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A renowned expert in research and innovation policy who has forged close collaborations between universities, civil society and business has been appointed the 13th president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Arvind Gupta is currently chief executive officer and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization recognized internationally for nurturing the next generation of research and business-savvy innovators. Gupta succeeds Professor Stephen Toope, who completes his eight years’ service on June 30, 2014.  Gupta will become president on July 1 for a five-year term, while retaining his position at UBC as professor of computer science. The UBC Board of Governors made the appointment following an international search by a 22-member committee comprising faculty, staff, students, alumni, senate and board members from UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and chaired by UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester.

To read the rest of this UBC Public Affairs’ Media Release, visit: http://news.ubc.ca/2014/03/12/ubc-board-appoints-13th-president-and-vice-chancellor/.  

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Dr. Arvind Gupta, UBC’s 13th President and Vice Chancellor (effective July 1, 2014) and Professor Stephen Toope, current UBC President and Vice Chancellor, co-authored an opinion-editorial piece in The Vancouver Sun on May 2, 2012 entitled, Building bridges from B.C. to Brazil : ties being developed through student exchanges will provide a foundation for future relationships that benefit all. In cIRcle, it is openly accessible in the Office of the President community under the Speeches by UBC President Stephen J. Toope collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/25805 and appears among the “Top 10 Items (from this collection) For All Time”.

Above partial text in italics is courtesy of UBC Public Affairs | Photo by: Martin Dee

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Professor Stephen Toope, the 12th president of the University of British Columbia, will leave on June 30, 2014 to pursue academic and professional interests in international law and international relations, UBC Board of Governors Chair Bill Levine announced today. “Professor Toope’s accomplishments during his tenure as president have been truly outstanding,” said Levine. “His vision and passion for UBC are clearly visible through the development and implementation of his strategic vision, Place and Promise.”  Toope was named 12th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia on March 22, 2006 and began his second five-year term in July 2011.

To read the rest of this UBC Public Affairs’ Media Release, visit: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2013/04/03/stephen-toope-to-leave-ubc-presidency-in-june-2014/.  

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cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository has a specific collection which contains speeches and opinion pieces by UBC President Stephen Toope and is updated annually. Under the Office of the President community, visit the Speeches by UBC President Stephen J. Toope collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/25805.

Above partial text in italics and image are courtesy of UBC Public Affairs

Audio-visual materials that accompany the book ‘Nooksack Place Names: Geography, Culture, Language’, by Allan Richardson and Brent Galloway have been made available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. The audio-visual materials are available in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/34111.

These unique materials “provide an elder’s recorded pronunciations of all the places named and several hundred colour images, and together with the book show the richness and strength of the Nooksack people’s connection to the land”.

Note: The audio clips contained in the PDF files are accessible to users who have the Adobe Acrobat Pro software installed on their computers.

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The above UBC Press book is also available via the UBC Library catalogue at: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=5731803.

Above image is a map from the Nooksack Place Names: Geography, Culture, Language book

The University of British Columbia now ranks 25th among the world’s top 100 universities, according to the 2012 Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings. In the world’s largest academic opinion survey released today in London, U.K., UBC jumps from last year’s 31st to 25th rank. The 2012 Reputation Rankings are based on a survey of academic opinion, featuring 17,554 respondents from 137 countries. “UBC’s ranking reflects our strong commitment to international research collaboration and producing new knowledge that benefits Canada and the world,” said UBC President Stephen Toope.

In the world’s largest academic opinion survey released today in London, U.K., UBC jumps from last year’s 31st to 25th rank. The 2012 Reputation Rankings are based on a survey of academic opinion, featuring 17,554 respondents from 137 countries.

“UBC’s ranking reflects our strong commitment to international research collaboration and producing new knowledge that benefits Canada and the world,” said UBC President Stephen Toope.

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cIRcle is a service of the UBC Library and is a key player supporting the ‘Accelerate Research’ strategic direction in the Library’s Strategic Plan which in turn is based on UBC’s core commitment to ‘Research Excellence‘ as described in Place and Promise: the UBC Plan. Visit cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners today (see complete listing at: https://circle.ubc.ca/community-list).

Above excerpt in italics and image is courtesy of The University of British Columbia website.

Two recent resources have been added to the Library’s list of Indexes & Databases:

Music Online is a portal which provides access to all of UBC library’s Alexander Street Press music databases: Classical Music Library, Classical Reference Library, Classical Scores Library, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Opera in Video and Smithsonian Global Sound.

elementsdb catalogues comparably illustrated and measured examples of urban land uses. It is based on the concept that urban form is comprised of replicable elements (or cases)… and it was created by Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia… and it’s FREE!

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