A teacher of preschool children who uses puppets in the classroom is one of 13 B.C. recipients of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.Nadia Vassev, who teaches at Urban Academy Junior Kindergarten, was selected as an example of teaching excellence in Early Childhood Education.

“I’m overwhelmed and excited,” she said. “I think it’s a great thing. It’s a great advertisement for the school.”

Vassev teaches three- and four-year-olds. Now in her eighth year at the private school, she started using puppets in her New Westminster classroom because of her background. Before emigrating to Canada, she spent 15 years as a professional puppeteer with Bulgaria’s national puppet theatre.

(Article by Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun) 

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The Digital Initiatives Unit has digitized thousands of rare books and images, and still, in the midst of all these fantastic items, many images stand out and never cease to amaze us. We had not thought of this series of 12 photographs of Igor Stravinsky in a while, and when it was mentioned during a staff meeting a couple of weeks ago, we figured we just had to post it in our blog. There are many photographs of Stravinsky out there, but nothing compares to these ones, where we can see him right in the middle of a rehearsal and we get a glimpse of this astonishing composer in the process of conducting one of his own works.

RBSC_Frmd_Port_008Here he is 80 years old in 1962, nine years before his death. He’s rehearsing the Firebird Suite with the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium in New York City. The images were captured by Fred Fehl, a photographer specializing in performance photography and who brought us outstanding images of many other artists as well, like Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Joan Sutherland.

When these photographs were taken, long gone were the times when Stravinsky was booed in a public performance: that was back in 1913 and the Parisian theatre had been packed and filled with expectation. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring had barely begun when the hostile crowds started laughing (the cue for Stravinsky to leave the auditorium and get to the stage wings, from where he watched the rest of the performance). The laughter developed into a full-on attack between factions in the audience and later on towards the orchestra members and the dancers. After the police expelled some of the worst offenders, the performance continued in relative peace. I guess that in this particular performance the Rite of Spring’s “Sacrificial Dance” came earlier, and we all know whom the sacrificed victim was.

These photographs show a Stravinsky riding the crest of the wave with one of the best orchestras in the world, and although no one ever forgot what happened during that fateful premiere almost fifty years before, everybody ultimately took the negative reaction as a sign of a true genius who not everyone could understand, one who was so ahead of his time that he aroused rage before stirring gasps of utter astonishment.

The series is part of UBC Library Framed Works Collection, which includes exceptional photographs, prints, and documentary artworks, all originating from diverse sources.



Congratulations to the latest winners of the 2013 GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award! The winners were officially presented with their Award at a reception last week.

MA student, Christian Brady, comes from the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts. He won this Award for his work, “Podcasting Lucan and the Classical World” at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/45089.  His academic interests include Roman Comedy, Greek Tragedy, Gilded Age Politics and current research projects focus on Oracular inquiry in Roman Alexandria and more to name just a few.

Two civil engineering students, Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson, also won this Award for their work, “Aesthetic Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A Comparison of Waterfillz and Tap Water” at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/45069. In 2009, Sam Bailey was one of five UBC Engineering students who participated in the Go Global and Applied Science International Service Learning Program. Since 2012, Shona Robinson has been undertaking her PhD research in ‘studying the consequences of membranes’ age on their characteristics and performance in drinking water treatment’.

Learn more about this Award such as what types of work are eligible for submission and about previous Award winners at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/gss-graduate-student-society-open-scholar-award/.

Did You Know?

One new arrival to the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award collection is a short video about the copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and other works by Lewis Carroll. It is entitled, “Alice 100 Collection at UBC” and is found at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/45529. Browse the growing GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award collection to discover other hidden treasures at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42591.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s open study areas will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 1 (opening at 6 a.m.) to Wednesday, December 18 (closing at 1 a.m.)


The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s open study areas will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 1 (opening at 6 a.m.) to Wednesday, December 18 (closing at 1 a.m.) to accommodate students during the December exam season.

Please note that this opening DOES NOT include: level one, the Chapman Learning Commons, Library bookstacks or Ike’s Cafe. 

During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue. The computer workstations on level two will remain open.

If you are planning to stay overnight at UBC or have an early exam, check out the Commuter Student Hostel, where you can book accommodation online.

Not sure where to go on campus? Travelling late at night? Afraid of going alone? Contact Safewalk, a free service that provides a co-ed team to take you anywhere you need to go on campus. Don’t walk alone - add Safewalk to your phone: 604-822-5355.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Faculty of Law. Stephen Lewis is a Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, as well as the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. Furthermore, he has worked with the United Nations for over two decades and holds more than 35 honorary degrees.

Three UBC researchers have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Three UBC ecologists who study the natural world at very different scales–from marine ecosystems, to plant and soil systems, to microbial communities–have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and the publisher of the journal Science.

UBC’s Steven Hallam, John Klironomos and Daniel Pauly are among 388 members recognized by the AAAS today because of their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts” to advance science or its applications. Six researchers at Canadian institutions are among the new fellows.


LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE850 .O45 2012
Laurence M. Olivo & Jean Fitzgerald, Fundamentals of Contract Law, 3d ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE5864.N6 I58 2013
Jean-Pierre Vidal et al., eds., Introduction to International Tax in Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEO213 .I52 2013
Law Commission of Ontario, Increasing Access to Family Justice Through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity: Final Report (Toronto: Law Commission of Ontario, 2013).
Online access: http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/family-law-reform-final-report

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KUQ2868 .N48 2013
New Zealand, Law Commission, A New Act for Incorporated Societies (Wellington: Law Commission, 2013).
Online access: http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/project/review-incorporated-societies-act-1908/report

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