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UBC This Week | Feb. 2, 2006

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UBC This Week is a weekly summary of UBC people in the news, recent media releases and upcoming event hightlights. UBC This Week past issues are also available on-line.

Please note, we have added several features to the weekly UBC News Digest, including media releases, upcoming event highlights, and a web site of the week. To reflect these changes, this service will be known as UBC This Week.

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February 6 Service to Celebrate the Life of Dr. William Webber

There will be a celebration of Dr. William A. Webber's life on Monday, February 6, 2006, at the West Atrium, Life Sciences Centre from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dr. Webber, a prominent member of the UBC community for over 50 years, passed away Jan. 23.

Dr. Webber contributed to university life in a variety of roles, including Associate Vice President Academic, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor in the Dept. of Anatomy, President of the UBC Faculty Association and member of the UBC Board of Governors and the University Senate.

Instrumental in the development of the First Nations House of Learning, the Disability Resources Centre, the Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services, and the Faculty Mentor program, Dr. Webber was also a recipient of a UBC Honorary Degree, the Killam University Teaching Award and the President's Service Award for Excellence.

A memorial service for Webber will be held at 2:00 pm, Jan. 28 at the West Point Grey United Church, 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in Webber's memory to the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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Biely, McDowell, Black, Somerset and Killam Awards Announced

UBC microbiology and biochemistry professor Brett Finlay has been awarded the Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize, and botany professor Patrick Keeling has received the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research.

The Dorothy Somerset Award goes to Prof. Jerry Wasserman from the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing and Anna Kindler, Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs, and a professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies, is the recipient of this year’s Sam Black Award.

Winners of the 2005 Killam Research Prizes of $5,000 are (in alphabetical order):

  • Luciana Duranti, Library, Archival and Information Studies
  • Janice Eng, Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Patrick Francois, Economics
  • Steven Heine, Psychology
  • Nicholas Hudson, English
  • Sheila Innis, Pediatrics
  • Joy Johnson, Nursing
  • Christopher Overall, Oral Biology and Medical Sciences
  • Chris Orvig, Chemistry
  • Thomas Ross, Sauder School of Business

The Biely and McDowell awards are named for former UBC researchers. Prof. emeritus Charles McDowell headed UBC’s Chemistry department for 26 years and was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993. Jacob Biely, an international poultry scientist, was a UBC faculty member from 1935-68.

The Black and Somerset awards pay tribute to two illustrious figures in fine arts at UBC. Sam Black’s 41-year association with the university began in 1958 as a professor of fine arts and art education. He was a founder of the International Society for Education Through Art. Dorothy Somerset became director of the UBC Players’ Club in 1934. She served as first artistic administrative head of the Fredric Wood Theatre until her retirement in 1965.

Award recipients will be acknowledged at the UBC Celebrate Research Gala, which will be held March 9 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. To receive an invitation to the Gala, please contact celebrate.research@ubc.ca.

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UBC News Publication Wins Gold, Again

UBC’s monthly news publication UBC Reports has won gold for the second year in a row in the publications category at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) annual juried awards competition. The annual review, which includes entries from institutions from across the U.S. Pacific NorthWest, Western Canada and Alaska, was a juried competition that aims to “celebrate the quality, imagination, and effectiveness of the year's best communications solutions.”

UBC Reports is produced by UBC’s Public Affairs Office. The current issue can be found at: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports.

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