From the Press Release: http://openaccess.unt.edu/news/10-03-2011/unt-faculty-senate-approves-open-access-policy “On March 9, 2011, the University of North Texas Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly to support the UNT Policy on Open Access to Scholarly Works. Work on the policy began in 2010 with the establishment of an Open Access Policy Committee. The Committee developed drafts of the policy document, revised with [...]

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Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Supported by the BC Library Association

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
by Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Tundra Books

Violet’s TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in LA, their house for a home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet’s mother for a “trophy” wife. Violet’s younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another and Violet gets angry in ways that are infuriating, shocking, and hilarious. When her mother takes up with (the unfortunately named) Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take control. If Violet’s mom can’t pick a decent man herself, they will help her snag George Clooney. Gemini Award-winner Susin Nielsen got her start with Degrassi Junior High, writing sixteen episodes and four of the books. She also adapted author Susan Juby’s books into a TV series. This is her fifth book for children. More

Fatty Legs
by Christy Jordon-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
Publisher: Annick Press

Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak wants to learn to read, even though it means leaving her village and family. Her father finally agrees to let her attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools. At school, the Raven, a black-cloaked nun, immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. In the face of cruelty, mocking and humility, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity. Fatty Legs is complemented by artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes and archival photos. Christy Jordon-Fenton lives with her family in Fort St. John, BC and co-wrote the book with her mother-in-law, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, who attended a residential school in Inuvialuit. More

Free as a Bird
by Gina McMurchy-Barber
Publisher: Dundurn Press

Born with Down syndrome, Ruby Jean Sharp comes from a time when being a developmentally disabled person could mean growing up behind locked doors and barred windows, being called names like “retard” and “moron.” When Ruby Jean’s caregiver and loving grandmother dies, her mother takes her to Woodlands School in New Westminster and rarely visits. It’s here, in an institution that opened in 1878 and was originally called the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, that Ruby Jean learns to survive isolation, boredom, and abuse—she learns a lesson about patience and perseverance. Gina McMurchy-Barber was the recipient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Her first novel, Reading the Bones, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award and the Langley Book of the year Award. More

Hunger Journeys
by Maggie de Vries
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

During WWII in Amsterdam, 19-year-old Lena leaves her starving family to travel by train with her friend, Sofie, to Almelo, a town close to the German border. It’s a risky plan. They have false papers and are quickly pulled off the train by German soldiers. Only with the help of Albert, one of the soldiers, do they make it back on the train. Lena soon fears her new friendship with the helpful Albert may lead her into more danger as Sofie befriends a soldier too, resulting in a relationship that quickly turns serious and has unforeseen consequences for both girls. Maggie de Vries is a writer, editor, teacher, and the award-winning author of several children’s books. More

Northward to the Moon
by Polly Horvath
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Featuring the characters from My One Hundred Adventures, Northward to the Moon can be read as a sequel or as a stand alone book. When her stepfather, Ned, is fired from his job as a high school French teacher, the family packs up and Jane embarks on a series of new adventures. Setting off by car, they wind up spending the summer with Ned’s eccentric mother on her ranch out west. As Jane lives through it all—developing a crush on a ranch hand, reevaluating her relationship with Ned, watching her sister Maya’s painful growing up—she sees her world, which used to be so safe and secure, shift in strange and inconvenient ways. Polly Horvath has written many award-winning books for children and lives in Metchosin, BC. More

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Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

Supported by Kate Walker and Company

The Cowboy Fisherman
by Seiji Hiroe

The Cowboy Fisherman is a story of friendship between Slim and Tomizou during the Great Depression. Slim was a man trying his hand at fishing to support his family, and Tomizou was a seasoned Japanese fisherman who took Slim under his wing. Find out how Slim uses his cowboy skills to save his and his son’s life when they find themselves in dangerous water and the rock anchor disappears into the ocean.

Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life
by Maggie de Vries
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Publisher: Greystone Books

Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life is a moving, beautifully illustrated story follows a black bear cub’s life in the Pacific Northwest from his birth to his first salmon catch, uniting the cycles of bear and fish. A map and further information about bears and salmon are included. The book is based on a top-selling plush toy named Fraser Bear, created by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. This toy, holding a salmon in his mouth, is sold on Rocky Mountaineer trains and through their souvenir catalogue, with sales benefiting the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Maggie de Vries is a writer, editor, teacher, and the award-winning author of several children’s books. Renné Benoit is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for children. More

Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet / L’alfabet di Michi
by Julie Flett
Publisher: Simply Read Books

Languages are precious; they capture the very essence of a culture. Once spoken by hundreds of thousands across the Canadian Prairies and the northern United States, Michif, the language of the Métis people, is now endangered. Métis elders in scattered parts of North America may still speak the language, but the young are largely monolingual English speakers. From Atayookee! to Lii Zyeu: this simply, elegantly illustrated picture book introduces young and old alike to the unique Michif language. Julie Flett is a Vancouver-based Metis artist and illustrator who incorporates photography, drawing, and painting into her practice. More

The Salmon Bears: Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest
by Ian McAllister, Nicholas Read
Illustrated by Ian McAllister
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Great bears need a great rainforest to survive. Extensively illustrated with Ian McAllister’s magnificent photographs, The Salmon Bears explores the delicate balance that exists between the grizzly, black and spirit bears and their natural environment, the last great wilderness along the central coast of BC. Key to this relationship are the salmon that are born in the rivers each spring, who then go out to sea as juveniles and return as adults to spawn and die, completing a cycle of life that ensures the survival of not only their own species but also virtually every other plant and animal in the rainforest. Ian McAllister, a founding director of both the Raincoast Conservation Society and Pacific Wild, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Nicholas Read, a lifelong lover of animals, has written on animal issues for the Vancouver Sun and works with Animal Aid in the UK. More

Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm
by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Brian Harris
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Up We Grow! highlights the importance of small, local farms with photos that invite children into the world of a small, co-operative farm over four seasons. Readers will get to know the hardworking farmers who plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market fruits and vegetables, and care for animals. Discover people of all ages and abilities working together to grow and share food, while protecting and respecting the land and animals we depend upon for our sustenance. Deborah Hodge is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children. Award-winning photographer Brian Harris uses his images to help charitable organizations raise awareness and create a better world to live in. More

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Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

Supported by The BC Booksellers’ Association

Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound
by Grant Lawrence
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel “Curve of Time” Blanchet to Jim “Spilsbury’s Coast” Spilsbury, visitors to Desolation Sound have left behind a trail of books endowing the area with a romantic aura that helps to make it British Columbia’s most popular marine park. In this hilarious and captivating book, CBC personality Grant Lawrence adds a whole new chapter to the saga of this storied piece of BC coastline. With plenty of laugh-out-loud humour and inspired reverence, Adventures in Solitude delights with the unique history of a place and the growth of a young man amidst the magic of Desolation Sound. Grant Lawrence hosts the popular CBC Radio 3 Podcast, and Grant Lawrence Live on CBC Radio 3 and can also be heard on various CBC Radio One programs. More

Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow
by Zsuzsi Gartner (editor)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Social satire, fabulist tales and darkly humorous dystopian visions by some of Canada’s most adventurous and distinguished writers. These 23 stories take us on a twisted, wild ride into some future times and parallel universes where characters as diverse as a dead boy, a one-legged international actuarial forensics specialist, a pharmaceutical guinea pig, and a far-sighted fetus engage in their own games of the survival of the fittest. Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow includes the first new short story by William Gibson to be published since 1997, as well as original, previously unpublished fiction by Lee Henderson, Timothy Taylor, Heather O’Neill, Mark Anthony Jarman, and more. Edited by Zsuzsi Gartner, critically acclaimed author and the current creative director of Vancouver Review’s ‘Blueprint BC Fiction’ series. More

Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
by Ross King
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven: Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley. Covering more than a dozen years in Canadian history and working in an eclectic and sometimes controversial blend of modernist styles, they produced some of the most treasured works of the 20th century. Illustrated, rigorously researched and drawn from archival documents and letters, Defiant Spirits details not only the lives of the artists, but also the political and social history of Canada during a time when art exhibitions were venues for debates about Canadian national identity and cultural worth. Ross King is the author of three books on Italian history and art. More

Fishing with Gubby
by Gary Kent
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

Fishing with Gubby is the marvelously illustrated, authentic account of one season in the life of a salmon fisherman. Based on actual events, Gubby is a salmon fisherman who lives with his wife Millie and cat Puss in a small seaside village on the west coast of BC. Gubby’s adventures takes him all over BC’s west coast trolling for spring and coho salmon and visiting other fishermen and homesteaders along the way. Gary Kent was a commercial fisherman and salmon troller for nine years and is now a furniture maker and instructor living in Roberts Creek, BC. Kim La Fave also lives in Roberts Creek and is the award-winning illustrator of a number of children’s books. More

Voices of British Columbia: Stories from Our Frontier
by Robert Budd
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Between 1959 and 1966, the late CBC Radio journalist Imbert Orchard travelled across BC with recording engineer Ian Stephen interviewing nearly a thousand of the province’s pioneers. The resulting collection—2,700 hours of audiotapes describing both extraordinary events and everyday experiences—is considered by historians to be one of the best sources of primary information about the province. To the general public, however, the tales in these tapes remain virtually unknown. Combining text, archival photographs and the original sound recordings from the CBC Archives onto three CDs, Voices of British Columbia draws 24 stories from this collection to immerse us in daily life in the early 20th century. Robert Budd, known to many as Lucky, holds an MA in history, with a focus on oral history. More

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The Celebrate Research Award Gala is an invitation-only event for distinguished members of UBC’s research community. This special evening recognizes UBC researchers who have received top prizes and accolades from UBC or external agencies in BC, Canada and internationally.  Congratulations to the most recent winners of UBC’s Faculty Research Awards!  All award winners will be recognized at the Celebrate Research Awards Gala on March 10, 2011.

Celebrate Research Week Events:

Thursday, March 10th

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
CfIS Your Degree in Three
College for Interdisciplinary Studies
CK. Choi Building, Room 120
1855 West Mall
UBC Point Grey Campus

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Interactive Research Colloquium on Health and Occupation
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Diamond Health Care Centre, Room 11268
Vancouver General Hospital

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:00 AM – Sat, March 12, 2011 5:00 PM
Heart + Lung Health FEST 2011
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Did You Know?

The multidisciplinary research centre – Centre for Health & Environment Research (CHER) – has a mission to “research and prevent diseases caused by hazards in outdoor and indoor environments”. It was also “funded from 2003-2009 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research“. Today, you can find 40 CHER research papers in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics and image is courtesy of the UBC Celebrate Research Week website.

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