New Dean of Faculty and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The Board of Governors has accepted the President’s recommendation to appoint Dr. Susan Porter as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, for a three-year term commencing December 1, 2013. Porter has been serving in the role as Dean pro tem since April 2011.
Porter’s administrative service at UBC includes: graduate advisor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education in the Faculty of Medicine; Associate Dean, Professional Development in the Faculty of Graduate Studies; and most recently, Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Graduate Studies since 2011.
UBC researchers named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
UBC ecologists Steven Hallam, John Klironomos and Daniel Pauly have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) because of their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts” to advance science or its applications. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and the publisher of the journal Science. For more information, click here.
Graduating MSN student overcomes health challenge
In the summer of 2012, UBC nursing student Julie Cinel experienced a myocardial infarction (heart attack) while spending time with her family in Kamloops. She was taken by ambulance to Kelowna where she had an angioplasty resulting in two stents in one of her coronary arteries. During her recovery, Cinel questioned whether she would continue with her nursing studies at UBC. A conversation with a nurse who took care of her and the encouragement of nursing leaders at the UBC School of Nursing helped her make her decision to continue.
Cinel will receive a Master of Science in Nursing during UBC’s fall convocation on November 28. Under the supervision of Prof. Sally Thorne, her thesis looks at nurse anesthetists and the potential role they can play in the health care system. For more on her story, click here.
Social news site Reddit and Forbes.com praise first-year UBC student
UBC’s Okanagan campus student Eric Huang has been praised on social news site Reddit and featured on the homepage of Forbes.com for helping a high-school student solve a computer programming problem. Nearly 550 comments, many from professional programmers, instructors and teachers, responded to how 18-year old Huang helped “a high school student to think like a programmer instead of doing his homework for him.” Huang began studies in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus this September. He hasn’t yet settled on a major and is interested in pursuing computer science or mathematics. Read more on his story here.
UBC Press book wins Best Book in Canadian Studies
UBC Press book Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People by Kathryn Magee Labelle has won The Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études canadiennes 2013 prize for the Best Book in Canadian Studies. This prize is awarded to an outstanding scholarly book on a Canadian subject that best advances knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian studies. For more on Labelle’s book, click here.
Open Scholar Award winners announced
Congratulations to the latest winners of the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award, a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository. The Open Scholar Award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.
The latest winners include Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson for their entry Aesthetic Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A Comparison of Waterfillz and Tap Water and Christian Brady for Podcasting Lucan and the Classical World. Authors of each winning submission receive $500, and their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library.
The award, given twice a year, is based on a lottery system. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is March 24, 2014, though submissions can be made at any time –visit cIRcle for more information.
Vancouver architect Bing Thom wins $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize
Vancouver-based architect and urban designer Bing Thom is the winner of the second annual $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize. The Margolese Prize is awarded by UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to a Canadian who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes. For more information, click here.
24/7 hours at the Learning Centre: December 1 – 18
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s open study areas will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 1 (open 6 a.m.) to Wednesday, December 18 (closed 1 a.m.) to accommodate students during the December exam season. Please note that this opening does not include level one, the Chapman Learning Commons, Library bookstacks or Ike’s Cafe. During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue. The computer workstations on level two will remain open. Those planning to stay overnight at UBC or have an early exam can check out the Commuter Student Hostel to book accommodation online.
Nominations callout for 2014 Alumni UBC Achievement Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Alumni UBC Achievement Awards are now open. Nominate a candidate who exemplifies the best of UBC—a graduate, faculty or friend of UBC who deserves to be recognized as a leader, advocate, artist or visionary. Complete details are online at www.alumni.ubc.ca/nominate. Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2014.
Killam prize symposium broadcast on CBC Radio’s IDEAS
What dilemmas keep five of Canada’s top research scholars up at night and what are they most optimistic about for the future? These and other questions will be answered on the second annual Killam Prize Symposium hosted by the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall. The discussion will be broadcast on CBC Radio One’s program, IDEAS on November 29, 9 p.m. Eastern. For more information, visit http://www.cbc.ca/ideas