UBC This Week 19-Sep-2013


Recent UBC Media Releases

Sep 19 Songbirds may have “borrowed” DNA to fuel migration
Sep 18 UBC announces measures to address campus chants, sexual violence
Sep 17 Batten down the hatches! Arrr you going to talk like a pirate on Sept. 19?
Sep 17 UBC experts on Indian residential schools and the TRC
Sep 16 Bye bye boring. UBC takes novel approach to its annual report

Upcoming Event Highlights

Sep 19 Japan is Back: Abe Governance, Abenomics, and Abe Foreign Policy after the Upper House Election
Sep 20 Generations: A multimedia history exhibition
Sep 20 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Soccer vs. Fraser Valley Cascades
Sep 21 Transnationalism, Gender, Labor and Migration in South and Southeast Asia
Sep 21 Dale Reubart Memorial Concert: Celebrating the musical legacy
Sep 22 Intermediate Hike: Stawamus Chief
Sep 22 Intro to Rock Climbing
Sep 23 Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: Episode 1
Sep 23 The Erotic Life of Racism
Sep 24 Year of Teacher Education Event: Inspiring Educators Series Launch
Sep 24 Gene therapy: Hope or hype?
Sep 25 Meet Your Maker –  Look before you eat!
Sep 25 Approaches to the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Philippe Descola and Bruno Latour
Sep 25 Wednesday Noon Hours – Standing Wave
Sep 26 Literature Reviews: Great Research Starts at UBC Library
Sep 26 Book Launch – Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
Sep 27-Jan 5 Invisible Portraits
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

2013 recipients: President’s Service Award for Excellence and the President’s Staff Award

Recognizing their contributions to the UBC community, five staff members have been awarded the 2013 President’s Service Award for Excellence.

• Dionne Pelan, Learning Exchange
• Rob Lloyd-Smith, Student Health Service
• Lynn Macdonald, Office of Research Services
• Nelson Dinn, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
• Andrea Wink, Development and Alumni Affairs

Recognizing their personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the university, staff members have been awarded the 2013 President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Enhancing the UBC Experience
• Bernhard Zender and Jon Nakane, Physics and Astronomy
• Jill Rachel-Baird, Museum of Anthropology

• Moyra Ditchfield, Department of Computer Science
• Joanne Schroeder, Human Early Learning Partnership

Emerging Leadership
• Robyn Leuty, School of Kinesiology
• Leonie Harper (née Croydon), Faculty of Medicine

Creativity and Innovation
• Caroline Rueckert, International Student Development
• Jens Locher, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Global Citizenship
• Steven Golob, Food Services

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
• James Andrew, Faculty of Medicine

Recognizing their achievements and contributions to the Okanagan campus and the community, staff members have been awarded the Staff Awards of Excellence (Okanagan Campus).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award
• Bud Mortenson, University Relations

Enhancing the UBC Experience Award
• Jody Ainley, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
• Susan Belton, Fine Arts (FINA) Art Gallery

Leadership Award
• Jamie Snow, Faculty of Management

For more information, click here.

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UBC takes novel approach to 2012 annual report

The 2012-2013 UBC Annual Report is a digital, online-only document that includes an interactive timeline of major milestones, a financial summary infographic, a metrics scorecard, and customizable, printable options to create and share special interest versions of the annual report to specific stakeholders.

Engaging the UBC community as co-creators, stories were crowd-sourced using an online repository (StoryBox) and built on a WordPress platform, allowing users to easily create ‘blog-style’ entries and share copy, photos and video. The stories selected from 383 submissions reflect UBC’s nine commitments in the University’s Place and Promise Plan. For more information, click here.

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UBC Journalism receives six Canadian Online Publishing Award nominations

UBC journalism students and faculty have received six nominations in the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The school’s International Reporting Program received three nominations and its new interdisciplinary social media course, offered in conjunction with the Sauder School of Business, also received a nod. The other two finalists recognize work produced by first-year students on TheThunderbird.ca.

This year marks a record number of nominations for the school – it received five nominations in 2012 and five in 2011. For more information, click here.

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UBC professor elected CAHS Fellow

Carolyn Gotay, professor and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Gotay will be recognized for her leadership in the field of cancer prevention and for her research which spans population health practices and clinical studies.

Fellowship in the CAHS is one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences communities. For more information, click here.

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MSFHR appoints new chair

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) has appointed Dr. Sally Thorne as chair of its Board of Directors. Thorne is a professor in the School of Nursing and associate dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC. For more information, click here.

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Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites PPC researcher to Sweden

Pulp and Paper Centre researcher Ata Sina is one of five Canadian students invited to attend the Marcus Wallenberg Award Ceremony, Symposium and Session for Young Researchers in Sweden. Sina is a Master of Science student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of professors James Olson and Mark Martinez. Sina’s search focuses on a novel method and apparatus that has been developed to create self-folding paper products. For more information, click here.

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UBC engineers take gold in Shell International Engineering Competition

UBC Engineering team Andrea Palmer, Tagg Jefferson, Kevin Sipila and Jesse Neufeld won first place in the inaugural Shell International Engineering Competition (Consulting Category) on September 13 in Calgary. The team defeated 15 other universities across Canada, the U.S. and Europe to win a prize of $4,800. For more information, click here.

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Anti-homophobia measures reduce binge drinking for all students

A UBC Nursing study on how gay-straight alliances reduce binge drinking among youth in Canadian schools has been included in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver issue under the heading “Best unexpected bonus of gay straight alliances.” Click here to read the article.

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Allard Prize for International Integrity

Dean Mary Anne Bobinski and Faculty of Law invite the UBC community to the inaugural awarding of the Allard Prize for International Integrity. The ceremony will include remarks from keynote speaker, Stephen Lewis, C.C., Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, followed by the award presentation and reception.

The three finalists for the $100,000 Allard Prize are Global Witness, Anna Hazare and Sima Samar.

Date: Sept. 25, 2013
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Place: Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall
Info: Please RSVP. More info.

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Research Day 2013 – “Energy, Water and Sustainability”

Research Day is a student initiative with a focus on “Energy, Water and Sustainability.” This full day event on Oct. 9, 2013, will showcase research work by engineering students in the Faculty of Applied Science. Visit here for more info.

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2013 UBC Faculty and Staff start an evolution appeal contest winners

Two winners were announced for the UBC Faculty and Staff Appeal contest. Long-time donor Margaret Tom-Wing (BSc ’89, BFA ’93), executive coordinator in the Dean of Arts office, won an Apple product prize pack. Engineering assistant professor André Phillion, who won a travel package, said “Graduate students are the life-blood of any major university. I support UBC in order to improve the wellbeing of these talented individuals who are indispensable for achieving UBC’s goals of excellence in Teaching and Research.” For more information about the start an evolution campaign, visit startanevolution.ca.

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Food Services opens Mercante Cucina Italiana

Food Services introduces Mercante Cucina Italiana, a new campus eatery located in the Ponderosa Commons on the southwest corner of West Mall and University Boulevard. The menu features traditional Italian pastas, salads, soups, stone-oven pizzas and Italian-themed desserts.

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: 6488 University Boulevard
Info: Click here

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