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Four UBC professors appointed to the Order of Canada

Four professors of the UBC community have been named to the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and contribution to society.

Dr. Michael Hayden, a professor in the departments of medicine and medical genetics at UBC and the director of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research Institute, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. This honour recognizes Hayden’s contribution to our understanding of Huntington’s disease and other genetic disorders.

Robert Hare, a professor emeritus in the department of psychology at UBC, was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to forensic psychology and the study of psychopathy.

Clinical professor of anesthesiology in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Dr. Angela Enright was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the field of anesthesiology in Canada and the developing world.

Dr. Robert Taylor is a clinical associate professor in the department of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine and a staff member with Vancouver’s Providence Health Care Hospitals.   Taylor was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his humanitarian contributions to improving medical services and surgical care in the developing world.

The four members of the UBC community will join the 49 other new appointees to accept their insignia at a ceremony later this year.

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UBC wine researcher among Globe and Mail’s 45 Canadians changing the world

The Globe and Mail recently profiled 45 extraordinary Canadians making their mark in dozens of fields. Hennie van Vuuren, the director of the Wine Research Centre at UBC, is a specialist in yeast and has a PhD in brewing beer. He created a yeast that doesn’t make compounds like histamines that form during fermentation and which give some wine drinkers headaches. 

Also featured was Bing Thom, a Vancouver-based architect and planner, who is celebrated for designing the new Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Thom studied architecture at UBC and the University of California. He started his own firm in 1982 and designed the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. 

For more information, visit http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/changing-the-world/

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SALA prof awarded Architect in Residence

Matthew Soules, assistant professor and member of the Architecture Institute of B.C., has been awarded the position of Architect in Residence at The Land Conservancy of the B.C. Binning House. The B.C. Binning House is an influential and innovative example of early modernist architecture in the Pacific Northwest.

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UBC's Institute of Asian Research announces 2011 Summer Institute China Program

The Institute of Asian Research, Canada’s leading research centre on Asia, has announced that the Summer Institute China Program will be held for the 2011 session from June 5-17. This intensive two-week program is designed for business executives, government officials, lawyers, and other professionals to prepare them for work in or with China. 

The first week of the program is held at the Institute of Asian Research in Vancouver, followed by a two-night retreat in Whistler, where participants receive instruction from internationally renowned China scholars and business leaders. Participants then travel to Shanghai for three days of instruction from Chinese policymakers and academics, as well as a full day of site visits. 

The program uses a variety of innovative approaches to train participants, including the Summer Institute’s role-playing simulations and mock negotiations. Topics that will be covered in the 2011 session include supply chains, contracts and property, negotiating in China, private-public sector relations, risk management, and intellectual property. 

To learn more about this opportunity, visit: www.iar.ubc.ca/programs/summerinstitute/chinaprogram

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UBC Bookstore expands course materials rentals to offer significant cost savings to students

UBC Bookstore has expanded its course materials rental program to provide considerable cost saving options to students. As the result of a successful pilot in September 2010 it now offers more than 3,000  titles online at www.ubcbookstore.rentsbooks.com, as well as more than100 titles in the Vancouver and 25 titles  in the Okanagan in-store with savings of 55 per cent.  

For more information, visit http://ubcbookstore.rentsbooks.com/

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UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture announces 2011 public lecture program

UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) announces its Winter/Spring 2011 public lecture program featuring internationally renowned architects, scholars and writers. 

Visit www.sala.ubc.ca for more information.

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CiTR Radio’s Prof Talk interviews visiting scholar from Sao Paolo

On UBC CiTR Radio’s Prof Talk, Dr. Denise Gomes, Brazilian archaeologist from the University of the State of São Paulo, will discuss her current research project on the Art and Cosmologies of Amazonian pre-colonial Indians and that of the Northwest Coast of Canada. Gomes was a visiting scholar at UBC in November of 2010.

Every second Tuesday, Prof Talk on 101.9FM features interviews with professors from a variety of disciplines.

Date:    Jan. 11
Time:    3 p.m.
Info:     Live programming: http://citr.caPodcasts http://feeds.feedburner.com/Citr–ProfTalk
               Show schedule: http://ubcproftalk.blogspot.com

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