UBC This Week 11-Sep-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Sep 11 Scots free? UBC expert comments on this month’s Scotland referendum
Sep 11 Diabetes researchers find faster way to create insulin-producing cells
Sep 11 Chemical signals in the brain help guide risky decisions
Sep 10 UBC researchers join new national team tackling dementia
Sep 10 Learning a new language doesn’t have to be kids’ stuff
Sep 10 On alert for the Big One
Sep 9 Globalization threatens benefits of an African ‘green revolution’
 Sep 9 A massive experiment in learning
Sep 8 Vancouver’s economic engine
Sep 5 Entrepreneurship for All

Upcoming Event Highlights

Sep 11 Spaces of Education, States of Ruination and Survival
Sep 11 Mystics and the Mind: Towards an Understanding of Interfaith Spirituality
Sep 12 President’s Installation Ceremony
Sep 12 Beginning of Year Activist Gathering
Sep 13 Homecoming 2014: Zero-year Reunion
Sep 13 Treasured Bulb Sale
Sep 14 Talk with Wade Davis
Sep 14 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Soccer vs. UNBC Timberwolves
Sep 14 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Soccer vs. UNBC Timberwolves
Sep 15 Public Talk & Discussion by Dr. Deborah James
Sep 15 What Canada Can Learn from US Experience with the National School Lunch Program
Sep 16 Divisional Concert: Strings
Sep 16 Annual UBC Alumni Association AGM
Sep 17 Wednesday Noon Hours – Season Opener: Britten, Strauss & Gliere
Sep 17 2014 Virani Lecture in Islamic Studies – Muslim Legal Tradition and the Challenge of Gender Equality
Sep 18 8th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference
Sep 18 Wesbrooke Talks: Building on your Passions – Michael Audain
Sep 19-20 UBC Dentistry 50th Anniversary Weekend
Sep 25 Main Mall Harvest Feast
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 joins edX

UBC recently joined edX, a non-profit MOOC platform that also provides a community of peers with whom UBC can conduct research in how students learn and how best to use technology to support their learning. UBC joined edX as a Charter Member and as a contributor to edX will join the university advisory board that serves as the chief advisory body to edX. For more information, click here.

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Faculty profiled in CIHR fall newsletter

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is featuring research by UBC’s Teresa Liu-Ambrose and Howard Feldman in their Show Me the Evidence Fall 2014 newsletter. The publication highlights CIHR funded research on dementia with details of how findings by CIHR-supported researchers are being used.

Liu-Ambrose’s research explores the effects of resistance training on cognitive abilities and the progression of dementia. Feldman discusses current research in treating Alzheimer’s disease, including the role of combination therapies, presymptomatic diagnosis and preventive treatment, and pharmacogenomics — customizing drugs to an individual’s genetic profile. Click here for more information.

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Dentistry celebrates 50th anniversary

This year marks 50 years since eight students registered for the first dental class at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. On September 19 and 20, events will celebrate milestones from the program’s 50-year history. Dentistry alumni, former and current students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the welcome reception and beer garden, a symposium, and a gala at The Commodore Ballroom. Click here for more information.

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Live music, food and farm tours at FarmAde

UBC Farm is holding its 12th annual UBC FarmAde as part of AMS FirstWeek. This family-friendly event features local musicians, local and sustainable food and beverages, a children’s play area, square-dancing, community info booths, farm tours, and more. Live performances from local artists will include Washboard Union, Twin Bandit and Shout!White!Dragon!

Admission for the event is free; tickets for food and refreshments will be sold on-site (cash-only). Valid government-issued photo ID is required for alcohol purchases. A secure bike valet will be available, and guests are encouraged to utilize public transit or cycling, as parking at the Farm is limited.

Date: September 12
Time: 3 – 8 p.m.
Info: ubcfarm.ubc.ca/events/farmade-2014/

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Theatre and opera season opens with Twelfth Night

Director Stephen Heatley and his design team have amped up the fun factor by setting Shakespeare’s romantic comedy in modern day New Orleans. The hilarity of the play’s gender bending and sexual confusions is heightened against the backdrop of Mardi Gras.

Date: September 25 – October 11
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Info: Buy tickets here.

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