UBC This Week | May 18, 2006
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UBC Waste Management receives 2006 Effective
and Innovative Practices award
Awarded by the American Physical Plant Association, UBC Waste
Management has received accolades for its In-Vessel Composting
Facility, an innovative composting method that has already diverted
more than 97.5 tonnes of campus waste from local landfills. A
first for Canadian universities, the facility promotes an on-site,
closed loop system that processes food and landscape waste into
a rich compost material, already dereasing the bark mulch used
in campus gardens by 57 per cent.
At peak capacity, the facility can process five tonnes of food
waste daily and produce compost in two weeks. This system exceeds
the capabilities of traditional composting, as it can process
pre- and post-consumer food wastes including meat, grain and dairy
as well as paper towels, cups and plates currently collected through
Waste Management’s campus Organics Collection Program.
UBC Sustainability Director appointed
to board for Sustainability in Higher Education
UBC’s Director of Sustainability and founder of Canada's
first campus sustainability office, Freda Pagani, was elected
to the board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability
in Higher Education (AASHE). Under Pagani’s leadership,
UBC is reaching Kyoto targets ahead of schedule, while achieving
substantial savings in energy, water, CO2 emissions and materials.
As a registered architect, she was also responsible for initiating
the concept of UBC's first award-winning green building in 1996,
the C. K. Choi Institute for Asian Research.
The AASHE promotes sustainability in all sectors of higher education
- from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach -
through education, communication, research and professional development.
AASHE partners include businesses, non-profit organizations, and
government agencies that support campus sustainability efforts. www.sustain.ubc.ca
MFA student wins Leo Award
Master of Fine arts student, Sarah Dodd, was awarded a Leo Award
For Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children's Program or Series
for her work: ”Zixx: Level II - Pet Project.” A combination
of animation, comedy, sci-fi and family entertainment, this sequel
to Zixx: Level I explores aliens living on Earth, disguised as
humans and trying to save their planet from an evil dark lord
The Leo Awards recognize the best of BC’s film and television
industry. For more information: www.leoawards.com or www.zixx.ca.
UBC mining professor wins distinguished
UBC mining prof. Ward Wilson received the Distinguished Lecturers
Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
(CIM) during its 2006 Mining Conference and Exhibition held in
As holder of the Research Chair in Mining and the Environment,
Wilson was recognized for his innovative research and technological
advances in mine waste management and his involvement at mine
sites in North, Central and South America, Australia and Asia.
For more information: www.cim.org.
Nursing professor named Heart and Stroke
School of Nursing Associate Prof. Carol Jillings was appointed
Chair of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). A longstanding
leader and advocate in cardiovascular health promotion, Jillings
has served as Chair of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular
Nurses, as well as President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation
of BC and Yukon.
The HSF is a national, voluntary, non-profit organization committed
to improving the health of Canadians by preventing and reducing
disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research,
health promotion and advocacy. Structured as a foundation of 10
independent provincial foundations and one national office, it
is supported by more than 130,000 volunteers and funds $85 million
in research and health promotion programs each year.
Proposals requested for Science Exhibition
The Musee de la Civilisation in Quebec, jointly with the Mathematics
of Information Technology and Complex systems Inc. (MITACS), and
the Universite Laval is seeking submissions on novel, innovative
and interactive science proposals for the 2009 Science Exhibition.
The focus “Science and the Future” will include a
range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) the life
sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and computational sciences,
engineering, the health sciences, and the social sciences.
The goal is to show the connections between science and its applications,
to inspire students to pursue scientific education and careers.
MITACS is a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for the Mathematical
Please email proposals by June 30, 2006 to Olga at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: www.mitacs.ca.