- your evolution: alumni UBC’s online sharing platform supports those making a difference
- Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program accepting applications
- UBC student wins $2,500 for research presentation on reducing whiplash injuries
- UBC SailBot team learns how to detect obstacles in upcoming cross-Atlantic voyage
- Civil engineering professor receives Canadian steel grant
- Applied Science presents distinguished alumni lecture
- Nursing hosts Elizabeth Kenny McCann Scholars’ presentation
alumni UBC is calling on UBC graduates, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and donors who are involved in a socially beneficial project to upload their stories on www.yourevolution.ubc.ca until March 1, 2015. Ten projects will be shortlisted by March 9 and the public will be asked to vote for their favourite project.
The winner will receive a “social entrepreneur support kit” that includes:
- Professional photography session or the production of a video to help its cause
- Mentoring session with UBC President Arvind Gupta
- Access to a consultation with a UBC faculty member in an area most relevant to the project’s needs (e.g. business, law, engineering, computer science).
Now in its second year, your evolution was first launched in spring 2014 and received more than 130 entries. For further information and to enter a project, visit www.yourevolution.ubc.ca.
UBC’s new Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program is a 20-month professional program for those looking to begin or enhance their careers as policy professionals in global policy-making environments. Students will gain multi and trans-disciplinary analytical and creative design skills, strengths in development, sustainability, and global governance, and an informed perspective on pressing global challenges, including a lens on cross-Pacific dynamics.
The program is jointly delivered by the Institute of Asian Research, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs is March 1, 2015. Visit mppga.ubc.ca or contact the program office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
UBC SailBot, the robotic sailing team of computer science and engineering students, is preparing to launch their 5.5 metre long sailboat off the coast of Newfoundland this summer in an attempt to become the first fully autonomous, unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. Previous attempts by other teams have resulted in sailboats going missing or capsizing when colliding with debris, icebergs, or other vessels. Learn how civil engineering faculty have been guiding the team with obstacle detection here.
The Faculty of Applied Science presents guest lecturer and UBC alumnus, Gane Ka-Shu Wong (BASc’83). Wong will speak about DNA/RNA sequencing and its applications for medicine, science and applied science. Wong has worked with the Human Genome Project, helped found BGI-Shenzhen (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute), and currently works at the University of Alberta as an AITF/iCORE Strategic Chair.
Nursing professors Bernie Garrett and Maura MacPhee, the outgoing and incoming Elizabeth Kenny McCann (EKM) scholars, will talk about past activities and upcoming plans of the EKM Scholar portfolio. The EKM Scholar Award focuses on supporting teaching and learning scholarship initiatives in the School of Nursing.