Sarah Morgan-Silvester, UBC's 17th Chancellor

Corporate director and community volunteer elected UBC Chancellor
The chair of Canada's largest port and Canada's busiest maternity hospital foundation has been elected as the University of British Columbia's 17th chancellor.

Sarah Morgan-Silvester, chair of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, begins a three-year term on July 1, 2008. The UBC alumna succeeds the Hon. Allan McEachern, who was chancellor for six years. McEachern passed away earlier this year.

 "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a well-respected member of the community," says UBC President Stephen J. Toope. "Ms. Morgan-Silvester has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations. She is very well-suited to serve in this role."


KolbNeuroscientist Bryan Kolb to receive honorary degree from UBC Okanagan
One of the world's leading neuroscientists, Bryan Kolb, will receive an honorary degree from UBC Okanagan on June 6.

Among his many discoveries and achievements, Kolb was the first to show how the growth of new brain cells can restore psychological and behavioural function. He and his team have discovered that we have the power to grow new brain cells. His research has spurred new treatments to help victims of stroke, those living with Alzheimer's Disease, or afflicted by drug abuse or head injuries.


Symposium: making small urban and rural communities more welcoming for immigrants
A major policy-research symposium at UBC Okanagan on May 15 will examine ways to make Canada's small urban centres and rural communities more welcoming for new immigrants.
"Immigration to Canada has been recognized as an essential element in demographic development and economic growth," says symposium co-chair Daniel Hiebert, Professor of Geography at UBC, and co-director of Metropolis British Columbia.
"This will be both a forum to present innovative work in this field as well as an opportunity for open and critical engagement on the subject of welcoming communities," says symposium co-chair Carlos Teixeira, UBC Okanagan Associate Professor of Geography and a domain leader with Metropolis.

All sessions are in UBC Okanagan's Arts Building room 366. Sessions are open to the public, however, those interested in attending are asked to pre-register by contacting Vicky Baker at UBC's Department of Geography, or call 604.822.3188.

New continuing scholarships for international students
Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students, is pleased to announce the recent approval by the UBC Okanagan Senate of three new scholarships of $3,000 each for international continuing undergraduate students to be awarded every year in early June.

International Student Community Achievement Award
The International Student Community Achievement Award recognizes international students who contribute to the local community and excel academically.

To be eligible, the student must be an international undergraduate who will be returning to studies in September, is academically strong, and has a demonstrated ability in one or more of the following areas: artistic endeavours, community service, athletic pursuits, original intellectual work, cross-cultural relations, promotion of diversity, or other campus activities. 

Recommendations in the form of a one-page letter indicating the reasons for nomination can be sent in confidence to Terri Flanagan, International Student Advisor, no later than Friday, May 16. Any questions can be directed to Terri Flanagan via e-mail or by calling 79276.

Volunteers needed for grad ceremonies on June 6
The Ceremonies Office is looking for volunteers to help make the UBC Okanagan Convocation Ceremonies on Friday, June 6, a memorable occasion for our graduates and their families. Both faculty and staff members will be needed in various roles.

Volunteers are needed in the following capacities:

  • Ushers: Needed to hand out programs and direct guests to their seats. This is a very important role and a lot of volunteers will be needed to help out.
  • Marshals: Needed to lead both the student and faculty processions.  Traditionally marshals have come from the faculty members but staff are welcome to participate. 
  • Golf Cart Drivers: Needed to drive VIP guests with special needs to and from the gym and Student Service Centre in a 6-seater golf cart.

For more info contact Erin Podmorow in the Ceremonies Office by e-mail or call 79258 by Friday, May 23. Volunteers are needed for one or both ceremonies, depending on individual's schedule.

Volunteer Information Session
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: LIB305 (lunch will be provided)

Dress Rehearsal for Volunteers
Date: Thursday, June 5
Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium

2009 honorary degree nominations now being accepted
The Okanagan Senate welcomes the nomination of worthy individuals for honorary degrees. Nominations submitted to UBC Okanagan are considered for UBC honorary degrees that will be awarded at the Okanagan campus during the graduation ceremonies.

The award of an honorary degree is recognition by UBC of distinguished achievement or of outstanding service. The criteria for the award of an honorary degree are excellence, eminence, and accomplishment. Nominees must be exceptionally distinguished: scholars, creative artists, public servants, persons prominent in the community and their professions, and others who have made significant contributions locally, nationally, or globally.

Any member of the public or the campus community may submit nominations until September 15, 2008. For a full list of nomination criteria and description of the nomination process, please visit the UBC Okanagan Senate's honorary degree website.

For more information contact Kelly Ross, Associate Academic Governance Officer, at 79259.

New books by Critical Studies authors

Animal Subjects
Jodey Castricano, Associate Professor of English is the editor of a new book, Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Although Cultural Studies has directed sustained attacks against sexism and racism, the question of the animal has lagged behind developments in broader society with regard to animal suffering in factory farming, product testing, and laboratory experimentation, as well in zoos, rodeos, circuses, and public aquariums.

Animal SubjectsThe contributors to Animal Subjects are scholars and writers from diverse perspectives whose work calls into question the boundaries that divide the animal kingdom from humanity, focusing on the medical, biological, cultural, philosophical, and ethical concerns between non-human animals and ourselves.

The first of its kind to feature the work of Canadian scholars and writers in the emergent Cultural Studies field of animal studies, this collection aims to include the non-human-animal question as part of the ethical purview of Cultural Studies and to explore the question in interdisciplinary terms.

Jodey Castricano, a fellow in the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, has long been an advocate of animal rights. Her research concerns extend to the history of ideas in the 19th century, particularly in the context of Darwinian theory and the development of psychoanalysis.

More information...

Postcolonial Resistance
David Jefferess
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Studies, has authored a new book that reframes postcolonial conceptions of resistance, violence, and liberation.

Postcolonial ResistanceInterpreting resistance as either acts of opposition or practices of subversion is insufficient, says Jefferess. His book, Postcolonial Resistance: Culture, Liberation, and Transformation (University of Toronto Press), points out that there has been insufficient critical analysis of the concept of resistance, particularly as it relates to liberation or social and cultural transformation.

In Postcolonial Resistance, he looks to redress this critical imbalance and invites future scholarship in the field to reconsider past conceptualizations of political power and opposition to that power.

More information...

Gay Images in Mexican Cinema. Three Decades of Queerness 1970-1999
Bernard Schulz-Cruz
, Associate Professor of Spanish and coordinator of the FCCS Spanish Program, is launching new book, Imágenes gay en el cine mexicano. Tres décadas de joterío 1970-1999, or Gay Images in Mexican Cinema. Three Decades of Queerness 1970-1999 (Fontamara, 2008).

In the new book, Schulz-Cruz looks at how Mexico's cinematographic representation of the gay body has been developing step by step over three decades, from 1970 to 1999. He examines feature films or movies that try to construct male homosexuality, articulate it and have it make sense on screen.

More information...


Undergraduate student Letitia Falk presenting her award-winning poster Effect of the Common Wastewater Contaminant Coprostanol on Vitellogenin Expression in Goldfish as an Indicator of Endocrine Disruption.

Presentations on environmental issues receive top awards
at the Undergraduate Research Conference 

The changes in glacier mass balance as a sensitive indicator of climate, and the effects of a common wastewater contaminant on the reproductive processes of goldfish are the two projects winning top awards at the recent Undergraduate Research Conference held at UBC Okanagan. 

Colette Starheim received first prize for her oral presentation Recent Changes in the Inverness Glacier, British Columbia. Using aerial photography and GPS data, she examined the behaviour of the glacier over the past 60 years to provide an understanding of recent climate change. Starheim's research identified a difference in the surface area and volume of the glacier and found a generally negative annual net balance over the period examined. Runners-up for the oral presentations were Jeff Hoekstra and Kristen Forsyth

Letitia Falk presented the winning poster Effect of the Common Wastewater Contaminant Coprostanol on Vitellogenin Expression in Goldfish as an Indicator of Endocrine Disruption. The project explored the effects of steroid compounds on the reproductive processes of goldfish. Falk's research found that organic compounds such as coprostanol raise important water quality issues because they disrupt the reproductive processes of goldfish and are not removed by conventional wastewater treatment programs. Cindy Nagel and Kevin McKenzie were runners-up in the poster category.

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference was sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and held on Friday, April 11, in the Student Service Centre Foyer. The annual conference is open to all Irving K. Barber School undergraduate students interested in presenting their original research.

May 7, 2008

UBC Okanagan hosts 37th-annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use
Information Literacy Uncorked

For the first time in its history, UBC Okanagan will host the annual Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU). WILU is an international conference based in Canada that aims to celebrate innovative approaches and fresh practices for dynamic campus learning. The conference will encourage inventive presentations to mirror original, contemporary practices. Participants and presenters will enjoy many opportunities to benefit from the pool of collective instructional knowledge and experience.


Wednesday, May 14, to Friday, May 16
Location: Arts Building and Student Service Centre

For registration, program, and accommodation information visit the WILU 37 website.

May 20 book launch for three UBC Okanagan Critical Studies authors
The Department of Critical Studies is hosting the public launch on May 20 of three new books by Critical Studies faculty members. The authors are Jodey Castricano, David Jefferess and Bernard Schulz-Cruz.

Tuesday, May 20
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room

The campus community and the public are invited to this special event hosted by the Department of Critical Studies. Refreshments will be served.

Read about the books...


Socrates goes on trial at Chan Centre

As part of the Canadian Philosophical Association's 2008 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, UBC will host the theatrical performance Socrates on Trial at the Chan Centre from May 31 to June 7.

Starring Paul Toolin, James Gill and Dave Campbell, this performance tells the story of the trial of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.

Was Socrates really one of the most ethical figures in the history of Western civilization, an extraordinary man searching for justice, a student of the human condition who went on to inspire many of the world's greatest thinkers throughout the ages?

Or was he a fake and a cheat who deserved to be put to death for corrupting so many young people, some of whom betrayed their city in times of war?

In this modern production — which is based on Aristophanes' comedy Clouds and several of Plato's dramatic dialogues — old questions and values are given a modern interpretation and audience members get to vote to decide Socrates' fate.

Performances run from Saturday, May 31, to Saturday, June 7. (Warning: some suggestive scenes.)

Tickets are available online from Ticketmaster or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office.

For more information about this performance visit the website.


UBCO.TV Spotlight

The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new this month:

Speak Up! — Students respond to the questions about the school year and what was most memorable about their time at UBC Okanagan.

Hovercraft Challenge — Engineering Two students design and construct prototype hovercrafts that demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and skill in an exciting and difficult challenge.

Students Slice and Dice — Engineering One students compete head to head, slicing and dicing their way to the top in this year's food processing competition.

Barber School Announces USRA Recipients
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences has announced 11 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships (USRA). The program is designed to stimulate interest in natural sciences and engineering research and provide at least 16 weeks of work experience for students considering graduate studies or a research career. 

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada provides 75 per cent of the funding for these awards, with the remainder coming from research grants of the supervisor.

The following assistantships have been awarded:

Scott Fazackerley will work with Assist. Prof. Ramon Lawrence on the project Using sensor networks to reduce water consumption.

Sheena Haines will work with Assoc. Prof. Shawn Wang on the project Visualize Moreau envelopes and proximal mappings.

Jennifer Hawrylo will work with Assoc. Prof. David Jack on the project Computer simulations on molecules on surfaces.

Angela Hollier will work with Assoc. Prof. Blair Spearman on the project A dynamical systems model of education and unemployment in B.C.

Jennifer Johnstone will work with Assoc. Prof. Blair Spearman on the project On a sequence of non-solvable quintics.

Ruby Kane will work with Assist. Prof. Karen Hodges on the project Testing the efficacy of fluorescent powder as a tool for small mammal movements.

Jason Sewell will work with Assoc. Prof.  Heinz Bauschke on the project Chebyshev sets, Klee sets, and Bregman distances.

Sarah Squinas will work with Assist. Prof. Paul Shipley on the project Mutasynthesis of Asimaycin analogues.

Kelsey Stearns will work with Assist. Prof. Soheil Mahmoud on the project Essential oil production in lavender.

Shaun Strohm will work with Assist. Prof. Rebecca Tyson on the project Modelling spatial spread of the Mountain Pine beetle in Banff National Park.

Jeffrey Therrien will work with Assoc. Prof. Kevin Smith on the project Electronic control of single electron transfer reactivity in organochromium complexes.

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