Q: What is the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award?

A: The GSS (Graduate Student Society) cIRcle Open Scholar Award is a lottery based award for graduate students at UBC Vancouver. The award ‘aims are to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of exemplary non-thesis graduate coursework; and to create an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.’

Find out who created this award, when was it established and how you can submit your work by visiting the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award site at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/gss-graduate-student-society-open-scholar-award/.

Note: UBC Vancouver graduate students upload their own work to cIRcle, subject to course instructor approval, to the following cIRcle collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42591.

Did You Know?

Four GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Awards are to be made each year for the next 5 years, two in April and two in October. Recommendations are made by the UBC cIRcle office in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS). The Graduate Student Society presents the Awards to the winners. Read about the first award winners at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/blog/gss-circle-open-scholar-award-winners/.


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Moot Court Room

Guest Speakers:
Madam Justice Victoria Gray, British Columbia Supreme Court
Madam Justice Barbara Romaine, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench

Justices Gray and Romaine will share their insights regarding legal research and writing.  The session will be an opportunity for you to learn about what judges view as good and bad research and writing skills, as well as pitfalls to avoid!  They will focus on what is expected from both counsel and law clerks.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Date, Time and Location:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Farris Hall, Room 106


at the Robson Reading Series

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7pm UBC Bookstore at Robson Square

“Julie Wilson’s book riffs on…the indefinable connection between reader and watcher and the muddling of private and public spaces.” – Geist

Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred fictions inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature.

Julie Wilson is The Book Madam, a self-professed “professional publishing fan” living in Toronto and working in media and publishing. She’s the past Online Marketing Manager for House of Anansi Press, past Host of the CBC Book Club, and present host of 49thShelf.com. Her writing has appeared in or at: The National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, Taddle Creek, Maisonneuve. The online component of Seen Reading as been featured on or at: CBC (“Here and Now,” “Q”), The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Galley Cat, and more.

Last minute update: We are sorry to announce that Dani Couture will not be able to come to read at this event. (Last updated on: Nov 21, 2012)

“The author displays a deft hand with dialogue and a good understanding of how families interact.” – Quill & Quire

In Dani Couture’s heart-breaking novel, Algoma, twelve-year-old Ferd is obsessed with the idea that he can persuade his dead brother to come home through a campaign of letters. Plaintive notes appear around the house—folded squares of paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washing machine. Ferd’s mother, Algoma, is also unravelling; attempting to hide her son’s letters, reconnect with her increasingly distant husband, and rebuild her life.

Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Couture also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Couture’s short story “The Port-Wine-Stain-Removal Technique” won first place in the fiction category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and her poetry has been included in the Best of Canadian Poetry in English series. Her debut novel, Algoma, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing. Couture now lives in Toronto and is currently at work on a second novel.

Nov 15

Chung room re-opened, exhibition work continues

Thank you for your patience yesterday as we kept the Chung Collection exhibition closed for installation of new exhibits! There is still work happening today, Thursday November 15th and tomorrow, Friday November 16th in the back of the room and the back exhibits will remain unavailable during that time.

We'll be adding interpretive signs to our new exhibitions soon. Stay tuned to the News blog for more information (and some behind-the-scenes photos!)

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: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/award/.

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

Send electronic forms via email to: innovative-dissemination-award@interchange.ubc.ca

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 (circle.ubc.ca) 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 http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/480:victor-eric-wong/

The picture of Victor and his army discharge certificate have been digitized in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society (http://www.ccmms.ca/) and are part of a project “Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past” (http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/).

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 (http://scienceres-edcp-educ.sites.olt.ubc.ca/ ). 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 http://edcp.educ.ubc.ca/faculty/marina-milner-bolotin

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

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