Grad Gazette - Issue 53: September 2010
Issue 53: September 2010 Feedback
UBC football alumni took on the varsity team in August. The alumni side won 40-35. Its honorary starting quarterback was Ted Duncan, BA'58, of BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders fame.
In This Issue What's On

University News and Research
UBC Prof to Take Up White House Post
UBC Places 30th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Technology's Impact on Higher Education
Applied Knowledge: UBC Research and the World Around You

Alumni & Students
Meet UBC's First-Year Students
The Dr. Peter Diaries: Twenty Years On
From the Archives: The Library's Stained Glass Windows

Events and Services
UBC Dialogues: Ideas and Opinions that Matter
Engage Your Brain: Public Lectures and Events
Notices and Special Offers
Lifelong Learning with UBC Continuing Studies

 

 

Applied Knowledge: UBC Research and the World Around You

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UBC Researchers Receive $3.1M from Terry Fox Foundation to Study Rare Cancers
Team will use DNA sequencing technology to study 12 rare tumours that currently lack effective diagnostics and treatments.

 

Global Fisheries Research Finds Promise and Peril
Study quantifies the social and economic value of fish around the world and also calculates the loss of both revenue and dependable protein sources from years of overfishing.

Testosterone Can be a Negative Factor in High-Stakes Decision-Making
Study shows that young male CEOs with more testosterone in their system are more likely to initiate, scrap or resist mergers and acquisitions.

Source: UBC Public Affairs.

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The Doctor Peter Diaries: Twenty Years On

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It all started on CBC Television evening news on September 10, 1990, with these words from Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, BSc'79, MD'85:

"I'm going to be introducing you to someone with AIDS to help provide a name, a face, and an identity to this disease. The person I’m going to be introducing you to is myself. I'm a doctor, but I’m also a patient – a patient with AIDS."

For many people, the Dr. Peter Diaries was the first introduction to someone with AIDS – and to someone who was openly gay. Over the next two years, to within two weeks of his death, 111 weekly episodes of the Diaries were aired. The Diaries were so successful that a documentary compilation, The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1994.

This month, Alumni Affairs, the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation presented a special evening celebrating the 20th anniversary of the debut of the Dr. Peter Diaries and the 25th anniversary of his graduation from UBC Medicine. It included a screening of the acclaimed documentary, followed by a talkback session featuring some of his closest friends and supporters.

Listen to the Podcast

Watch CBC’s original Dr. Peter Diaries video clips

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Engage Your Brain: Public Lectures and Events

Upcoming Event Highlights :

LOS ANGELES
OKANAGAN
TORONTO
VANCOUVER
VICTORIA
REUNIONS

Check out UBC's new weekly video featuring event highlights.

See UBC Events Calendar for a full listing.

 
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LOS ANGELES

All Canadian Alumni Event 2010
October 23, Petersen Automotive Museum
Join fellow UBC alumni in the Los Angeles area as well as grads from other Canadian universities for the All Canadian Alumni Event 2010, featuring keynote speaker, Leonard Brody. Leonard is a technology entrepreneur, business advisor and author from Calgary, Alberta, who has helped raise millions of dollars for startup companies, has been through one of the largest Internet IPO’s in history, and has been involved in the building, financing and sale of five companies. He will be leading a discussion on innovation.

OKANAGAN

Research Tea Break: Housing new Canadians in the Central Okanagan
September 29, Arts Building
This year's series restarts with a talk by Carlos Teixeira, associate professor of Geography.

Mechanisms and Evolution of Hypoxia Tolerance
September 29, Arts Building
The next presenter for this Biology Seminar Series is Jeff Richards, associate professor of Zoology from UBC's Vancouver campus.

Minds and Music concert: Hilary Peach
September 30, Streaming Café, Kelowna
Hilary Peach will be in Kelowna performing selections from her standing repertoire as well as new works. The new pieces are from a suite of poems currently being developed for a live show and audio recording project called Dictionary of Snakes.

Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Diana Burgoyne
October 7, Fine Arts and Health building
Electronic folk artist Diana Burgoyne has taught creative electronics at Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 1998. She has just finished a work entitled Audio Quilt as artist in residence at Vancouver's Roundhouse Community Centre.

Spanish Film Series: Más allá del espejo
October 21, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

The Australian 10,000 Steps Experience: Community-Based Physical Activity Promotion
October 26, Fipke Centre
Kerry Mummery, internationally renowned scholar and educator in the area of physical activity, will describe methods used to promote health-related physical activity to communities, using examples from the award-winning Australian 10,000 Steps program.

Minds and Music concert: Robert Silverman
October 27, University Centre ballroom
Premiere pianist Robert Silverman will perform a number of Beethoven's sonatas.

More Okanagan events

TORONTO

UBC Dialogues
Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change?
October 5, 99 SUDBURY (new venue)
From debates and lobbyists to boycotts and protesters, political action takes many forms. Is there a time and place for righteous indignation? Or is it more effective to engage in dialogue with those we oppose? Join fellow alumni, donors and friends and UBC President Professor Stephen Toope as he moderates a panel of UBC and community experts who will explore the best way to bring about societal and political change. RSVP.

Shaw Festival Discounts for UBC Alumni
Until October 31
Located in beautiful, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the heart of Niagara Wine Country, the Shaw Festival is one of the world’s finest theatre companies, celebrated for its vivid and exhilarating theatrical productions. This season, The Shaw presents 10 plays in four theatres.

VANCOUVER

An Evening with a Lunatic Farmer
September 27, H.R. MacMillan building (campus)
American farmer and author Joel Salatin, will share stories and insights based on his upcoming book, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. Profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivoire's Dilemma, Salatin was also featured in the documentaries Food Inc, and Fresh. Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm in Virginia.

Science and Civic Engagement: Crossing Scales and Jurisdictions for Biodiversity Conservation
September 28, Liu Institute (campus)
This talk takes as its focus the transformation of the turntable from a playback device to a musical instrument during the early years of hip-hop. It will examine landmark innovations in turntable technique - including Grandmaster Flash's development of the clock theory method of mixing records and GrandWizzard Theodore's introduction of needle-dropping and scratching - as well as changes in turntable and mixer technology. In doing so it will offer a framework for understanding the musical and social bases for the turntable's instrumentality and demonstrate how hip-hop went from being a performance practice to a musical genre in its own right.

Shooting the Messenger: The Maguindanao massacre and the phenomenon of media killings in the Philippines
September 29, C.K Choi Building (campus)
With Mr. Lingao, 2010 Marshall McLuhan Awardee.
The Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009, was the single largest incident of extrajudicial killings of media practitioners in the world, with 32 media workers murdered. The incident was made more horrific by the fact that the suspects, incumbent local officials, used members of the government militia and their government-purchased firearms to commit the massacre. The suspects even brought in a government-owned backhoe to dig the mass graves for the victims and bury the bodies along with their vehicles. For a moment, the Philippine media could not decide what was more alarming: that so many of their colleagues were murdered in just once incident, or that the culture of impunity in the country has developed to the point that government officials actually thought they could commit mass murder using government guns, cover up the incident using government resources, and walk away as if nothing happened. The incident raises a number of major concerns about Philippine society, government policy and institutions, and politics which will be the subject of the seminar.

The Public Benefit of Human Rights
with Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
September 29, Liu Institute (campus)
Increasingly, charities are required to demonstrate to CRA that their activities and purposes demonstrate a “public benefit” which is tangible and can be established in court. This is much more difficult in areas of human rights and religion than it is in the relief of poverty or advancement of education. Justice Kirby’s exploration of the impact of human rights principles on the humanitarian, social, political and religious activities of civil society organizations is one of the most significant challenges in the future of charity law.

There are $100 Bills on the Ground: Why we need integrated energy systems
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, SFU & UBC Public Lecture Series
September 29, Robson Square (downtown)
Dr. Nancy Olewiler of SFU and Dr. John Robinson of UBC will speak at this new and free public lecture series. The lecture will explore smart or integrated energy systems. The presentations will shed light on how such systems offer sustainable solutions at the urban scale to reduce GHGs and promote a more livable region.

Space Exploration and Traditional Culture: Futuristic Community-Backed Science Projects Based in Canada
September 29, Green College (campus)
In the last few months, Middle Eastern media in Qatar, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced a moon space project that would be the first of its kind for the Islamic world community and that was initiated by the Muslim community in BC, with the consequence that the multi-million dollar project will represent a major injection of badly needed foreign investment in the Western Canada space industry. The speakers will describe their space business travels to India and the Middle East, and discuss how Canada’s celebrating and promoting of its cultural communities which are from traditions deeply enamoured with cosmology and astronomy, is poised to start paying dividends to Canada’s space-related economic sectors.

Staged Reading of Lord Byron's Cain - A Mystery
September 30, Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre (campus)
Angry at God and his parents for making him live under the curse of the forbidden fruit, Cain falls victim to Lucifer's manipulations and kills his brother Abel in a fit of blind rage... Lord Byron's Romantic closet drama retells the story of the first murder with a twist, making Cain, the murderer, its hero. Working with a heavily adapted script, this staged reading takes Cain out of the closet and onto the stage, while preserving the play's magnificent poetry. However, this dramatic reading is not just an experiment in literary form and performance genre; the adaptation also gets at the modern core of the play. It creates the feel of a radio drama or short film, while questioning the boundaries between dream and reality, our treatment of criminals, and whether a sense of dissatisfaction and confinement is inherent to the human experience.

Frank Warren: Post Secret Live
October 1, Chan Centre (campus)
Frank Warren started PostSecret by asking strangers to mail him secrets anonymously on postcards. Half a million postcards later, PostSecret has become a worldwide phenomenon: its website receives over seven million hits a month, and the artfully designed postcards have inspired numerous New York Times best-selling books. Through PostSecret, Warren has created a safe place for people to freely reveal hidden parts of themselves. Presenting to packed houses around the country, Warren brings communication, compassion, and community to life.

TEDx Terry talks 2010
October 2, Life Sciences Institute (campus)
Every year, “TEDx Terry talks” is held on campus, where students are given a high profile platform to communicate their passions and desires to an audience of their UBC peers. It essentially borrows a template from a well-established conference known as the TED conference, and modifies it for delivery within the UBC setting. Here, the general intent is to bring together the university’s “most fascinating (student) thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.” Under this context, a single day conference would accommodate 8 student speakers from a wide range of interests and backgrounds.

Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption and Human Rights: Multinational Corporations in China and Southeast Asia
October 4, C. K Choi Building (campus)
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in China and Southeast Asia have arguably contributed to improving communities throughout the region. Yet industry often sidelines human rights and corruption by placing them low on the corporate priority agenda. This seminar then addresses how industry perceives each issue within the CSR paradigm.

Cry Rock (film)
October 6,11 & 13 (various locations)
Less than 15 Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, BC. One of these elders is director Banchi Hanuse's 80-year-old grandmother. Although she entered filmmaking in order to document Nuxalk stories for future generations, and technology now makes it easier than ever to do this, Hanuse finds herself resisting. Instead, she asks whether an electronic recording can capture the true meaning and value of these oral traditions and, more importantly, can it be considered cultural knowledge? Cry Rock is being screened as part of Vancouver's International Film Festival. Banchi Hanuse is a UBC Alumna (BA'04).

The Live Sessions - Hayley Sales
October 7, Chan Centre (campus)
Growing up on an organic blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, surrounded by Tibetan monks, Hayley Sales has what you might call an eclectic background. Her latest album, When the Bird Became a Book, reflects her fresh, folk-island style. As an environmental activist she hopes to bring awareness to important issues through her music, and inspire people along the way.

UBC Symphony Orchestra
October 8, Chan Centre (campus)
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde Prelude to Act 1; Liszt, Symphonic Poem No. 10 "Hamlet"; Brahms, Symphony No. 2

Pakistan Students Association: Walk for Pakistani Flood Victims
October 9, Chan Centre (campus)
This walk is to raise awareness about the ongoing suffering of the flood victims in Pakistan and show of solidarity with those who are suffering the worst disaster in recent history. The next six months are posing a serious and real threat of famine for millions of helpless people who have already lost loved ones, property, and livelihood. The walk will start from the Student Union Building and end at Stanley Park.

Stand Up for Mental Health: Lunchtime Show
October 14, Norm Theatre (campus)
Comics from Stand Up for Mental Health will keep you laughing and make you think with their humour and insights into mental illness. Free for all UBC community members.

How to be an Entrepreneur in Information and Communications Technology
October 15, Green College (campus)
With Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems
It is clear that information and communications technology (ICT) has been a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Many of us know names of people who have made it big. An understanding of the ICT roadmap enables one to see which are successful products to choose when considering creating a start-up, and which are doomed. Good product definitions, competition analyses, and market roll-out plans are the foundations for success. The human resources side of creating a company, the motivators and mind-sets of venture capitalists, and how to create an “unfair competitive advantage” will also be discussed.

Vancouver Chamber Choir
Various dates and locations
Upcoming performances include:
NOVA Rising Choral Stars 8:00pm, October 15
SOLITUDE TRILOGY Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, O’Regan 8:00pm, November 5
MAGNIFICAT! A Festive 40th Anniversary Christmas 8:00pm, December 3
UBC alumni are entitled to a 20 per cent discount on the VCC's 40th anniversary season. Learn more.

Critical Issues in Aboriginal Life and Thought Speaker Series
October 19, Robson Square (downtown)
Lecture: Lands, Treaties, and Development Strategies

TEDxUBC
Fast Forward Ed: An Idea Worth Spreading

October 23, Robson Square (downtown)
Graduates of UBC’s Teacher Education Program are organizing TEDxUBC in downtown Vancouver to help shape the future of business and technology education in British Columbia’s secondary and post-secondary institutions. In the spirit of TED, TEDxUBC is an independently organized, one-day event combining live speakers and TED Talk videos to spark deep discussion and connection in the education, business and technology sectors. How do you educate students for jobs that don’t yet exist? What skills will you need to be successful in the 21st century? TEDxUBC would like to add one or two alumni with ideas worth spreading on the skills needed for future success to our TED Talk line-up.If you're ready for the speech of your life in a global webcast, contact us (info@tedxubc.com) by October 2.

University Singers and UBC Choral Union - Special Presentation
October 23, Chan Centre (campus)
Highlights to include: Britten – Hymn to St. Cecilia and works by Haydn, Palestrina and Whitacre.

Celebrate Learning
October 23-31, campus
Celebrate Learning is a week-long initiative held each fall. The event seeks to honour and celebrate teaching and learning across UBC Vancouver, and to highlight and promote student learning and development opportunities. Many of the events are free and open to the public:
October 25 – Marine Spatial Planning (free)
October 25 – Open House at Belkin Art Gallery (free)
October 25-30 – UBC bookstore – Larger than Life animation
October 26 – Wellness Café Series: Conversations on Occupation (free; RSVP required)
October 27 – Three student films about Asian Folklore (free)
October 27 – The Learning Circle (free by videoconference)
October 28 – Drivers of Enivornmental change (free)
October 30 – Modern Motherhood (registration fee)
October 31 – Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens (museum admission fee)

Great Trek Race
October 30, campus
Celebrating UBC’s rich history, this 8km run will allow you to explore the beauty of campus. Come out for a morning of exercise and excitement – great for runners and walkers alike.

VICTORIA

BC Universities Alumni Pub Night in Victoria
October 20 & November 17 at 6:30pm at Earls (private room) 1199 Government Street (at View St.) Victoria, BC
Alumni and friends from all BC universities are invited to a casual pub night in Victoria to connect with old friends and to meet new ones. If you plan to attend, please contact SFU's alumni rep in Victoria, Irfane Fancey (irfancey@shaw.ca).

REUNIONS

Arts and Science Class of 1961
We're looking for volunteers to help plan activities and celebrate the 50th anniversary reunion for the class of 1961 in September 2011. If interested, please contact Christine Lee, Alumni Relations Manager (604-822-9359).

 

 

UBC Dialogues

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Learn, discover, contribute...

UBC Alumni Affairs is coming to your community to engage in a dialogue and knowledge exchange about the issues that matter most to you. Join us in your community and hear how UBC’s interdisciplinary research and teaching are addressing some of these complex societal issues. Here are some upcoming locations and topics:

London (UK): October 1, Royal Geographical Society
Coalition Governments: Power-hungry Politicians or Progressive Partnerships?
It's almost six months in to a new coalition government in Britain. What's working and what have been the biggest challenges? Can a coalition government govern successfully with collegiality and consensus-building or do agendas and politicking get in the way? Are coalition governments anti-democratic or more representative of the wishes of the electorate. Join fellow UK alumni as you engage with leading UBC and community experts for this provocative dialogue in London. RSVP.

Toronto: October 5, 99 SUDBURY (new venue)
Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change?
From debates and lobbyists to boycotts and protesters, political action takes many forms. Is there a time and place for righteous indignation? Or is it more effective to engage in dialogue with those we oppose? Join fellow alumni, donors and friends and UBC President Professor Stephen Toope as he moderates a panel of UBC and community experts who will explore the best way to bring about societal and political change. RSVP.

North Shore: October 13, Kay Meek Centre
Aboriginal Land Development: Empowered or Too Much Power?
Urban reserve land has become incredibly valuable and many First Nations' leaders have realized the potential financial and economic benefit that this land presents. Will real estate become the financial engine of the First Nations economy? Should First Nations land development have to play by city development rules or should they have complete authority to do business on their own land? Join us on October 13, 2010, for UBC Dialogues: North Shore. Engage with leading experts from UBC and the community and learn more about Aboriginal land development. RSVP.

Keep an eye on our website for details about the following topics:

Vancouver: Ecodensity (October 26)

Coquitlam: Mental Health (November 16)

Whistler: Storytelling form the Margins (December 4)

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Notices and Special Offers

BC Lions
Receive a discount for a BC Lions game and help support the new Alumni Centre at the same time. Your ticket also entitles you to 2-for-1 admission at Playland.
More info
BC Lions vs.Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saturday October 10 at 7:00pm
Purchase tickets
(Use following promo code: UBC)

Vancouver Chamber Choir
UBC alumni are entitled to a 20 per cent discount for the 40th anniversary season of the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Concert Descriptions
Purchase Tickets (Use following promo code: UBCALUMNI)

Early Booking Alumni Travel Offer: France, Italy, China and more
Booking early entitles you to savings of up to $500.
Travel offer details
On November 11 at 3:00pm CST, you are invited to participate in a webinar that will inform you about one of the trips on offer: Paris & The Villages and Vineyards of France. More information and registration.

TEDxUBC needs alumni presenters. Do you have an idea worth spreading?
October 23, Robson Square
Graduates of UBC’s Teacher Education Program are organizing TEDxUBC in downtown Vancouver to help shape the future of business and technology education in British Columbia’s secondary and post-secondary institutions. In the spirit of TED, TEDxUBC is an independently organized, one-day event combining live speakers and TEDTalk videos to spark deep discussion and connection in the education, business and technology sectors. How do you educate students for jobs that don’t yet exist? What skills will you need to be successful in the 21st century? TEDxUBC would like to add one or two alumni with ideas worth spreading on the skills needed for future success to our TED Talk line-up.If you're ready for the speech of your life in a global webcast, contact us (info@tedxubc.com) by October 2.

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Lifelong Learning at UBC

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Fall Continuing Studies courses are gearing up, but it’s not too late to find a course to inspire, engage and enlighten you – we have many courses starting in October and November. View the hundreds of learning opportunities currently on offer in our fall 2010 course calendar, available on our website


One Day @ UBC
Saturdays, September 25-December 4, 9am-3:30pm; UBC Point Grey. $85, seniors $75
Spend a Saturday at UBC Point Grey while you explore something you’ve always wanted to know with a one-day Continuing Studies course. Topics range from James Joyce to modern motherhood, from the indigenous landscape to globalization, and more. Distinguished UBC professors and other experts share their wealth of subject area knowledge with you and other adult learners.

Professional and Creative Writing Courses
Courses start in October and November, UBC Point Grey and UBC Robson Square and online, $265-$425
Have you always wanted to author a novel or screenplay? Or craft a memoir or travel article? Whatever your writing objective, the UBC Continuing Studies Writing Centre has a professional or creative writing course to help you achieve it, taught by award-winning professional writers. If you have trouble fitting a weekly class into your busy schedule, or don’t live in Vancouver, a number of our writing courses are available through online delivery.

Lifelong Learning Series: Critical Issues in Aboriginal Life and Thought
Six Tuesdays, September 21, October 19, November 2, 9 & 30, December 7,
7-9pm; UBC Robson Square. FREE.

Limited seating. Pre-registration required. Join us at UBC Robson Square this fall for a series of free special dialogues on critical issues in Aboriginal life and thought. Topics addressed include: International Indigenous Rights Movements (Sep 21), Lands, Treaties, and Development Strategies (Oct 19), Education, Community Initiatives and Mainstream Institutions (Nov 2), Urban Aboriginal Issues (Nov 9), Aboriginal Women (Nov 30), and Aboriginal Art (Dec 7). Critical Issues in Aboriginal Life and Thought is a collaboration of the UBC First Nations Studies Program, the First Nations House of Learning, the Irving. K. Barber Learning Centre and UBC Continuing Studies.

UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies

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UBC Dialogues: London (UK)
Coalition Governments: Power-hungry Politicians or Progressive Partnerships?

Oct. 1


UBC Dialogues: Toronto
Advocate or Activist: What is the best way to effect change?
New Venue
Oct. 5


Residential Real Estate Lunch and Learn (Calgary)
Oct. 6


UBC Dialogues: North Shore
Aboriginal Land Development: Empowered or Too Much Power?

Oct. 13


Alumni Lunch in Frankfurt
Oct. 23


UBC Book Club (Vancouver)
November 2: Meet and Greet
November 23: Discussion
Books:
Trauma Farm
by Brian Brett
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

 

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