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UBC Design Centre for Sustainability receives national award of excellence

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has given the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability the Award for Planning Excellence  in the Environmental Planning category for its project 100-Year Sustainability Vision: City of North Vancouver.  

The project provides a framework for action that would reduce CO2 produced by North Vancouver residents by 80 per cent by 2050 and 100 per cent by 2110.   The City of North Vancouver partnered with the centre on this project and will be incorporating it as policy in the Official Community Plan for the city.

The jury considered 53 entries from across Canada, selecting the best projects in nine categories. The awards luncheon will take place during the 2010 CIP Conference from Oct. 2-5 in Montreal.

The Design Centre for Sustainability is affiliated with the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Science.

For more about this award-winning project, visit
or www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2010/jun10.html

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Computer science prof receives lifetime achievement award

Prof. Alan Mackworth from the Dept. of Computer Science at UBC was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association of Canada .

Mackworth has been a UBC faculty member since 1984 and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence (since 2001). He is the founding director of the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence at UBC.

For more information, visit http://caiac.ca/index.php?page=award-winners

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Anne Condon to head UBC Computer Science

Prof. Anne Condon has been appointed Head of UBC’s Dept. of Computer Science.  Condon is internationally recognized for her research in complexity theory and bioinformatics, and is a leading Canadian proponent for women in science and technology.

For more information, visit www.science.ubc.ca/news/441

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School of Population and Public Health opens its doors at new building

The School of Population and Public Health faculty, staff and students moved into a new renovated space in the former Library Processing Centre at 2206 East Mall this week. The move brings the school under the same roof as the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, the School of Environmental Health, the Human Early Learning Partnership, Population Data BC, the Global Health Research Program, and the Centre for Population Health Promotion Research.

The School will celebrate the official opening of its new building in September.

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The Reena Virk Trials: An exhibition and a reading at the Learning Centre

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre presents an exhibition of sketches by courtroom artist Heather Spears created during the Reena Virk murder trial.  It will be on display until June 25 in the Learning Centre Gallery, located on level two of the Learning Centre, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

Spears will read from her new book of poems, Required Reading: A Witness in Words and Drawings to the Reena Virk Trials, 1998-2000. For more on her book, visit www.heatherspears.com/contents/required.htm.

Date:    June 24
Time:    3 – 4 p.m.
Place:   Lillooet Room, third floor of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Info:     RSVP to ikblc-events@interchange.ubc.ca or call 604-827-4366

Following the exhibition, Spears’s drawings will be added to the Heather Spears fonds at Rare Books and Special Collections at the Learning Centre. Her work includes drawings from other trials, writers’ festivals, music festivals and more.   For more information, visit www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/AZ/PDF/S/Spears_Heather.pdf.

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