UBC This Week 08-Nov-2012


Recent UBC Media Releases

Nov. 8 UBC-CFRI effort to save pregnant women awarded additional $17 million
Nov. 8 UBC gains two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs
Nov. 7 Global research team available to discuss efforts to save pregnant women with Gates Foundation funding
Nov. 6 UBC experts for U.S. election night
Nov. 6 Top Canadian, Indian institutions form $30M partnership to improve water and infrastructure safety, eradicate diseases
Nov. 5 UBC experts comment on China’s leadership changes
Nov. 2 “Genius grant” helps secure Okanagan habitats for at-risk species
Nov. 2 Canadian veterans to benefit from UBC expansion of transition program
Nov. 2 Common ground on the common good: Study finds Republicans and Democrats can agree on some moral issues

Upcoming Event Highlights

Nov. 8 AMS Art Gallery exhibit opening: “Monumental & the Mundane”
Nov. 8 Patrick Slaney: “Making a Scientist Out of a Child: The Problem of Scientific Manpower in the Early Cold War”
Nov. 9 UBC Symphony Orchestra – Jonathan Girard: conductor
Nov. 9 Reflections on From Water to Ice: Mirroring Physical Processes in Music
Nov. 10 Thrive 2012: BodyWorks Fitness Centre Open House
Nov. 10 Midwifery Program 10th Anniversary – Vancouver, BC
Nov. 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 Ubyssey Production Day
Nov. 13 Reading from Rhea Tregebov’s 7th Collection of Poetry, All Souls’
Nov. 13 Game-based learning in Higher Education
Nov. 14 Spelling Bee
Nov. 14 Dancing at Lughnasa
Nov. 14 Horny and High: Sexual Risk Behaviours and Substance Use Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men
Nov. 15 The Wall Hour: “While the Oceans Suffocate, the Microbes Will Play”
Nov. 15 UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble – Richard Kurth: guest lecturer
  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's Remembrance Day Ceremony

UBC’s Remembrance Day ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the community to honour and remember those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace. The program will include short readings and remarks with music by the UBC Women’s Choir, the UBC Brass Quintet and the Zing! Children’s Choir. Members of the platform party include:

• Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
• Lieutenant Colonel Chris Linford, Canadian Forces, Health Services Operations Officer
• Pastor Christina Lui, University Chapel
• Pascal Spothelfer, VP, Communications and Community Partnership
• Prof. Nancy Hermiston, Director, UBC Opera Ensemble
• Matt Parson, UBC Alma Mater Society

Date: Nov. 11
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Place: War Memorial Gym
Info: Click here for parking and information.

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Applied Science researchers collaborate in Canada’s newest Centre of Excellence

UBC Civil Engineering Prof. Nemkumar Banthia has been appointed scientific director of the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), a collaboration between UBC, the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto and various public and private sector partners in Canada and India.

IC-IMPACTS will bring together a team of Canadian and Indian researchers, industry representatives, community leaders, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies that will focus on three key areas: safe drinking water, reliable infrastructure, and effective prevention and treatment of water-borne and infectious diseases.

UBC School of Nursing’s Assoc. Prof. Susan Dahinten and researchers from Public Health Ontario will lead the application of public health strategies for IC-IMPACTS efforts in effective prevention and treatment of waterborne and infectious diseases in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India, Guru Nanak College of Nursing, and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

For more info: http://ow.ly/f6lSG.

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UBC professor named one of CFPC Family Physicians of the Year

Dr. Stanley Lubin, Dept. of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine, has been named one of The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) Family Physicians of the Year. Lubin will receive a Reg L. Perkin Award in recognition of his commitment to family medicine. For more information, visit http://www.cfpc.ca/FPOY2012/.

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UBC Landscape Architecture student wins Philip Tattersfield Scholarship

Master of Landscape Architecture student Nina Cicero has won the Philip Tattersfield Scholarship for 2012/13 for her essay “Over/Under and Beyond: New Life for the Overpass,” and will be featured in the December 2012 issue of Sitelines magazine.

Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture student Joshua Welsh received honourable mention for his essay, “The Salmon and the Squirrel: Expanding the Story of Green Infrastructure.”

For more information, visit http://ow.ly/f6i2a.

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Engineering student speaks at Humboldt Colloquium

UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) PhD student Yazan Boshmaf was selected to speak as an Early Career Researcher at the Humboldt Colloquium in Toronto. His presentation, titled “Security Analysis of Social Bots on the Web,” discussed his research in social network security. His work was a collaboration with Ildar Musulkhov and ECE associate professors Matei Ripeanu and Konstantin Beznosov. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/f6iWF.

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Book launch: Visualizing Climate Change

An event will be held to launch Prof. Stephen Sheppard’s book Visualizing Climate Change: A Guide to Visual Communication of Climate Change and Developing Local Solutions, a review of climate change impacts and best practices in community sustainability. His book outlines tools for communicating climate science and future scenarios visually, from computer-generated images and interactive maps to videogames. The launch will feature demonstrations of visualization techniques to engage and mobilize communities on climate action.

Sheppard, director of UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, led the Future Delta project, a videogame created by UBC researchers to help the citizens of Delta, B.C. reduce their carbon footprint and prepare for climate change, including major flooding risks related to global warming.

Date: Nov. 15
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Place: BC Hydro Theatre, Room 1151, 2260 West Mall
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
Info: RSVP to adelle.airey@ubc.ca. More info.

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Public Open House – Ponderosa Commons Phase 2

The UBC community is invited to attend an open house to view and comment on the Ponderosa Commons Phase 2 proposal that will incorporate student residence housing (additional 523 beds) combined with academic and administrative units and a range of amenities.

Date: Nov. 21
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Place: Cedar Room, Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall (map)
Info: Campus and Community Planning website

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Building Operations holds Fleet and Inventory Open House

UBC Building Operations recently partnered with Automotive Resources International (ARI) to conduct a complete analysis of the current fleet and provide a project plan to support UBC’s fleet greening initiative. 

The Building Operations Operational Effectiveness Group invites the community to their Fleet and Inventory open house to showcase the new vehicle models which initiates the transformation of their fleet.  This event will be an opportunity to meet with their strategic industry partners ARI (fleet management) and Weber Supply (maintenance, repair, operating and production). 

Date: Nov. 15
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Place: Loading bay, 2329 West Mall (west side of the building)

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CiTR 101.9 FM celebrates 75 years of radio

UBC’s Student Radio Society – CiTR 101.9 FM – is launching a year of birthday celebrations to commemorate 75 years of campus and community radio excellence, 30 years on the FM dial and 30 years of Discorder magazine. Alumni and the public are invited to attend a series of kick-off events from November 16-17, culminating in a public showcase of bands and exhibits at CiTR’s Diamond Radioversary Party on November 17 at Chapel Arts.

Date: Nov. 16-17
Place, Diamond Radioversary Party (Nov. 17): Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Avenue
Info: Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available at CiTR, Audiopile, Red Cat and Zulu Records
More info

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SALA Fall Lecture Series: Bill Pechet, Hallucinating in Public

Bill Pechet, lecturer in UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), will give a talk titled Hallucinating in Public, co-sponsored by Museum of Vancouver.

His current work includes large artwork for the City of Winnipeg, two cemeteries in B.C., and street infrastructures for Vancouver and West Vancouver. Along with Stephanie Robb, Pechet represented Canada in the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture with a critique of leisure culture called SweaterLodge.

Date:  Nov. 11
Time:  2 p.m.
Place:  Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver BC
Info:  Free and open to the public. More info

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Asia Pacific Memo Series: Child Trafficking and Local Protectionism in China; Asia in the World

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

Most recent memos:
– Child Trafficking and Local Protectionism in China – by Anqi Shen, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, and Georgios Panicolaou – Teesside University
– Asia in the World – video interview with Yves Tiberghien, UBC

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