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UBC professors receive Sloan Research Fellowship

Two UBC professors are recipients of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship: Asst. Prof. Joshua A. Folk, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Asst. Prof. Omer Angel, Dept. of Mathematics.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded $50,000 each to 118 outstanding early career scientists, mathematicians, and economists from 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting research in physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience. 

For more information, visit:  http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/page/19.

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Mechanical engineer elected Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineering

BC Mechanical Engineering Prof. Elizabeth Croft has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering in recognition of her achievements and contributions to engineering.

Croft is devoted to supporting, promoting and increasing the participation and retention of women in engineering. An expert in robotics and industrial automation, her work enables robots to work productively and safely in human environments—from factories and hospitals to homes. As a teacher, she has developed visionary and award-winning educational programs, as well as innovative, extra-curricular programs to support her students’ professional development.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2010/feb15.html

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UBC researcher wins best paper

PhD candidate Michael J. Sheriff has won a British Ecological Society (BES) Elton prize for his paper The sensitive hare: sub lethal effects of predator stress on reproduction in snowshoe hares.

The BES awards an annual prize of £250 for the best paper by a young author in each of the Society’s journals.  

For more information, visit http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants/honours_awards_prizes/best_paper.php

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UBC engineering students' invention featured at BCIC Sport Technology and Innovation reception

The Katal Innovations Landing Pad, invented by UBC engineering undergraduate student Aaron Coret and alumnus Stephen Slen (BASc ’07), will be showcased at British Columbia Innovation Council’s Sport Technology and Innovation reception on Feb. 26. The event connects B.C. businesses with domestic and international business leaders with interests in sport, technology, health and wellness.

For more information, visit www.apsc.ubc.ca/olympics

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Staff member appointed honorary president of Engineering Undergraduate Society

Senior program assistant Jennifer Pelletier in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering has been chosen as the honorary president of the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society for the 2009/10 in recognition of her outstanding support for and contribution to the students.

Pelletier is the first staff member selected by the student body to hold this position.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news/2010/feb16.html

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UBC engineers send well wishes with nanotube image

olympicnano2UBC engineers have created a “good luck” image to Canadian athletes that covers an area smaller than a snowflake and contains over 100 million carbon nanotubes (each nanotube is 10 thousand times thinner than a human hair).

This work is the result of a collaborative effort between nanotube expert Asst. Prof. Alireza Nojeh, and micropatterning expert Asst. Prof. Kenichi Takahata from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The image was created by graduate student Masoud Dahmardeh with assistance from graduate students Parham Yaghoobi and Mohamed Sultan Mohamed Ali.

For more information, visit http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/olympics.php#nano.

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UBC Peer Programs accepting applications

Peer Programs, a student-led program providing support to UBC students, is accepting applications for new student leaders for next year.

The 14 peer programs recruiting are:

*       Arts Team
*       Career Peer Educators
*       Chapman Learning Commons Assistants
*       Equity Ambassadors
*       E-Team (Engineering)
*       FAACT (Faculty of Arts Academic Commuter Transition) Program Leaders
*       International Peer Advisors
*       International Peer Advisor Coordinators
*       International Peer Program – Group Leaders
*       International Peer Program – Senior Peers
*       SCI Team
*       Science Peer Academic Coaches
*       Student Ambassadors
*       Undergraduate Research Opportunities – URO Crew
*       VPS Emerging Leaders Program POD Leaders
*       VPS Emerging Leaders Program Senior Leaders
*       Wellness Peer Educators

Deadline for applications is March 3.  To learn more about the 14 peer programs and submit an online application, visit http://involvement.ubc.ca/?p=537

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Human Kinetics co-hosts international symposium

On Feb. 19, the UBC School of Human Kinetics will co-host the third annual International Symposium on Sports Business with global impacts-assessment experts to analyze lessons learned so far from the 2010 Games, best practices for large scale sport event business and the use of sustainability indicators in planning future Olympic bids.

The symposium will be held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/9GA4Q4 or contact 604-822-3838.

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