VSE professor’s World Happiness Report receives international award
UBC Vancouver School of Economics’ Professor Emeritus John Helliwell and his World Happiness Report co-editors Richard Layard (London School of Economics) and Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) have received the 2014 International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition.
The first World Happiness Report was prepared to support the April 2012 United Nations’ high-level meeting on happiness and well-being and has been downloaded nearly one million times. The second, World Happiness Report 2013, has been downloaded 1.3 million times.
Since the report’s inception, governments have started to take steps toward measuring the happiness of their populations. The World Happiness Report 2015 will be launched in New York in April 2015.
Psychiatry professor recognized with several awards
Professor Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at UBC’s Department of Psychiatry, has been recognized with several awards.
She received the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. She was also named one of the 30 Most Influential Neuroscientists Alive Today by Online Psychology Degree Guide and “Health Professional of the Year” by the Women’s Radio Network.
Diamond’s work on the genetic disorder Phenylketonuria has changed medical guidelines worldwide and improved the lives of children and her series of papers on neurobiological and clinical differences in various forms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are well-received by doctors and parents.
Diamond will give a TEDx talk on September 27 at the TEDxWestVancouverED. On October 1, she will give a brown bag luncheon talk at the White House. Click here for more information.
UBC startup nabs second place and $55,000 in B.C. new ventures competition
Aspect Biosystems Ltd, a UBC team developing a novel bioprinting system for the fabrication of 3D biological tissues, has been awarded second place in the BCIC-New Ventures Competition. Aspect beat out 140 other companies, winning $55,000 and the runner-up title. The Aspect management team includes four co-founders from UBC Electrical Engineering and the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation: Professor Konrad Walus, Sam Wadsworth, Simon Beyer and Tamer Mohamed, as well as an advisory group of business leaders from entrepreneurship@UBC. Click here for more info.
Professor wins international materials engineering award
Anoush Poursartip, director of the Composites Research Network and professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, has been awarded the ASTM International Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Lecture and Award at the American Society for Composites 29th Technical Conference. The award is presented annually to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research, engineering and teaching of composite material technology. Click here for more info.
UBC’s origami engineer speaks at TEDx
Ata Sina, a master’s student at UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre, will speak at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood on October 25. Sina has found ways to express himself artistically throughout his career, developing his skills in acting, graphic design, and music. This balance of art and science inspires Sina’s current research which focuses on developing a novel method of creating complex self-folding 3-D paper products. This ‘origami engineering’ has the potential to serve as a new, sustainable material for product design. For more on Sina and to purchase tickets for his TEDx talk, click here.
UBC Community United Way Campaign begins October 6
The UBC Community United Way Campaign has been a part of UBC campus culture for more than 30 years. Last year the community helped UBC raise more than $500,000 to help prevent child poverty, help kids realize their potential, and build stronger communities for seniors. 5 Days of Caring is UBC’s campus- wide kick-off week featuring one event each day including the Great Pancake Race, Spelling Bee and new this year—the Turkey 2K Trot. Click here for more info on the events.
B.C. historian uncovers the life of “The Elusive Mr. Pond”
Author and historian Barry Gough will release his new book The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer who Opened the Northwest at an event presented by the UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Historical Maps Society of BC.
Date: October 2
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Refreshments served. Books will be available at UBC Bookstore. Click here for more info.
The Women and Heart Disease Conference
The Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic invites family physicians, allied health care professionals, residents and students to The Women and Heart Disease Conference on October 18.
Faculty members from UBC will be giving these talks at the conference:
• The Metabolic Complications of PCOS – Sabrina Gill, Endocrinology and Metabolism
• Aspirin, Calcium and Other Supplements and the Heart – Tara Sedlak, Cardiology
• Atrial Fibrillation: Impact on Women and Management – Teresa Tsang, Cardiology
• Contraception in Women at Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – Stephanie Rhone, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Hormone Therapy and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Revisiting the Evidence – Karin Humphries, Cardiology
• Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging in Women – Carolyn Taylor, Cardiology
Date: October 18
Place: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown