UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 7 | May
UBC Congregation 2002
From May 22-29 more than 5,000 graduates will cross the stage at
UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts to receive their degrees
from UBC Chancellor William Sauder.
Technology for the Art of Talking
When 10-year-old James Dai arrived in Canada, he couldn't speak
a word of English. Ten years later, the BSc graduate is set to use
technology to teach literacy to kids through MIT Media Lab's Gesture
and Narrative Language Group.
Leadership Makes a Difference
Political Science major Dea Lloyd is an Arts student who knows
how to do her math. When she and fellow members of the Arts Undergraduate
Society (AUS) calculated the limited amount of social space available
to the university's 10,000 Arts undergraduates, they saw a problem.
Embroidering to Empower
In their struggle to build new lives, scores of Afghani refugee
women in Pakistan are relying on UBC Commerce valedictorian Salima
Rawji and her colleagues.
Bio-Pirates Anger Ethicist
Genetic testing is one of today's hottest news topics. Still, it
is surprising to hear bioethicist Bryn Williams-Jones reveal that
his research into the controversial issue began with a TV show.
A Pal for Pooches Everywhere
From the local dog pound to the coast of Africa, Animal Science
major Michelle Nelson has a habit of adopting strays wherever she
Pharmacist has Prescription for Success
When colleagues say they can almost see Evan Kwong's wheels turning
they're not talking about his mountain bike.
Graduation Last Stop on International Trek
What started as a career path for Achala Bhalla turned into a 15-year
odyssey spanning three continents.
Never Stop Learning
The ink is barely dry on her Bachelor of Education degree, but
new elementary school teacher Lori-Lynn Chin already has one professional
development activity planned: learning to play golf.
Edgar for the Defense
Studying law is tough at the best of times, but Natasha Edgar's
path to a UBC law degree has been even harder than most.
Forced into Forestry But Learns to Love it
In May, Iulia Litman will complete a journey that began 13 years
ago and 9,200 km away when Romania's communists gave her little
choice but to enroll in a forestry program.
Next Best Thing to a Trip to the Stars
Imagine making childhood plans to one day be an astronaut or a
fighter pilot, and then imagine what it was like for Bachelor of
Science student Sam Kohen to be invited to work at NASA.
Engineering a Caring Solution
Engineering was Marnie Williston's first love but her second career
Medical Education Delivers Unexpected Benefits
When Shannon Waters entered UBC's medical school she always expected
that one day she would graduate as a doctor, but she never expected
the experience would unite her with a family she never thought she
would ever meet.
Teaching the Teachers
A week before 5,000 UBC students step on stage to receive their
degrees, a small and unique group of grads will be recognized for
their commitment to learning.
UBC Standouts Cited for Service
Five members of the university community are being recognized for
their outstanding contributions to UBC and campus life as recipients
of this year's President's Service Award for Excellence.
Reduce the Stigma Attached to Financial Assistance
A recent series of consultation meetings and open forums coupled
with on-line surveys and e-mail feedback have revealed that students
would like to see an increase in financial support along with a
reduction in the stigma some students associate with that support.
Flintbox Sparks Wider Audience
It just got a lot easier to purchase and download Information Technology
software created at UBC.