UBC This Week 05-Apr-2012


Recent UBC Media Releases

Mar 29 Federal budget recognizes integral role of universities and university research to Canadian prosperity
   Mar 30 UBC Board of Governors welcomes two new appointed members
Mar 30 Some corals like it hot: Heat stress may help coral reefs survive climate change
Apr 1 Picky females promote diversity: UBC-IIASA study
Apr 2 Ultra-Fast Laser Pulses Shed Light on Elusive Superconducting Mechanism: UBC Research
Apr 4 Canadian arts philanthropist’s $5-million gift creates major new arts centre at UBC
Apr 4 Sexually abused boys at risk for more unsafe sex: UBC research
Apr 5  How to make high-end perfumes without whale barf

Upcoming Event Highlights

Apr 5 UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble and UBC Concert Winds -Postcard from the Americas
Apr 5 Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Understanding Colloquium
Apr 7-8 6th Annual UBC Anthropology Film Festival: Occupy Vancouver!
Apr 7 Tennis 1.0 Clinic 
Apr 9-11 Nurses on Campus – Time Management
Apr 10 Finding Science Outside of Academia
Apr 10 Milan Milosevic, Clarinet (DMA Solo Recital)
Apr 11-12 CCIE Presents – “Black British Columbians: Race, Space and The Historical Politics of Difference at the US/Canada Border”
Apr 11 UBC Learning Circle
Apr 12 What are my career options with my graduate degree?
Apr 12 The Aesthetics of Everyday Literacies
  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

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UBC scientists reveal a breast cancer’s insidious evolution

Faculty of Medicine researchers have decoded the genetic make-up of triple negative breast cancer, which could lead to more effective treatment. 

“It’s actually extremely complex, with each cancer at a different stage in the evolutionary process at the time of diagnosis, which helps to explain why patient responses to treatment differ greatly,” said Sam Aparicio, a professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the BC Cancer Agency Chair of Breast Cancer Research. “What’s extremely motivating with these findings is the opportunity to design clinical trials for patients with triple negative breast cancer so we can explore patient responses to treatment at the genetic level and look at ways to improve therapies and outcomes for patients.”

The study’s co-lead, Marco Marra, a professor in the Dept. of Medical Genetics and Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre said the application of the discovery will depend, in part, on making cancer genome sequencing clinically feasible.

Marra and Aparicio were joined at the announcement by their co-lead, Sohrab Shah, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and associate member of the Dept. of Computer Science; and Wendie den Brok, a second-year UBC medical resident who successfully overcame breast cancer as a medical student.

“I am very excited about the discoveries presented here today,” said den Brok, who earned her MD from UBC in 2010. “We are seeing the results of research that have shed an incredible light as to why my cancer responded to that particular chemotherapy. Although we didn’t know it at the time, it was the right target to a very specific of evolution of my disease. I, and other people with this disease, as well as those who will be diagnosed in the years ahead, can take a profound comfort in knowing that the treatment strategies will become much more highly individualized and more effective.”

The study included researchers from the Cross Cancer Institute of Alberta and Cancer Research UK/University of Cambridge, and was supported by the BC Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-BC/Yukon Region and Prairies/NWT Region, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund and Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Cancer Research UK at the University of Cambridge.

For more information, visit: http://med.ubc.ca/ubc-scientists-reveal-a-breast-cancers-insidious-evolution/.

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Asia Pacific Memo update – China, Energy, Environment, and Growth – Options for Canada

Short text memos or video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific are published twice-weekly on Asia Pacific Memo: http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/.

Most recent Memos:

Apr 3 – Japan’s Failure to Enfranchise its Permanent Resident Foreigners
Mar 29 – Japanese History Textbook Controversies: The Missing Link
Mar 27 – Relocating China’s Pollutive Industries: a “Double Pollution” Problem
Mar 22 – Water, Scarcity, and Tibetan Plateau Frontiers (Special Issue)


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Trying Polygamy, the issues and outcome of reference re: S.293 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Craig Jones, lead counsel for the Attorney General of British Columbia (and a Green College Society Member) explains the unprecedented courtroom struggle over the constitutionality of s.293, Canada’s polygamy law, and the challenge of proving polygamy’s harms in the age of religious and sexual liberty.

Date:     April 10
Time:    5 – 6:30 p.m.
Place:   Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Info:     Reception to follow. http://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/whats_on/index/events606/2012-04.php

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UBC SCARP joins the Faculty of Applied Science

The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) joined the Faculty of Applied Science, effective April 1, 2012.

SCARP migrated within the UBC organizational structure from the College for Interdisciplinary Studies (CFIS) to Applied Science. SCARP will retain its current name and remain an autonomous school with its own director, reporting to the dean of Applied Science.

The alignment of SCARP within Applied Science provides enhanced opportunity for new collaborations especially in the areas of sustainability, transportation engineering and with the School Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

For more information, visit: http://blogs.apsc.ubc.ca/apscnews/2012/03/30/ubc-scarp-joins-the-faculty-of-applied-science/.

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