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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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UBC community Remembrance Day ceremony

This year’s UBC Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial Gym will include music provided by the UBC School of Music, short readings and remarks. Members of the platform party will include: Joyce Murray, MP, Vancouver Quadra; Reverend Roberta Fraser; David Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic and Johannes Rebane, Vice President, Academic and University Affairs, Alma Mater Society- UBC Vancouver. Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Donald G. MacLeod, CD, BA ’53 will give the address.

The ceremony will commemorate two historic milestones: the 65th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Red Cross.

Date: Nov. 11
Time: 10:45 – 11:35 a.m. (Doors open at 10 a.m.)    
Place:  War Memorial Gym, 6081 University Boulevard
Info: http://www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/ceremonies/memorial/remembrance.html or 
         call Ceremonies Office at 604-822-2484

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Computer Science professors elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

UBC Computer Science professors David Kirkpatrick and Alan Mackworth have been elected as Fellows the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Kirkpatrick is internationally recognized for many seminal contributions to the design and mathematical analysis of algorithms and data structures.

Mackworth is a leading figure in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. He introduced the first soccer-playing robots, and is globally recognized as the founding father of the famous robot soccer challenge RoboCup.

This year’s new Fellows will be inducted at a ceremony Nov. 28 in Ottawa.

For more information, visit http://www.cs.ubc.ca/news/press/
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Michael Church wins Massey medal

UBC Geography professor Michael Church has won the prestigious Massey Medal, bestowed by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) for 2009.

Cited for his research contributions and most recently for his work on the Fraser River gravel mining initiative, Church has been recognized as a world leader in fluvial sediment transport and the interpretation of river channel changes

The Massey Medal is awarded annually by the RCGS to recognize outstanding career achievement in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada. 

Church is the third member of UBC’s geography department to receive this recognition in the last decade (Cole Harris in 2003 and Tim Oke in 2005).

For more information, visit http://www.rcgs.org/awards/massey_medal/winner_massey2009.asp.

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Five faculty members named Fellows of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Five members of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine are among the 28 new Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) recognized for their contributions to health science.

Alison Buchan, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Professor, Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
Marco Marra, Professor, Dept. of Medical Genetics and Director of the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency
Jon Stoessl, Professor, Division of Neurology and Director of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
Trevor Young, Professor and Head, Dept. of Psychiatry
Janice Eng, Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy

 For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#CAHS

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Medical Council of Canada presidency given to UBC associate dean

Oscar Casiro, Regional Associate Dean, Island Medical Program, UBC Faculty of Medicine, has become President of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC).

Casiro will serve a one-year term leading MCC, which conducts over 12,000 assessments of medical students and graduates every year through its three examinations across Canada, and in its Evaluating Examination in over 500 locations in 73 countries. 

The MCC presidency has a personal meaning for Casiro — as an international medical graduate arriving in Canada in 1980, the organization was his first contact with the Canadian medical community.

For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#MCC

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Canadian Literature wins Canadian Online Publishing Award

Canadian Literature, the country’s oldest journal devoted to studying Canada’s literature, has won the award for “Best Cross-Platform” at the first annual Canadian Online Publishing awards announced  Monday in Toronto.  George Elliott Clarke, one of Canada’s most celebrated writers, and an Officer in the Order of Canada, accepted the award on the journal’s behalf. 

This unique awards program recognizes excellence in online editorial and innovation by Canadian magazine and website publishers.

The cross-platform category recognizes excellence in repurposing print content onto the web.  Websites competed in up to ten categories ranging from best news articles to best design to overall best website.  An independent judging panel of highly regarded industry professionals and experts reviewed all entries in each category. Canadian Literature has published more than 200 issues of criticism, reviews and poetry and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. 

 To view this award-winning website, visit: http://www.canlitpoets.ca/

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Engineering professor receives teaching award

The IEEE Electron Devices Society has awarded UBC electrical and computer engineering professor David Pulfrey with an Education Award for his contributions to the teaching of semiconductor devices at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Pulfrey will be presented with his award in Baltimore Dec. 7 at the 2009 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting—the world’s main forum or reporting breakthroughs in technology, design, manufacturing, physics and the modeling of semiconductors and other electronic devices.

For more information, visit http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=/2009/10/ubc-engineer-recognized-again-for.html

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UBC innovation, industry collaboration recognized by NSERC awards

Advances in ultrasound and digital display technologies developed by UBC researchers have been recognized by Canada’s leading science and engineering funding agency with two prestigious awards.

UBC engineering professors Robert Rohling and Septimiu Salcudean received one of this year’s four $200,000 Synergy Awards for Innovation, presented by The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Rohling and Salcudean were honoured along with their industry partner Ultrasonix Medical Corporation for developing new ultrasonic imaging techniques that could improve cancer diagnosis and treatment while reducing the number of biopsies required.

Recent UBC PhD graduate Helge Seetzen and physics professor Lorne Whitehead won this year’s $10,000 NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards grand prize for their High Dynamic Range technology. Seetzen and Whitehead’s invention, which spun-off BrightSide Technologies and was subsequently acquired by Dolby Laboratories, replaces the LCD backlight with a controlled array of Light Emitting Diodes that significantly improves contrast in high definition displays.

For more information, visit http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/news-events/article.php?page=%2F2009%2F10%2Fubc-innovation-industry-collaboration.html.

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Search for St. John’s College Principal

Update: Application is now closed.  Thank you for your interest.

UBC invites applications for the position of Principal at St. John’s College, a residential college on campus with a focus on internationalism, global issues, and cultural diversity.

Application deadline is Nov. 9.  For a complete description of the position and instructions for application, visit www.grad.ubc.ca/news.

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