UBC This Week 12-Dec-2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Recent UBC Media Releases

Dec 12 Gift giving 101: Happiness expert on the ‘psychology of giving’
Dec 12 Canadian RX atlas maps billions in savings – for now
Dec 11 The end of ‘snail mail’? UBC expert on Canada Post changes
Dec 11 The Hobbit goes Hollywood
Dec 6 UBC releases its 2012 animal research statistics
Dec 6 Experts on trains and rail transportation

Upcoming Event Highlights

Dec 12 Year of Teacher Education Event: Out in Schools (Anti-bullying & Anti-homophobia)
Dec 12 MEd Info Session | Richmond | Digital Learning and Curriculum
Dec 13 Holiday Doubles Mixer
Dec 13 Research Seminar by Dr. Peter Grimmett
Dec 15 Orphan Diseases: Identifying Genes and Novel Therapeutics to Enhance Treatment (IGNITE)
Dec 16 Seminar by Chris McMaster, external examiner
Dec 16 WordPress Clinic
Dec 17 MMI Group Interview Practice
Dec 18 What is the Good Life? How Everyday Beliefs and Culture Shape Who We Are and What We Want
Dec 18 Dinner Night for the Youth at Vancouver Native Health Society
Dec 19-22 Jump Start winter break trips
Dec 19 4th Annual LSI Tree Trimming Party
Dec 19 Seminar by Zoology Job Candidate Dr. Mizumoto
Dec 21-22 Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music”
Jan 8 Empowering Girls, Inspiring Futures: IRSA’s Winter Benefit Gala
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 People

UBC People

UBC assistant professor a role model for visible minorities

Assistant professor of anthropology Hugo De Burgos has been named one of Canada’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. De Burgos came to Canada from El Salvador as a teenager and found inspiration in Chilean professors at the University of Alberta, where he later received his PhD. He is an anthropologist, filmmaker, activist and assistant professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The awards, organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Alliance, recognize Hispanic Canadians who are making a positive impact on Canadian society. For more info, click here.

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Forestry professor honoured at University of Helsinki

Forestry professor Cindy Prescott has been invited to become an honorary doctor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki. The conferring of the degrees of honorary doctors will be held during the conferment in June 2014. For more information, click here.

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Crossing boundaries between art and technology

Associate Professor Sid Fels of Electrical and Computer Engineering is bringing attention to the emerging popularity of sensor-based instruments. Sensors are attached to musicians’ bodies to produce sounds according to the player’s body gestures, making the sounds produced by each person different. For more information, click here.

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UBC Botanical Gardens Christmas tree recycling

Community members are encouraged to drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the UBC Botanical Garden where they will be chipped into mulch and used on garden trails (decorations must be removed). Yard trimmings will not be accepted as they may contain invasive plants and can harm the garden. Proceeds will support General Brock Elementary School’s food garden expansion to increase capacity for active student participation and organic food crops. Tree chipping is generously supported by UBC Plant Operations.

Date: Dec. 6 – Jan. 5, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place: 6804 S.W. Marine Drive
Info: $5 suggested donation. Click here for more info.

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UBC community United Way campaign – donate before Dec. 15

Contributing to UBC’s United Way fundraising campaign helps prevent childhood poverty, bullying and senior isolation. UBC staff and faculty who make a regular payroll or monthly credit card donation before Dec. 15 are automatically entered for a draw for two tickets of travel on any Air Canada operated flight in North America (including Hawaii). For more information, click here.

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