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Shona Robinson (l) and Sam Bailey’s paper on drinking water at UBC was selected for one of the Open Scholar Awards.

A review of drinking water at UBC and a podcast focusing on a Latin epic poem are the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson were recognized for their entry Aesthetic Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A Comparison of Waterfillz and Tap Water; both belong to the Pollution Control and Waste Management Group at UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Meanwhile, Christian Brady – a Master’s student in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies – was selected for his entry, entitled Podcasting Lucan and the Classical World.

Authors of each winning submission receive $500, and their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library.

The Open Scholar Award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.

“In grad school, there is so much emphasis on the thesis, but a lot of great coursework happens along the way, stuff that we’re proud of but doesn’t really get too much recognition beyond a course grade,” says Bailey. “The Open Scholar Award gives an opportunity for that work to stand out.”

cIRcle also proved to be a valuable resource while Bailey and Robinson were working on their award-winning entry. “In researching the precedent for our paper, we came across an undergraduate publication on cIRcle that examined the economics of various water sources on campus,” notes Robinson. “That work provided some essential background details to our study.”

“The Open Scholar Award gives me so many opportunities that I hadn’t even imagined before,” adds Brady. “I’m happy to have the funding to expand some projects and pursue more stories for future episodes.” Brady has uploaded four podcasts to cIRcle, and more are on the way.  

“Making the podcast into an effective teaching tool is a really exciting challenge,” he says. “I think the key is to focus on creating an aesthetically pleasing piece of work. If people are interested in what they’re hearing, they’ll take the time to dig deeper into the material.”

The Open Scholar Award is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

The award, given twice a year, is based on a lottery system. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is March 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.

 

 

 

Woodward Library has access to two collections of short electronic books (50-120 pages) from Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Our newest purchase is the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences which covers topics such as biotechnology, cell biology, genomic and molecular medicine, integrated systems physiology and stem cell biology.

In addition, we have continued access to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science with e-books related to biomedical engineering, computer architecture, digital circuits and systems, mobile and pervasive computing, technology and society, and more.

These books are excellent reading for undergraduates and other researchers who want a primer on a new topic.

Simon Chang’s life as an internationally renowned fashion designer is far removed from the reality of life for students at Vancouver’s Britannia Secondary School.

But Chang, who grew up the youngest of four children living with his family on Keefer Street in Chinatown, once walked the halls of the east-side school as a student and grad in the Class of ’67.

On Wednesday, Chang, whose schedule is so hectic it is mapped out a year in advance, found time to return to his alma mater to inspire students by sharing his story — a story that took him from the halls of Britannia to the Order of Canada.

Click here to read the entire story. 

Story by Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun

 

Creston Review

 

In partnership with Creston & District Musuem & Archives we have added issues of the Creston Review from 1909 to 1935 to the BC Historical Newspapers.

The Creston Review was established in 1908 by J. J. Atherton, and was the first newspaper serving the Creston Valley. For many years, the Review was Creston’s only local paper, and was usually a weekly paper though there were a few brief periods when it was published semi-weekly. It changed hands a number of times until taken over by long-time publisher Herb Legg in 1938, but retained its name and its unashamedly “local” focus throughout its life. The Review published its last issue in 1983.

 

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