UBC This Week 13-Feb-2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Recent UBC Media Releases

Feb 13 Cat parasite found in western Arctic Beluga deemed infectious
Feb 13 Reading week? Let the life lessons begin
Feb 12 Can the Olympics change our bad environmental habits?
Feb 12 Valentine’s Day survival 101
Feb 11 UBC applauds federal research funding commitment in Budget 2014
Feb 11 Release of Vancouver Point Grey campus safety report; consultation begins
Feb 11 Valentine’s Day: The love market
Feb 10 UBC experts for comment on 2014 federal budget
Feb 7 YVR custody death raises concerns
Feb 7 How exercise can boost brain power
Feb 7 New funding, strategy, put UBC in vanguard of B.C. innovation
Feb 6 UBC unveils initiative to become Canada’s leader in entrepreneurship

Upcoming Event Highlights

Feb 7-16 Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois et francophone
Feb 8-14 Pride UBC Outweek 2014
Feb 13 Cindy Sherman meets Dzunuk’wa: Opening Reception
Feb 13 What is happening to Canada’s international reputation?
Feb 14 Faculty Pension Plan Workshop – Understanding Your Retirement Options
Feb 14 UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble – Paris, Je T’aime
Feb 14 GSNA 2014 Graduate Student Symposium: Abstracts deadline
Feb 15 UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball vs Victoria Vikes
Feb 17 Introduction to Medline via OvidSP for Health Sciences
Feb 17 Ask our Recruiter in Residence – Workshop
Feb 18 Future Forestry Leaders Symposium
Feb 19 Turning Science into Policy
Feb 19 Handley Cup Soccer Casual League – Term 2
Feb 20-21 Health Beyond Bars: Towards Healthy Prisons in Canada
Feb 20 Games Day at the Library
Feb 20 Workshop – The Policy Challenges and Health Limits of Personalized Medicine
Mar 1 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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.

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CIHR funding helps improve lives of cancer patients

Assistant Professor Mehdi Moradi from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dr. Peter Black from the Dept. of Urologic Sciences, hope to better assess the risk and metastasis of prostate cancer. Their latest project, which recently received $100,000 in research funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), aims to build a tissue classifier that will enhance the diagnosis and risk assessment of prostate cancer. For more information, click here.

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Creative writing prof makes Toronto Public Library One Book Selection for 2014

Creative Writing Chair Steven Galloway’s international bestseller The Cellist of Sarajevo has been chosen as Toronto Public Library’s One Book community read for April 2014. As part of the library’s month-long literary festival, Keep Toronto Reading, the program invites all Torontonians to read the same book and then come together to talk about it. In partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the library will present 22 pop-up cellist performances across the city. For more information, click here.

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2014 Volleyball World League comes to UBC

UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will be a host venue for the intercontinental round of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League. Canada (ranked 11th) will take on Belgium (ranked 37th) at UBC on June 13 and 14. Two of Team Canada’s players are former UBC volleyball players Blair Bann and Steve Gotch. For more information, click here.

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Pharmaceutical prof appointed dean, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan

Pharmaceutical sciences researcher and educator Dr. Kishor Wasan has been selected as the new dean for the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. The university’s Board of Governors approved the appointment for a five-year term effective August 1, 2014. Wasan is a professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the director and co-founder of the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative. For more information, click here.

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Pharmaceutical prof appointed dean, School of Pharmacy, Memorial University

After an extensive national search, UBC’s Dr. Carlo Marra has been appointed as a professor and the new dean of the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University. Marra is currently a professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and director of the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at UBC. For more information, click here.

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Nursing prof appointed vice-president, Research at SFU

Nursing professor Joy Johnson will become Simon Fraser University’s Vice-President, Research starting Sept. 1, 2014. Johnson has been a faculty member with the UBC School of Nursing since 1993. In 2008 she was appointed Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health. Her program of research focuses on health promotion and health behavior change. In 2010 she was recognized as one of British Columbia’s Women of Influence. For more information, click here.

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2014 Dialogues on our City’s Future

Andy Yan, a planner with Bing Thom Architects and adjuct professor at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), will be presenting a talk called: “10 Data Points You Need to Know About Your City.” From demographics to civic participation to real estate, this presentation will look at some of the measures of what makes our city. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in a dialogue of what might it take to build a “good city.” The talk will be moderated by SCARP director Penny Gurstein.

Date: Feb. 18
Time: 7 – 9:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave.
Info: Click here.

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Special Olympics BC charity free-throw contest at T-birds game

During half-time of this season’s final game, when the UBC women’s basketball team takes on the University of Victoria Vikes at home, 10 Special Olympics B.C. basketball players will attempt to sink as many free-throws as possible to raise money for two Special Olympic organizations.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. UBC is hosting the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games this July.

Date:  Feb. 15
Time:  5 p.m. (game begins)
Place:  UBC War Memorial Gym, 6081 University Blvd
Info:  Click here.

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