UBC This Week

Recent UBC Media Releases

Upcoming Event Highlights

Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/calendar.aspx.

UBC People

UBC People

UBC Help Hear Haiti holds fundraiser

Triple H, a coalition of student groups across UBC, together with the Global Lounge Resource Centre and UBC faculty, will hold a discussion about the history, current situation and the future of Haiti and its people. Prof. Stephen J. Toope will offer his remarks to close the event.

Speakers will include:
• Allen Sens – senior instructor, Dept. of Political Science and Chair of the International Relations Program
• Jon Beasley-Murray – assistant professor, Dept. of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies and teacher of Latin American Studies
• Alejandra Bronfman – associate professor, Dept. of History
• Representatives from Haiti Solidarity for BC
• Senior staff from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

All proceeds go towards Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and their efforts in Haiti.

Date: Jan. 22
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Freddy Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Boulevard
Info: Minimum Donation – $5  http://www.students.ubc.ca/mura/international/index.cfm/get-involved/ubc-global-lounge/  or contact Jola Lekich at Jolanta.lekich@ubc.ca  or 604-822-4904

to top

IBM funds UBC journalism professor’s research

UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida has been awarded $10,000 from IBM to support his research in the application of visualization in journalism.  The 2010 IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Faculty Award recognizes the quality of his research and its importance to journalism.

Hermida is researching the application of visual analytics to develop new digital story-telling techniques that are increasingly being adopted in journalism to communicate information clearly and effectively through the use of computer-generated images.

The UBC journalism school is developing a Visualization Lab for Civic and Investigative Journalism to research and develop innovative approaches to data manipulation, integration and querying for the purpose of understanding complex public policy issues using investigative journalism and visual analytics.

For more information, visit http://www.journalism.ubc.ca/news/item/ibm_funds_ubc_j-prof_research_into_visualisation_in_journalism/

to top

High Performance: Evolution and Innovation in Canadian Design

High Performance: Evolution and Innovation in Canadian Design, an exhibition of design products in sports and recreation, is designed by Campos Leckie Studio and Oliver Neumann in collaboration with the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Design and Computation Group at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

The exhibition is presented with the support of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Date: Jan. 20 – March 7
Time:  Monday to Friday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Charles H. Scott Gallery, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Info: Free admission, www.apsc.ubc.ca/olympics

to top

Architecture professor presents in Bright Light project during 2010 Games

UBC architecture professor Inge Roecker will be presenting in Bright Light, a collection of 14 commissioned projects that will take place in Vancouver’s Carrall Street Greenway during the 2010 Winter Games.  The joint effort by arts organizations based in the Downtown Eastside will produce installations and events that will showcase their community’s cultural vitality.

Roecker’s ASIR Studio will team with two local studios, Organelle and RUF project, to present GO! A Temporary Gallery for Permanent Change, in which one of Chinatown’s oldest and almost-forgotten courtyards will be transformed into an illuminated space for performances and unexpected discoveries.

Date: Feb 12 – 28
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Place:  Yue Shan Courtyard, accessible via East Pender St and Market Alley
Info: Inge Roecker at 604.822.4509, roecker@interchange.ubc.ca;
           Asir Studio 604.688.561 www.asirarch.net; Bright Light www.bright-light.ca

to top

CERC gives energy management seminar

The Clean Energy Research Centre presents Energy Management Principles, a seminar given by Jack Vanier, Team Lead, Energy Fransen Engineering.  The presentation will focus on how an energy management program can be developed, the tools that can be used to make it effective, and what actions can be taken to ensure that the integration of energy management principles into an organization is done in a sustainable fashion.

Date: Jan. 25
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Place: Chemical and Biological Engineering Building, Room 202 – 2360 East Mall
Info: http://admin.calendar.events.ubc.ca/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo;jsessionid=2D5F0BFC5782062F211807F993E2EFD1

to top

Life Sciences Institute’s Café Scientifique offers discussion on diabetes

Life Sciences Institute’s Café Scientifique will host a group discussion entitled Diabetes: Causes, Consequences and Cures?. The event will feature members of the LSI Diabetes Research Group who are studying type 1 and type 2 diabetes and will discuss strategies on what causes diabetes and what new treatments are being explored.  

Date: Jan. 26
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Place Café Perugia, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Info: RSVP by Jan. 22, contact tlung@interchange.ubc.ca

to top

ROBOstudio student-designs on display at YVR during Olympics

ROBOstudio, a collaboration between UBC architecture, mechatronics (mechanical engineering) and engineering physics students, will have models, videos and poster boards on display at the Vancouver International Airport international departures area throughout the Olympics beginning Jan. 17.

ROBOstudio features two sets of studio projects.  The first set, PS1 SKIN, are retrofits for buildings on UBC campus whose envelopes have performance problems which result in poor conditions for building occupants (Ie. too much sun, too hot or too cold). 

The second set, PS2 TRANSFIGURATION, deal with the resolution of contested public space by an infrastructural intervention at any scale. Based on Granville Island, they feature students’ analysis and responses to the cultural and social aspects of the dense use of urban space.

For further information, contact AnnaLisa Meyboom in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at meyboom@interchange.ubc.ca

For a complete listing of Faculty of Applied Science Olympic-related displays and demonstrations visit: www.apsc.ubc.ca/olympics

to top