talkThe UBC Faculty of Education is pleased to announce this summer’s series of courses and public presentations by scholars from the international education community.

Our visiting Noted Summer Scholars for 2014 are:

·         Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Professor, School of Social Transformation Culture, Society and Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

·         Dr. Carolyn Bereznak Kenny (Nang Jaada Sa-ets), Professor, Human Development and Indigenous Studies, Antioch University, USA

·         Dr. Angel M. Y. Lin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, China

·         Dr. Carol Rodgers, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany State University of New York, USA

·         Dr. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman,  Professor, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota  Medical School, USA

·         Dr. Hua Zhang, Professor & Dean, Graduate School of Education Studies, Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang Province, China
A bibliography of their works can be found here:

Noted Summer Scholars will be instructing a special topic course for the 2014S term and presenting a free public lecture.  For complete listings of Noted Summer Scholar courses, please visit


Public Lectures:

These lectures will be of interest to a broad range of people concerned with education. There is no registration process or fee.

A Humanizing Pedagogy: Getting Beneath the Rhetoric in a South African Post-Conflict University Context

Dr. Carol Rodgers
12:00, Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

Looking Into the Hearts of Native Peoples: Nation Building as an Institutional Orientation for Graduate Education

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
12:00, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

What Neuroimaging Can Tell Us About the Underpinnings of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman
13:00, Monday, July 14, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

Towards Paradigmatic Change in TESOL Methodologies: Building Plurilingual Pedagogies from the Ground Up

Dr. Angel M.Y. Lin
13:00, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

Towards a Research-based Pedagogy

Dr. Hua Zhang
12:00, Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

Scholarship as Leadership: Carving New Pathways in Education

Dr. Carolyn Bereznak Kenny (Nang Jaada Sa-ets)
15:30, Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Room: Scarfe 310

Complete details of the 2014 Noted Summer Scholar Series can be found at


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2014 is the centenary of the First World War. The war started in late July of 1914 and commemoration of the war and the people who died will begin at the Bastille Day celebrations in France on July 14th. While there will undoubtedly be more posts about this in the next four years, we figured we’d show some of the World War One images we have in our collection.

First, we have a collection of WWI era posters and broadsides. You can find them on our website (along with some posers from WWII), or on our Flickr page.


We also have a large number of newspapers from the 1914-1918 time period in our British Columbia Historical Newspaper collection. These can offer some really fascinating information and insight into the war providing news articles, letters from soldiers, and pieces such as this FAQ on enlisting from the July 9th, 1915 issue of the Nicola Valley News.


Finally, a few months ago we mentioned that we were digitizing the World War I British Press Photograph Collection, well we’re still working on that project (it was over 6000 photos!), but we have replaced all of the images in our online collection with newer (and better!) images. We’re hoping to have the rest of the collection online at some point this year.


 (Official Photographs taken on the British Western Front in France: Scene in a newly-captured village – Children soon make friends with Tommy.)




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Image of a fish (vermilion rockfish)

Image of a vermilion rockfish by Man Tik Chu, courtesy of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum


Thousands of “fish notebooks” that contain valuable research data are now available for online viewing around the world, thanks to a successful project between UBC Library’s Digitization Centre and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

The collaborative effort involved the transcription of more than 11,200 records containing a raft of key environmental data on the UBC Fish Collection. This collection, the third-largest of its kind in Canada, features more than 850,000 specimens and more than 50,000 DNA and tissue samples; some of the resulting records are more than a century old.

“This digitization project means that people can now look for factors in the environment that may drive the existence and co-existence of species,” says Eric Taylor, Professor in UBC’s Department of Zoology, Director at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and its Curator of Fishes.

In the past, the fish data have been used for environmental assessments, conservation efforts, understanding the factors influencing the formation and extinction of species, and more. “Now those uses will be much easier, as all the environmental and species co-occurrence records are accessible via the Internet,” adds Taylor.

The project developed after Taylor approached the Digitization Centre with the idea to digitize the notebooks; the task took just over a year to complete.

The Digitization Centre is planning to meet soon with FishBase – a self-described “global information system on fishes” – to discuss incorporating the digital notebook records into its database. Doing so would help share UBC’s data even more extensively.

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