UBC This Week – 19-Mar-2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Mar 19  Stem cells show promise for reversing Type 2 diabetes
Mar 19  UBC and Indian government commit nearly $2 million to support new science and engineering scholarships
Mar 18  A loss for us all: the destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage
Mar 16  Universal public drug coverage would save Canada billions

Upcoming Event Highlights

Mar 19  Intercultural U 2015: Celebrating Diversity at UBC
Mar 19  From Vancouver to Ferguson, Gaza and Beyond…Resisting Settler Colonial/Racial Violence 
 Mar 20  The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change
Mar 20  Triumph of Love – A Modern Musical
 Mar 21  UBC Archaeology Day 2015: Saving Endangered Cultural Heritage for Our Common Future
 Mar 21  Tom Burrows exhibition
 Mar 22  Storm the Wall
Mar 23  Lunchtime Dialogue: Governance Challenges around Planning, Development and Urbanization of China: Challenges and Futures
 Mar 23  Eco-Poethics & Community Engagement
 Mar 24  Constance van Eeden Invited Speaker: Professor Peter Guttorp
 Mar 25  Book Launch – Politics in the Corridor of Dying: AIDS Activism and Global Health Governance by UBC Professor Jennifer Chan
Mar 25  Heart + Lung Health FEST 2015
Mar 27  17th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Conference  – “Learn the Brain, Learn the Mind”
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 members named finalists for 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Members from the UBC community are among the 71 finalists in YWCA Metro Vancouver’s 32nd Annual Women of Distinction Awards. The awards honour extraordinary women leaders, businesses and organizations that contribute to the well-being and future of communities across Metro Vancouver. Winners will be announced at a reception at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 26. More information here.

  • Patricia Louie, graduate student, Social Justice
  • Suneet Mann, law student, Allard School of Law
  • Victoria Smith, director, Communications & Community Engagement, UBC Sustainability Initiative
  • Sally Thorne, professor, School of Nursing

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Three UBC programs receive NSERC PromoScience funding

Three UBC-led projects received $51,400 in funding from NSERC’s PromoScience program. The three projects were part of a $3.6 million investment announced March 18 to introduce young Canadians to careers in science-based fields. The program supports community-based science camp and outreach activities for elementary and high-school students.

Niamh Kelly received $11,700 for Creative Science, Jakob Manning received $29,800 for Geering Up Satellite Programming in Kelowna, Prince George and Inner City Vancouver, and Christopher Waltham received $9,900 for the UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program. More information here.

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School of Engineering gets $1.1M for transport research in South Asia

Funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and UBC, the School of Engineering (SoE) at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is leading a $1.1-million project, Innovative Solutions for Developing and Managing Climate Resilient Transport Infrastructure in South Asia Region: A Lifecycle Thinking Approach. Professor Rehan Sadiq, acting director of SoE, is the principal investigator.

The joint Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee-UBC scholarship will enable 24 student scholars, 16 interns and 20 international exchange students to work with Sadiq and SoE researchers in investigating sustainable transport infrastructure in South Asia. More information here.

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Fisheries professor named 2015 ocean hero

Daniel Pauly, a professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science. Pauly is the founder and leader of the ‘Sea Around Us’ project and is a world leader in identifying overfishing as a threat to marine ecosystems and global food security. He is known for developing the concept of ‘Shifting Baselines’ and scientifically documenting and explaining ‘fishing down the food web.’

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards recognize excellence in marine conservation solutions across a wide range of expertise including science, policy, media, youth, exploration and citizen activism. The annual awards ceremony will take place on May 14 in Washington D.C.  More information here.

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UBC members shortlisted for 2015 B.C. Book Prizes

UBC members are among the finalists of the 31st annual B.C. Book Prizes.  The winners in seven categories will be announced at the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Book Prizes gala on April 25.

Kevin Chong (Creative Writing instructor) Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation
Aislinn Hunter (alumna) The World Before Us
Gabrielle Prendergast alumna) Capricious
Aaron Chapman (alumnus) Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom
Roy Miki (PhD student) Dolphin SOS
Ian Kennedy (alumnus) Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History
Becky Citra (alumna) Finding Grace

More information here.

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English professor a finalist in INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

English professor Sherrill Grace‘s new book Landscapes of War and Memory is a finalist in the 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in the War and Military (Adult Nonfiction) category. The awards help connect readers to previously unknown authors and are given by Foreword Reviews, a review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books. For more on Grace’s book, click here .

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UBC Archaeology Day 2015

UBC Archaeology Day 2015 aims to raise public awareness of the ever increasing destruction of cultural heritage and archaeological resources in many parts of the world.

The keynote speaker Michael Danti (Department of Archaeology, Boston University) will discuss the endangered cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria.

Speakers from UBC will include Christopher Arnett and Peter Merchant (Department of Anthropology) and Lynn Welton, Ryan Johnson, Courtney Innes (Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies).

Date:    March 21
Time:    9 – 4:30 p.m.
Place:   Anthropology and Sociology Building, 6303 NW Marine Drive
Info:     Click here.

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UBC professors speak at the BIL Conference

UBC professors will speak at the BIL Conference this weekend in Vancouver. The yearly gathering brings together technologists, scientists, artists, hackers and those with a passion for community awareness, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Mandy Len Catron (English), Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins (Philosophy) and Marina Adshade (Economics) will be presenting “Love Faculty: Three Perspectives on Modern Love.” Alfred Hermida (Journalism) will give a talk titled “Why nobody sees what you tweet and how to do something about it.”

Date:    March 21-22
Time:    Doors open at 8 a.m.
Info:     Open to the public. Entrance by donation. http://2015.bilconference.com/


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