UBC This Week 25-Apr-2013


Recent UBC Media Releases

Apr. 19 Vancouver campus deploys new $5.1M ‘smart grid’ energy storage system

Upcoming Event Highlights

Apr. 25 Fifty years in Serengeti: The story behind the science
Apr. 26 Intro to Cheesemaking
Apr. 25 Hamletmachine
Apr. 26 Dr. Roger Lewis: The Motivation, Promise and Success of Bayesian Adaptive Trial Design
Apr. 27 POV Film Festival
Apr. 27 The Chan Centre Presents: Simon Shaheen in “The Call: Songs of Liberation”
Apr. 28 Todah 2013: Celebrating the Bregman Years
Apr. 29 Teens Only – Creative Writing
Apr. 29 Writers & Music: Featuring UBC Creative Writing & School of Music students
Apr. 30 Super-resolution microscopy: Breaking the diffraction barrier
Apr. 30 Addressing Problematic Feeding Behaviours Using a Behavioural Approach
May 1 Learning from End-of-course Feedback
May 1 Rachel Iwaasa – Pianist
May 2-4 The Intersection of Language, Learning and Culture in Early Childhood: Home School and Community Contexts
May 2 Start Early, Go Far; Early Assessment Leads to Understanding and Inclusive Communities
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.

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UBC professors nominated for YMCA 2013 Women of Distinction Award

Two UBC professors are among the 2013 nominees for the YMCA 2013 Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training and Development category. The awards honour women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of the community.

• Elizabeth Croft – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
• Mary Lynn Young – Associate Dean, Communications and Strategy, Faculty of Arts

For more information on the nominees, click here.


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UBC School of Nursing signs MOU with Chinese University of Hong Kong

UBC’s School of Nursing has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Nethersole School of Nursing to establish The CUHK-UBC International Centre on Nursing Leadership (CUHK-UBC ICNL). The centre will provide a collaborative model of professional education for different levels of nursing leadership, focusing initially on clinical nurse leaders and mid-level managers or directors.

UBC’s Prof. Suzanne Campbell, Director of the School of Nursing and Prof. Diana Lee Tze Fan, Director of the CUHK Nethersole School of Nursing, will co-chair an advisory board to establish the management of the centre. For more information, click here.

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New partnership supports smart grid research

A new partnership between UBC, Alpha Technologies Ltd., and Corvus Energy has brought a new prototype smart grid to the campus. Research and data generated by the project will help demonstrate and evaluate scalable clean-energy solutions for cities and communities.

Researchers from Alpha, Corvus, and UBC will work together to develop the system’s automated control software and study its capacity to provide backup for critical energy, with the goal of integrating into the university’s power grid.

“This project began with UBC’s quest for emergency backup power for the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, to allow controlled shut down of the facility in the event of a grid-wide power failure,” explains Prof. Andre Ivanov, Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. For more information, click here.

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UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences to unveil new Pharmaceutical Sciences Sequencing Centre

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will officially unveil its new Pharmaceutical Sciences Sequencing Centre (PSSC) on April 26, 2013. The PSSC is a dedicated facility for sequencing human genomes and exomes in order to support disease diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. With three integrated labs designed with future clinical applications in mind, the PSSC is equipped with a High Output Instrument which is capable of generating two terabytes of genetic information – the equivalent of three whole genomes – and 24 exomes per week. To learn more, click here.

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Civil Engineering grad student wins Cambridge fellowship

UBC Civil Engineering PhD candidate Anirban Guha received the 2013 David Crighton Fellowship from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. The award will support Guha to study and conduct research in Cambridge for two to three months, covering his travel and subsistence expenses up to £3,600 (approximately $5,600 CDN). For more information, click here.

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UBC forestry student wins Green Dream internship

UBC forestry student Dana Aljanab earned a summer internship with Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie, Alberta by posting a video application online. The Forest Products Association of Canada held a contest called the Green Dream internship social media contest that invited students to apply for four-month paid summer jobs by submitting a video application and soliciting on-line votes. Aljanab not only secured a summer job but was also chosen as the winning candidate to receive a $5,000 prize.

To view Aljanab’s application video, click here. For more information about FPAC’s Green Dream internship social media contest, click here.

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Engineering graduate wins CJChE Best Graduate Student Paper

UBC Engineering graduate Mohammed Alaqquad (CHBE ‘11) has been awarded the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Best Paper Award for the manuscript “The Permeability of Wood-Chip Beds: The Effect of Compressibility, Can J Chem Eng 2012, 90, 1278-1288.” Professors D.M. Martinez and C.P.J. Bennington (posthumous) are authors on the manuscript and co-supervised Alaqquad. The award certificate will be presented during the awards banquet at the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Fredericton in October 2013. For more information, click here.

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Pop Rocks on campus

An equal collaboration between AFJD Studio (Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen) and Matthew Soules Architecture, Pop Rocks is a temporary installation that covers a block of the UBC Vancouver campus in front of Koerner Library.  Joe Dahmen and Matthew Soules are both UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture professors, and Amber Frid-Jimenez is a professor at Emily Carr University.  The project is fabricated entirely from post-consumer materials from the metropolitan Vancouver region, including recycled polystyrene packaging and fabric from the Canada Place sails. The installation engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that provide a comfortable place to socialize, read and relax, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the campus.

Read more: http://sala.ubc.ca/work/faculty-work/pop-rocks

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UBC CILS hosts Reflecting on Experiential Learning: What Lies Beyond the Language Classroom?

UBC Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS) is hosting its annual research symposium “Reflecting on Experiential Learning: What Lies Beyond the Language Classroom?” Teachers, researchers, and graduate students from Canada and the United States will gather to reflect and share on their own work with experiential learning methods and activities. The goal is to explore new views for enriching foreign language education connecting the classroom with the “real” world. Keynote speakers will include João A. Telles, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil, and Malama Tsimenis, University of Toronto.

Date: May 3
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Swing Space Building 2175 West Mall
Info: Registration and information, click here.

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UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2013

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery presents As Seen Here, an exhibition of work by the 2013 graduates of UBC’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program. The artists represented take up issues addressing the primacy of the visual in text and image-based technologies. The exhibition is presented with support from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC.

Date: Exhibition: May 3 – June 2
Opening Reception: May 2, 8 -10 p.m.
Public Critique: May 11, 12-5 p.m.
Place: 1825 Main Mall
Info: http://www.belkin.ubc.ca/

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