UBC brain researcher inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Max Cynader, professor and director of the Brain Research Centre at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Cynader is a renowned neuroscientist in the area of vision and brain development. His scientific discoveries, biotechnology companies, and community outreach have led to new treatments and improved public understanding of the importance of brain health. Cynader joins five other recipients from across the country in receiving the honour. More information is available here.
UBC named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2013
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2013. Canadian organizations are chosen based on the opportunities they provide to develop skills and experience such as learning programs, work learn opportunities, and educational assistance and perks like onsite fitness and recreation facilities, vacation time, and social opportunities.
UBC offers leadership development through the Community Leadership Program and Leave for Change, Managing at UBC (for new managers), free one-on-one coaching, and tuition waivers that cover fees for UBC’s academic and continuing studies courses. For more information, click here.
UBC professors elected CAHS Fellows
Three UBC faculty members have being inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS): Prof. Elizabeth Saewyc, Prof. Kendall Ho and Prof. Carole Gotay. Fellowship in the CAHS is one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences communities.
Saewyc is a renowned expert in youth health issues, in particular how stigma, violence, and trauma influence teens’ health, coping and risk behaviours, and how the protective factors in relationships and environments can buffer this trauma for young people. For more on Saewyc, click here.
Ho is an emergency room physician at Vancouver General Hospital and director of UBC’s eHealth Strategy Office. His research is in the domain of technology-enabled knowledge translation, the use of information technologies to accelerate the incorporation of latest health evidence into routine practice.
Gotay, professor and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, is recognized for her leadership in the field of cancer prevention and for her research which spans population health practices and clinical studies.
UBC engineers win international ferry design competition
A team of engineering students has won a World Ferry Safety Association international student competition for their Safe Affordable Ferry design. Mechanical Engineering students Brenden Oke, Matthew Allan, Daniel Greig, Byron Roehrl and Hadrian D’Souza, and Integrated Engineering students Kristoffer Vik Hansen and Chandandeep Deol will receive a $5,000 prize for their winning concept.
The annual student competition was launched by the World Ferry Safety Association in response to the record number of ferry fatalities in parts of the developing world. The competition elicits designs for safe, affordable ferries to serve developing nations. Guidelines vary each year according to specifications of a particular nation; for 2013, the nation was Bangladesh. For more information, click here.
UBC professor keynote speaker at men's health conference
Prof. John Oliffe will be the keynote speaker at the first annual men’s health conference organized by the Walnut Foundation. The conference will examine issues of men, masculinity, and health, and how healthcare providers and families can encourage men to do more for their own health. For more information about the Walnut Foundation and the conference, visit http://thewalnutfoundation.com/.
Teaching and Learning section launches on Library site
UBC Library has launched a Teaching and Learning section on its website, designed to support the development of lifelong information literacy skills in an information-intensive world. This new section can help students or faculty members with teaching and learning initiatives with information on flexible learning, instructional workshops and faculty resources; updates will be provided on the Library’s teaching and learning efforts.
Theatre at UBC presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Theatre at UBC’s Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Prof. Stephen Heatley with original music by Richard Link is now playing at the Telus Studio Chan Centre until October 5, 2013. Tickets for staff and faculty are two for one. Click here for more info.
Georgia Straight’s “Best Reason to Go to UBC Outside of Classes”
In Georgia Straight’s 18th annual “Best of Vancouver” issue, its editorial team cited UBC’s cultural offerings—Museum of Anthropology, The Chan Centre, Opera at UBC and Theatre at UBC—as the “Best reasons to head to UBC outside of classes.” Read the article here.
Tourism Vancouver offers conference services
Tourism Vancouver’s “Be a Host” program is offering conference services to the UBC community. Program manager Kathy Nicolay will be available on campus to answer questions regarding hosting a conference in Vancouver.
Date: Oct. 2, 3, 8, 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Room 194, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Book an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 631-2886