UBC This Week – 12-Feb-2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

 Feb 12  Why out-of-touch idealists have the happiest marriages
 Feb 12  UBC graduate student helps unravel the genetic foundation of her own family’s tragedy
Feb 12  High seas fishing ban could boost global catches, equality
Feb 11  Could Canadian homes be overvalued by as much as 30 per cent?
Feb 10  UBC’s first nursing school director celebrated as ‘person of national historic significance’
Feb 10  UBC and University of Copenhagen share international professorship
Feb 10  She wants to know what love is
Feb 6  First UBC School of Nursing director named a person of national historic significance
Feb 6  New UBC EMBA in mining to build next generation of leaders

Upcoming Event Highlights

Feb 12 Odyssey to the Sacred Headwaters
Feb 12 Interview Preparation
Feb 13 IRSA Career Week 2015
Feb 13 UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Monuments and Mountaintops
Feb 14 UNA’s 8th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb 14 Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi
Feb 15 Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project and Cécile McLorin Salvant
Feb 15 Tom Burrows exhibition
Feb 16 Reading Week Projects
Feb 16 SPSS Workshop: Linear Regression
Feb 17 Addressing Family Violence Using the Medicine Bundle
Feb 17 Thesis Formatting workshop
Feb 18 Copyright & Course Reserves Drop-in Clinics
Feb 18 Leveraging LinkedIn in Your Job Search
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

Equity Enhancement Fund accepting proposals

Do you have a great idea for a project to help make UBC a more equitable, diverse and inclusive campus? The Equity Enhancement Fund is available to all students, faculty and staff who want to develop and promote ideas that significantly boost campus community’s equity and diversity. All academic or administrative units are invited to apply for funding up to $25,000 per project. Proposals with budgets small to large are encouraged to apply. Student groups as well as other faculty and staff groups are also invited to submit proposals through their respective leadership.

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Successful projects will receive funding in May.  Visit equity.ubc.ca/equity-enhancement-fund for guidelines and requirements.

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Electrical and computer engineering researcher merges two technologies

Electrical and computer engineering professor Vincent Wong is focusing his research on integrating cloud computing and smart mobile devices. These two technologies are poised to transform applications such as mobile e-commerce, social networking, mobile healthcare, and augmented reality. Wong will be visiting the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg to continue his research into architectures that integrate these two technologies. Click here for more information.

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Concrete Toboggan Team celebrates strong showing at GNCTR 2015

The UBC Concrete Toboggan Team returned with a strong showing at the 2015 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) hosted by UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering. Despite an almost catastrophic sled failure, the team placed seventh among 17 competitors in the speed event. The team of 30 students from civil, geological, materials, and electrical engineering travelled to GNCTR with their concrete and timber composite ski-style toboggan weighing 279 pounds of more than 70 per cent post-consumer recycled materials. Click here for a video recap of the race.

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Three-Minute Thesis competition

Hosted by various Faculty of Applied Science departments, the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition in which participants have three minutes to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience. The guest judges of 3MT will be Julie Ovenell (Director, Communications, Office of the Vice-President Research & International), Lou Corpuz-Bosshart (Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs) and Margaret Doyle (Digital Storyteller, Communications & Community Partnership).  All faculty, staff and students are invited.

Date:    March 3
Time:    12 – 2 p.m. Place:   Room 2020/30, 2332 Main Mall (Kaiser Building)
Info:     Refreshments will be served. Click here.

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SCARP Symposium – Contours and Coastlines: Deconstructing the Pacific Northwest

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Symposium will integrate indigenous and environmental perspectives of what it means to plan in the Pacific Northwest in a discussion titled Contours and Coastlines.

Date:    Feb. 27,
Time:    8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Place:   Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road
Info:     Click here.

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