Vancouver Police Museum

Vancouver Police Museum

We had an excellent trip to the Vancouver Police Museum today.

Brad, our tour guide, knew a lot of information about Vancouver and the VPD.

There were exhibits on weapons, unsolved mysteries, and the coroner’s morgue.

Afterwards, we went to Gastown for brunch.


And for a little speech-therapy with Megan’s Tactus apps and our wonderful practicum students ;).

Tactus speech therapy out on the town

UBC Farm

We went on a tour of the UBC Farm! It is an organic farm and we learned about organic pest control. They use predator poles to try and prevent animals from ruining the gardens. We visited the different gardens. There was the children’s garden where different elementary schools from Vancouver come to learn about the farm and grow plants and crops. We also visited the first nation’s garden which is important for celebrations and meat smoking. We saw the Mayan garden which has ancient crops. We learned about composting and honey bees.

We also discussed the chicken research that is going on right now about the different types of feed.

We went to the pumpkin patch and ate raspberries off the bushes.

The UBC farm has a market every Saturday selling organic produce from the farm.

For more information, visit the UBC Farm website.

AMP @ Botanical Gardens

We ended this year’s weekly sessions on a sunny day at the UBC Botanical Gardens.

See you all again in August/September!

UBC Museum of Anthropology

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Thanks to a wonderful group member for writing this entry:

April 12, 2012 – We were on a field trip at UBC!!! We’re on the opposite ends of the timeline. First we went to TRIUMF, a national laboratory with scientists and researchers studying the future. Now we went to UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA), with history and exhibits, collections, arts and cultures.

For some highlights at MOA:

• There is a carving by the Coast Salish region artist as you walk down the ramp. It is one of my favourite objects. It’s the details of the face and the blending of the colors that stands out for me; it really catches my eye. This piece seems to say “welcome” as visitors enter the museum.

• The Great Hall has 15 metre walls of glass. It’s breathtaking looking at the totem poles when you see the sun.

• At the Great Hall you can also see outdoor exhibits. Have a look outside (but we didn’t go)

• MOA has many collections of artifacts for First Nations of British Columbia. There are many languages, cultures, arts, etc for First Nations.

• MOA has also many galleries house. It has best known collections in British Columbia, but some other collections of objects came from around the world.

• The exhibit cases had so many objects and labels. For the cases, you can also open the drawers to see more objects. There were some terminals to find out the catalogues MOA has.

• A famous explorer, Captain Cook came to Northwest Coast and brought a souvenir, a ceremonial club from a Canadian First Nation during 1778.

• Bill Reid’s, one of the best known sculptures, display here at MOA. This “The Raven” sculpture can be shown on the Canadian $20 bill!!

• I liked the exhibit “The Art and Life of Doug Crammer”. He has a range of artistic working from totem poles, carvings to arts. The best I like is his “abstract series”. I enjoy looked at each painting. The paintings have the same elements and the same color, but each paintings is different. At this exhibit, no camera was allowed, so I went on Google, and here is a painting by Doug Crammer. One painting was “ Ravens in Nest”.

Thank you to Gord and Rob for more pictures!



TRIUMF – Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics

On March 15, 2012, our group visited TRIUMF on UBC Campus.

Group members watch as TRIUMF staff explains some of the components of beam transport.

TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories. It brings together dedicated physicists and interdisciplinary talent, sophisticated technical resources, and commercial partners in a way that has established the laboratory as a global model of success. Its large user community is composed of international teams of scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The advances ensuing from TRIUMF’s research will enhance the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians, launch new high-tech companies, create new high specificity drugs, help us to understand the environment, enable the development of new materials, and spur the imaginations of our children who want to know their place in the universe.

On top of the cyclotron: Members ask tough questions listen in.

Some interesting facts:

  • Construction started in 1971, and the first beam was produced in 1974.
  • The facility houses the world’s largest cyclotron – a device using magnetic fields to separate charged particles along a spiral path. The magnets weigh 4000 tons!
  • About 400 scientists, researchers, and staff work at TRIUMF.
  • TRIUMF produces isotopes used in nuclear medicine at UBC Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency for the detection and treatment of cancers and other diseases.
  • Visiting scientists from all over the world come to use TRIUMF’s facilities in various experiments.

UBC Library

UBC Library

Learning, knowledge, research, insight: welcome to UBC Library, a leading institution in North America and a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The Library has 21 branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations and its Okanagan campus location. We invite you to explore this site and participate in the life of UBC Library.

The Chung Collection

The Chung Collection

The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains more than 25,000 rare and unique items  (documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass,  ceramic ware and other artifacts).

The Chung Collection is housed in Rare  Books and Special Collections on Level 1 of UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber  Learning Centre.  Search for items in the collection from this website, or come to Rare Books and Special Collections to visit the Chung Collection exhibition.