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New Director for Barber Learning Centre

Simon Neame has been selected as the new director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Neame began his library career after obtaining a Master of Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC.

He started as a reference librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library. From there, he joined UBC Library, first as a reference librarian at the Science and Engineering Division, and then in a variety of other roles, including teaching programs librarian in the Information Services Division.

In 2004, Leame became the assistant director of the Learning Centre, and he has served as the acting director since December 2010.

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UBC receives gold CASE award for “A place of mind” branding program

UBC is the recipient of a gold award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the “UBC a place of mind” branding program.

CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

This award is part of the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, their premier international awards program exclusively recognizing the work of CASE members.  Winners will be posted on http://www.case.org/ by mid-June.


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History professors recognized by Canadian Historical Association

UBC’s history department received two awards at the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) Annual Meeting in Fredericton.

Asst. Prof. Michel Ducharme won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for academic writing,  the top writing prize at this year’s CHA awards for his 2010 book, Le concept de liberté au Canada a l’époque des Révolutions atlantiques (1776-1838). The winner of the Sir John A. Prize will also take part in a special ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in the fall of 2011, as part of the newly expanded Canada’s History Awards.

Asst. Prof. Robert McDonald received an Individual Achievement Award for his contributions throughout his career.

For more information, visit http://www.canadashistory.ca/Magazine/Online-Exclusive/Articles/Congress-2011–UBC-historian-claims-Sir-John-A–Ma.aspx

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UBC mechanical engineer receives Engineers Canada’s highest award

UBC mechanical engineering professor Yusuf Altintas has received the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada—the highest recognition in engineering in Canada—for his exceptional individual achievement and distinction in the field of machining and machine tools.

Altintas holds an NSERC-Pratt & Whitney Canada Industrial Research Chair in Virtual High-performance Machining and is the leading scientific authority in machining and machine tool control engineering worldwide. In addition to having highest citation record in his field, his algorithms are used by over 130 companies worldwide in improving the quality and productivity of machining operations.

For more information, visit bit.ly/l7h8aO

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Three Applied Science educators receive UBC’s highest teaching honour

Applied Science educators Yusuf Altintas, Greg Johnson and Ronald Kellett each received UBC Killam Teaching Prizes during the May 2011 convocation ceremonies at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts.

Students describe mechanical engineering professor Altintas as “a passionate, enthusiastic and devoted teacher. With equal parts real-life examples, well-designed labs and an infectious desire to pass on a joy of discovery to his students, he makes the most theoretical engineering subjects come to life.”

Students and colleagues refer to civil engineering and architecture instructor Johnson as “an outstanding teacher who brings an enormous amount of professional experience to the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Department of Civil Engineering. His dedication to teaching and his clear and engaging presentation style make him a rare gem of a teacher.”

Landscape architecture professor Kellett is known to his students and colleagues as “a dedicated teacher, a valued mentor, an intellectual role model and a respected colleague. His passion for his subject is not only encouraging to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and planning, but addictive to students lucky enough to work with him.”

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/mUxIAQ

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Exhibit: Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From?


UBC’s Asian Library, in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives, presents Where Did the Immigrants Actually Come From? This exhibit, first shown in the Asian Library in 2010, was followed by a two-year project that involved mapping the villages and towns recorded in the Head Tax database.

The exhibit runs Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. until July 3 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum in Chinatown (555 Columbia Street, Vancouver).

For more information, visit http://blogs.ubc.ca/asianlibrary/2011/05/where-did-the-immigrants-actually-come-from.

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Asia Pacific Memo update – The Indonesian Model / The Significance of Tagore

Twice-weekly, Asia Pacific Memo publishes short text memos or video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific at http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/

  • May 31: The Indonesian Model: Learning from a Muslim Majority Democracy (by UBC PhD candidate Nathan Allen)
  • May 27: The Significance of Tagore – Harvard professor Sugata Bose (Video Interview Part II)
  • May 24: The Shifting Role of Law in Myanmar (by Australian National University PhD candidate Nick Cheesman)
  • May 19: Ten Years after Indonesia’s ‘Big Bang’ (by National University of Singapore Geography professor, Tim Bunnell)

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