UBC This Week 16-Oct-2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Oct 16 Dissecting assisted suicide
Oct 16 Loss of big predators could leave herbivores in a thorny situation
Oct 16 Spread the news
Oct 15 Epigenetics explained with stop-motion animation
Oct 15 The binner takes it all
Oct 14 UBC receives $3.8M for Survive and Thrive Applied Research facility
Oct 14 Suffering in silence over infant loss
Oct 14 Almost no way out
Oct 10 Fish moving poleward at rate of 26 kilometers per decade

Upcoming Event Highlights

Oct 17 Intercultural Wisdom & Questions of Loss, Ethics, Hope
Oct 17 Friday Workshop: Plain Language
Oct 17 Contemporary Players
Oct 18 Apple Festival
Oct 18 Speak Series – International Community Engagement
Oct 19 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Soccer vs. UNBC Timberwolves
Oct 19 UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Soccer vs. UNBC Timberwolves
Oct 20 Selecting an e-portfolio in the health sciences: An evidence-based approach
Oct 20 In the Name of Voice? Methodological Complexities of Community Based Participatory Research
Oct 21 Tax matters: And why you should care
Oct 21 iSchool@UBC Colloquium, speaker: Dr. Karen Dal
Oct 22-24 The 4th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference Life Transitions
Oct 22 Medical cannabis: Characterization of active ingredients and development of new drugs
Oct 23 Tools to Moving Through Trauma & Crisis
Oct 23 Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine: Holiday Season
Oct 29 Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics
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 Nursing researcher at national roundtable on safety

Dr. Maura MacPhee presented results from a study at a recent roundtable meeting with Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers in Banff, Alberta. She was part of a national delegation of leaders from the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. Her report, “Valuing Patient Safety,” emphasizes the importance of accountability and transparency in a safe healthcare system.

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Healthcare workers trained to support parents through infant loss

Every year on the 15th of October, B.C. observes Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Nursing professor Dr. Wendy Hall is developing a course that will train healthcare workers to support grieving parents. An important aspect of the training, she says, is teaching healthcare workers to allow parents time with their baby, and to help them create keepsakes.

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Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate wins best poster award

Atefeh Einafshar, a Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate, won the Best Poster Award at UBC Chemical & Biological Engineering’s Research Day 2014 for her work on “Multi-Satellite Failure Evasion through Colored Petri Net Reconfiguration Modeling.” Click here for more information.

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Applied Science Turkey 2K Trot brings in $9,000 for United Way

Engineering student David Slade won the second annual Applied Science Turkey 2K Trot and raised $1,202.48 for the United Way of the Lower Mainland. His donation was matched by UBC President Arvind Gupta and Applied Science Dean Marc Parlange.

The Turkey 2K Trot raised $9,000 for the United Way and brought together 200 students, faculty and staff from across UBC, more than tripling donations and participation from 2013. Click here for more information.

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Hive Minds spell their way to victory

UBC Library and the United Way teamed up for the fifth annual Spelling Bee, which took place Oct. 7 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The hour-long event culminated in crowning this year’s winning team: UBC Hive Minds, from UBC Press. Click here for more information.

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Education alumni recognized for teaching excellence

Tiffany Poirier (BEd, 2006; MEd, 2012) is one of 10 elementary and secondary teachers chosen nationwide to receive the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Excellence. Tiffany is a Challenge Teacher for Gifted Education at Prince Charles Elementary in the Surrey School District. She has written and illustrated a children’s book, presented at TEDxVictoria and the World Gifted Conference, and had her class featured on the CBC.

Scott Ormiston (BEd, 1982) is among 54 teacher recipients of the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement. Scott is an educator in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and has developed innovative methods for supporting at-risk students. Scott was co-winner of the 2014 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teaching Award.

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SCARP-Vancouver Sun debate hosts Vancouver council candidates

UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and the Vancouver Sun are hosting a debate featuring candidates for Vancouver City Council on Oct. 23. The candidates will talk about their plan to tackle affordable housing, an important issue to Vancouverites. Click here for more information.

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CENES presents “Shifting Walls, Shifting Paradigms”

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a free public lecture on Oct. 17 by Skyler Arndt-Briggs, executive director of the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The DEFA centre is the only research centre outside of Germany devoted to East German film. Click here for more info.

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TEDx comes to UBC Oct. 25

The eighth annual TEDx Terry Talks conference will take place Oct. 25 at UBC’s Life Sciences Centre. Modelled on TED Talks, the conference provides UBC students and alumni with an opportunity to express their passions. Tickets are $12 each and includes lunch and coffee. Click here for more information.

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Digital media job expo for high school students

UBC’s Department of Computer Science and Electronic Arts Canada will stage their first UBC-EA Digital Media Job Expo, exclusively for Lower Mainland high school students.

Students in grades 10 -12 are invited to UBC on Saturday, Nov. 1 to learn about career options and paths in the digital media industry. For more information, visit https://apps.cs.ubc.ca/TechTrek.

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