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UBC This Week | Feb. 28, 2008

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Celebrate Research Week:

www.celebrateresearch.ubc.ca

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

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Upcoming Event Highlights

Find out what else is happening at UBC this week. For sports events, visit the UBC Athletics site at www.gothunderbirds.ca/schedule.asp.

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UBC TeamUBC student wins at Model EU

Six UBC undergraduate students represented France, Portugal and Malta as delegates in the University of Washington’s 2008 Model European Union this week. One of them, Kris Hetherington, was named Outstanding Head of State for his representation of France. 

The Northwest Model European Union is the second largest of its kind in North America, and includes universities and colleges from the United States and Canada. Similar to the Model United Nations, this exercise is to familiarize students with the dynamics of European Union institutions through simulations.

For more information, visit http://jsis.washington.edu/euc/modeleu.shtml.

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Astronomy professor inducted to Order of Canada

Prof. Jaymie Matthews, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was inducted this week as an officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contribution to space research and stellar seismology, the use of star pulsations to probe their composition and history.

For more information, visit www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=5288.

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UBC Killam Research Prizes awarded

The Office of the Vice President, Research annually awards up to 10 Killam Research Prizes of $5,000 each to fulltime faculty members for their research and contributions of international significance. Funds are provided from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies, established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J. Killam.

This year’s recipients are:

Science (Junior)

  • Assist. Prof. Lutz Lampe, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Science (Senior)

  • Prof. Dolph Schluter, Department of Zoology
  • Prof. Mary Ensom, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Prof. Peter Lansdorp, Faculty of Medicine (Hematology)
  • Prof. Phil Hieter, Faculty of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Michael Smith Laboratories

Arts (Junior)

  • Assoc. Prof. Edith Chen, Department of Psychology

Arts (Senior)

  • Prof. Delroy Paulhus, Department of Psychology
  • Prof. Bonny Norton, Department of Language and Literacy Education
  • Prof. Leonie Sandercock, School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Prof. Keith Head, Sauder School of Business

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Zoology professor wins naturalist award

Prof. Dolph Schluter, Department of Zoology, has also been awarded the 2007 Centre Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) in recognition of his contributions to further the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

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UBC Athletics volunteer named Volunteer of the Year

Alumnus Marty Zlotnik has been chosen as the National Association of Athletic Directors of Development (NAADD) Volunteer of the Year for his work with UBC, UBC Athletics and in the Vancouver community. The award will be given at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in Dallas this June.

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Readings at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Two acclaimed authors will visit the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre next week to give readings as part of the Robson Reading Series, co-presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad:

Wayson Choy is a Vancouver-born Canadian writer of Chinese ancestry who spent his childhood in Vancouver’s Chinatown. His latest novel, All that Matters, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Date: March 5
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Musqueam Reading Room (455), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Rawi Hage is a writer, visual artist and curator born in Beirut and living in Canada since 1992. His novel, DeNiro’s Game, was nominated for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s award.

Date: March 6
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Musqueam Reading Room (455), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Info: www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/ps/readingseries.html

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Pollay Prize lecture to address food choice influences

Marketing Prof. Lauren Block, from the Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York, is the winner of the 2008 Pollay Prize from the Sauder School of Business. As part of the award, she will present the 2008 Pollay Prize Lecture, entitled Salad Daze and Frappucino Focus: What Influences Our Food Choices?

The Pollay Prize, inaugurated in 2006 and named after UBC Sauder School of Business Professor Emeritus Richard Pollay, honours intellectual excellence in research on marketing in the public interest. Pollay is an expert on tobacco industry advertising and a scholar who has investigated the history, regulation, values and social effects of advertising.

Date: March 7
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Place: David Lam Amphitheatre, 2033 Main Mall
Info: www.sauder.ubc.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Events6&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm
&TPLID=34&ContentID=15552
or Charles Wienberg at 604-822-8327 or charles.weinberg@sauder.ubc.ca.

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Students invited to apply for internships

Students are invited to attend an information session on summer or fall 2008 internships with the Students for Development Program, bringing together Canadian university students and partners in developing countries to contribute to capacity-building. Applications for internships are due by 1:30 p.m., March 11.

Date: March 3, noon - 1 p.m. or March 6, 3 - 4 p.m
Place: Upper Lounge, International House, 1783 West Mall
Application form: www.aucc.ca/_pdf/english/programs/sfd_2008/SFD%202008%20guidelines.pdf (students complete pages 2-3; UBC Go Global will complete pages 1 and 4). 
Info: Katherine Beaumont, Director, Go Global: International Learning Programs, 604-822-9613 or katherine.beaumont@ubc.ca.

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Graduate student conference on globalized Asia

UBC’s Institute of Asian Research will host a three-day graduate student conference entitled Globalized Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. Along with papers presented by students, Dr. Mike Douglass, Director of the Globalization Research Center and Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii, will be the keynote speaker.

All papers from the conference will be published on the IAR web page.

Date: Feb. 28 - March 1
Place: Room 120, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall.
Info: www.iar.ubc.ca/bulletin/Feb281-2008.htm or contact Pascale Massot at pmassot@interchange.ubc.ca.

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Lecture on lifecourse and personality in Japan

UBC’s Centre for Japanese Research will host a workshop entitled Lifecourse and Personality in Post-Industrial Japan: Preliminary Analysis of a US-Japan Comparative Panel Suvery. Three panellists from Osaka University will present.

Date: Feb. 29
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: Room 129, C.K. Choi Building, 1855 West Mall.
Info: www.iar.ubc.ca/bulletin/seminarsFEB2008.htm

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Choir sings for UBC scholarship fundraiser

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir will give a concert as a scholarship fundraiser sponsored by the UBC Faculty Women’s Club. The club, which raises money for student scholarships, is celebrating 90 years of service to the UBC community.

Date: March 1, St. David’s Day
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2881 Main St.
Tickets: $20. To order, call 604-878-1190 or 604-263-9567 or e-mail vwmc@shaw.ca
Info: www.facultywomensclub.ubc.ca

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Supply Management announces annual Sci-Trek tradeshow

The Sci-Trek Science and Research Tradeshow is a gathering of UBC’s major suppliers and a chance to investigate new scientific products and services.

Date: March 6
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Place: Life Sciences Centre, West Atrium, 2350 Health Sciences Mall.
Info: www.supplymanagement.ubc.ca

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Upcoming Disabilities Health Research Network conference

The Disabilities Health Research Network, based out of UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, will host their annual conference and AGM in Vancouver next month. The theme is Disabilities and Technology: Qualities of Connection. Registration is free, and open until March 5.

Date: March 14
Time: 8:30 - 3:45
Place: Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Info: http://dhrn.ca

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University administrators to gather at UBC

UBC is the official sponsor of the International Meeting of University Administrators (IMUA) 2008 conference in Vancouver this summer. The IMUA is a forum for the discussion of management and administration issues in higher education. This year’s theme is globalization.

Speakers include Prof. Bryan Gould, an international authority on higher education; Prof. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate and Director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC; Prof. David Dolphin, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at UBC and lead creator of Visudyne™.; Dr. Ron Dembo, founder of Zerofootprint; Prof. Rachel Gumbi, Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University of Zululand; and Dr. Dan Muzyka, Dean of the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

Date: Aug. 17-21
Time: 8:30 - 3:45
Place: Fairmont Hotel, 900 W. Georgia St.
Info: www.imua2008.ca

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Last reviewed 03-Apr-2008

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