UBC This Week – 19 Feb 2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Feb 19  A place in the Sun: A new generation of solar cells
Feb 19  Branding the Oscars: how marketers leverage the social media buzz
Feb 18  Year of the Sheep: What is Lunar New Year?
Feb 17  New online support tool for victims of partner violence
Feb 17  Pioneering woman lawyer, former UBC president among 2015 honorary degree recipients
Feb 17  Transit referendum: How should I vote?
Feb 16  Twitter the right prescription for sharing health research: UBC study
Feb 13  UBC students head to India to host international leadership conference
Feb 13  How to rev up a sputtering relationship

Upcoming Event Highlights

Feb 19  Interview Preparation
Feb 20  c̓esnaʔəm, the city before the city
Feb 20  Reading Week Projects
Feb 21  Using MRI to Look Inside the Human Body
 Feb 21  The Orenda, Writing, and Approaching First Nations Issues in Canada
Feb 22  Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi
 Feb 23  Lunchtime Dialogue: Applying geoscience to mitigating natural hazards that threaten communities in the Andes
Feb 23  SALA Lecture Series: Jenny Sabin
Feb 24  Panic to Power: Build Your Confidence
 Feb 24  The English Orpheus
 Feb 25  Do-It-Yourself Media Support Drop-In Session
 Feb 25  Mobilizing Arctic Knowledge: Perspectives from The United Nations Conference On Climate Change
 Feb 26  Steven Galloway with magician David Gifford
 Feb 26  Interview Preparation
Feb 27  SCARP Student Symposium  Contours and Coastlines: Deconstructing the Pacific Northwest
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

NSERC honours UBC researchers

UBC faculty and graduate students were honoured by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for their innovation and interdisciplinary research.

The UBC winners and their projects are:

Click here for more information.

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Two faculty members receive 3M National Teaching Fellowships

Faculty members Sara Harris of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Peter Ostafichuk of the Department of Mechanical Engineering were recognized with 3M National Teaching Fellowships. The fellowships are given by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with 3M Canada to recognize exceptional teachers and leaders at universities. Fellows become lifetime members of the society and participate in a retreat where they brainstorm ways to make higher education even better.

Harris’s interactive approach to teaching has inspired colleagues to ditch traditional lectures for something more engaging. “She is among the best I have seen, and I have seen some of the best everywhere,” says Nobel prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman.

“Dr. Pete” encourages students to design solutions to tricky problems, including land-mine detection and therapeutic exercises for those with neurological disorders. His teaching approach inspires a deep sense of social responsibility.

Read the announcement in Maclean’s here.

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Journalism professor a finalist in National Business Book Awards

Journalist and associate professor of journalism Alfred Hermida is a finalist for the National Business Book Award for the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2014.

Hermida’s book Tell Everyone presents an analysis of the impact social media has had on the way we share and gather information. The $20,000 prize will be awarded on April 16, 2015. Click here for more information.

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Engineering prof awarded the R.F. Legget Medal

Peter M. Byrne, professor emeritus of Civil Engineering, was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s R.F. Legget Medal for 2014, the society’s highest honour to an individual for “outstanding, life-long contributions to geotechnique.” Click here for more information.

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UBC Science announces achievement awards

UBC Science announced the winners of its 2015 Science Achievement Awards which recognizes staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact within the faculty.

Honours went to Audrey Davison (Science co-op), Diane Johnson (Computer Science), Doug Polson (Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences), Odette Rivers (Microbiology and Immunology), Andrea Sollberger (Statistics), Mathias Schuetz (Botany), Andy Leung (Statistics), Nicolette Fonseca, (Microbiology and Immunology), Carmen Wong (Integrated Science Program), Marc Horwitz (Microbiology and Immunology) and Bill Milsom (Zoology).

Johnson was recognized with an Achievement Award for Service for her outstanding work in designing and implementing careers-related programming customized for computer science students, and for engaging computer science alumni and employers.

Click here for more information.

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PhD candidate a finalist in SSHRC Storytellers competition

PhD candidate Michael Muthukrishna is one of five finalists in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers challenge.

Muthukrishna was invited to present his work on the Database of Religious History at the SSHRC awards ceremony in Ottawa. Click here for a video of his presentation.

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Entrepreneurial students advance into Next 36

Engineering physics students Michael Ip and Sagar Malhi are two of 38 finalists in Next 36, a Canadian venture-building competition that nurtures young entrepreneurs through top business and academic mentoring and seed capital. Ip and Malhi began the Next 36 with 628 other applicants from Canadian and American universities, including hopefuls from Harvard and Yale. The finalists will be working on their startups until August when they will pitch their businesses on Venture Day.  Click here for more information.

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CSDI and David Suzuki Foundation present Against the Odds: How Democracies Can Solve Climate Change

The UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) has partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation on an event titled “Against the Odds: How Democracies Can Solve Climate Change.”

These leaders will share success stories on how government decisions can help tackle climate change, engage citizens and stimulate economic growth:

  • Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown
  • Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservative Council of New Brunswick and former Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Environment Minister
  • Greg Moore, Mayor of Port Coquitlam

Date:   March 2, 2015
Time:   Speakers 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place:  SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver.
Info:    Click here.

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Community Based Research Working Group launches Telling Stories Series

The UBC Community Based Research Communications Working Group presents the first event of their Telling Stories Series. Sue Rowley (MOA/Anthropology), Shelly Johnson (School of Social Work) and Rashid Sumaila (Fisheries Centre) will share their stories to demonstrate the impact and value of their approach, in particular, how storytelling was used to build research capacity and community engagement. Registration required. All are welcome.

Date:    February 23, 2015
Time:    3 – 5 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Place:   UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Drive
Info:     Click here to register.

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