UBC This Week 21-Mar-2013


Recent UBC Media Releases

Mar. 21 Planck space mission sheds light on the Universe
Mar. 20 UBC experts for comment on budget 2013 
Mar. 20 Dr. James Hogg given national award for leadership in medicine
Mar. 19 First Nations advocate and eco-activist among honorary degree recipients
Mar. 18 Engineering students demo ultra fuel-efficient cars
Mar. 15 Eight Canada Research Chairs valued at $4.5M appointed at UBC
Mar. 15 Coding for a cause: UBC computer science students stage first community hackathon
Mar. 15 UBC clubfoot treatment in Bangladesh gains $4.3M federal boost

Upcoming Event Highlights

Mar. 21 Navigating “A Wasting World”: Perspectives on Environmentalism and Sustainability in Canada
Mar. 22 Grand Rounds: Global Gadgets for Global Health
Mar. 22 The Digital Tattoo Project: Think Before You Ink
Mar. 23 11th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium
Mar. 23 One Day @ UBC: Random Encounters: Philosophical, Scientific and Artistic Reflections on Chance
Mar. 24 Drawing Nature Class
Mar. 24 UBC Percussion Ensemble
Mar. 25 From Ganga to Nile: States, Space and The Power of Shadow Armies
Mar. 25 Life Cycle Assessment: A Practical Introduction to the Science of Sustainability
Mar. 26 GPS/LCC Workshop: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Mar. 26 Purple & Yellow Bike Mechanics Work Party
Mar. 27-28 Chinese Political Transition of 2012-2013
Mar. 28 UBC Chinese Music Ensemble
Apr. 2 Gender and East Germany
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

Watershed Microbiome Project: a video for World Water Day

The Applied Metagenomics of the Watershed Microbiome Project, co-led by Drs. Judith Isaac-Renton and Patrick Tang (Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), aims to develop a better way to identify the presence of pollution in watersheds and provide new tools to track sources of water contamination. Their preliminary work has already identified potential biomarkers that differentiate a healthy from an impacted watershed.

In recognition of World Water Day 2013 on March 22, the project will feature a video on improving watershed health on their website. Click here to view the video.

to top

Pharmaceutical professor joins executive council of Friends of Rwanda Forum

Associate Professor Larry Lynd of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is joining the Executive Council of the newly created Friends of Rwanda Forum. Established to strengthen relations between Canada and Rwanda, the Forum will be launched on March 21, 2013, at Western Ontario University, with a one-day event showcasing Rwanda history, culture, and current affairs. To read more, click here.

to top

UBC kinesiology professor recognized as leading Canadian health researcher

Darren Warburton, an associate professor in UBC’s School of Kinesiology, was one of five recipients recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Medical Association Journal with a Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards.

Warburton’s contributions to cardiovascular physiology research have helped increase the activity levels of Canadians, especially those in poor health. For more information, click here.

to top

UBC professor receives Eugene Fuller Triennial Prostate Award

Martin Gleave, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences and Director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, received the 2013 Eugene Fuller Triennial Prostate Award from the American Urological Association. For more information, click here.

to top

UBC Engineering professor renewed as Canada Research Chair

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kenichi Takahata was recently renewed as Canada Research Chair in advanced micro/nanofabrication and microelectromechanical systems. Takahata will study medical micro-devices for intelligent implants and microsurgical applications to enable minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy. For more information, click here.

to top

Engineering professor appointed Early Career Scholar

Prof. Mehdi Moradi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been appointed as a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar during the 2013-2014 academic year. Scholars are chosen from all academic disciplines, professions and the performing arts to explore linkages in research approaches and discuss the research environment at UBC. The scholars will also tour each other’s research facilities and share their interdisciplinary exchange with the public. For more information, click here.

to top

UBC Certificate in International Development wins program award

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) has awarded the 2013 International Program of Excellence Award to the UBC Continuing Studies Certificate in International Development program. The award recognizes innovation, creativity, and commitment in achieving international impact and furthering the internationalization of the field of professional and continuing education.

Created in 2005, the Continuing Studies program online curriculum (with the exception of field study elective course) was developed to meet the growing need for trained professionals to gain additional skills and knowledge to work in global environments. For more information, click here.

to top

K.D. Srivastava Prize awarded

Standing up with Ga’axstal’as, a book by Prof. Leslie Robertson of UBC Dept. of Anthropology and the Kwagu’l Gixsam Clan has been selected as one of two winners of the K.D. Srivastava Prize. The prize is awarded annually by UBC Press and the Office of the Vice-President Research to the author of the best book published by UBC Press in the previous year. For more information, click here.

to top

New B.C. prize for scholarly books: shortlist announced

Three titles have been shortlisted for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. The award, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific Book World News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published on a B.C. subject by a Canadian author.

The inaugural prize, worth $1,000, will be presented at a reception on May 7, 2013 at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. For more information, click here.

to top

Pharmaceutical building receives A+

The UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Drug Research and Development building has been awarded with an A+ Award by Architizer, an online database that connects architects to a network of peers, fans and potential clients. To read more, click here.

to top

Intercultural U: Colloquium and PechaKucha

Intercultural U is a two-part event that will showcase UBC’s wide range of academic work, community involvement and personal experiences on topics related to intercultural understanding. The afternoon colloquium will give UBC students, post-doctoral fellows and other members of the UBC community an opportunity to present their research involving issues of intercultural understanding. The evening PechaKucha is a fast-paced presentation where presenters must present 20 slides, each for only 20 seconds.

Date:  March 22, 2013
Time:  1 –6 p.m.
Place: Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 North West Marine Drive
Info: Click here.

to top

Entrepreneurship@UBC presents: Being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership

Entrepreneurship@UBC is hosting a series of three talks with distinguished speakers on leadership from March to May, building up to the pilot e@UBC Leadership Course to be held on June 26 – July 3, 2013.

The talks are free to attend and open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. A limited number of places will be available to the wider entrepreneurship@UBC community by waitlist. The Leadership Course will open for registration in late March of 2013. Capacity is limited for all events.

Date:  March 26, 2013
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Info: Click here.

to top