UBC This Week 2-Oct-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Oct 1 How technology can help you stay exercising
Oct 1 Experts to comment on Hong Kong protests
Sep 30 Canadian diamond pioneer donates $9.1 million for Alzheimer’s research
Sep 30 Gender equality leads to more Olympic medals for men and women
Sep 29 Major funding announcement for UBC Alzheimer’s research
Sep 29 Walkable neighbourhoods more desirable, produce better health outcomes
Sep 24 Big trees bring out our inner tree hugger

Upcoming Event Highlights

Oct 2 Cecilia Ridgeway (Stanford) “What Binds Low Status Members to the Group?”
Oct 2 Flies fly but they also walk: a genetic analysis of leg development and walking
Oct 3-5 Western Canadian Philosophical Association 2014 Annual Meeting
Oct 3 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Soccer vs. TRU WolfPack
Oct 3 UBC Bands: Dance
Oct 4 Curator’s Tour of Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993
Oct 4 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Hockey vs. Saskatchewan Huskies
Oct 5-7 Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting 2014
Oct 6 UBC Community United Way campaign: Pancake Race
Oct 6 Easy Cuisine for a Healthy Lifestyle: French Bistro
Oct 7 UBC Association of Professors Emeriti Research Day
Oct 7 Earthquakes: From the Ground Up
Oct 7 Applied Science’s Turkey 2K Trot and UBC Deans’ Walk
Oct 7 UBC Library/United Way Spelling Bee
Oct 8 WestGrid Seminar Series – Fall 2014
Oct 8 Global Experience Fair
Oct 8 Turkey 2K Trot
Oct 9 Conference: Healing Courts, Healing Plans, Healing People
Oct 9 Global Seminar: Ethiopia – African Perspectives
Oct 9 Faculty of Education United Way BBQ
Oct 10 Super Swag Sweepstakes
Oct 18 The Women & Heart Disease Conference
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

Create Writing members nominated for Writers’ Trust Awards

Members from the UBC Creative Writing Program have been nominated for the Writers’ Trust Awards.

For the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize, Acting Chair of Creative Writing Steven Galloway is nominated for The Confabulist and alumna K.D. Miller is nominated for All Saints. For the Writer’s Trust Journey Prize, alumna Lori McNulty has been nominated for “Monsoon Season” and alumna Clea Young has been nominated for “Juvenile.”

The Writers’ Trust of Canada was founded by five Canadian authors — Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young — to encourage a flourishing writing community in Canada.  Click here for more information about the announcement and the awards.

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Nursing faculty awarded by College of Registered Nurses of B.C.

Nursing associate professor Leanne Currie and senior instructor Joanne Ricci received awards of excellence from the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Currie received an award of excellence in research and Ricci received an award of excellence for education. Several UBC Nursing affiliate members and alumni were also honoured for their contributions to nursing education, practice, and research.  Click here for more information.

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UBC student receives international undergraduate award

UBC student Carly Welham is among 49 undergraduate students to receive the 2014 Undergraduate Awards (UA), which recognize the work of the brightest and most innovative undergraduate students around the world.

Welham won in the Cultural Studies category for her work “Selfies’ vs. ‘Sealfies’: Inuit Subsistence Hunting, Food Insecurity, and Animal Rights.” As the overall winner in this category, Welham’s work will be published in the UA 2014 Academic Journal.

Five UBC students were also highly commended across four of the categories.  Click here to view the complete list of winners.

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Breast cancer prevention clinic has helped more than 1,000 women reduce their risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year marks the third anniversary of the Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic, a program of the Cancer Prevention Centre that has helped more than 1,000 women in B.C. and across Canada reduce their risk for breast cancer.

The clinic offers free, evidence-based breast cancer prevention sessions in-person and online to all women who are at increased risk or worried about their risk of breast cancer.  A physician’s referral is not required to attend.

The Cancer Prevention Centre is a partnership between UBC and the Canadian Cancer Society.  Click here for more information.

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Food for Fines: October 7-9

UBC’s Parking Office is running their twice-a-year ‘Food for Fines’ promotion to raise funds for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Food Bank, an initiative that provides emergency food relief to current UBC students.

Those who pay 50 per cent of their parking tickets (up to $120/2 tickets) will have the remaining 50 per cent of the ticket amount waived and donated to the AMS Food Bank.  Payments must be made in person (or by phone) to the staff at the Parking Access Desk in the UBC Bookstore.  Any additional donations will go towards the food bank.

UBC Parking’s goal is to raise $5,000.  Their next promotion will run in March 2015.  Click here for more information.

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UBC SCARP and Vancouver Sun host debate with Vancouver City Council candidates

The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and The Vancouver Sun are hosting a debate between the candidates for Vancouver City Council on the topic of affordable housing in Vancouver.  Candidates from each party will speak on their plan to tackle affordable housing which has been identified as one of the most important issues to Vancouverites.  Candidates will also answer questions posed by a panel of housing experts, as well as members of the public.

Date:    October 23, 2014
Time:    7 – 9 p.m.
Place:   UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson Street
Info:     Click here


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UBC Community United Way Campaign begins October 6th

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 about the UBC United Way Campaign.

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