UBC This Week 25-May-2012


Recent UBC Media Releases

May 23 A whale of a discovery: New sensory organ found in rorqual whales
May 22 Former PM Joe Clark, artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and others honoured during UBC’s Vancouver campus grad ceremonies starting May 23
May 22 Largest class of Aboriginal MDs graduate from UBC

Upcoming Event Highlights

May 17-Jul 22 Feast: A photography exhibit by Brad Hill
May 25 Pathology Day 2012
May 25 Using Clickers in Undergrad Statistics Teaching
May 26 Alumni Weekend 2012: Party at the Point
May 26 Transforming Sustainability Education
May 27 PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run 2012 5k
May 27 Robert Thurman on Buddhist Art
May 28 Engaging Faculty Stories: Catalysts for reflection and growth
May 28 Out There in the Wild, Woolly World: Novelty space and experiential learning
May 29 Staff Pension Plan Fair
May 29 Film screening: Stolen Memories, Breaking the Silence
May 29 Intro to Cheese Making
May 30 Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942
May 30 A UBC Wiki All-Star Session
May 31 Department of Psychiatry 27th Annual Research Day
May 31 Contexts of Work: Rethinking Priorities and Timelines in Working with First Nations
Jun 3 Milton K. Wong Lecture: What’s Wrong With Multiculturalism? A European Perspective
  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.


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Alumni Weekend on May 26: open houses, reunions and celebrations

With more than 60 events, attractions and tours to choose from, Alumni Weekend 2012 celebrates the best of UBC. Learn to DJ. Watch a puppet show with your kids. Attend sessions about crowdsourcing, wine appreciation or astrophysics. Take a tour of UBC’s new “green” building. Drop by a beer garden. Participate in a dialogue about fighting in hockey. Reunite with old friends.

Anyone can register for and attend Alumni Weekend. Some of the programming is aimed predominantly at UBC alumni, but Alumni Weekend offers something for everybody.

View the Alumni Weekend 2012 schedule at http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/alumniweekend/alumni-weekend-schedule/.

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Panel examines housing affordability in Vancouver

Campus and Community Planning presents a panel discussion on May 26 as part of Alumni Weekend to discuss housing affordability in Vancouver and what strategies can be adopted to help address this issue.

The panel will examine UBC’s Housing Action Plan and present some of the academic research being conducted at UBC on this topic. A municipal expert will talk about why housing is an issue in Vancouver and what cities can do to help find solutions for this growing problem.

The panel consists of Asst. Prof. Tom Davidoff, Sauder School of Business; Kera McArthur, Director of Public Engagement, UBC Campus and Community Planning; and Tim Wake, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.

Date: May 26, 2012
Time: 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Place: SUB Partyroom
Info: Online registration has closed. Register on the day of the event at the registration desk at University Fair in the SUB. Call 604-822-0515 or email alumni.weekend@ubc.ca.

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Theatre party honours Peter Loeffler

Everyone is welcome at “Who’s There” — a celebration of the charismatic teacher who taught Theatre 100 to generations of UBC students, Dr. Peter Loeffler.

Featuring alumni and current students, this hour of theatrical shorts will showcase avant garde theatre, followed by a party in the Frederic Wood Theatre.

Peter Loeffler began teaching at UBC in 1972 and was a dedicated mentor for countless students from all specialties within the Department of Theatre. He passed away in 2002 after a short battle with cancer.

“Who’s There” is presented as part of UBC Alumni Weekend (see the day’s events at www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/alumniweekend). All proceeds go towards the Peter Loeffler Memorial Prize in Theatre.

Date: May 26, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Complimentary buffet and party until midnight follows performance.
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC
Info: Tickets, $10. For more information, visit http://www.theatre.ubc.ca/, email
alumni.weekend@ubc.ca or call 604.822.0515 (toll-free at 1.800.883.3088)

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Co-op students available for summer hire

A number of UBC Engineering co-op students are still available for hire this summer. There currently are co-op students working all over campus — working with the Brain Behaviour Lab in the Faculty of Medicine assisting with matlab and labview programming for EEG-based research, conducting data analysis and database design/optimization in the Sauder School of Business, and completing experiments and computational work for particle research in the Mathematics department.
UBC Engineering co-op students are available each January, May and September, for four or eight months. Many of the students are NSERC eligible for undergrads and MITACS eligible at the master’s level.

For more information, visit http://www.ubcengineeringcoop.com/ or contact eng.coop@ubc.ca / 604-822-3022.

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Applied Science congratulates the Class of 2012

The Faculty of Applied Science is proud to recognize its outstanding graduates. A sampling of graduates — from UBC Engineering, both graduate and undergraduate from the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses; the School of Nursing; the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and the School of Community and Regional Planning — are currently featured as Applied Science Rising Stars.

Take a moment to be inspired by our graduates—on a trajectory to make a difference. Thank you to all across UBC who have supported their studies.

For more information, visit http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/stars/congregation12.

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Service awards for five at UBC’s Okanagan campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus recognized four professors and an administrative professional for length of service. The recipients served in various capacities at UBC’s Okanagan campus and its forerunners, Okanagan College and then Okanagan University College.

• Joan Bassett-Smith, associate professor, School of Nursing, 35 years
• Carol McFadyen, associate professor, School of Nursing, 35 years
• Barbara Brown-McKenzie, associate professor, School of Nursing, 30 years
• Robin Dods, associate professor, anthropology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, 25 years
• Linda Falkingham, departmental secretary, Visual Arts, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, 25 years

For more information, visit https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2012/05/18/ubc-recognizes-five-employees-for-length-of-service/.

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CiTR presents Aboriginal, LGBTQ voices

“Rainbow 24: LGBTQ Voices 2012” is a 24-hour special broadcast of queer content in celebration of Pride season around the world. Listen live to 101.9 FM or streaming live at citr.ca. Podcast hourly on citr.ca and queerfmvancouver.com and available on the NCRA Program exchange and The Way OUT Network.

Date: June 1, 2012
Time: From 6 am

CiTR also plans to cover events for “Aboriginal (Un) History Month: Remaking Our Representation” at UBC.

Date: June 2012
Info: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/

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Resource management in India, migration along Thai-Lao border

Asia Pacific Memos consist of short texts and video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific. The latest Memos:

• Is ‘Safe Migration’ Along the Thai-Lao Border Truly ‘Safe?’ By Australia National University’s Sverre Molland
• Community Natural Resource Management in India: Does it Reduce Poverty? By UBC’s John R. Wood

For more, visit http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/.

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