Phew! You still have time to send in your applications for the UBC Library Innovative Dissemination Research Award. The application deadline is Monday, November 26, 2012 by 5pm.

The Innovative Dissemination Research Award winner will be formally recognized at the annual Celebrate Research Week gala held in March. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and a framed certificate. For more information about the eligibility criteria, application forms and more, visit the Scholarly Communications website at:

If you have completed the application forms but don’t know where to send them, see directly below:

Send electronic forms via email to:

Or send printed forms via campus mail to: Harry Young, Executive Coordinator, University Librarian’s Office, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Or fax the form: Attention Harry Young, 604-822-3977

Did you know?

cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle ( are openly accessible to anyone on the web and will be preserved for future generations.  All Innovative Dissemination of Research Award applicants/nominees are encouraged to deposit their materials in cIRcle, if possible.

Victor Wong is a WWII veteran from Victoria, BC. He was one of thousands of Chinese immigrants enlisted by the Canadian forces during the war and assigned to the British forces. The British territories in Asia had been occupied by Japan, and English speakers of Chinese origin were sent there to engage in guerrilla warfare and take back the territories. At that time, Chinese immigrants were not allowed Canadian citizenship.  Victor recalls:
“‘Why should you go when you’re not even a Canadian?’ So we all decided in our town hall meetings that the best way to do is to go and sign up and go and come back and lobby for the franchise. This is exactly what we did.”

By fighting in WWII, Chinese immigrants won not only freedom for Europe and Asia, but also won Canadian citizenship for their community. You can read and hear more of his story at

The picture of Victor and his army discharge certificate have been digitized in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society ( and are part of a project “Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past” (

Photograph of Victor WongCanadian Army Discharge Certificate of Victor Wong





Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Faculty of Education CREATE series. This hands-on presentation will discuss and showcase opportunities for effective use of technology-enhanced pedagogies in teacher education, as well as K-12 Mathematics and Science classrooms. We will focus on electronic-response systems (or clickers) and discuss how they can be implemented in K-12 classrooms and in teacher education. We will also brainstorm opportunities for bridging the gap between educational research teaching practice through creating research-informed resources for technology-enhanced teaching. We will showcase our new initiative “Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning through Technologies” project, supported by the Faculty of Education and Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund ( ). Marina Milner-Bolotin is Assistant Professor, Science Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

About the Speaker

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin is a science educator within the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. She specializes in science (physics) teaching and studies ways of using technology to promote student interest in science. She has taught physics and mathematics to a wide range of students: from elementary gifted students to university undergraduates in science programs and future teachers. She also has led a number of professional development activities for science in-service and pre-service teachers and university faculty: from LoggerPro training workshops, to clicker and tablet training, and to physics content presentations at conferences and PD days. Some of her research interests include: Action Research, Educational Technologies, Pedagogy, and Science Education. For more information about Dr. Milner-Bolotin, please visit her website at

Select Articles Available

Milner-Bolotin, Marina. (2012). Growing Water Pearls. Science Teacher. 79(5). pp. 38-42. [Link]

Milner-Bolotin, Marina. (2012). Increasing Interactivity and Authenticity of Chemistry Instruction Through Data Acquisition Systems and Other Technologies. Journal of Chemical Education. 89(4). pp. 477-481. [Link]

Milner-Bolotin, M; Antimirova, T; Petrov, A. (2011). Clickers Beyond the First-Year Science Classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching. 40(2). pp. 14-18. [Link]

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Educational Leadership

A teacher at Seymour Elementary School in the Downtown Eastside becomes the first teacher to win the Bill McFarland award.

Click here for the full article in the Vancouver Sun by Janet Steffenhagen

An update on the Springer migration to the new SpringerLink site. The change over will take place on Nevember 26th. And, unfortunately, any personal “My SpringerLink” accounts on the old platform will not migrate. You will need to create an account on the new site. Per Springer:

“Do our current SpringerLink users have to create new personal accounts on to make use of all personalization features, or will these personal usernames and passwords be migrated from SpringerLink?”

“Answer: Unfortunately, these personal accounts and usernames and passwords cannot be transferred and new personal accounts will need to be created to take advantage of personalization features.”

After November 26th, “You will need to go to and set up a new profile/account. Make sure to do this while within the institution’s IP range as you will then be automatically associated to the institution’s access rights.”

The new Springer site may offer to let you set up an ID & password for remote access. Don’t bother. All our remote access is via EZproxy, not individual IDs.

You can read about the new Springer site here.

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