UBC This Week 28-Jun-2012


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jun 28 Atlanta has world’s most efficient airport, Korea now leads in Asia: UBC research
Jun 28 Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study
Jun 27 Stem cells can beat back diabetes: UBC research
Jun 27 Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research
Jun 26 Athletics director Bob Philip takes on new role at UBC
Jun 25 Students receive $60,000 from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at UBC
Jun 21 UBC send-off for Olympic athletes, coaches and support staff

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jun 28 Incorporating Sustainability Attributes and Engaging with the UBC Farm
Jun 28 Calm Abiding Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism
Jun 29 Yellow Signal: New Media in China Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi, Huang Ran
Jun 30 Medical Books and Instrument Sale at UBC Bookstore
Jul 1 Way Cool Biodiversity Series: Viruses are Way Cool Because…
Jul 2 To Eat or Be Eaten
Jul 3-Aug 24 Young Explorers Summer Camp
Jul 3 Is there room for beautiful words? Proclaiming the Gospel
Jul 4 Instructional Design CoP Meeting
Jul 5 Lunchtime concert: Breanne McDaniel
Jul 6 New Roads to Nirvana: Visual Buddhism, Modern Eyes
Jul 6-7 Icons of Impermanence: Keynote Speeches
  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

UBC sustainability receives Excellence in Integration award

On June 20 in Eugene, Oregon, UBC was recognized for its integration efforts as one of five winners of an Excellence Award from the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), a global network of colleges and universities focused on sustainable campus planning and operations.

The award celebrates the success of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, launched in early 2010 with the goal to integrate academic and operational sustainability and to make the Vancouver campus a kind of test-bed for the technical, economic and behavioural aspects of sustainability.

“This is indeed an honour,” says Professor John Robinson, executive director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. “It is an award that we can be really proud of, given its provenance and focus.”

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UBC engineering profs win national awards

UBC Civil Engineering professor Greg Lawrence has received the 2012 Camille A. Dagenais Award from Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) in recognition of his contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Msr7g9

Lawrence and fellow engineering professor Gary Schajer have been inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. The induction ceremony took place on June 21 in Ottawa in conjunction with the Academy’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and Symposium. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LmDzux

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Applied Science members win Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service

Cheryl Kinkaid, Glenn Jolly and Jennifer Pelletier are this year’s recipients of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service in recognition of the positive impact they have on the faculty and its employees.

Each award of a $1,000 cheque and a personalized plaque were presented by Dean Eric Hall during the annual Applied Science Staff Appreciation barbecue on June 20.

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

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UBC engineering student helps design in Tanzania

UBC fourth-year mechanical engineering student Nicholas Dunning recently returned from an engineering co-op work term in Mlandizi, Tanzania. Dunning travelled to Tanzania with a team of architects and engineers from across North America and was joined by a local Tanzanian architecture intern. The team volunteered with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) to design a permanent facility for the Upendo Orphanage, which currently houses 24 children ages nine to 19.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LQN3Ru

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Honeywell – UniSim Design Challenge

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate Bryan Gene (2012) is the winner of this year’s UniSim Design Challenge, an annual university student competition held in conjunction with the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium. The UniSim Design Challenge is one of several Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) initiatives designed to encourage engineering studies. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LBGYdc.

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Asia Pacific Memo update: Japan and South Korea’s History Divide

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

• Japan and South Korea’s History Divide, by Alexandra Sakaki

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