UBC This Week 28-Mar-2013



Recent UBC Media Releases

Mar. 26 Mountain pine beetle genome decoded
Mar. 25 Global companies beware: Rude customer treatment depends on culture

Upcoming Event Highlights

Mar. 28 Voice of the Earth: UBC Bands – Music of David Maslanka
Mar. 29 Blood Relations
Mar. 30 University Singers and UBC Choral Union: The Waking
Mar. 30 Destination South Asia Conference
Mar. 31 Esther Shalev-Gerz Exhibition
Apr. 1 Toastmasters Club Open House at UBC Point Grey Campus
Apr. 2 Jane Ward (UC-Riverside) ‘It’s Not a Gay Thing; it’s a Guy Thing!’
Apr. 2 Faculty Women’s Club: Speaker & AGM
Apr. 3-4 ELI Online Spring Focus Session: Learning and the MOOC
Apr. 3-7 Brave New Play Rites Festival
Apr. 3 Public Salon: Inspiring Ideas, hosted by Sam Sullivan
Apr. 4 University-Wide Orientation for new UBC Staff
Apr. 4 World Poetry International Festival – Inspire Peace!
  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 professor wins lifetime achievement award for epilepsy research

The International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy have given their Lifetime Achievement Award to Juhn A. Wada, UBC professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry.
Wada developed a test for cerebral hemispheric dominance of language function commonly known as the Wada test, bearing his name as the physician who first performed it. Most epilepsy patients considering surgery undergo the Wada test.  Wada created the first surgical epilepsy program and seizure investigation monitoring unit in British Columbia at UBC Hospital.


The award will be presented to Wada in June at the 30th International Congress of Epilepsy in Montreal.
For more information, click here.

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UBC neurology professor appointed MS Society of Canada Research Chair

Dr. Tony Traboulsee, Associate Professor in the UBC Division of Neurology and a member of the Brain Research Centre at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, was appointed the MS Society of Canada Research Chair.   

Traboulsee is the director of the MS clinic and Clinical Trials Group at UBC Hospital, and brings 14 years’ experience in patient research, patient care, and MS education to the position.  To read more, click here.

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UBC students win PVCC national entrepreneurship competition

Engineering students Jesse Neufeld, James Higgins, and Nicholas Petch and commerce students Vicking Yau, Douglas Lam and Braden Parker, won in the Entrepreneur Team category of the national Pacific Venture Capital Competition (PVCC).  Their UBC team, VanAir Solutions, beat out students from across Canada with their product, the Ventilated Door, which allows air to continually flow between rooms while remaining closed. 

UBC team SoundIT won second place in the Entrepreneur Team category.  A third team, TrueForm Innovation, also competed. The UBC teams were formed from students in UBC’s New Venture Design course (APSC 486, COMM 466), which pairs upper-level engineering and commerce students to encourage interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurship.  For more information, click here.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences grad student awarded Grand Challenges Canada Stars

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student Jo-Ann Osei-Twum has accepted a competitive internship position with the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health program.  In her role beginning May 6, 2013, she will undertake projects including outreach activities to enhance applications from areas that currently have low participation in Grand Challenges Canada. To read more, click here.

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PhD student awarded 2013 AMS Just Desserts Award

Hafiz Rahman, PhD student and Vice President, Academics on the Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Council, was awarded the Alma Mater Society Just Desserts Award 2013. The awards are given to individuals that have gone above and beyond to serve the staff and students of their constituency.  Rahman also organizes the Professional Development Seminar Series for graduate students.  For more information, click here.

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Vote for a UBC grad who's most likely to change the world

Five outstanding finalists have been selected to compete for the cover of UBC Reports and the title “most likely to change the world.”  To read about the finalists and to cast your vote, click here. Voting ends April 8, 4:30 p.m. and the winner will be announced on April 9.

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2013 Research Awards Reception

A reception was held March 25 to present the annual Faculty Research Awards including the Killam Research Fellowships and Prizes, the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, the Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts and the Jacob Biely Prize. John Hepburn, Vice President Research International, hosted the event held at the Chan Centre.  For more information, click here.

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