July 2006

In This Issue

University News and Research
Montreal Alumni Meet New President Stephen Toope
Prize-Winning Prof Encourages Improved Care for Elderly
Applied Knowledge: UBC Research and the World around You

Alumni & Students
Alumna Wins Creative Design Award for Bicycle Ambulance
Three UBC Grad Students Win Trudeau Scholarships
Events and Services
Engage Your Brain: Public Lectures and Events

Traditions: Is Your Class Holding a Reunion This Year?
Alumni Events Calendar
Live@UBC Calendar




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Montreal Alumni Meet New President Stephen Toope

Professor Toope recently took up his duties as UBC president. He has already started meeting members of the university community, and alumni living in the Montreal area were some of the first to welcome him when he attended a student send-off event held there last month.

The event was designed to provide fledgling UBC students with a firm footing from which to set off for campus life. They met current students and alumni, who were able to provide some timely advice. Alumni were also invited to provide some tips for the new president, which they did with enthusiasm.

Some asked him to make himself accessible to students on both campuses and to continue close connections with the external community. Others felt it important to maintain the university's competitive edge to preserve their "degree equity." There was a demand for more events outside Vancouver and one alumnus simply advised the president to enjoy himself in the beautiful campus surroundings.

UBC Reports recently interviewed Professor Toope. Why did he take the job? What are his plans for the university? What does he do in his spare time?

Find out more about UBC's new president.

Do you know someone who will be attending UBC in the fall? More student send-off events have been planned for the coming weeks in Beijing, San Francisco, Manila, Victoria and more. View list.

Alumni and current students living in Montreal listened to president Stephen Toope speak at a student send-off for new undergrads bound for Vancouver and Kelowna. In the background is MC Gordon McCall MFA'80, artistic director of the Centaur Theatre Company. (Photo: Christina Gray)

Prize-Winning Prof Encourages Improved Care for Elderly

UBC's highest honour for teaching is the Killam Teaching Prize. It is awarded to faculty who have been nominated by students, alumni and colleagues. This year associate professor of Nursing, JoAnn Perry, was one of the recipients who received the honour from Martha Piper during May convocation. She is passionate about the field of Gerontology.

“I know our students have the capacity to make changes,” says Dr. Perry. “And if care will improve for our elderly it will be because we have a critical mass of nurses who are well educated about older adults and able to make change based on knowledge, not myth.”

Killam prizes were also awarded to a senior instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Luis Linares, and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Carl Ollivier-Gooch.

JoAnn Perry at May convocation

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Applied Knowledge: UBC Research and the World around Us

Probing Postwar Settlement and Integration in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany
"Professor Eagle Glassheim (History) explores the social, cultural, and environmental legacy of forced migration and resettlement in the Black Triangle, a coal-mining and industrial region that spanned the borderlands of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany."

Nanotechnology: Small is Beautiful
"Is it scandium?" This is the question du jour among mountain bike enthusiasts, and they're willing to pay top dollar-upwards of $2,500-for a frame constructed with it. Welcome to the world of high-performance sporting equipment, where participants pay a premium for gear. Strength of material can save athletes from devastating injury, and a single ounce can mean a competitive edge."

Scientist Puts Sunflower on Evolutionary Map
"A rose may be just a rose, but sunflowers hold the secret to species evolution, according to Prof. Loren Rieseberg, the Dept. of Botany’s latest recruit."

Cancer Researcher Sees Power of Tiny Enzyme
"Tiny cellular timepieces that track human aging keep Judy Wong watching the clock.
Wong is keeping her eye on telomeres. These molecular structures are found at each end of a chromosome and serve to protect and maintain it. Telomeres shorten after each round of cell division, making them effective age-markers, much like rings of a tree."

Race Not a Black and White Issue Says Sociologist
"Do immigrants prefer the melting pot or the mosaic views of assimilation? Perhaps neither, says Asst. Prof. Wendy Roth, who completed her PhD at Harvard University in May and is joining the Dept. of Sociology this month."

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Alumna Designs Bicycle Ambulance

Niki Dun is co-founder and director of Design for Development, an organization that encourages Canadian designers to put their talents to good use providing solutions to problems in the developing world.

She was recently selected to receive a BC Creative Design Award for her bicycle ambulance, now in use in a number of rural areas in southern Africa.

"As a problem-solving profession we have the potential to be an invaluable resource to the world — and especially to those parts of the world that don't have the privilege of education and access to information that we do," says industrial designer Niki Dun, BA'99.

"For too long the design profession as a whole has been encouraged to believe that good design means the ability to create a smaller cell phone, a sleek auto exterior, or a product that will show well at Milan.

While I certainly value well-designed and beautiful products, I think that we need to move beyond those definitions and really start to look at what we can contribute on a world scale as part of the global community." Find out more

The bicycle ambulance is constructed from locally-found materials. Dun collaborated with a local welders association in Malawi to produce the prototype. The ambulance allows patients to be more easily transported to medical clinics, often miles away.
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Public Lectures & Events

Most of the following are free events taking place in Vancouver. For events in your area, please check our web calendar.

Podcasts for some of the presentations will be available here shortly after the event date.

Virtual Art Gallery

View the Belkin Art Gallery's online collections.


Wednesday July 26, 7:30 PM I Just St. James - 12 St. James Street, London
London UK Alumni Pub Night
Mingle and network with your fellow UBC alumni each month for a pub night at a different spot in London. For this month, the nearest tube is Green Park. From Green Park Tube, turn right up Piccadilly, turn right down St. James Street and it's about 150 yards on the left. Guests are welcome. Please RSVP if you're planning on joining the group.

Sunday July 23, noon-3:00 PM I The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Drive, Chicago
Chicago Tri-University Event - Lunch with King Tut
Join alumni and friends from UBC, Queen's University and McGill University for lunch and a look at the life of the most famous of kings. More than 3,000 years after his reign, King Tutankhamun, the celebrated boy-king, became a cultural phenomenon around the world. Now, King Tutankhamun comes to Chicago in a spectacular new exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. $25 includes admission to the Tutankhamun exhibit and lunch. Meet at the Group Services Centre (located in the Northeast corner of the Balcony level). The group will enter the exhibit between 12:45 and 1:00 pm. RSVP

Student send-offs: various locations


Details on UBC Okanagan events can be found here. Alumni are welcome to attend events marked "public". Campus Map

Wednesday August 9, 5:30-7:30 PM I Manteo Resort
Kelowna Student Send-Off
An event for new UBC students heading to the Vancouver campus. RSVP & info.


Robson Square

UBC's downtown campus at Robson Square (800 Robson Street) offers free lectures, discussions and readings to the public. Visit the website to find out more.

Noon-Hour Lecture Series:

Wednesday July 19, 12:15-1:15 PM I UBC Robson Square, Plaza Level
Test Drive Your Career
Life and Career Assessments offer useful and sometimes surprising information about our work preferences, values, skills and blind spots. Learn about assessment services available at the LCC.
Free. Contact 604-822-8585 to register.

Wednesday July 26, 12:15-1:15 PM I UBC Robson Square, Plaza Level
Does your work drain you or energize you? Explore your strengths and put them to work to refuel and revitalize your career. Free. Contact 604-822-8585 to register.

Thursday, August 3, 7:00 PM I UBC Robson Square, Bookstore
Pride Reading in the Robson Reading Series
Featuring Lydia Kwa, George Ilsley, Debra Anderson and Sean Horlor. Free.

Young Alumni

Tuesday July 25, 7:30 I Bard on the Beach, Vancouver
The Winter's Tale
Join fellow UBC Young Alumni for a night of Shakespeare. Discounted tickets are available to attend The Winter’s Tale at Bard on the Beach. The evening includes a pre-show education session and post-show Q & A session with cast members, including Torrance Coombs, BFA’05. Tickets: $26.50 per person. For more information e-mail ya@alumni.ubc.ca.

More information about YA activities for graduates of the last ten years can be found here.

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Alumni Weekend 2006

Alumni Weekend 2006
Campus tours...breakfast with the president...presentations by UBC experts...student panel discussions...and more!
Come one, come all!

Upcoming Reunions

If you don't see your class represented, consider volunteering for a reunion committee and help to organize a rendezvous for your old classmates.

Please contact Marguerite Collins for more information (604) 827-3294

Fort Camp Reunion, 1972 (Photo courtesy UBC Library Archives)


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