UBC This Week

Recent UBC Media Releases

Dec. 5 Marine predators in trouble: UBC researchers
Dec. 6 UBC scientists key contributors to ‘super-cool’ camera, built to reveal early life of stars

Upcoming Event Highlights

Dec. 9 Healthy Minds During Exam Time
Dec. 10 Le Coup de Coeur – Vancouver Symphonique
Dec. 11 8th Annual Faraday Science Show
Dec. 12 Healthy Eating for the Holidays
Dec. 12 E-Mental Health Conference
Dec. 13 Computational Insights into the Social Life of Zebras
Dec. 14 Biodiversity and Global Environment Change
Dec. 14 UBC Learning Circle – Dr. John Pawlovich, Kidney Disease and Cholesterol Problems
Dec. 15 A UBC Christmas Dinner for International Students
Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/calendar.aspx.


UBC People

UBC People

Jack Taunton inducted into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame

Jack Taunton, professor in the Dept. of Family Practice, has been named the 2011 B.C. Athletics Hall of Fame inductee for his outstanding contributions as an athlete, community builder and sports medicine physician.

Taunton, co-founder of the UBC Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, maintains an active sports medicine practice and conducts clinical and exercise medicine research with a focus on overuse injuries and injury prevention. He was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games and served as CMO for the Canadian teams at the Sydney Olympics, two Pan American Games and two World Student Games.

He has completed more than 60 marathons and continues to run and race, cycle and cross-country ski. He also co-founded the Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s largest 10K road race since 1985.

For more information, visit: http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#Jack Taunton

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Preston Manning named Senior Fellow at Regent College

Preston Manning has been named a Senior Fellow of the Marketplace Institute, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The Marketplace Institute is an initiative of Regent College that develops resources, frameworks, and tools for integrating faith into public life.

As a Senior Fellow, Preston Manning will focus his work on the development and communication of faith-informed approaches to political leadership and public policy. He will mentor interns, deliver lectures, participate in classes and seminars, and contribute research, writing, and case studies that advance new approaches to the intersection of faith with democratic governance, the market economy, pluralism and multiculturalism, science and technology, and environmental stewardship.

He will present “Bringing Faith to Bear on the Public Issues of Our Time” on Jan. 25, 2012, 7 p.m. at Regent College. For more information, visit: http://www.regent-college.edu/events/public_lectures.php.

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UBC working with City of Vancouver to tackle green initiatives

UBC Sauder School of Business Prof. Moura Quayle is leading the Campus-City Collaborative (C3), a new initiative that will bring the City of Vancouver together with six post-secondary institutions to work on projects aimed at making Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020.

As a part of the C3 initiative, the partners established CityStudio, a program which connects students, faculty, experts and city staff to work on real?world projects through dialogue and design. More than 400 students took part in C3 courses during the fall term – a successful pilot semester that was celebrated at a Dec. 7 event with Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Students from UBC will again be enrolled in CityStudio courses starting January. In addition, Sauder’s d.studio, a hands-on course that teaches applied problem solving for business challenges taught by Prof. Quayle, will partner with the CityStudio. Through this collaboration, d.studio students will get direct experience working on Vancouver Economic Commission projects aimed at helping the City achieve its sustainability goals.

For more information, visit the Sauder website.

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UBC lecturer receives Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies

John Culbert, sessional lecturer in the Dept. of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, was awarded the Modern Language Association’s 19th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies, for his book Paralyses: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity.

The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work in its field – a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography – written by a member of the association.

For more information, visit http://wire.arts.ubc.ca/arts-in-the-news/ubc-french-prof-wins-mla-award/

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UBC computer science professor wins Audi Production Award

Assoc. Prof. Alla Sheffer of UBC Computer Science, together with Sara McMains (Berkeley) and Sushrut Pavanaskar (Berkeley) won first prize in the 2011 International Audi Production Award competition. Eight finalist teams were invited to the finals workshop in Ingolstadt, Germany, Nov. 16-17, where Pavanaskar presented the winning concept, A Novel Tool-Path Generation System for Energy Efficiency in CNC Machining. 

For more information, visit this page.

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School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture prof wins international competition

Prof. Blair Satterfield (with HouMinn Practice partner Marc Swackhamer) teamed up with Vincent James Associates Architects (VJAA ) and artist Diane Willow to win the Washington Avenue Bridge Plaza design competition in Minneapolis. The plaza location is known for its views of the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis skyline and its position between Frank O. Gehry’s Weisman Art Museum and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) Science Teaching Student Services Building.

For more information, visit http://www.sala.ubc.ca/about/news/congratulations-blair

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Postdoctoral travel award winners announced

Three UBC postdoctoral students have received quarterly travel awards administered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) at the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This is the first time the PDFO has assigned these awards intended to assist UBC postdocs with travel to conferences to present research performed during their time at UBC.

The winners of this quarter’s awards are Anna Prudova, Faculty of Dentistry and Centre for Blood Research, Joanna Workman, Faculty of Arts and Dept. of Psychology, and Rishi Somvanshi, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

The PDF travel awards have been made possible with funding from the VP Research and International Office, the PDFO and contributions from faculties. Awards are a maximum of $1,000 for international travel and $500 for travel within Canada.

The awards are administered quarterly for all Faculties with the exception of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, which will administer their own PDF Travel Awards and accept applications directly.  The next deadline for applications is Dec. 31, 2011, with details on application and eligibility found in the Postdoctoral section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

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UBC Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to UBC

Nominations are now being accepted for UBC’s two volunteer recognition awards:
• Slonecker Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions to UBC
• Outstanding Student Award for Volunteer Contributions to UBC

These two awards recognize exceptional volunteer service on the UBC Vancouver campus: a student who is a passionate and dedicated volunteer; and a volunteer who has contributed outstanding leadership and service to over a sustained period of time and has made a positive impact to the UBC community.

Visit http://www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/what-we-do/volunteer-contribution-awards information on eligibility and nomination package.  Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2012

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