UBC This Week – 05-Mar-2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Mar 05  UBC students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic
Mar 05  Q&A: Wage gap between the sexes persists
 Mar 04  Pain relief pioneer donates $5 million for new UBC sport and exercise medicine centre
Mar 04  UBC scientists uncover cause of tree-killing fungus
Mar 03  Significant impact on water resources by land use change: UBC study
Mar 03  Post-secondary leaders: Transit expansion needed to ensure campus access and boost region’s innovation economy
Feb 27  Salish Sea seagull populations halved since 1980s

Upcoming Event Highlights

Mar 05  Place Vanier Musical Production: “Rent”
Mar 06  The 4th Annual Research Skills Workshop 2015
 Mar 06  Killer Robots: Lethal Automated Weapons Systems and Implications for International Humanitarian Law
 Mar 07  Multi-Device Learning Experiences
 Mar 07  Piga Picha! 100 Years of Studio Photography in Nairobi
 Mar 08  Tom Burrows exhibition
  Mar 09  Lunchtime Dialogue: LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness
  Mar 09  Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium and Distinguished Visitor Talk
  Mar 09  SALA Lecture Series: Ron Williams
 Mar 10  Job Search Strategies Workshop
 Mar 10  Joanna Tseng, Flute – M.Mus. Solo Recital
Mar 11  Lunchtime Dialogue: The Right to the City: Popular Contention in Contemporary Buenos Aires
Mar 11  History As A Resistant Form
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

Engineering research team receives funding for innovation in clean technology

A UBC research team led by chemical and biological engineering professor David Wilkinson received $450,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada towards the commercialization of technologies that will support sustainability in the oil and gas industries. The announcement was made by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.  Click here for more information.

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Mine rescue team gets results with help from Ontario Mine Rescue

A student mine rescue team from the UBC department of mining finished second overall at the 2015 Intercollegiate Mine Emergency Response Development exercise at the Colorado School of Mines. The team travelled to Ontario to train for five days at the Sudbury Mine Rescue Station and received training and instruction from members of the Vale East Mines 2014 Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial championship team. Click here for more information.

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Soil Celebration: 2015 UN International Year of Soil

Kicking off their 2015 workshop series, the UBC Botanical Garden invites the community to learn about safe soils in the city, the importance of soil to food security in B.C. and how soils are sequestering carbon and mitigating climate change.

Speakers will include Douglas Justice, associate director, Botanical Garden; Sean Smukler, assistant professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Gladys Oka, graduate student, Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Kimberley Sutherland, regional agrologist, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture; and Maja Krzic, associate professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry.

Date:    March 5, 2015
Time:    5:30– 7:30 p.m.
Place:   UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive
Info:     Free admission. Register here.


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Health benefits of transit investment

The community is invited to explore the critical link between transit and health at a free panel event on transit’s role in building a livable healthy region, increasing walking and biking, reducing sedentary time in cars, and improving air quality.

Speakers will include Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer and vice president of Public Health for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; Bob Ransford, director of the Mayor’s Coalition; Anthony Perl, professor of Urban Studies and Political Science at Simon Fraser University; Lawrence Frank, professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and the School of Community and Regional Planning; Jennifer Gardy, assistant professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, and Patrick Condon, professor at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Date:    March 9, 2015
Time:    4:30 – 6 p.m.
Place:   Michael Smith Labs, Room 101-102, 2185 East Mall
Info:     RSVP here.

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Philosophy professor reads from new book: Waking, Dreaming, Being

Philosophy professor Evan Thompson will give a reading from his new book Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. Thompson is a philosopher of the mind and known for his work on Buddhism and cognitive science. In his book, he combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain.

Date:    March 10
Time:    6:30 – 8 p.m.
Place:   Banyen Books, 3608 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Info:     Click here.

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