UBC This Week 09-Jan-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jan 9 North Korea’s strange hoop dreams
Jan 9 UBC awarded $9M in research funds to tackle societal challenges
Jan 9 H1N1: Keep calm and get vaccinated
Jan 9 Study of Nepalese pilgrims challenges diagnosis of acute mountain sickness
Jan 7 UBC hosts free public lecture with BMO Financial Group co-chair
Jan 7 Vancouver School of Theology sells Iona building to UBC
Jan 7 Next Big Thing: No pain, great gain
Jan 6 Expert offers cycling safety tips for the New Year
Jan 2 Members of UBC community named to the Order of Canada
Jan 2 Next Big Thing: An open Facebook
Jan 2 UBC experts on Sochi Games
Dec 30 Next Big Thing: Organs on a chip
Dec 27 Next Big Thing: Reaching remote villages
Dec 27 The five big newsmakers of 2013
Dec 23 Battling the holiday bulge
 Dec 23 Next Big Thing: The forest that weathers climate change
Dec 20 Lessons from Walter Mitty: when is daydreaming a good thing?
Dec 20 Next Big Thing: Hand-me-down immunity
Dec 20 UBC-VCH scientists use drug to repair a rare birth defect

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jan 9 The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana – Opening reception
Jan 10 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Basketball vs Alberta Bears
Jan 10 Research Seminar by Dr. Shafik Dharamsi
Jan 11 Student Leadership Conference (SLC)
Jan 11 The Art and Soul of Nursing Variety Show
Jan 11 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball vs Saskatchewan Huskies
Jan 12 UBC CPD Rural Rounds Videoconference Series 2013-14
Jan 13 Women Transforming Cities Cafe: Sexual Assault, Safety and Public Transit
Jan 13 International Welcome catch-up session
Jan 13 Clothing Swap
Jan 14 Information Session: UBC Certificate in Garden Design
Jan 14 Future Delta: Gaming Technology and Climate Change
Jan 15-16 Winter Badminton Championships
Jan 15 Wear Denim Day
Jan 16 Youth Circle – Coyote Tales Theatre with Kenthen Thomas
Jan 16 How is Teaching So Far? Conversations and Questions Suggested by Community of Practice Members
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

UBC community members named to the Order of Canada

Members of the UBC community have been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

English professor Sherrill Grace has been honoured for promoting Canadian culture and identity through her collection of published works of more than 200 papers, 19 books, and co-edited plays about Canadian art, theatre, film, music and literature.

University Marshal and Opera Director Nancy Hermiston is an accomplished opera singer who joined UBC’s School of Music in 1995 and established the UBC Opera Ensemble, which now tours Europe, China and Canada.

Forest ecologist and professor emeritus James Kimmins is recognized for his contributions to the field of ecology and for promoting environmental sustainability in forest management.

Three UBC alumni and two honorary degree recipients were also appointed. Alumnus John Daniel (’97) was appointed for his advancement of open learning and distance education. Surgeon Mortan Doran (’73) was recognized for his efforts to raise awareness of Tourette Syndrome and for his commitment to medical education. Conservationist Juri Peepre (’81) was appointed for his role in protecting the Canadian wilderness. UBC honorary degree recipients Michael Bliss (’07) and Douglas Coupland (’10) were named Members of the Order of Canada. Coupland’s archives are housed in the UBC Library.

Vancouver philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian was also named a Member of the Order of Canada. Mowafaghian has made significant contributions to UBC and is recognized for his generosity in support of the health, education and well-being of children.

For more information, click here.

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Nursing PhD student and adjunct professor win award of excellence

Nursing PhD student Meaghan Thumath and adjunct professor Brynn Grierson are part of a team that has won an award of excellence from the UBC College of Health Disciplines. This team teaches IHHS 402 HIV Prevention and Care, an intensive summer course that prepares students in the health and human service professions to practice in the field of HIV/AIDS as members of an inter-professional team. For more information, click here.

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Digitizing Aboriginal knowledge

The Learning Centre has announced the second call for applications to the Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADPP). Previous and new applicants are encouraged to submit proposals.

This pilot initiative provides grants for B.C. Aboriginal organizations to convert audio cassette tapes to digital formats for preservation and access. Current plans are to offer equipment, training and funding support for four to six projects per year, with applications accepted twice a year.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2014. Visit the Indigitization site for details about eligibility, access, guidelines, criteria and more.

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UBC hosts free public lecture with BMO Financial Group co-chair

UBC is hosting the latest installment in the Public Policy Forum’s 2013-14 Lecture Series, “The Global Talent Hunt: Are We Playing to Win.” The lecture will be given by Kevin Lynch, co-chair of BMO Financial Group and former clerk of the Privy Council, with welcome remarks by UBC president Stephen Toope. Since 1987, the Public Policy Forum has recognized inspirational leaders who have advance public policy and good governance in Canada.

Date: Jan. 10, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St, Vancouver
Info: Free admission. Reception to follow. More info here.

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UBC professor gives Aubrey J. Tingle prize lecture

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and the Vancouver Coastal Research Institute presents a lecture given by Martin Gleave, the recipient of the MSFHR Aubrey J. Tingle prize. The prize is given to a B.C. clinician scientist or scholar practitioner whose work in health research is internationally recognized and has significant impact on advancing clinical or health services and policy research to improve health and the health system in B.C. and globally.

Gleave is executive director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, chief executive officer of PC-TRIADD, and a distinguished professor in the department of urologic sciences at UBC. His prize lecture is titled “Bridging the Mind to Market Gap in Translational Cancer Research: The Vancouver PC-TRiADD Model.”

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Time: 4 – 5 p.m. (presentation & lecture)
Place: Paetzold Auditorium & Atrium, 1st Floor, Jim Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital, 855 West 12th Ave.

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Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice: I am who you are

UBC’s Faculty of Law presents a lecture honouring the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline, a professor of the Faculty of Law from 1989. Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. She was initially acclaimed for her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law’s continued colonialism and the restructuring of the social welfare state. Bonnie Sherr Klein, the speaker of this lecture, is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements.

Date: Jan. 30, 2014
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Davis Hall (Room 104), Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall
Info: Reception to follow. Click here.

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