Faculty of Medicine members to be inducted to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
The Faculty of Medicine’s Judith G. Hall and Julio Montaner have been selected for induction to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people world-wide.
Hall specializes in the genetic factors that affect children’s growth and has been at the international forefront of genetics and pediatrics for more than four decades. As head of pediatrics at UBC and B.C. Children’s Hospital, Hall worked with physicians to develop guidelines for care of common disorders in children, and with lay groups to explain genetic disease, helping parents make informed choices about available care options for their kids.
Montaner is a professor of medicine at UBC, founding co‐director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network and director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. His life’s work has directly contributed to the increased survival and dignity of people living with HIV in Canada and the world. Click here for more information.
Music faculty member wins Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards
Associate professor of piano and chamber music Corey Hamm won Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Winnipeg for his CD of Frederic Rzewski‘s solo piano epic, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Click here for more information.
Civil engineering professor recognized with Centennial Road Safety Award
The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) held its centennial conference in Montreal this week, and named civil engineering professor Tarek Sayed as the winner of its Academic Research Centennial Road Safety Award. The award recognizes individuals or research institutions that have made a valuable difference in the field of road safety over the past 100 years. Click here for more info.
Psychology professor awarded James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship
Psychology professor Ara Norenzayan is a recipient of a 2014–2015 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship which allows recipients to extend their sabbatical periods from one semester to a full year. During his sabbatical, Norenzayan will investigate how the field of psychology can tackle religious diversity, including secular alternatives to religion. Click here for more information.
Court victory for UBC Law student
Faculty of Law student Dave Ferguson worked at the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) this past summer on a case that involved the status of electronic signatures in oaths used as evidence in court. He challenged the validity of the charging document on the grounds that the time stamps on the electronic signatures showed that the proper oath-swearing procedure had not been followed. The trial judge at the B.C. Provincial Court agreed with him and said the time discrepancy went to the very essence of proof of the oath itself. To learn more about Ferguson’s legal victory, click here.
Engineering team wins student design competition
An engineering undergraduate team has been awarded first place in the Environmental Division of the 2014 Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference Student Design Competition. Environmental engineering students Stephen Bertulli, David Saabas, Michael Thiessen and Robert D’Amours and chemical engineering student David Houghton created a solution for the city of Coquitlam to continue with proposed development while protecting salmon in Star Creek. Click here for more information.
Grad student enters global 3MT Competition
Stephanie Harvard, UBC 2014 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) first place finisher, has a video entry alongside the top finishers from 16 other institutions in the second global 3MT competition sponsored by Universitas 21 (U21).
Harvard is a PhD candidate in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and her 3MT presentation is titled “Does quality of Spondyloarthritis care affect costs and outcomes?” While the overall honours will be decided by an international panel of academics and industry leaders, viewers can vote for the People’s Choice award. Click here to vote (no registration required).
One West wins in world stage dragon boat
One West, a Vancouver dragon boat team which includes current and former UBC students from Arts, Science, Land and Food Systems, Engineering, Kinesiology, Nursing, Medicine and Sauder, won two gold medals and two silver medals at the annual Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy. A full listing of competition results is available here (One West is listed under their club name Dragon Zone Vancouver). For more information, visit their Facebook page.
UBC ranks second in LinkedIn
According to LinkedIn, UBC ranks second, after University of Waterloo, in successfully launching graduates into careers in software development. Click here for more information.
UBC Engineering holds Go ENG Girl event
Go ENG Girl is an exciting opportunity for Grade 9 girls across B.C. to visit UBC Engineering to learn from female professionals, academics and students about the engineering world. While the girls enjoy fun hands-on activities and student exhibits, their parents are treated to an informative session on the path to a career in engineering.
Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.