Alumni Meet New President Stephen 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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.
were also awarded to a senior instructor in Electrical and Computer
Linares, and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Perry at May convocation
Knowledge: UBC Research and the World around Us
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."
Small is Beautiful
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
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 Botanys latest recruit."
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."
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
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Designs Bicycle Ambulance
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.
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."
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.
Public Lectures &
Most of the
following are free events taking place in Vancouver. For events
in your area, please check our web
some of the presentations will be available here
shortly after the event date.
View the Belkin
Art Gallery's online
July 26, 7:30 PM I
Just St. James - 12 St. James Street, London
London UK Alumni Pub Night
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.
July 23, noon-3:00 PM I
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Drive, 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
Details on UBC
Okanagan events can be found here.
Alumni are welcome to attend events marked "public". Campus
Wednesday August 9, 5:30-7:30 PM I
event for new UBC students heading to the Vancouver campus.
RSVP & info.
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.
July 19, 12:15-1:15 PM I
UBC Robson Square, Plaza
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.
604-822-8585 to register.
July 26, 12:15-1:15 PM I
UBC Robson Square, Plaza
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.
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.
25, 7:30 I
Bard on the Beach, Vancouver
The Winter's Tale
fellow UBC Young Alumni for a night of Shakespeare. Discounted tickets
are available to attend The Winters 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, BFA05. Tickets: $26.50 per person. For more information
about YA activities for graduates of the last ten years can be found
for more information (604) 827-3294
tours...breakfast with the president...presentations by UBC
experts...student panel discussions...and more!
Come one, come all!
you don't see your class represented, consider volunteering
for a reunion committee and help to organize a rendezvous for
your old classmates.
Camp Reunion, 1972 (Photo courtesy UBC Library Archives)
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