UBC This Week | Aug. 24, 2006
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New IRES Director announced
Gunilla Öberg has been named the new Director of the Institute
of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), in conjunction
with the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies. She joins UBC from the
Tema Institute at Linköpings University in Sweden, where
she was the Director of the Centre for Climate Science and Policy
Research and Professor in Water and Environmental Studies. Her
main focus of research is the biogeochemistry of chlorine and
the use of scientific knowledge in the environmental field.
more information: www.ires.ubc.ca.
UBC student team wins prize for new venture
A team of UBC students and alumni has won the US $15,000 first
runner up prize in the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan international
competition for a start-up company business plan, beating out
13 other teams from around the world. The team includes UBC graduates
Janice Cheam (B.Comm. '06), Salim Hassan (B.Comm. '06) and Lauren
Kulokas (B.A.Sc. '06), along with fourth-year electrical engineering
student Jon Hallam.
The team’s invention of the PowerTab, a wireless device
that provides users with real-time feedback about household energy
consumption, will support residential consumers to reduce energy
waste and save money. This business plan also won two national
competitions in 2005: the UBC Sauder School of Business Enterprize
Business Plan Competition and Natural Resources Canada's Energy
Ambassadors competition. The competition at the Singapore Management
University is the first competition organized specially for undergraduate,
college and polytechnic students.
For more information: www.smu.edu.sg.
Enhanced wireless access for UBC visitors
UBC has entered into a one-year trial with FatPort, Canada's
largest WiFi hotspot provider, to provide access management services
over UBC's existing wireless network. Short-term visitors to the
Point Grey and Robson Square campuses will now be able to purchase
access to the network using FatPort's existing authentication
and payment mechanisms.
As part of the trial, FatPort has also agreed to provide free
roaming to all UBC staff, faculty and students across its network,
throughout Vancouver and across Canada. As a result, members of
the UBC community can obtain wireless Internet access via any
FatPort hotspot – without cost.
For more information: www.it.ubc.ca/wireless/fatport.
Changes in the Office of UBC International
The Office of UBC International has been merged into the Office
of the Associate Vice President International. Winnie Cheung has
been appointed Director, International Community Engagement in
managing partnerships with community organizations, businesses,
government agencies and the Consular Corp in Vancouver. A search
will begin immediately to fill the newly created position of Director,
International Affairs with the departure of Ken McGillivray, Director
of UBC International.