UBC This Week 30-Apr-2015


Recent UBC Media Releases

Apr 24  UBC students to take unmanned drones to national competition
Apr 25  Experts available to comment on Nepal earthquake
Apr 27  ‘Chemo brain’ is real, say UBC researchers
 Apr 28  Beyond the classroom: UBC’s international undergrads partner with local community groups
Apr 28  State of the art baseball training facility coming to UBC
Apr 29  Researchers closer to being able to change blood types

Upcoming Event Highlights

May 1  object approaching short blue waves: UBC MFA Graduate exhibition
May 1 Safe + Sustainable Transportation Month
May 1  6th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Students’ Conference on Science, Culture, and Society
 May 2  Authors for Indies – UBC Bookstore
May 4  The Biomedical Research Centre Seminar Series: “In situ hemopoiesis in allergic inflammation and disease: from serendipity to prediction” 
 May 6  From 2015 Millenium to Sustainable Development Goals: The Economic Roadmap for Universal Health Care Coverage
May 7  2015 UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference, Law: Past, Present, and Future
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

New UBC Research + International website

UBC has launched a new Research + International website. The site shines a spotlight on UBC’s accomplishments as a global research player, and focuses strongly on research excellence, innovation and impact, and international engagement.  Highlights include:

  • Research2Reality videos featuring UBC faculty discussing the value and impact of their research
  • An expanded service portal offering one-stop support and resources to UBC researchers
  • A comprehensive overview of UBC’s international engagement strategy and initiatives
  • Research-specific news and announcements
  • Curated research and international stories from faculties and units across both campuses.

Visit the site at research.ubc.ca

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New respiration measurement app wins Canadian award

Researchers from UBC’s Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine Lab have developed a mobile application that can help front-line healthcare workers measure respiration rate more quickly. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association has selected the app as a recipient of a 2015 Connected to the Community Award. More information here.

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EERI seismic design team stands up to the competition in Boston

The UBC Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) seismic design team returned from the 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in Boston with several awards: second place in poster presentation, third place in architecture, fifth place in oral presentation and seventh place in design proposal. The team of 30 students worked 750 hours to design and construct a 1/78th scale model of a 30 storey high-rise building from balsa wood.

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UBC/UNBC environmental engineering team wins student design competition

Team Undine Energy Solutions, composed of undergraduate students from the joint UBC-UNBC Environmental Engineering program, finished first in the B.C. Water and Waste Association 2015 Student Design Competition. Teams were challenged to sketch out an anaerobic digestion system plan to digest sludge to produce biogas at the City of Kelowna’s wastewater treatment plant. The team of UBC/UNBC students included Stephanie Doherty, Maureen Long, Allison Matfin, Clayton McBride and Brenden Vissers. More information here.

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The Cancer Prevention Centre gets a new name

The Cancer Prevention Centre will now be known as the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention. Led by School of Population and Public Health professor Carolyn Gotay, the Centre is a novel partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and UBC. The “Centre of Excellence” designation reflects the quality of research undertaken at the centre and its continued commitment to generating evidence-based knowledge.

A tea will be held to celebrate the name change.

Date:    May 6
Time:    4 p.m.
Place:   School of Population and Public Health, 2206 East Mall
Info:     Click here.

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UBC Opera and UBC Symphony Orchestra present world premiere of Stephen Chatman’s Choir Practice

The UBC Opera Ensemble will be joined by Jonathan Girard, director of the UBC Symphony Orchestra, along with members of the UBC Symphony Orchestra, for the world premiere of Stephen Chatman’s one‑act opera Choir Practice.

Date:    May 8-9
Time:    7:30 p.m.
Place:   Old Auditorium, 6344 Memorial Road, UBC | May 8, 9 at 7:30 pm
Info:     Buy tickets at here, 604.822.6725 or at the Old Auditorium Box Office

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MOA unveils exhibition of Portuguese popular art

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is presenting part of the largest collection of Portuguese folk art in North America in a new exhibition. Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art runs May 12 – October 12. The North American premiere of this exhibition will include 300 Portuguese folk artworks – a mix of urban graffiti and mural paintings combined with popular rural puppets, figurines, carnival masks, ceramics, and more. More information at http://moa.ubc.ca/.

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