UBC This Week
Friday, December 2, 2011
Recent UBC Media Releases
Upcoming Event Highlights
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 clinical professor named B.C.’s Family Physician of the Year
Marjorie Docherty, clinical professor in the Dept. of Family Practice, received the Reg L. Perkin Award as the 2011 Family Physician of the Year from British Columbia, in recognition of her contribution to family medicine and teaching medical students and residents.
For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#Dr. Marjorie Docherty
UBC engineer named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
UBC Civil Engineering professor Nemkumar Banthia was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in Ottawa on Nov. 26, 2011. Election to the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.
Banthia holds a Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation and is a leading international expert on structural health monitoring, strengthening for seismic, blast and other catastrophic events and low carbon footprint construction materials. One of the most cited in the field, Banthia’s research has enhanced the safety and sustainability of civil infrastructure all over the world.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/rC3fry
Head of Dept. of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics, B.C. Children’s Hospital appointed
UBC Faculty of Medicine announced the appointment of Dr. Allison Eddy as Head, Dept. of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital, effective April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017.In her new role, Eddy will provide leadership for pediatric teaching, research and clinical service programs across British Columbia.
Eddy is internationally recognized for her work on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of kidney
fibrosis, the final common pathway leading to chronic and end-stage kidney disease.
For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/__shared/assets/Dr23107.pdf
Sauder School partners in Collective Impact through Social Innovation
Thinkers and leaders from the non-profit, volunteer and business sectors gathered at last week’s Non-Profit Partnerships Summit: Collective Impact through Social Innovation to discuss innovation and create a made-in-B.C. model for social innovation.
The province is partnering with UBC Sauder School of Business, the Advisory Council for Social Entrepreneurship, Ashoka Changemakers, LIFT Philanthropy Partners, and Telus to launch a “collabetition” in 2012. This competition will invite British Columbians to submit their solutions to social problems, rewarding community-led innovations that show the most promise of improving the lives of British Columbians.
“This is a unique opportunity for the Province of British Columbia and the many leading for profit and nonprofit organizations here to innovate in order to tackle some of the most pressing social and environmental problems we face. We are proud to represent UBC in launching this initiative and are committed to engaging faculty and students in this grand experiment,” says James Tansey, Executive Director of ISIS at Sauder School.
SPPH professor recognized for quality of life research
Dr. Carolyn Gotay, professor in the School of Population and Public Health and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, received the President’s Award from the International Society for Quality of Life Research for her work in cancer survivorship and cancer prevention.
For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours/Awards___Honours_-_November_2011.htm#Dr.%20Carolyn%20Gotay
UBC professor recognized as one of Canada’s brightest young researchers
Dr. Kate Shannon, assistant professor in the Dept. of Medicine, received the 2011 Peter Lougheed/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award for her research on the impact of prostitution laws on health outcomes.
For more information ,visit http://med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#Dr. Kate Shannon
UBC collaboration with Canfor to study B.C. pulp fibres using X-ray technology
Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership has awarded grants to two UBC engineering professors for research knowledge leveraged across both campuses. The first instalment of a $75,000 grant over three years was presented to professors André Phillion (School of Engineering) and Mark Martinez (Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering).
For more information, visit http://blogs.apsc.ubc.ca/apscnews/2011/11/25/engineering-team-wins-grant-for-investigating-paper-architecture/
UBC instructor receives service award
Lisa Avery, Instructor in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, was presented with the 2011 Recognition of Service Award from the B.C. Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours/Awards___Honours_-_November_2011.htm
UBC Centre for Health Education Scholarship presents at AAMC Research in Medical Education
UBC Faculty of Medicine had a strong presence at the recent American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Research in Medical Education (RIME) in Denver. Members of the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) community were represented on three (of 15) research papers presented from the podium, three abstracts presented from the podium, and five posters .
For a list of presentations and highlights, visit: http://www.ches.med.ubc.ca/
Dean Aboulnasr shares her perspective on Engineers Without Borders
Every year, Engineers Without Borders holds the Perspectives Challenge to help raise money for the organization (at a national and university chapter level). Faculty of Applied Science Dean Tyseer Aboulnasr has written her perspective of why she believes in the work of EWB.
Aboulnasr will be stepping down from her position on Dec. 31, 2011. EWB UBC Chapter has expressed their gratitude for all the support they have received from Aboulnasr in past years.
To read Aboulnasr’s perspective and to make a donation to EWB, visit https://perspectives.ewb.ca/tyseeraboulnasr (tax receipts issued).
UBC alumnus becomes third president and vice-chancellor of University of Ontario Institute of Technology
UBC graduate Tim McTiernan became the third president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, ON. McTiernan was appointed in February 2011 and took office on July 1. His installation ceremony took place on Nov. 14, 2011.
McTiernan earned his master’s degree in psychology (1977) and PhD in psychology (1982) at UBC. He was awarded UBC’s Morris Belkin Prize in Psychology in 1977 and was a part-time sessional instructor with UBC in the early 1980s for the university’s programs at Yukon College in Whitehorse.
UOIT has a full-time enrolment (undergraduate and graduate) of about 8,400 students.
For more, visit http://news.uoit.ca/archives/2011/11/uoit-installs-dr.-tim-mctiernan-as-new-president-and-vice-chancellor.php.
UBC engineering students recognized by Engineering Institute of Canada
Two UBC engineering students – Katelyn Currie, second-year Mechanical Engineering, and Robert Jackson, third-year Civil Engineering – were each awarded the Engineering Institute of Canada Vancouver Island Branch Scholarship Society scholarship on Nov. 4, 2011.
The $2,000 award is supported by the Canadian Society for Senior Engineers. The scholarship is awarded to Vancouver Island high school graduates with high academic standing, financial need and leadership roles in extracurricular activities who are entering a second or third year engineering program in Canada.
For more information, visit http://blogs.apsc.ubc.ca/engineeringnews/2011/11/29/ubc-engineering-students-recognized-by-engineering-institute-of-canada/
What is an A-HA moment? UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni share their A-HA moments in the 2010-2011 Annual Review. The Review includes a section on international media headlines and an interactive timeline highlighting major milestones from the past year.
24/7 study hours at the Learning Centre
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day until Dec.18 to accommodate students during the winter exam season.
This opening does not include: the Chapman Learning Commons, UBC Library book stacks, Ike’s Cafe or access to computer workstations. During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue.
For those planning to stay overnight at UBC, visit UBC Commuter Student Hostel, for accommodation options.
Rocks of Interest: Learning Centre exhibition
A new exhibition, Rocks of Interest to a Young Geologist is displayed at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The photographs in this exhibition were taken by Ruth Beer, a Vancouver-based artist, researcher and educator at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The images engage with ideas inspired by geological rock samples.
In addition, Elspeth Barnes, Curator of the UBC Pacific Museum of the Dept. of Earth of the Ocean Sciences, has organized a display of rocks and minerals from the museum’s collection to accompany the exhibition.
Date: Dec. 1, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012
Place: Level two (the main level, including Ike’s Café) of the Learning Centre
Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award: call for applications open for 2012
This week marks the official call for applications for Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Awards 2012. Founded by Youth in Motion, the award celebrates and honours young Canadians who are under the age of 20 years old and have demonstrated significant levels of innovation, leadership and achievement.
Youth in Motion’s mission is to give Canadian youth the skills and support they need to achieve success in their lives, education and careers, while encouraging and facilitating their efforts to be positive change makers and contributing citizens. The deadline for applications is Jan. 22, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
For more information and to download award applications, visit: http://www.top20under20.ca
Asia Pacific Memo update – Asia Pacific Policy Studies / Ezra Vogel Interview Part 3
Twice-weekly, Asia Pacific Memo series publishes short text Memos or video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific.
• Nov. 29 – Asia Pacific Policy Studies (Special Edition)
• Nov. 24 – Interview with Ezra Vogel on Deng Xiaoping’s Role in International Relations (Part 3/3)
For more information, visit http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/