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Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak, March 1 (Peanuts), 2013, lightjet print facemounted to acrylic glass, 29.7 x 21.0”, from Baba’s House, image courtesy of the artists.


UBC Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new art exhibition, Shelved, in collaboration with the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) and Artspeak

Artists Krista Belle Stewart, Randy Lee Cutler, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak have created exhibits that will examine various archives and filing systems, and produce experimental library spaces. Their displays will rotate from April to August at the  BAG, Artspeak, and in the Ridington Room at UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture Library.


Apr. 25 – Jun. 9: Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak, Baba’s House
Durey’s and Kozak’s collaborative Baba’s House project is comprised of works produced during the artists’ year-long, self-directed residency in the home of Sophie Ostrowski, Kozak’s Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother, who lives in the small town of Creighton, Saskatchewan. During their time at Baba’s, they produced a series of scanned compositions of ephemera, photographs, and beloved objects found throughout the house.

Jun. 11 – Aug. 10: Randy Lee Cutler
Cutler’s contribution to the Shelved project involves a curated selection with themes of gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory and science fiction—not necessarily in that order. Cutler is a Vancouver-based artist who has authored numerous essays published in catalogues and by C magazineThe Fillip ReviewTexte zur KunstCanadian Art, Artspeak Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Aug. 11 – Aug. 31: Krista Belle Stewart
Krista Belle Stewart is an artist who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material. The work approaches mediation and story-telling as a process of development to unfold the interplay between personal and institutional history. She is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan Nation.


The displays will be located in the Ridington Room (Level 3) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. They are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Music, Art and Architecture Library website.




We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


From left: Tara Stephens, cIRcle Librarian; Helen Halbert, Open Scholar winner; and Daniel Wood, VP Academic and External Affairs, UBC GSS.










Climate change mitigation and mobile device engagement are the topics of the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

The award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for grad students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations. The prize is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

Polly Ng, who specialized in sustainability planning at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, was recognized for her entry Making the case for using development cost charges for climate change mitigation.

Meanwhile, Helen Halbert was part of a trio that produced the paper Toward a Model of Mobile User Engagement. Halbert, the sole graduate student involved in the project (the other authors are a Postdoctoral Fellow and an Assistant Professor), has just completed her studies for a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Authors of winning submissions, which are chosen on a lottery system, receive $500; their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library’s cIRcle.

“I knew early on in my studies that I wanted my research to make a solid contribution to professional practice in my field,” says Ng. “I hope that the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award encourages more research that works on practical solutions to practical problems.”

“I think this award is a great way to recognize the diverse work that UBC graduate students do outside of their theses and dissertations,” adds Halbert. “[The award] serves to increase awareness of open access publishing among graduate students and, in doing so, promotes the practice of sharing academic research with all – regardless of whether they are members of the UBC community or not.”

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award is given twice a year. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is September 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.


VPL-spotlight_v2Our ability to harness the power of the immune system to treat a vast variety of diseases is rapidly advancing. Join the Life Sciences Institute’s Infection, Inflammation & Immunity – I3 – research group leaders for short talks and discussion about the use of the immune system in treating infection, autoimmune disorders and cancer.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs.  In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community, this talk will also be recorded for webcast viewing at a later date. 

Panel Topics:

Dr. Georgia Perona-Wright – “Using the immune system to combat infection”

Dr. Ken Harder – “Treating cancer with immunology”

Dr. Marc Horwitz – “Immunotherapies in autoimmunity”


Dr. Georgia Perona-Wright - Dr Perona Wright’s research is on immune responses that can be both protective and pathological.  Her aim is to understand how the balance between these two outcomes is achieved, concentrating on the role of cytokines during infection.  She is particularly interested in the interaction between coincident, opposing cytokines.

Dr. Ken Harder - The long-term goal of the Harder Lab is to identify the key genes and cellular pathways that guide dendritic cell lineage choice and dendritic cell function. We are particularly interested in the role of tyrosine kinase/phosphatase-regulated signalling pathways that control signalling thresholds important for the development and function of DCs. The work utilizes mouse models in which the levels and activities of key signaling molecules have been manipulated allowing the lab to delineate the roles of particular genes or signalling pathways in mammalian dendritic cell biology and in innate/adaptive immunity at the whole animal level.  The lab is using these mouse models to explore the relationship between alterations in DC development/function and host responses to tumours and bacterial or viral pathogens. Ultimately, this research program will lead to the identification of critical proteins and pathways that may become targets of future therapeutic strategies to either augment host-pathogen/tumour responses or alleviate pathological immune responses.

Dr. Marc Horwitz - Dr. Horwitz’s laboratory is interested in identifying, characterizing and determining the mechanisms of viral-induced immune disease in a variety of complex chronic disorders. These include, but are not limited to autoimmune diseases like diabetes, autoimmune myocarditis and multiple sclerosis, immunosuppression induced by viruses such as HIV and Measles, haemorrhagic fevers as observed following Dengue fever virus infection, and meningitis induced by viruses like West Nile Virus.  Specifically, Dr. Horwitz’s primary goal of the program is to interconnect the changes effecting the ability of the immune system to respond to infection with its ability to develop immune dysfunction leading to disease. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street

Useful Resources for more information

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For more information about this series, please contact Stefanie Butland, Life Sciences Institute, Lee Ann Bryant, Reference Librarian or Allan Cho, Community Engagement Librarian

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