Thursday, March 21, 2013
Recent UBC Media Releases
|Mar. 21||Planck space mission sheds light on the Universe|
|Mar. 20||UBC experts for comment on budget 2013|
|Mar. 20||Dr. James Hogg given national award for leadership in medicine|
|Mar. 19||First Nations advocate and eco-activist among honorary degree recipients|
|Mar. 18||Engineering students demo ultra fuel-efficient cars|
|Mar. 15||Eight Canada Research Chairs valued at $4.5M appointed at UBC|
|Mar. 15||Coding for a cause: UBC computer science students stage first community hackathon|
|Mar. 15||UBC clubfoot treatment in Bangladesh gains $4.3M federal boost|
Upcoming Event Highlights
|Mar. 21||Navigating “A Wasting World”: Perspectives on Environmentalism and Sustainability in Canada|
|Mar. 22||Grand Rounds: Global Gadgets for Global Health|
|Mar. 22||The Digital Tattoo Project: Think Before You Ink|
|Mar. 23||11th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium|
|Mar. 23||One Day @ UBC: Random Encounters: Philosophical, Scientific and Artistic Reflections on Chance|
|Mar. 24||Drawing Nature Class|
|Mar. 24||UBC Percussion Ensemble|
|Mar. 25||From Ganga to Nile: States, Space and The Power of Shadow Armies|
|Mar. 25||Life Cycle Assessment: A Practical Introduction to the Science of Sustainability|
|Mar. 26||GPS/LCC Workshop: Leading with Emotional Intelligence|
|Mar. 26||Purple & Yellow Bike Mechanics Work Party|
|Mar. 27-28||Chinese Political Transition of 2012-2013|
|Mar. 28||UBC Chinese Music Ensemble|
|Apr. 2||Gender and East Germany|
|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.|
The Applied Metagenomics of the Watershed Microbiome Project, co-led by Drs. Judith Isaac-Renton and Patrick Tang (Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), aims to develop a better way to identify the presence of pollution in watersheds and provide new tools to track sources of water contamination. Their preliminary work has already identified potential biomarkers that differentiate a healthy from an impacted watershed.
In recognition of World Water Day 2013 on March 22, the project will feature a video on improving watershed health on their website. Click here to view the video.
Associate Professor Larry Lynd of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is joining the Executive Council of the newly created Friends of Rwanda Forum. Established to strengthen relations between Canada and Rwanda, the Forum will be launched on March 21, 2013, at Western Ontario University, with a one-day event showcasing Rwanda history, culture, and current affairs. To read more, click here.
Darren Warburton, an associate professor in UBC’s School of Kinesiology, was one of five recipients recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Medical Association Journal with a Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards.
Warburton’s contributions to cardiovascular physiology research have helped increase the activity levels of Canadians, especially those in poor health. For more information, click here.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kenichi Takahata was recently renewed as Canada Research Chair in advanced micro/nanofabrication and microelectromechanical systems. Takahata will study medical micro-devices for intelligent implants and microsurgical applications to enable minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy. For more information, click here.
Prof. Mehdi Moradi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been appointed as a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar during the 2013-2014 academic year. Scholars are chosen from all academic disciplines, professions and the performing arts to explore linkages in research approaches and discuss the research environment at UBC. The scholars will also tour each other’s research facilities and share their interdisciplinary exchange with the public. For more information, click here.
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) has awarded the 2013 International Program of Excellence Award to the UBC Continuing Studies Certificate in International Development program. The award recognizes innovation, creativity, and commitment in achieving international impact and furthering the internationalization of the field of professional and continuing education.
Created in 2005, the Continuing Studies program online curriculum (with the exception of field study elective course) was developed to meet the growing need for trained professionals to gain additional skills and knowledge to work in global environments. For more information, click here.
Standing up with Ga’axstal’as, a book by Prof. Leslie Robertson of UBC Dept. of Anthropology and the Kwagu’l Gixsam Clan has been selected as one of two winners of the K.D. Srivastava Prize. The prize is awarded annually by UBC Press and the Office of the Vice-President Research to the author of the best book published by UBC Press in the previous year. For more information, click here.
Three titles have been shortlisted for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia. The award, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific Book World News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published on a B.C. subject by a Canadian author.
The inaugural prize, worth $1,000, will be presented at a reception on May 7, 2013 at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. For more information, click here.
Intercultural U is a two-part event that will showcase UBC’s wide range of academic work, community involvement and personal experiences on topics related to intercultural understanding. The afternoon colloquium will give UBC students, post-doctoral fellows and other members of the UBC community an opportunity to present their research involving issues of intercultural understanding. The evening PechaKucha is a fast-paced presentation where presenters must present 20 slides, each for only 20 seconds.
Date: March 22, 2013
Time: 1 –6 p.m.
Place: Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 North West Marine Drive
Info: Click here.
Entrepreneurship@UBC is hosting a series of three talks with distinguished speakers on leadership from March to May, building up to the pilot e@UBC Leadership Course to be held on June 26 – July 3, 2013.
The talks are free to attend and open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. A limited number of places will be available to the wider entrepreneurship@UBC community by waitlist. The Leadership Course will open for registration in late March of 2013. Capacity is limited for all events.
Date: March 26, 2013
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Info: Click here.
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