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March 27
Read the BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project Update

​The BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project has created a new way to regularly update folks on the hospital campus, patients & families, neighbours and the general public about major milestones and interesting news related to the project. 

The C&W Redevelopment  Project Updates will be published four times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter). They will be made available on the project website and highlighted via Facebook and Twitter.

The Spring 2015 Volume 1 issue includes:

  • design input from patients and families
  • meet the Cranes
  • milestones/construction updates
March 27
The 2014 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey now available

​The UBC 2014 Workplace Experiences Survey is now available. You can download or watch the results online.  

Every three years, UBC faculty and staff are invited to share their experiences at the University through the Workplace Experiences Survey. The survey is confidential and anonymous, and includes questions about topics such as your career, resources and support, wellbeing, community, and leadership. The 2014 survey was tailored so faculty and staff answered different versions to ensure that the questions and resulting data would be relevant and meaningful.

March 27
Watch the Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Seminar

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Each year the Faculty of Medicine recognizes outstanding lecturers in medical research by presenting them with a Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award. Candidates from basic or clinical sciences are nominated by fellow faculty members.  The award is not solely about the recipients’ own discoveries, but about laying the groundwork for future discoveries, by nurturing junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students and undergraduates. These awards are given in part for mentorship and training in the research enterprise. 

This year’s recipients include Dr. Timothy J. Kieffer, Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences & Department of Surgery and Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. 

To celebrate these awards, each recipient presented an open lecture to faculty and students during an event held at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on ADD DATE.  Visit our event link and watch Dr. Yaham’s lecture on “Translational research on bipolar disorder” and Dr. Kieffer’s presentation on “Cell based therapy for diabetes.”  You can also view photos from the event.

March 26
Submit your ideas to UBC for new ways of working

Do you have an idea about how to do things better at UBC? As faculty or staff, you are invited to submit your suggestions on how the university can be more efficient.

Between now and May 13, 2015, you are invited to submit a suggestion that you believe will create a new revenue stream and/or operating efficiency for the university. A review committee led by the Provost’s offices from both Vancouver and the Okanagan, will consider all suggestions that are submitted. The committee will then share the most beneficial ideas with the appropriate department for further exploration and implementation.

Ideas can be applicable to the coming fiscal year or any future year. Every spring you will be invited to submit new suggestions, as the university reports back on the ideas that are implemented.

Join the conversation and submit your idea at here.

March 26
Try out Lightboard, a new learning technology at UBC


Lightboard, a new learning technology at UBC, is free to use for all UBC faculty and staff. 

Lightboard’s lecture-capture technology allows instructors to produce short video productions that include dynamic visual aids such as movie clips, graphics, and animations. Unlike other classroom boards, Lightboard gives instructors an opportunity to speak directly into the camera, while annotating presentation slides or drawing illustrations on an illuminated glass.  

UBC faculty and staff are currently using Lightboard to record videos on a variety of subjects. The final recorded video can then be published and distributed on a course blog, wiki, or Connect site.  

Ina Biermann, an instructor for English 321, recently tried out Lightboard in her January 2015 course. Here is what a student said about the use of Lightboard videos in the course: 

“Thank you for posting the informative videos…I found them to be extremely helpful in clarification as it provided a better understanding of the material (compared to just reading the text)…I'm sure other students found this helpful as well. If possible it would be nice to see a few more videos throughout the course on challenging topics such as this one.” 

A collaborative project between the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC IT, Lightboard is free to use for all UBC faculty and staff. For more information, to view video demonstrations, and to schedule your free studio recordings with Lightboard, please contact lecture.capture@ubc.ca or visit the Lightboard website.   

March 19
Special Lecture: "Cystic Fibrosis: From the Perspectives of a Molecular Geneticist" - March 23

​Attend the special lecture presented by the recipient of The 2014 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research - "Cystic Fibrosis: From the Perspectives of a Molecular Geneticist" - Professor Dr. Lap-CheeTsui

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Cullen Family Theatre, 1st Floor Providence Building, St. Paul's Hospital 

Dr. Tsui has had a distinguished academic career with major discoveries in Genetics and Genomics. He identified the Cystic Fibrosis gene in the late 1980s and in further studies of the human genome, characterized chromosome 7. He contributed significantly to fighting the SARS coronavirusin 2003 and led the Hong Kong consortium in the international effort in completing the first comprehensive catalogue of the human genetic evaluations. 

Dr. Tsui has made significant policy and government contributions early on with the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He was instrumental in the establishment of Genome Canada in its earlier phase and served as Co-Chair of the interim Board. Noteworthy is his leadership in organizations such as the Human Genome Project (HUGO) and his presidency in the University of Hong Kong. 

Dr. Tsui is the recipient of many national and international prizes, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences USA and a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He received the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

March 18
Faculty - Attend the UBC 2015 Medical Ball Midnight Circus

The UBC Medical Ball is a highly anticipated annual event for UBC medical faculty and students. This formal evening will feature a customized cocktail, three-course dinner, awards, entertainment and dancing.   

This year the event will be at the Sheraton Wall Centre (1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver) at 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 28th.  Dinner will commence at 8:00 pm.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket ($70),  please contact ubcmedball@gmail.com and also advise if you have any allergies and if you would prefer your main dish to be chicken or vegetarian.

March 13
Faculty of Medicine incoming Dean Dr. Dermot Kelleher's Open Forum now available online

​To watch the recorded Open Forum that was held on March 6, 2015, click here.

In the Open Forum, Dr. Dermot Kelleher addresses the following:

  • What is your background, your research, and your leadership experience - highlighting the aspects that are relevant to this position?
  • What are your observations about the Faculty of Medicine thus far?
  • What are your aspirations for the Faculty during your term as Dean?
March 11
TED Vancouver's live stream March 16-20 from UBC Vancouver

UBC is excited to invite you to TED 2015: Truth and Dare. For the second time, the TED conference is being hosted in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 16-20, 2015. UBC will be live-streaming this for student, staff or faculty to enjoy for free.

You can watch live on the digital screens in the 2nd floor concourse of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1.

UBC Robson Square theatre will also be live-streaming between 8:30am to 5pm for your convenience.

Check out the schedule of events to find the talks that interest you here:

There is strictly limited seating on a first come first serve basis. All attendees must have a student, staff or faculty ID.

Watch live on campus and join in the conversation online using hashtag #TED2015.

March 09
Rule Out Racism Week - Events at UBC March 16-20, 2015

You are invited to join the conversation about race and racism at UBC.

Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events organized by the Equity and Inclusion Office focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism within the UBC community in the Okanagan and Vancouver. 

Held from March 16-20, 2015 with the theme “This is what anti-racism looks like,” it will include a provocative program including a panel discussion, “The Value of Freedom: Academics vs. Expression” and engaging workshops addressing the need for greater conversation about anti-racism practices, and what can be done concretely to address racism.


Rule Out Racism workshops are free and open to everyone in the UBC community. Workshops have limited seating so register early at diversity.ubc.ca

Feature Event 
The Value of Freedom: Academics vs. Expression Panel Discussion
March 20, 10am-12noon, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, First Nations Longhouse (Wayfinding at UBC). A light lunch will be served following the discussion from 12noon-1pm. Register for panel discussion 

Drawing from their own experiences and reflecting upon recent media attention on the topic, faculty will discuss the issues raised when engaging with controversial issues.

  • ​Moderator Peter Wanyenya, International Student Advisor, Special Populations

  • Annette Henry – Professor, Faculty of Education – Language & Literacy Education

  • Kerry Jang – City of Vancouver Councillor and Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine​

  • Nitya Iyer - Human rights lawyer and co-author of Implementing Inclusion report (March 20) 

​Workshops and film screening

Several workshops and a film screening are available. Go to diversity.ubc.ca for the full workshop line-up. Please note workshops have limited seating – please register early.

Rule Out Racism week is held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

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