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Public talk and workshop on gender violence to promote safety awareness

During the month of January, UBC’s Vancouver campus is hosting events to promote awareness of the serious issue of sexual assault and safety on university campuses. Acclaimed gender violence educator Jackson Katz will be presenting an evening public talk entitled Tough Guys: Sexual Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity, a multi-media presentation on how mainstream media images – from sports,  TV, Hollywood film, advertising and music video – help to promote violent masculinity as a cultural norm. Katz uses clips from his films, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol, to provide audiences with conceptual tools for reading media critically, especially those concerned with masculinity, heterosexuality and violence.

Date: Jan. 28
Time:     6 p.m.
Place:  Free admission, Neville Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall

Katz will also be holding a free workshop for students and the public on why gender violence is an issue for men.

Date:  Jan. 29
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Place:  Neville Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall
Info: Contact Rachael Sullivan at (604) 218-3296 or saam.ubc@gmail.com
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the result of the combined efforts of the Faculty of Arts – Deans Office, UBC Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS), Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC V-Day, Access and Diversity, Arts Undergraduate Society, Alma Mater Society Womyn’s Centre and Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) and Office of the VP Students.

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Announcement of endMS Transitional Career Development Award Recipients

Dr. Cornelia Laule from the UBC Dept. of Radiology is the recipient of the inaugural endMS Transitional Career Development Awards from the endMS Research and Training Network, a nationwide initiative of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada.  The awards provide successful post-doctoral and clinical fellows with $500,000 to fund the last two years of their MS-focused fellowship and the first three years of their first MS-focused faculty position in a Canadian institution.

Laule focuses her research on developing magnetic resonance techniques to study the pathology of multiple sclerosis.  In receiving this award, Laule said, “Thanks to the endMS initiative, I am able to continue my career as an MS researcher in Canada.  This award will enable me to foster interdisciplinary research, mentor trainees and encourage teamwork between basic scientists and clinicians to bring us closer to ending MS.”

For more information, visit https://www.endmsnetwork.ca.

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UBC wins 2010 CASE awards

UBC has been honoured with several awards by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in their District Awards Programs.   CASE is an international association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

The UBC 2010 winners and their winning submissions are:

Dept. of Alumni Affairs
Alumni Handbook
• Grand Gold, Alumni and Student Publications category
• Silver, Fund Raising and Special Purpose Publications category

Dept. of Development and Alumni Engagement
“Just Starting Out” – Bill Millerd campaign
• Gold, Writing for Advertising and Direct Mail Copy category
“You Can Turn This Around” fundraising campaign
• Silver, Writing for Advertising and Direct Mail Copy Category
• Silver, Fund Raising and Special Purpose Publications Category
“Something Big is Coming to Vancouver” campaign
• Silver, Visual Design, Single-Page Print Design Category
“Where’s Your Heart?” campaign
• Bronze, Visual Design, Single-Page Print Design Category
“Something Big is Coming to Vancouver” campaign
• Bronze, Fund Raising and Special Purpose Publications
• Bronze, Anthology, Special Purpose Publications

Dept. of Public Affairs
A Place of Mind video
• Gold, Video and Multimedia, Public Relations video category
UBC Website and Common Look and Feel Template Redesign
• Bronze, Overall Web Site category

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New scholarship established for School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Peter Busby, principal at Busby Perkins + Will, and Ray Cole, UBC professor and former director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), have joined together to establish the Ray Cole and Busby Perkins + Will Entrance Scholarship in Architecture. The $1,000 scholarship will be offered to students entering the Masters of Architecture Program who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable design and environmental principles and who wish to continue to expand on this area at UBC.

For more information, visit http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2010/jan25.html

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Mechanical engineering names scholars

UBC Dept. of Mechanical Engineering designated their first group of Department Scholars at a Celebration of Achievements reception on Jan. 13.  The Department Scholar designation was created to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in their studies and research.

For more information, visit http://blogs.apsc.ubc.ca/mech/2010/01/21/department-scholars-named/

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Creative Writing’s literary magazine celebrates 50 years

PRISM international, Western Canada’s oldest literary magazine published out of UBC’s creative writing department, is celebrating 50 years since its inception in 1959 by Earle Birney.  PRISM has been discovering and printing the work of nationally and internationally established writers including Margaret Atwood, PK Page (who sadly passed away last week), Ted Hughes, and Raymond Carver.

To celebrate, the PRISM editors are printing an extended retrospective edition for the winter issue to be launched today at Thea’s Lounge at UBC. This issue will highlight the works of Michael Ondaatje, Italo Calvino, and Seamus Heaney (in addition to the above writers) that PRISM has published.

For more information, visit http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/about.php.

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Green College residents support Haiti

The Green College Dining Society (an independent society run by College residents, whose membership consists of all residents), decided to have “low budget” meals for one week, allowing them to make a $1,000 donation that the Canadian Government has matched (total $2,000). They are also organizing a drive to collect additional donations (also to be matched by government funds) at dinner each night this week, for anyone who attends dinner at the College (open to the public to purchase dinner tickets).
For more information, visit http://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/in_the_news/news_archive/news21.php

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Sauder School hosts Pacific Northwest Economic Conference

Students from the Sauder School of Business are hosting the 2010 Pacific Northwest Economic Conference (PNEC) on Jan. 30 in downtown Vancouver. PNEC features more than 25 keynotes, panelists and special guests from across North America and abroad. The conference objective will be to discuss and evaluate the Pacific Northwest region’s position for stimulating and sustaining economic development, and potential areas for collaborative opportunities.

PNEC 2010 is the largest student-led international business conference on regional economics in North America.

For more information, visit http://www.pnec2010.com/

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UBC alumna, former member of Canadian Bobsleigh Team speaks at bobsled competition

Kat Louman-Gardiner, a UBC alumna in mechanical engineering and a former member of the Canadian Bobsleigh team, will share her stories to kick off the Engineering Bobsled Competition.  Prizes will be awarded to the winning gold, silver and bronze teams. 

Date:   Feb. 3
Time:   1 – 3 p.m.
Place:   2020/2030, Kaiser Building, 2332 Main Mall
Info:    free Greek lunch served http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/olympics.php

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UBC student interns in HIV and AIDS awareness project

UBC graduate Amy Van Ooyen recently embarked on a two-month developmental internship in Hanoi, Vietnam working with Project ASK, an HIV and AIDS awareness development project. Her responsibilities focused on organizing and facilitating educational workshops at an international high school and local universities. These workshops included interactive activities with the students to promote HIV and AIDS awareness, and providing students an English language learning experience.
Ooyen received this experience through the Global Internship Program run by AIESEC, a student run organization giving students internship opportunities in the 107 member countries in fields such as management, information technology, education, and development.

For more information, visit http://www.aiesec.ca/ubc/press-releases/ubc-this-week

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