Thursday, June 28, 2012
Recent UBC Media Releases
|Jun 28||Atlanta has world’s most efficient airport, Korea now leads in Asia: UBC research|
|Jun 28||Unemployed Americans face greater risk of mortality: UBC study|
|Jun 27||Stem cells can beat back diabetes: UBC research|
|Jun 27||Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research|
|Jun 26||Athletics director Bob Philip takes on new role at UBC|
|Jun 25||Students receive $60,000 from the Schulich Leader Scholarships program to study at UBC|
|Jun 21||UBC send-off for Olympic athletes, coaches and support staff|
Upcoming Event Highlights
|Jun 28||Incorporating Sustainability Attributes and Engaging with the UBC Farm|
|Jun 28||Calm Abiding Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism|
|Jun 29||Yellow Signal: New Media in China Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi, Huang Ran|
|Jun 30||Medical Books and Instrument Sale at UBC Bookstore|
|Jul 1||Way Cool Biodiversity Series: Viruses are Way Cool Because…|
|Jul 2||To Eat or Be Eaten|
|Jul 3-Aug 24||Young Explorers Summer Camp|
|Jul 3||Is there room for beautiful words? Proclaiming the Gospel|
|Jul 4||Instructional Design CoP Meeting|
|Jul 5||Lunchtime concert: Breanne McDaniel|
|Jul 6||New Roads to Nirvana: Visual Buddhism, Modern Eyes|
|Jul 6-7||Icons of Impermanence: Keynote Speeches|
|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.|
On June 20 in Eugene, Oregon, UBC was recognized for its integration efforts as one of five winners of an Excellence Award from the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), a global network of colleges and universities focused on sustainable campus planning and operations.
The award celebrates the success of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, launched in early 2010 with the goal to integrate academic and operational sustainability and to make the Vancouver campus a kind of test-bed for the technical, economic and behavioural aspects of sustainability.
“This is indeed an honour,” says Professor John Robinson, executive director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. “It is an award that we can be really proud of, given its provenance and focus.”
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UBC Civil Engineering professor Greg Lawrence has received the 2012 Camille A. Dagenais Award from Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) in recognition of his contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Msr7g9
Lawrence and fellow engineering professor Gary Schajer have been inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. The induction ceremony took place on June 21 in Ottawa in conjunction with the Academy’s 2012 Annual General Meeting and Symposium. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LmDzux
Cheryl Kinkaid, Glenn Jolly and Jennifer Pelletier are this year’s recipients of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service in recognition of the positive impact they have on the faculty and its employees.
Each award of a $1,000 cheque and a personalized plaque were presented by Dean Eric Hall during the annual Applied Science Staff Appreciation barbecue on June 20.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/KWQDbC
UBC fourth-year mechanical engineering student Nicholas Dunning recently returned from an engineering co-op work term in Mlandizi, Tanzania. Dunning travelled to Tanzania with a team of architects and engineers from across North America and was joined by a local Tanzanian architecture intern. The team volunteered with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) to design a permanent facility for the Upendo Orphanage, which currently houses 24 children ages nine to 19.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LQN3Ru
Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate Bryan Gene (2012) is the winner of this year’s UniSim Design Challenge, an annual university student competition held in conjunction with the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium. The UniSim Design Challenge is one of several Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) initiatives designed to encourage engineering studies. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LBGYdc.