under their new Leaders Opportunity Fund, which provides support to Canadian institutions to attract and retain leading researchers. A total of $1,769,533 will be given to support 16 projects at UBC.
“The investments being announced today will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers,” said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. “They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”
The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure and strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions.
For more information, visit www.innovation.ca.
Nursing professor leads research program offering cancer care support
Assoc. Prof. Lynda Balneaves, UBC School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of The Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes Program (CAMEO), a research program offering support to cancer patients and their health professionals. Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency and the UBC School of Nursing have documented the need for a program that addresses the need for credible information on complementary care.
Led by Balneaves, Tracy Truant, co-investigator and Regional Professional Practice Leader in Nursing at the BC Cancer Agency, and the University of Calgary’s Dr. Marja Verhoef, CAMEO offers a variety of education and decision support strategies on how to safely integrate evidence-based complementary medicine with conventional cancer care.
The first of its kind in Canada, CAMEO offers group education as well as one-on-one decision support at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre. Patients and support persons can participate through recommendation by a health professional at the BC Cancer Agency or by contacting the program directly.
For more information, visit www.bccancer.bc.ca/cameo.
UBC Farm named among Tides Canada top 10
The UBC Farm has been named as one of Canada’s most innovative and forward-thinking organizations by Tides Canada. The annual top ten list recognizes organizations that inspire people to take action, to think in new ways, and to make the world a better place.
To learn more about Tide Canada’s top ten list, visit: http://tidescanada.org/about/news-events/tides-top-10/tides-top-10-for-2009/
UBC student wins Biophysical Society’s Student Travel Award
UBC science student Qing Peng, has received one of The Biophysical Society’s 2010 Student Travel Award for his paper Direct Observation of the Tug-of-War during the Folding of a Mutually Exclusive Protein.
Peng receives a travel grant and will be recognized at the Biophysical Society’s 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Feb. 20-24. This event is the world’s largest meeting of biophysicists with more than 6,000 attending and more than 4,000 scientific abstracts submitted.
For more information, visit http:/www.biophysics.org.
UBC Botanical Gardens Christmas tree recycling supports local schools
The UBC Botanical Gardens will be taking Christmas tree recycling which will be chipped into mulch for the Gardens trails. Only Christmas trees will be accepted (no yard trimmings). All decorations, tree stands, lights and tinsel must be removed.
Cash donations can be made at a drop box in the Gardens ($5 suggested amount). All donations through the tree recycling program support educational projects at local schools. This year’s donations will go towards development of a heritage food garden for Shaughnessy Point Grey Childcare and Quilchena Elementary School.
For suggestions for next year’s project and for more information, call 604-822-4208 or visit www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org
Date: Dec. 26 – Jan. 10
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive