UBC This Week 12-Apr-2012


Recent UBC Media Releases

Apr 12 Pride and prejudice: Pride impacts racism and homophobia
Apr 11 Names Not Numbers: UBC introduces personalized service for incoming students
Apr 10 UBC president helps identify key steps to respond to growing Asia Pacific research strengths

Upcoming Event Highlights

Apr 13 Social Learning and the Social Contract
Apr 13 Imagine – A Heaven on Earth
Apr 14 Saints, Seers and Scientists: The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Apr 14 AERA Distinguished Lecture: “Hands Back, Hands Forward: Transforming Indigenous Education”
Apr 15 Opera Tea in the Gardens
Apr 15 Sunday Artist Talks: Doug Cranmer
Apr 16 Mobile Devices and Digital Media for Social Networking in Learning
Apr 16 The Power of Names in Culture and in Mathematics
Apr 17 Taste of Korean Food: Free Presentation!
Apr 17 GPS Event: Writing Your Thesis
Apr 18 Counselling Psychology Graduate Programs Information Session
Apr 18 Off Campus Work Permit Workshop
Apr 19 The Mysterious Body: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
Apr 19 Louise Arbour: Truth to Power | A Dialogue with Stephen Toope
  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

Scripps Oceanography and Nierenberg family honour Daniel Pauly

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California (UC) San Diego and the William Nierenberg family will present the 2012 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest to UBC Prof. Daniel Pauly on May 9 at the UC San Diego campus.

Pauly is the principal investigator at the Sea Around Us Project based at the Fisheries Centre at UBC and has been a leader in conceptualizing and co-developing software that is used by ocean experts globally.

Pauly will give a talk at the award presentation titled “Jellyfish Burgers, or How We Changed the Oceans and They Changed Us.”

For more information, visit http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=1259

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Faculty of Education researcher named AERA Fellow

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) honours Bonny Norton, a professor in the Faculty of Education, as a 2012 Fellow for Outstanding Educational Research. Norton, the UBC Distinguished University Scholar in Language and Literacy Education, was also the inaugural recipient in 2010 of the Senior Researcher Award by the Second Language Research Special Interest Group of the AERA.

Norton is an international leader in second language and applied linguistics research, and has been credited with changing the face of second language research through her work on identity, investment, and imagined communities.

The awards recognize Norton’s dedication to teaching and mentoring emerging scholars and graduate students in Africa and wider international communities.

For more information, visit http://aera.educ.ubc.ca/2012/04/02/aera-fellow/

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Jerry Wasserman to receive Sam Payne Award for 2011

Jerry Wasserman, professor and head of UBC’s Dept. of Theatre and Film, is to receive the Sam Payne Award from the Union of B.C. Actors which recognizes “humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of new talent.”

Moving to Vancouver in 1972 to teach English and later, theatre at UBC, Wasserman became an integral part of Vancouver’s burgeoning professional theatre scene, performing on stage and in many American and Canadian film and television shows. He is a well-known theatre reviewer and an editor of Modern Canadian Plays, an anthology used in Canadian theatre courses. Wasserman has influenced thousands of drama students during his 40 years of teaching.

Established in 1984, the Sam Payne Awards are presented annually to honour Canada’s well loved and respected professional actors in two categories.

Date: April 27
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Place: Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 3888 Main Street
Info: Chinese banquet followed by awards presentation

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Graduate student receives second IEEE Best Paper Award

UBC graduate student Derrick Wing Kwan Ng received the best paper award at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference in Paris. This is Kwan’s second best paper award in four months– the first was received at IEEE Globecom 2011. Kwan, along with his colleagues and Ph.D. supervisor Robert Schober, research innovative designs to ensure wireless security.

For more, visit http://www.ece.ubc.ca/news/201204/best-paper-award-wcnc-2012-derrick-wing-kwan-ng

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Engineering Co-op students, faculty and employers recognized

The Engineering Co-op program recently held awards ceremonies for outstanding graduating students, faculty and industry partners at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

• Employers of the year: Klohn Crippen Berger (Vancouver) and Stantec (Okanagan)
• Faculty of the year: Prof. John Howie (Civil Engineering, Vancouver) and Prof. Andre Phillion (School of Engineering, Okanagan)
• Students of the year: Madeleine Schaefer (Electrical Engineering, Vancouver), Matt Sauer (Civil Engineering, Okanagan) and Alexander Winardi (Mechanical Engineering, Vancouver)

To read about the award winners, visit http://www.coop.apsc.ubc.ca/

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Faculty of Applied Science’s Class of 2012 rising stars

Over the next few months, Faculty of Applied Science’s Class of 2012 will be featured on their homepage—their experiences at UBC, their plans for the future and how they will make a difference in the world.

Read more on the graduates at http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/

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Indigenous Knowledges conference at UBC

An international conference titled “Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts” will be presented by Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian and President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

This meeting is an opportunity for those interested in indigenous and traditional knowledge, and in local and global issues under discussion by cultural, heritage, and community groups and organizations.

Speakers and guests will include Grand Chief Ed John, Joie Springer (UNESCO), Pekka Heikkinen (Chief Legal Advisor, National Library of Finland), Kelly Moore (Executive Director, Canadian Library Association), and Eve Woodberry (Pro Vice Chancellor, University of New England).

Date: April 12-14
Place: First Nations House of Learning
Info: http://iflaindigenousknowledges2012.ok.ubc.ca/

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Asia Pacific Memo update – Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Canada and China / Fuel Politics in Indonesia

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

Most recent Memos:
Apr 10 – Alzheimer’s Disease Research in China and Canada (video interview with Dr. Weihong Song)
Apr 5 – Explosive Fuel Politics in Indonesia, by UBC PhD student Nathan Allen

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From Islamists to Muslim Democrats: The Rise of the AKP and Turkey’s EU Accession

Dietrich Jung, Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark, will shed some light on the complexities of contemporary Turkish politics and argues that the “Islamization” of the country is intimately linked to the EU accession process. 

Date: April 17
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Place: Coach House, Green College, UBC
 Info: http://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/whats_on/index/events622/2012-04.php

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