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Thanks for sending us your problems in 2012. Seriously, helping you is why we are here!

Have a great Christmas. See you in the New Year.

…and remember to check UBC IT Bulletins for general, campus-wide problems.

In the UBC Fisheries Centre annual report for 2010-2011, Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Director and Professor of the UBC Fisheries Centre states:

The years 2010 and 2011 have been very exciting for those of us here at the Fisheries Centre. We welcomed two new faculty members, increasing the number of faculty at our Centre to twelve. First, we hired Dr Sang-Seon Yun, who comes to us from Kunsan National University in Korea, and is working with the Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit in examining chemical communication systems of fishes. We also welcomed National Geographic Fellow Dr William W.L. Cheung, who obtained his PhD at UBC in 2007 and has returned to work on global change biology and fisheries.

The year 2011 also included the launch of a new website and visits from very distinguished guests thus helping the Fisheries Centre to ‘persevere in [its’] scholarly productivity and outreach efforts, with the goal of cultivating local and international fisheries awareness’.  Click on ‘View/Open’ to read the rest of the report in cIRcle at:

Did you know?

There are 190+ items in the Fisheries Centre collections in cIRcle. Explore these titles – Modelling the trophic role of marine mammals in tropical areas (2009); Total marine fisheries extractions by country in the Baltic Sea: 1950-present (2010); Trade in seahorses and other syngnathids in countries outside Asia (1998-2001) (2011) and more. Or, browse the Fisheries Centre collections by Author, Title, Subjects and By Dept. Affiliation.

As times change and resources are consumed at rapid rates, we begin to realize that growth cannot continue indefinitely and the way that we carry out our daily live is unsustainable.   

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It is a pleasure to announce that the Open UBC 2012 webcasts are here! Simply click on the “View/Open” link to watch the webcasts in cIRcle.

Without further ado, here are the Open UBC 2012 webcasts:

Open access: effects and consequences in the management of scientific discourse by Dieter Stein

Uncovering the impact story of open research by Heather Piwowar –

Beyond walls: teaching and learning in the open by Jon Beasley-Murray, David Kohler and Stephen Hay –

An overview of Open Learning Technologies at UBC by Novak Rogic, Will Engle and Enej Bajgoric –

Open scholar awards at UBC: increase the impact of your research by Hilde Colenbrander, Joy Kirchner and Tara Stephens –

First Nations and open access: respectful consultation, protocols and collaboration by Larissa Grant and Jason Woolman –

The Sea Around Us Project: assessing the impact of fisheries on marine ecosystems and food security by Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller and Ar’ash Tavakolie –

#arseniclife, social media and open science by Rosie Redfield –

Adventures in open science advocacy by David Ng –

Did You Know?

Past Open UBC (Open Access Week) events and presentations are also available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. Visit the Library Events collection at: You can browse the collection by Author, Title, Subjects and By Dept. Affiliation.

Douglas Coupland speaking at a podium at his honorary degree ceremony.

Douglas Coupland speaks to UBC graduates after accepting his honorary degree in 2010. Photo: Martin Dee.

A profile of Douglas Coupland, the prolific writer and artist, appears in Montecristo magazine. In 2010, Coupland donated his extensive archives to UBC Library, and accruals have been added since then.

Today, the University of British Columbia Library has accumulated over 200 boxes of Coupland’s personal effects: notepads, early drafts and manuscripts, prototypes and moquettes of artworks, fanmail and professional correspondence, samples from the Roots Collection, ephemera, and works in progress – anything and everything that documents his process from concept to creation. As lead archivist Sarah Romkey says, “We sometimes have to rethink what we consider an archive, when we’re working with Doug’s material. We learn about our own process as archivists – what you keep and how you organize it.

Read more in Never Left Art School, by Craig David Long in Montecristo.



British Columbia’s fourth-grade students rank among the world’s top readers at their grade level and had the highest average score in Canada, according to a new international report.

Click here for the full article in the Vancouver Sun by Christopher Reynolds

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD7885.I6 M58 2012
Barry Mitchell & Julian V. Roberts, Exploring the Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012).

A work of historical fiction, this graphic novel explores the technological imagination of the 19th century from the vantage of two extraordinary entrepreneurs. Readers encounter an alternate world that once existed: a bygone world of gaslight, sideshows and horse-drawn cabs to be sure, but also a forward-looking world shot through with experimental media, profit-oriented entertainments for the masses, and grandiose visions of the future. Written by media historian Jillian Lerner and illustrated by Marc Olivent, The Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum entices us to recollect how identities were made and ideas were hawked in a pre-electronic age. Nicholas Meyer is desperate to invent himself and meet the celebrated inventors of his day. It is 1857 and New York City is awash with young men who are comparably wily and determined. But Nicholas is something of a technical prodigy, with a background in clockmaking and a keen instinct for publicity. He jumps at the chance to work in the studio of celebrity portrait photographer Mathew Brady and acquaint himself with the outlandish attractions of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. Spurred on by mentors and rivals, talking automatons and bearded ladies, Nicholas explores the emerging forms of photography, robotics, showbusiness and advertising.

The Reef, by Ian MacDonald

This is the second installment of this exhibition by a collective group of sculpture artists (featuring Olga Campbell, Ian MacDonald, Derek Stuart, and Susanna Blunt) at the Capilano Institute under the guidance of George Rammell.  This exhibition will run from January 5 to January 30, 2013.  The Art Institute, specializing in Sculpture, Media Art and Printmaking, is an artist-in-residence programs which offers advanced studies to artists with several years of experience in sculpture, media art, or printmaking, artists practicing in parallel media such as painting or photography, and recent university or art school graduates.  Sculpture studios include the necessary facilities for woodworking, steel fabrication, stone cutting, art foundry processes and paper casting. Areas of concern are often multi-disciplinary and various forms of media.

Ian MacDonald – A retired businessman and successful inventor with commercial products distributed around the world, Ian is currently in third year at Emily Carr University and is a member of the Capilano Sculpture Institute.  He is at the stage of his artist career where he wants to explore a wide variety of methods and materials – be it bronze, metal fabrication, wood, stone or synthetic materials.

Image courtesy, Susanna Blunt

Susanna Blunt – Having lived in the San Francisco Bay area for three years before returning to Vancouver, Susanna continued teaching in both private and public institutions, including three years on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia. She has worked with Yoko Ono, assisting her with various art projects and was invited with David Hockney to jury a national art competition. She then moved to California and started a teaching career.

Susanna Blunt became known for her trompe l’oeil paintings and designed the optical illusion room for the Science World museum in Vancouver in 1988. In 1991 and 92, she lived in France and took part in five shows, group and solo, winning an award in an international competition.  She is widely acclaimed by a large international clientele who have commissioned her to paint their portraits.  Among the well-known people she has painted are Toni Onley, painter, Vancouver; George Woodcock, author, Vancouver; Stanley Donen, film producer, Los Angeles; Stephen Isserlis, Cellist, London; and was chosen in a nation wide competition, by Her Excellency, Gerda Hnatyshyn, wife of Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn, to paint her portrait for Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1997, she painted and personally delivered to Buckingham Palace a portrait of His Highness, the Prince Edward.  Please visit Susanna Blunt’s website for more information about her work.

Sculpture by Olga Campbell

Olga Campbell –  Olga Campbell has been creating art since 1993 when she graduated from Emily Carr School of Art and Design. Her work includes sculpture, mixed media, digital prints and photography. She has had numerous shows in Metro Vancouver throughout the years, including a solo exhibition on the Holocaust at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in Vancouver. In her first book, Graffiti Alphabet, she has combined her passion for photography with her love of graffiti. Olga is currently a member of the Art Institute in Sculpture at Capilano University.  Please visit Olga Campbell’s website for more information about her art.

Derek Stuart - Derek is interested in creation/design, both artistic and technical.  He studied sculpture and bronze casting at the Vancouver School of Art under the late sculptor Jack Harman. During this period, he created a number of bronze sculpture maquettes and in 1977 received a commission to produce a one meter tall enlargement of one of the maquettes, “Freydal (The walking woman)”, for the Coquitlam Centre in Coquitlam, B.C.  In 1996 he was accepted into Capilano College Art Institute program where he studied sculpture and ceramic-shell casting of bronze, under the guidance of sculptor George Rammell, the facilitator of the casting of the large bronze sculptures of Haida sculptor, Bill Reid.  Subsequent to this two year study/work experience, Derek set up a home/studio space on Bowen Island, complete with bronze foundry.  The primal allure of light and colour combined with his sculptural inclinations, has drawn Derek to the world of “cire- perdue “ (lost wax) casting of glass. His studio now includes the specialized materials and equipment required to cast sculptural glass.  Please visit Derek Stuart’s website for more information about his work.

The work environment is rapidly changing, incorporating new and innovative models. For the entrepreneur these new models can present both challenges and benefits.

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