Dr. Michael Hayden has received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada.

Hayden, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and director and senior scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research Institute, was selected for his leadership in medical genetics, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.

To read the rest of this UBC Media Release, click here.

Did You Know?

Dr. Michael Hayden and graduate student, Jeff Carroll, were featured in Frontier:  a journal of research and discovery, issue 4, June 2008. “There’s a sense of urgency around us. What we learn from HD is likely to have a direct relevance to other diseases of a similar nature like Alzheimer’s,” Hayden says. “We believe that what we’re learning here will have a broad relevance. This is not esoteric research.” Read the article here in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics and image courtesy of UBC Public Affairs.

It may be a year since the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games ended – but cIRcle is keeping the spirit, debate and dialogue that helped define the event alive.

cIRcle – also known as UBC’s information repository (https://circle.ubc.ca/) – is a digital storehouse for the University’s intellectual output. The site, which launched in 2008 by UBC Library, now features more than 30,000 items.

A key highlight is cIRcle’s Olympics and Paralympics collection, which features an array of UBC research and events related to the epic sporting event.

“For the most part this is unique material – it’s stuff that hasn’t been published anywhere,” says Tara Stephens, the Librarian overlooking the cIRcle Olympics Project. “Giving an extended life to this material is something that we’re really proud of.”

Keen to find some noteworthy contributions? There’s plenty to choose from, including a study on real estate and the Olympics from Tsur Somerville and Jake Wetzel, an Associate Professor and Ph.D. student, respectively, at the Sauder School of Business.

Or you could check out a presentation of the influential Olympic Games Impact Study, given by Rob Van Wynsberghe, a Human Kinetics Professor.

There are plenty of riveting events to experience as well. Missed the Sport and Society Dialogue the first time around? Don’t worry – you can simply visit cIRcle and listen to high-profile speakers such as Rick Hansen, a Paralympic athlete and the pivotal figure of the Man in Motion World Tour, and Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, discuss the power of sport for social change.

Or you could tune into a sound clip from the welcome and introduction to a graduate student conference entitled “Ideology in Motion: On the Relationship of Sports and Politics.” “That was a really good example of how we went out and partnered with the students,” Stephens says.

Users from around the world, led by those in the United States, have viewed the Olympics-related research and materials stored in cIRcle. Perhaps not too surprisingly, some viewers have also hailed from Russia – the site of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Stephens, who joined the cIRcle team in mid-2009, is still involved with the project, and is following up with contacts to see if there is further material to submit.

If you would like more information, or have UBC-related material that you would like to submit to cIRcle’s Olympics offering, please contact tara.stephens@ubc.ca.

Did You Know?

There are over 40 archived contributions regarding the Olympics-related research and materials stored in cIRcle. To see them for the first time or re-visit them, click here.

Above excerpt in italics courtesy of Glenn Drexhage, Communications & Marketing Officer, IKBLC

Above image is courtesy of Tagh Sira, student reporter from The Ubyssey newspaper and the UBC 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Secretariat website.

Dimas Yusuf, a second-year UBC medical student, is this year’s recipient of UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Yusuf’s submission, entitled Transcription Factor Encyclopedia (TFe), is a wiki-based software system that houses more than 800 articles about TF genes. This special class of genes is critical to learning how to use embryonic stem cells for the treatment of human disease.

This online gene encyclopedia encourages experts to create short summaries of the known information about each TF, and will benefit doctors, scientists, clinicians and those who work in life sciences. Yusuf’s work is sponsored by Professor Wyeth Wasserman from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.

Did You Know?

Previous awards and honors received by Dimas Yusuf include the following: Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (2009), Peter Lee Scholar in Finance (2008), and the Sauder School of Business Dean’s List (2004 to 2008). He received this latest award, UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, officially at the Celebrate Research Week Award Gala on March 10, 2011. To learn more about this award, click here. To learn more about the previous year’s award winner, Dr. Michael Brauer, visit cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website and above image is courtesy of Jill Pittendrigh.

The Celebrate Research Award Gala is an invitation-only event for distinguished members of UBC’s research community. This special evening recognizes UBC researchers who have received top prizes and accolades from UBC or external agencies in BC, Canada and internationally.  Congratulations to the most recent winners of UBC’s Faculty Research Awards!  All award winners will be recognized at the Celebrate Research Awards Gala on March 10, 2011.

Celebrate Research Week Events:

Thursday, March 10th

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
CfIS Your Degree in Three
College for Interdisciplinary Studies
CK. Choi Building, Room 120
1855 West Mall
UBC Point Grey Campus

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Interactive Research Colloquium on Health and Occupation
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Diamond Health Care Centre, Room 11268
Vancouver General Hospital

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:00 AM – Sat, March 12, 2011 5:00 PM
Heart + Lung Health FEST 2011
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Did You Know?

The multidisciplinary research centre – Centre for Health & Environment Research (CHER) – has a mission to “research and prevent diseases caused by hazards in outdoor and indoor environments”. It was also “funded from 2003-2009 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research“. Today, you can find 40 CHER research papers in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics and image is courtesy of the UBC Celebrate Research Week website.

Celebrate Research Week “draw[s] attention to outstanding research from all fields at UBC” and “generate[s] true understanding and appreciation of the benefits – social, economic, educational – that the generation of new knowledge and understanding can bring to the region, the province and the country”.

Celebrate Research Week Events:

Wednesday, March 9th

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
When it comes to Biomechanics… is injury prevention the best medicine?
Kaiser 2020/2030
2185 East Mall
UBC Point Grey Campus

2:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Forestry Graduate Research Poster Showcase
Forest Sciences Centre Atrium
2424 Main Mall
UBC Point Grey Campus

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
CIHR Café Scientifique -When efficiency trumps quality: discussions about what happens when health care is treated as a commodity
Roundhouse Café
181 Roundhouse Mews (corner of Davie & Pacific)
Vancouver, BC

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Clean Energy for the Future
Vancouver Public Library
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye rooms
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Did You Know?

In cIRcle, there is a Granting Agency Mandates Community with the following two sub-communities: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Outputs at UBC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Research Outputs at UBC.  So far, some of the Top Country Views of this UBC research output have been from:

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States of America

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the Celebrate Research Week website.

Above image is courtesy of the Office of the Vice President, Research & International website.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) established the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) within the Faculty of Graduate Studies in early 2010 to formally acknowledge the key role played by Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) in achieving the goal of increasing the quality and excellence of UBC’s research and scholarship.

PDFs are valued members of the UBC community and make an indispensable contribution to the research environment of the University. As researchers, they make significant contributions to their chosen field and in doing so raise the profile of themselves and UBC. As a member of a research group or as an individual researcher, they work under the general supervision of a faculty member and may assist with the supervision of graduate students.

Celebrate Research Week Events on Post Doctoral Research:

Tuesday, March 8th

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Postdoctoral Showcase
St. John’s College
2111 Lower Mall, UBC Vancouver Campus

Dr.  Lino Coria / Dr. Sonja Luerhrmann / Dr. Valdeir Arantes / Dr. Rita Rebollo

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Postdocs in Medical Research
Chan Centre for Family Health Education
938 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

UBC Graduate Students:

Amber Southwell / Whitney Weikum / Walter Karlen / Reza Jalili

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies‘ website.

Above image courtesy of Flickr: UBC Library’s Photostream.

The Haunting of Canadian Culture:

From the Ghost of Tom Thompson to the Ghosts of Vimy Ridge

– Professor Sherrill Grace

Professor Grace is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC. Among her awards are the 2008 Canada Council Killam Prize in Humanities, and the Lorne Pierce Medal for her books about the Canadian North. She has published extensively on Canadian literature, the arts, and culture with over 200 articles and chapters and 23 books including: Canada and the Idea of North, Inventing Tom Tomson, Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock and, most recently, On the Art of Being Canadian. She is currently finishing a book about Canada and the two world wars called Landscapes of Memory, and she is beginning research for a biography of Timothy Findley.

Celebrate Research Week Event:

Saturday, March 5th

8:15 PM – 9:45 PM
UBC Excellence in Research Lecture
Vancouver Institute

Did You Know?

The University Archives holds audio and video tapes of the more recent lectures, which are also listed in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of UBC’s Celebrate Research Week and UBC Events.

Above image is courtesy of University Archives.

Celebrate Research Week comprises a great number of interesting and diverse events, each with their own approach and audience.  In 2010, an international conference on Sport and Society was held; corresponding with the Olympic Games and CBC’s Quirks & Quarks Question Show was taped live at the Chan Centre where UBC experts answered the top 10 questions submitted for the Celebrate Research Week Quirks & Quarks Question Challenge.

Core events encompassed by Celebrate Research Week include:

  • Celebrate Research Awards Gala
  • UBC Excellence in Research Lecture (sponsored by the Vancouver Institute)
  • Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC)

Upcoming UBC Library at Celebrate Research Week Workshops include:

  • RefWorks for the Sciences
  • RefWorks for the Health Sciences
  • Noon-hour Refworks
  • Writing the Research Paper: Student Workshop
  • Get Published – Sources and Resources
  • What’s the Impact of Your Research? Tips and Tools for Measuring Usage
  • RefWorks for Business Researchers
  • Intro to PubMed
  • Get Published -Sources and Resources
  • Finding and Using Images in ARTstor

Happy Celebrate Research Week everyone!

Did You Know?

The Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies’ Beyond Binaries and Borders symposium held on March 13-14, 2009 was part of UBC’s Celebrate Research Week. Click here to see their Spring/Summer 2009 newsletter in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics and image is courtesy of the Celebrate Research Week website.

The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) celebrates the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry/research at UBC.  Both students who are currently engaged in undergraduate research and students who are interested in getting connected to an undergraduate research experience are encouraged to attend. UBC community members are also welcome to attend this annual celebration of undergraduate scholarly work.  The conference is held every year in March, and is strongly linked to UBC’s Celebrate Research Week.

Registration is now underway. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit the new MURC website here for more details.

Click here to complete the MURC 2011 Registration Form.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2011

WHERE: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC)

COST: Free

Did You Know?

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository archived previous MURC collections covering 2008 to 2010? You can view them here.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the Learning Commons website and above image is courtesy of Flickr: UBC Library’s Photostream.

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