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Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowship winners announced

UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies has announced the recipients of the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowship for the 2010/11 academic year. This award is given to the top doctoral candidates in the Affiliated Fellowships competition. The fellowships include a stipend of up to $27,500 per annum for two years and a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship.

The Fellowship winners are:
• Aubin Calvert – Political Science
• Juan Diego Diaz Meneses – Music
• Toufiqul Islam – Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Chad Kendall – Economics
• Diana Lim – Neuroscience
• Ehsan Mohammadi Zahrani – Materials Engineering

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Computer science prof appointed Fellow by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

UBC Computer Science Prof. Uri M. Ascher is one of 34 appointed Fellow by The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in recognition of his key contributions to applied mathematics and computational science. Ascher will be honoured at the July 2010 SIAM Annual Meeting.

For more information, visit http://fellows.siam.org/index.php?sort=year&value=2010.

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Distinguished Scholars in Residence announced

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has announced the Distinguished Scholars in Residence for 2010:

• Assoc. Prof. Holger Hoos – Computer Science
• Prof. Janis Sarra – Law
• Prof. Margaret Schabas – Philosophy
• Prof. Ilan Vertinsky – Institute for Asian Research, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and  Sauder School of Business
• Prof. Mark Warren – Political Science

For more information, visit http://www.pwias.ubc.ca/awards/residential-programs/distinguished-scholars-in-residence.php.

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Design Centre for Sustainability produces Sea-to-Sky GreenGuide

The new Sea-to-Sky GreenGuide produced by the Design Centre for Sustainability offers a dynamic, centralized repository of leading-edge examples of “greening” the built environment between Metro Vancouver and Pemberton, BC.

The interactive website (seatoskygreenguide.ca), developed in cooperation with the Open Green Building Society, contains detailed information and photos of more than 130 best practice case studies as well as links to audiotours. It is complemented by a printed map identifying the location of each project.

For more information, visit www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2010/mar29.html

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UBC students received the Co-op Student of the Year Award

Computer science student Neil Thomas and microbiology and immunology student Yan Xu are co-recipients of the 2009 Science Co-op Student of the Year Award.

For five co-op work terms, Thomas worked at Safe Software and Google and was awarded with the Google Internship Scholarship for 2009 with an offer for full-time employment. He has maintained a GPA of 97.6 per cent at UBC and  serves at UBC Commonwealth Club as Vice-President, Director of Communication and Director of IT. 

Xu started his co-op experience at Amgen followed by an eight month placement with Dr. Elisabeth Maurer, a scientist with the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the President and CTO of LightIntegra Technology Inc.  He initiated and co-designed a UBC student directed seminar course and was selected to participate in the Vancouver Board of Trade – Leaders of Tomorrow.

For more information, visit http://www.sciencecoop.ubc.ca/students/events.

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2010 United Way Loaned Representative opportunities

Each year, two UBC employees are ‘loaned’ to United Way to serve as an extension of United Way staff by acting as a full-time resource person to Employee Campaign Co-ordinators and committees at UBC and various workplaces around the Lower Mainland. 

Each employee receives training for this job from United Way and works on the campaign from the end of August to mid-December.  Once trained, the UBC employees assist primarily on the UBC United Way Community Campaign but will also have the opportunity to work on other campaigns through-out the Lower Mainland.

All full-time, continuing employees are eligible to apply for these positions.  While on loan from UBC, the employees would continue to receive full pay and benefits, but will be relieved of their regular job responsibilities for the duration.

For more information, view the Loaned Rep posting on the UBC Human Resources job postings website (Posting #7394 – application deadline April 20) and visit the United Way website http://www.uwlm.ca/Campaign/Loaned+Representatives/default.htm

UBC staff members (former loaned representatives) may also be contacted:
Debra Elliott, Conferences and Accommodations 604.822.1013, debra.elliott@ubc.ca
Andy Carr, Building Operations 604.822.9822, andrew-carr@shaw.ca
Kevin Morris, Building Operations, 778-689-2492, kevin.m.morris@telus.net

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Fundraiser to support research of children’s rare diseases

The Rare Disease Foundation will hold a fundraiser event called Rare Finds to support research into understanding or developing therapy for children with rare diseases.  The Rare Disease Foundation is led by BC Children’s physicians with appointments with UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Dept. of Medical Genetics and Dept. of Pediatrics.
Date:  April 10
Time:  6 – 10 p.m.
Place: Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Info: Tickets for $125 include theatre, entertainment, food and beverages
http://www.rarediseasefoundation.org/RareFinds.html or

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Student Olympic Collaborative holds The Next Big Debate

The Student Olympic Collaborative at UBC invites students, staff, faculty, and alumni to The Next Big Debate, a moderated debate on the 2010 Winter Games:  what are the immediate effects, have they been positive or negative, and all in all, were the Games worth it?

Date: April 7
Place: Thea’s Lounge, 6371 Crescent Road
Info: RSVP at http://www.soc2010.ca/.  Refreshments served.

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Kabuki in Print at UBC’s Asian Library

Kabuki in Print is now available for viewing on the upper level of the Asian Library. The exhibition examines the intimate relationship between woodblock printing and Kabuki theatre and draws from private print collections supplemented by art historical publications from UBC Library’s collection. 

The images document the wide range of popular entertainment during the Edo period (1600-1868).  Highlights include original Japanese woodblock prints by artists Utagawa Toyokuni (1769–1825), Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900).

The show is presented in celebration of the Asian Library’s 50th anniversary, and in anticipation of the performance of TomoeArts’ production of ODORI: The World of Kabuki Dance which will be performed at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre on April 10 and 11.

Kabuki in Print is curated by Maiko Behr and presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts in conjunction with UBC’s Asian Library.  The exhibition runs until May 16.

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UBC Law celebrates new building

With the demolition of the old UBC Law building nearing completion, the faculty will hold a celebration where the laying of the foundation for the new building will begin.

Date:  April 15
Time:  8 – 9 a.m.
Place:  Meekison Arts Students Space, Buchanan Building (access from East Mall, across the street from the old law school building)
Info:  Free.  Contact: Simmi Puri at 604 822 4172 or puri@law.ubc.ca

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