MURC 2012′s winners! From left to right: Ian Wong, Alvin Ip, Tess Walker, Ryan Trenholm and Benjamin MacLeod.

The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) is an annual, one-day celebration held in March which showcases the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry and research at UBC. The conference is supported by the UBC Provost and Vice President, Research & International Offices, and is managed by the Vice President, Students Office.

You may already know or have heard about it but what you may not know is that this year was made even more special for three of the MURC 2012 award winners. How so?

Three of the MURC 2012 award winners – Alvin Ip (UBC Vancouver), Ben MacLeod (UBC Vancouver) and Ryan Trenholm (UBC Okanagan) – went abroad to represent UBC at the 8th Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference (July 1 – 5, 2012) at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. UBC is listed as one of the Universitas21 (U21) member institutions as seen at:

In order to qualify, they were required to ‘compose a reflection essay on the U21 conference as requested by the UBC’s Go Global Office who sponsored their trip to Japan’, stated Alvin Ip.

Congratulations to the three distinguished students mentioned above who represented UBC at U21 in Japan earlier this month!

Did You Know?

Previous and current Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference presentations are available in the following cIRcle collections at:,, and

Above images and partial excerpts are courtesy of UBC’s MURC and the Universitas21 websites.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Library’s Health Information Series is pleased to present a session on the topic of sleep and its effects on children’s and parent’s health. Dr. Wendy Hall , professor at UBC’s School of Nursing and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, will lead the discussion. Her presentation entitled “When Lullabies Are Not Enough: Reducing the Impact of Poor Sleep on Infants, Toddlers & Their Parents” will take place at the Terry Salman Branch Library of the Vancouver Public

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Robson Reading Series. Ray Hsu is a poet, activist and scholar who teaches creative writing at UBC. His book Anthropy won the 2005 League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published over 100 poems in more than 35 journals across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including Fence, The Fiddlehead, and New American Writing. Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.” Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian bestseller and was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Lau’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages worldwide. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General’s Award. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary magazines, garnering four Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award. She has also won the Air Canada Award for Most Promising Writer and the Vantage Women of Originality Award. Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry series. She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world; she has freelanced as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC’s Booming Ground and SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program. Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Lau’s previous poetry books. It opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss.

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Excited for: Escape to Gold Mountain

This October, Vancouver's Arsenal Pulp Press is publishing a graphic novel called Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David H.T. Wong. From the APP catalogue:

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Spring at Koerner LibraryAs part of a multi-branch initiative, UBC Library has rolled out a combined service desk on the third floor of Koerner Library. Users can now access a broad range of services in one single location.

The multi-service desk offers information, research help and borrowing services. This integrated model will be implemented at UBC’s Okanagan Library this fall. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library will implement the new service desks in early 2013.

The changes are the result of recent service reviews conducted as part of the Library’s commitment to enhance student learning by developing user-centred spaces and services. The reviews were guided by input from students, faculty and staff, as well as reviews of other academic libraries across North America. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the multi-service desks. For feedback or questions regarding the changes, please contact Lea Starr, Associate University Librarian, Research Services.

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