UBC This Week 21-Feb-2013


Recent UBC Media Releases

Feb. 21 New flu drug stops virus in its tracks
Feb. 20 New $10.1 M imaging facility will unlock medical, engineering secrets
Feb. 19 UBC experts for B.C. budget analysis
Feb. 19 Private premiums add up to largest out-of-pocket health expense for Canadians
Feb. 17 Arrhythmia culprit caught in action
Feb. 17 As predators decline, carbon emissions rise

Upcoming Event Highlights

Feb. 21 Electric Vehicles: Matching Low-Carbon Technology to People and Policy
Feb. 21 Robson Reading Series Presents Walid Bitar, Basma Kavanagh, and Missy Marston
Feb. 22-24 Hacking Health Vancouver
 Feb. 22 Ryan Avery, Toastmasters International Public Speaking Champion
Feb. 23 VSO: Classical Traditions – Bramwell Tovey & Jeanette Jonquil
Feb. 23 How Dogs Think
Feb. 24 One Mind, One Heart – Artist Talk and Dance Performance (Ian Reid)
Feb. 24 Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano
Feb. 25 The Top 7 Reasons Why Smart Women Should Speak Up
Feb. 25 Pray the Devil Back to Hell – International Development Movie Night
Feb. 26 The Role and Effectiveness of ‘Band-aid’
Feb. 26 Sid Katz: Confessions of a UBC Lifer
 Feb. 26 Anabel Quan-Hasse (Western Ontario) The Downside of Online Social Capital: Romantic Break-ups and Facebook
Feb. 27 Attacking your opponent – Tennis Workshop
Feb. 27 Discussion on Identity
Feb. 28 Off-Campus Work Permit Workshop
Feb. 28 UBC Early Music Ensembles
Mar. 7 Journey from Biodiversity and Culture to Biocultural Diversity (with Nancy Turner)
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

School of Music members receive Juno nominations

Alumni, faculty and students of UBC School of Music have been nominated for the Juno Awards. The Junos are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. Winners will be announced on April 21 at the 2013 Juno Awards show at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

The UBC nominees are:

• Atma Naxos by Triple Forte, nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble. Violinist Jasper Wood is a professor at UBC School of Music.

• Echoes of Time is nominated for Classical Composition of the Year. Composer Alexina Louie is a UBC alumna (Bachelor of Music ’70).

• I Saw Eternity by Elora Festival Singers, nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance. The recording includes music by Timothy Corlis (Doctor of Musical Arts candidate), alumni Glenn Buhr (Master of Music ’81) and Craig Galbraith (Bachelor of Music ’97), and Stephen Chatman, professor and chair of the Composition Division, UBC School of Music.

• Lead With Your Heart by The Tenors, nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. Alumnus Fraser Walters (Bachelor of Music ’03) is one of the four members of the group.

• Fugitive Colours by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment. Bramwell Tovey, conductor and composer, has an honorary degree from UBC. Several members of the VSO are sessional faculty members at UBC School of Music.

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Development and Alumni Engagement team wins six CASE VIII Communications Awards

UBC’s Development and Alumni Engagement team was recognized with six Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) VIII communications awards including a gold and a silver for Trek magazine, two bronzes for Annual Giving initiatives, and two bronzes for the Blue and Gold Revue event materials and the Report on Giving website.

The annual awards program recognizes excellence in marketing and communications among 130 member institutions. For more information, click here.

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World Health Organization recognizes Division of Mathematical Modeling as collaborating centre

The Division of Mathematical Modeling at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, which brings together “complexity science” and health systems decision-making, has won recognition as a World Health (WHO) Collaborating Centre.

“Complexity science” is a scientific field that studies the many interacting parts within the systems of nature, society and science. Work at the centre will help identify what components of health systems work well and what aspects could be improved based on models and data from many different sources. For more information, click here.

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Science associate dean to receive award for marine virology work

Curtis A. Suttle, UBC Science’s associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies, is being recognized for his pioneering work in marine virology with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson award. Suttle is among a small pool of researchers credited with launching the field of marine virology nearly 20 years ago. For more information, click here.

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Professor awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

UBC Zoology Asst. Prof. Mary I. O’Connor has been selected as a 2013 Alfred Sloan Research Fellow. The two-year fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding young scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science in Canada and the U.S. For more information, click here.

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Study debunks claims that acne drug causes digestive disorder

Doctors should not be discouraged from prescribing isotretinoin to adolescents for inflammatory acne, according to a new study by Canadian and U.S. scientists showing the drug does not increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Led by Mahyar Etminan, an assistant professor in UBC Dept. of Medicine, the scientists addressed this important drug safety question because of a previous study linking the drug (commonly known by its original commercial name Accutane) to IBD. For more information, click here.

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Fisheries: Does catch reflect abundance?

In a comment piece published in Nature, the Sea Around Us Project’s principal investigator, Prof. Daniel Pauly, UBC Fisheries Centre, shares his views, emphasizing that catch data, the amount of fish drawn from the sea, are often the only type of data that tell anything about the status of fisheries.

The Sea Around Us Project, under the guidance of Pauly, is conducting a global evaluation of catch data, from 1950 to present, collated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Results so far reveal that many countries have underreported their catches. For more, click here.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomes new faculty members

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences announces the appointment of Drs. Corey Nislow and Guri Giaever to the faculty. Nislow commenced in the role of associate professor in January, and Giaever will join the faculty as associate professor on March 1, 2013.

Nislow joins UBC from the University of Toronto, where he served as associate professor with the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research and as director of the Donnelly Sequencing Centre.

Giaever currently holds a joint appointment as associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. To read more, click here.

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cIRcle ranks second in Canada; calls for submissions for open scholar award

cIRcle, UBC’s Institutional Repository, is now rated second in Canada, according to Webometrics, the world-wide ranking of web repositories. cIRcle contains more than 42,000 full-text items such as coursework, conference proceedings, theses and more. In the world ranking of all repositories, cIRcle is now ranked 38th (up from 53rd since last year), and second in Canada after the University of Toronto. For more information, click here.

UBC Graduate Student Society and cIRcle Open Scholar Award is calling for submissions from graduate students at UBC’s Vancouver campus. The twice-yearly award is $500 and showcases exemplary graduate coursework that is submitted to cIRcle. Submission deadline is March 31. For more info, click here.

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