UBC This Week 30-Jan-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jan 30 Pixel powerhouse
Jan 30 Security challenges and the Sochi Games
Jan 29 Staff contains MOA flood: Museum open for business on Thursday
Jan 29 Researchers discover treatment for rare blood cancer
Jan 29 International sustainable mining institute launched
Jan 28 Gambling research pioneer to lead new centre at UBC
Jan 27 Decoding the thirst for victory
Jan 27 Iconic Videomatica film collection available at UBC and SFU

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jan 23-Feb 8 Theatre at UBC presents Chekhov’s The Seagull
Jan 30 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice: “I am who you are”
Jan 30 What Are We Laughing At? A Personal and Biblical Exploration of Suffering, Mockery and Sexuality in Comedy
Jan 31 Culinary and Wine Travel Programs Information Session
Feb 1 Vancouver Institute: Dr. William Raduchel Lecture
Feb 1 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Volleyball vs Saskatchewan Huskies
Feb 1 Mental Health Symposium 2014
Feb 1-2 The Art of Conservation
Feb 3 Portrait of a Teacher: Stories That Won’t Go Away
Feb 4 2014 Dialogues – Environmental and Health Impacts of Community Design: What are the Tools for creating Co-Benefits?
Feb 4 A Celebration of Lunar New Year
Feb 5 Belkin Conversations: Sound Studies
Feb 5 Extending the Table: Conversations around Food and Latin America
Feb 5 UBC Chamber Choir / UBC Women’s Choir
Feb 6 From Homer to the End of Heroes and Back: a two-stage model of Greek epic tradition
Feb 6-9 UBC Opera Ensemble – Rota: The Florentine Straw Hat
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 of UBC's Faculty Research Awards

Each spring, the Office of the Vice President Research and International hosts an awards reception to recognize outstanding UBC researchers. Faculty researchers are nominated by their peers. Winners are selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, education, applied science, science, and medicine.

This year’s winners are:

Jacob Biely Research Prize – Recognizing UBC’s top researcher
•    Chris Orvig (Chemistry)

UBC Killam Research Fellowships – Enabling promising faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave

Junior Category:
•    Alexander Dick (English)
•    Simon Donner (Geography)
•    James Daniel Johnson (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
•    Laura Moss (English)
•    Christian Schoof (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)
•    Brian Wilson (Kinesiology)

Senior Category:
•    Sharalyn Orbaugh (Asian Studies)
•    Jamie Peck (Geography)
•    Thomas Schneider (Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies)
•    Michael Tenzer (Music)

UBC Killam Research Prizes – Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions

Arts and Humanities
Junior Category:
•    Richard Carpiano (Sociology)
•    Francesco Trebbi (Vancouver School of Economics)

Senior Category:
•    Barbara Arneil (Political Science)
•    Jamie Peck (Geography)
•    Paul Russell (Philosophy)

Applied Science, Sciences
Junior Category:
•     Purang Abolmaesumi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Senior Category:
•     C. Blake Gilks (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
•     Stephen Lam (Respiratory Medicine)
•     Marco Marra (Medical Genetics)
•     John Webb (Division of Cardiology)

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research – Recognizing demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member
•     Omer Angel (Mathematics)

President’s Award for Public Education through Media – Celebrating active and creative sharing of research expertise through news media
•     Evan Wood (Division of AIDS)

Click here for more information.

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Africa Awareness Initiative recognized by Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has announced the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. UBC’s student-run Africa Awareness Initiative received an honourable mention in the category of Internationalizing the Campus. IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014.

The Africa Awareness Initiative aims to improve discourse on Africa at UBC by encouraging critical discussions of the continent, the diaspora and its globalization. Since 2002, the initiative has raised awareness about Africa through academic programs and extra-curricular activities. For more information, click here.

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Pharm Sci launches medication returns initiative

Unused or old medications (including supplements, natural health products, herbal products, and vitamins) are a health, safety and environmental hazard when stored or disposed improperly. The Pharmacists Clinic at the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a registered participant in the B.C. Medications Return Program, and is ready to receive unused or expired medications (at no charge) for safe disposal. Click here for more information.

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Watch Canada’s obesity rates change over time

The Cancer Prevention Centre in the UBC School of Population and Public Health has animated the Canadian obesity maps and updated them to include 2012 data. The maps were first published last year in the Canadian Journal of Public Health and were named one of the top ten research stories by the Canadian Cancer Society. To view the latest maps, click here.

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Economic consulting networking night for students

UBC students are invited to a panel discussion and networking session with professional economists. The event is put on by oikos Vancouver, a student organization for sustainable economics and management. Panelists include Sylvie Lefebvre, consultant at Pierce Lefebvre Consulting; Maureen Mogambi, transfer pricing manager at KPMG; Susan Mowbray, consulting manager at MNP; Farid Novin, senior representative at Bank of Canada; Brendon Ogmundson, economist at B.C. Real Estate; and Bryan Yu, economist at Central One Credit Union.

Date: Feb. 5, 2014
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Meekison Arts Student Space, Buchanan D140, 1866 Main Mall
Info: Click here.

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U-Hill Elementary School now open

U-Hill Elementary School is now accepting registration for children attending kindergarten to Grade 5 (in September 2014) from throughout the region. Registration is encouraged before March 1, 2014. View the U-Hill Elementary School website for more information.

A community open house will be held Feb. 25 to provide information on the school. Classroom visits will be available Feb. 26 to 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Onsite childcare will be available during the open house.

Date: Feb. 25 (open house)
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: 5395 Chancellor Boulevard
Info: RSVP uhe@vsb.bc.ca or 604.713.5350

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2014 Dialogues on our City's Future

Larry Frank, director of the Health and Community Design Lab at at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), will be presenting a talk titled “Environmental and Health Impacts of Community Design: What are the Tools for creating Co-Benefits?” Frank studies the effects of neighbourhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability. The talk will be moderated by SCARP director Penny Gurstein.

Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm)
Place: University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave.
Info: Click here.

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