UBC assistant professor a role model for visible minorities
Assistant professor of anthropology Hugo De Burgos has been named one of Canada’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. De Burgos came to Canada from El Salvador as a teenager and found inspiration in Chilean professors at the University of Alberta, where he later received his PhD. He is an anthropologist, filmmaker, activist and assistant professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The awards, organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Alliance, recognize Hispanic Canadians who are making a positive impact on Canadian society. For more info, click here.
Forestry professor honoured at University of Helsinki
Forestry professor Cindy Prescott has been invited to become an honorary doctor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki. The conferring of the degrees of honorary doctors will be held during the conferment in June 2014. For more information, click here.
Crossing boundaries between art and technology
Associate Professor Sid Fels of Electrical and Computer Engineering is bringing attention to the emerging popularity of sensor-based instruments. Sensors are attached to musicians’ bodies to produce sounds according to the player’s body gestures, making the sounds produced by each person different. For more information, click here.
UBC Botanical Gardens Christmas tree recycling
Community members are encouraged to drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the UBC Botanical Garden where they will be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails (decorations must be removed). Yard trimmings will not be accepted as they may contain invasive plants and can harm the garden. Proceeds will support General Brock Elementary School’s food garden expansion to increase capacity for active student participation and organic food crops. Tree chipping is generously supported by UBC Plant Operations.
Date: Dec. 6 – Jan. 5, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: 6804 S.W. Marine Drive
Info: $5 suggested donation. Click here for more info.
UBC community United Way campaign – donate before Dec. 15
Contributing to UBC’s United Way fundraising campaign helps prevent childhood poverty, bullying and senior isolation. UBC staff and faculty who make a regular payroll or monthly credit card donation before Dec. 15 are automatically entered for a draw for two tickets of travel on any Air Canada operated flight in North America (including Hawaii). For more information, click here.