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UBC This Week | Apr. 12, 2007

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UBC School of Music appoints new Director

Dr. Richard Kurth begins his five-year term as Director of the School of Music July 1. Kurth was raised in a musical family in B.C. and has achieved international recognition in his area of scholarly work.

Kurth’s teaching and research interests include aesthetic and compositional aspects of 19th and 20th century music, critical approaches to the relation of music and poetry, and the analysis of popular music and culture. He joined the UBC faculty in 1994, after teaching at the Faculties of Music at McGill and the University of Western Ontario. Prior to his doctoral studies at Harvard, he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Toronto (B.Sc.), followed by graduate studies in oboe at the Hartt School and the University of Cincinnati.

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Office of Research Services welcomes new Associate Director

Laurel Evans will be joining the Office of Research Services as Associate Director, Research Ethics this April. Evans has a background in research policies and processes relating to conflict of interest research and research ethics boards. She most recently served as Legal Council and Policy Analyst-Research for St. Michael Hospital’s Office of Research Administration in Toronto, and as Senior Ethics Advisor and Legal Counsel – Clinical Trials at McMaster University, Offices of Research Services, prior to that.

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PIMS receives NSERC grant

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) has received a $5.5-million, five-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Major Resources Support program. This funding renewal will be in effect from 2008-2013, and is an increase over the previous five-year grant of $5-million. The funds will be used as seed money for PIMS long-range planning.

PIMS is a mathematics institute that is comprised of six universities in BC, Alberta and Washington State, plus the University of Lethbridge and the University of Regina as affiliates. The central office is at UBC. PIMS focuses on scientific research in mathematics and related disciplines, the mathematics of industry, and mathematical education.

For more information, visit http://pims.math.ca.

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UBC employees join forces with United Way

United Way is looking for two UBC employees to work full-time with Employee Campaign co-ordinators and committees in workplaces around the Lower Mainland. Each employee is trained by United Way and will work on the campaign from August to December. Once trained, one UBC employee will assist the UBC United Way Campaign while the other will be based at the United Way office in Burnaby.

All full-time, continuing employees are eligible to apply. While on loan from UBC, they will be relieved of their regular job responsibilities and continue to receive full pay and benefits.

For more information, visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca.

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UBC hosts evaluation of the Senate

On April 19 – 20, UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and Political Science Department is hosting Transforming Canadian Governance Through Senate Reform. This conference will bring together experts on parliamentary reform and the evolution of the Senate.

For more information, visit http://democracy.arts.ubc.ca or contact Prof. Ken Carty at 604.822.6825.

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Zoology graduate students present symposium

The annual Zoology graduate student symposium will take place on April 16. Themed From molecules to ecosystems: graduate research in the spotlight, the symposium has students present their work through posters and presentations. Two keynote speakers, Dr. Beth Brainerd, from Brown University, and Dr. Vanessa Auld, from UBC, will share their research.

For more information, visit www.zoology.ubc.ca.

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Students take on designing for disaster

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Forintek, the wood products research institute housed at UBC, present Designing for Disaster – An Expo of Innovative Relief Housing on April 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students from Emily Carr and UBC will showcase 400-square-foot prefabricated living shelters able to be assembled or disassembled with basic tools. Presentations will be heard at 1 p.m. from participating students and representatives from Habitat for Humanity Vancouver, Emily Carr and Forintek.

For more information, contact Steph Troughton at 604.222.5663 or stephanie@van.forintek.ca.

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