UBC This Week | Apr. 26, 2007
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UBC professor receives title of Fellow
Prof. Grant Ingram, Principal of UBC’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies, has been named Fellow by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) in recognition of his long-term service and contributions to the field of ocean sciences in Canada. Ingram has spent more than three decades researching ocean physics and the link between the physical environment and marine biological populations in northern and Arctic oceans, and the importance of climate variability.
For more information, visit www.cfis.ubc.ca/page338.htm.
UBC professor models intercultural learning
Prof. Leonie Sandercock, of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, and Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), share first prize in BMW’s annual awards for intercultural learning. The award is for a multimedia project entitled Where Strangers Become Neighbours: The Story of Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Integration of Immigrants in Vancouver.
This award acknowledges ideas and projects that support and demonstrate the ideal of peaceful intercultural co-existence. Sandercock is recognized for her writings on interculturalism and cosmopolitan urbanism, and for her practical involvement with CNH. CNH is acknowledged for its work in the social integration of immigrants in the Collingwood neighbourhood of Vancouver.
For more information, visit www.bmwgroup.com.
Early Career scholars recognized at UBC
Three UBC professors have been awarded 2007 Early Career Scholar Awards from UBC’s Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies (PWIAS). Assoc. Prof. Mona Gleason, Educational Studies, and Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Nicol, Curriculum Studies, won in the senior category for associate professors; Assist. Prof. Mark Beauchamp, Human Kinetics, won in the junior category.
These awards are part of a program intended to bring early-career researchers together to share ideas and research approaches.
For more information about this and other PWIAS funding programs, visit www.pwias.ubc.ca/programs.
Honourable mention for good intentions gone awry
Education faculty Assist. Prof. Jan Hare and Prof. Emerita Jean Barman received honourable mention for their book, Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Crosby and the Methodist Mission on the Northwest Coast, in the B.C. Historical Federation’s 2006 Historical Writing Competition. The book is published by UBC Press.
YouLead fellowships send students abroad
Three UBC students have received international development fellowships through YouLead, an international service learning program at UBC. YouLead connects students with people in global communities through volunteering, project planning, and cultural exchange. These fellowships help defray financial costs.
Jana Tondu, a third year student in Freshwater Sciences at UBC Okanagan, received the first prize of $1,500. She will volunteer in three projects and ecosystems in her time in Costa Rica.
Allison Stockdale, completing her Bachelor of Music with a major in Secondary Music Education, and Kristin DeGirolamo, second year Pharmacy, received the second prize of $750 each. Both are students at UBC in Vancouver. Stockdale will teach in a secondary school in Malawi, while DeGirolamo will volunteer in a Ugandan health clinic.
For more information on YouLead, visit www.youlead.org.
UBC librarians recognized for outstanding service
Chris Ball, Jo-Anne Naslund and Linda Dunbar, librarians from UBC’s Education Library, are joint winners of the 2007 Academic Librarians in Public Service Award for Outstanding Service.
The award is shared with AskAway, a virtual reference service offered by UBC Library and 27 other post-secondary institutions in B.C. AskAway launched in October 2006.
UBC Fisheries Centre on the top 10 list
Professors Daniel Pauly, Villy Christensen and Carl Walters of the UBC Fisheries Centre have been recognized by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Science Administration (NOAA) for their work on the Ecopath project, naming it one of the top 10 greatest breakthroughs in its history.
The project was created by NOAA scientist Dr. Jeffrey Polovina and modified into its current form by Pauly, Christensen and Walters. The entire ecological/ecosystem modeling software suite is now called EwE (Ecopath with Ecosim).
For more information, visit www.cfis.ubc.ca/page335.htm.
Professor emeritus honoured by the Government of Canada
Canada’s High Commission in London hosted a February reception in honour of UBC Prof. Emeritus Gordon Munro, Economics, an expert in the economics of fisheries. The event launched the book, Advances in Fisheries Economics, as a festschrift to honour Munro and his contributions to the advancement of the economics of the fishery.
Forum explores the future of post-secondary education
UBC’s Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET) is hosting an open forum on May 3. This is an opportunity to discuss CHET’s response to this week’s Campus 2020 report submitted to the Premier by Geoff Plant, Special Advisor to the Premier. Participants are encouraged to read the report before attending. The outcome of the forum will be a formal, written response to the government.
The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System can be found at http://www.campus2020.ca/EN/the_report/.
For more information, contact Prof. Don Fisher at 604.822.5295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.