Annamay Pierse joins CTV’s Olympic broadcast team
Canadian breaststroke swimmer and UBC arts alumnus Annamay Pierse will head to the London 2012 Olympic Games to join CTV’s Olympic broadcasting team. Pierse will be poolside during every swimming event at the Games as a swimming research coordinator.
When Pierse missed out on her chance to qualify for London 2012 by 2.33 seconds in March, she took some time away from the pool before realizing she still wanted to be in London. “I had met with CTV a couple times so I basically just called them up and told them they had to bring me and that I was going to make their swimming coverage a lot better,” she said.
Her world-record time of two minutes and 20.12 seconds for the women’s 200-metre breaststroke still stands.
For more information, visit http://www.ctvolympics.ca/aquatics/news/article/annamay-pierse-embraces-new-olympic-role.html or http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012games/.
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Pharmaceutical professor receives honorary degree
Professor and Dean Emeritus John McNeill of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC is the recipient of an honorary degree from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biologics at Université Montpellier 1 (UM1). The degree was presented to McNeill at a ceremony to honour his accomplishments as educator, researcher, and administrator. To read more, visit http://www.pharmacy.ubc.ca/aboutus/faculty-news/2012-07-12.
UBC planning prof honoured by Roskilde University
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning professor Leonie Sandercock will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Roskilde University in Denmark in September 2012. Sandercock works with First Nations through the medium of film as catalyst for dialogue on the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and partnership. For more information, visit: http://www.scarp.ubc.ca/profiles/faculty/Leonie%20Sandercock.
UBC student receives inaugural Motion Metrics/ICICS Graduate Scholarship
UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering doctoral student Caitlin Schneider is the inaugural recipient of the Motion Metrics/ICICS Graduate Scholarship. Schneider is developing ultrasound techniques for the guidance system of the da Vinci surgical robot, with a goal of improving the results of kidney cancer surgical treatment performed with the robot. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/NidcuK.
Asia Pacific Memo update: blocked data hampers water management efforts in the GBM
Twice-weekly, Asia Pacific Memo series publishes short text memos or video interviews on current issues in Asia and across the Pacific at http://www.asiapacificmemo.ca/.
• Blocked Data Hampers Water Management Efforts in the GBM Basin, by Auburn University’s Kelly Alley
• China and the SCO – Influence and ‘Soft Power’ by UBC MA student Mendee Jargalsaikhan