UBC This Week 24-July-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Jul 23 Teach your children well
Jul 22 Borrowing the farm
Jul 22 Mixed genes mix up the migrations of hybrid birds
Jul 21 The return of El Niño
Jul 21 Study reveals ‘unhappiest’ cities in the U.S.

Upcoming Event Highlights

Jul 26 Social Video Workshop
Jul 26 Vancouver Early Music Festival: Rameau Cantatas and Pièces de Clavecin
Jul 28-30 PIMS workshop: The economics and math of systemic risk
Jul 28 “Golden Sea” film screening and Q&A
Jul 29 GPS/Mitacs Step Event: Essentials of Productive Teams
Jul 29 A Moment in Time: Weiss meets Bach
Jul 30 UBC Farm Market at UBC Bookstore
Jul 30 Digital ethnography – presentation by Dr. Carmen de Mattos
Jul 31 WordPress clinic
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 professors make 2014 list of highly cited researchers

Thirteen UBC researchers were named in this year’s Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Researchers were recognized for the number of scientific publications they’ve published and for ranking among the top one per cent most cited scientists in their subject field. The UBC researchers include T. Andrew Black, Joerg Bohlmann, Howard Feldman, Lawrence Frank, Miki Fujita, Mark Halpern, Gary Hinshaw, John Klironomos, Ian Mackenzie, Marco Marra, Zoran Nesic, Jamie Peck, and Lakshmi Yatham. More information here.

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Folk tales in print thanks to UBC teacher candidates

Folk tales handed down for generations in Ghana are now published in school books thanks to a team of Faculty of Education teacher candidates from UBC’s Okanagan campus. Education students Jessica Bens, Holly Corbett, Meghan Epp, Alisha Hoy, Dorothy Marcy, Stephen MacInnis, and Sara Pereira worked with junior high school students in Bolgatanga to choose, illustrate, and write the folklore for seven storybooks.

The project is part of PhD student Cindy Bourne’s research exploring the design principles of global service-learning projects. Fundraising is under way to ensure that copies of the books become available in the primary schools of Bolgatanga and plans for more books are being developed. Click here to view the books and for more info.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems team takes flight

The UBC Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team brings together undergrad students from Engineering, Forestry, Sauder and Science with a passion for autonomous aerial vehicles that can map uncharted territory, take photos and create a digital layout of the area surveyed. The team entered the 2014 UAS competition for the first time using UASs to survey a simulated crop plantation for disaster affected areas and for security monitoring.

Team members spend five to 30 hours a week programming, designing and securing funding to market their aircraft. The team is gearing up for the 2015 Unmanned Aerial Systems Student Team Competition in Quebec next April. Click here for more info.

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cIRcle keeps top ranking, invites award submissions

cIRcle is once again ranked as the top repository in Canada according to the latest results from the Webometrics rankings. cIRcle is the digital repository launched by UBC Library in 2007 to showcase and preserve UBC’s research and teaching material. cIRcle is also ranked 11th in North America and 26th globally.

Submissions are now open for the next instalment of the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar award, a lottery-based award that recognizes exemplary non-thesis manuscripts or projects from UBC graduate students. The deadline for submissions is September 24.

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Literacy toolkit for UBC faculty

UBC faculty are invited to innovate with the Faculty Information Literacy Toolkit. In partnership with UBC librarians, faculty members and students, the toolkit was developed to support the creation of research assignments and instruction that address students’ information literacy levels and needs.

The toolkit provides faculty with:
• Tips for developing a research assignment that addresses five key information literacy skills
• Resources and tools from UBC Library and other institutions that assist in developing student research skills
• An information literacy assignment checklist that offers a way to assess one’s own assignments
• Examples of assignments that focus on the information literacy skills of emerging academic researchers
• Additional resources and materials

For more information, contact Erin Fields.

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Asian Centre exhibition: tribute to Chia-ying Yeh

An exhibition celebrating the life and work of Professor Chia-ying Yeh will be on display this summer in the Asian Centre. Yeh is a professor emerita of Chinese literature at UBC and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The show will feature material from earlier exhibitions in Taipei and Tianjin, including photographs and manuscripts, along with over a hundred works collected by UBC Library. The exhibition marks Yeh’s 90th birthday.

Date: July 28 – August 20, 2014
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Asian Centre / Asian Library (upper floor), 1871 West Mall
Info: Asian Library

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