May 2012

Leadership Opportunities Available

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Appointment Announcements

  • Dr. Adrian Yee was appointed the Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Education, Island Medical Program (IMP) effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.
  • Dr. Sam Abraham will be extended as the Interim Associate Dean, Research, BC Cancer Agency effective to August 31, 2013.
  • Dr. Lesley Bainbridge will be extended as the Director, Interprofessional Health Education effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Get Fit for a Cause: Health Here Help There: April 23 – May 14
A 21-day initiative, organized by second year Masters of Physical Therapy student Naomi Casiro, to inspire health and wellness in Vancouver and beyond, while simultaneously raising dollars to fund an after school program for struggling youth in northern Argentina. Participate in online videos and in person classes on fun and exciting health and wellness topics such as nutrition, yoga, cross fit and posture, delivered by passionate local Vancouver professionals.

REMINDER: Full Faculty Meeting & Webcast: May 9
The Full Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Theatre 1 at the UBC Point Grey campus. Videoconference will be available in Victoria, Prince George, and Kelowna, in addition to an online webcast.

BrainTalks UBC: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Enhancement: May 10
On Thursday, May 10, a BrainTalk will be held with two notable speakers: Dr. Derryk Smith, Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, to discuss the use of possible prescription cognitive enhancers, and Trent McConaghy, PhD, to discuss the cognitive enhancement that artificial intelligence tools can provide.

Med Ed Day for Health Professionals: May 11
The 2012 Medical Education Day for Health Professionals and the 8th William Webber Memorial Lecture on Medical Education will be Friday, May 11 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the University Golf Club, Vancouver. A preliminary agenda and registration are available online.

Advanced Hazmat Life Support course: May 11 – 13
Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) has a two day Provider Course designed to train medical professionals how to treat people exposed to hazardous materials. AHLS provides the specialized knowledge and skills you need to determine the toxic agent causing the symptoms and how it should be treated. There is also an optional 3rd half-day to become certified as an Instructor.

The Eighth D. Harold Copp Lecture: May 14
The Faculty of Medicine sponsored The Eighth D. Harold Copp Lecture will be held this year on Monday May 14 at 4pm in the Life Sciences Centre (LSC #2). The 2012 Copp Lecturer is Dr. Freda Miller, Senior Scientist in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology program at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Professor at the University of Toronto, and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology. The presentation is titled “Stem cells: building and rebuilding the nervous system.”

Call for Nominations: Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards: Deadline May 31
Now in its 10th year, the Top 100 Awards honour female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Details and nomination forms are available online.

Meeting the Challenge of Emerging, Acute and Persistent Viral Diseases Symposium: May 31 – June 1
The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology together with the Gairdner Foundation of Canada is holding its inaugural symposium “Meeting the Challenge of Emerging, Acute and Persistent Viral Diseases” at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on May 31 and June 1, 2012. The symposium will focus on the viral pathogenesis, immune responses and potential of novel antivirals, and vaccines both prophylactic and therapeutic for these viruses.

CMMT 15th Anniversary Celebration: June 5
The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics’ (CMMT) 15th Anniversary Celebration will be Tuesday, June 5 in Vancouver.

New Donor Wall in the Life Sciences Centre
The new donor wall on the ground floor of the Life Sciences Centre recognizes Faculty of Medicine donors and research supporters.

Read the latest issue of the UBC Medical Journal
The UBC Medical Journal (UBCMJ) is a student-run academic journal with a goal to engage students in dialogue in medicine. The theme of the latest issue is Preventative Medicine.

Read AFMC’s Annual Report
The AFMC’s (Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada) 2011-12 Annual Report includes highlights from the AFMC’s major projects and activities in areas of interest to academic medicine.

Read the final report of the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project
The Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) project consortium partners are very proud of the release of the final project report, A Collective Vision for Postgraduate Medical Education in Canada. The project set out to conduct a thorough review of postgraduate medical education in Canada and establish whether the structure and processes of the current system are designed for the best possible outcomes to meet current and future societal needs. The 10 recommendations in this collective vision aim to prepare the Canadian postgraduate medical education system for the century ahead.

UBC Announcements

Call for Student Volunteers: President’s UBC Vancouver Non-Academic Misconduct Committee: Deadline May 4
The University Counsel invites interested students to apply for positions on the President’s UBC Vancouver Non-Academic Misconduct Committee. Information about the Committee and how to submit your name for consideration is available online.

Complimentary tickets available for the ‘Public Salon: Ideas That Move the City:’ May 16
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for UBC faculty, staff and students to the upcoming Public Salon hosted by Sam Sullivan, former Mayor of Vancouver. The event features short presentations by Vancouver’s leaders and thinkers, including Dr. Hal Gunn, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Unjali Malhotra, Clinical Instructor, both in the Department of Family Practice. For complimentary tickets, contact

Bike to Work Week: May 28 – June 1
During Vancouver’s Bike to Work Week, there will be free bike check-ups, refreshments and checkpoints all around the city, including one at UBC Vancouver on University Boulevard on May 30th from 4:00- 6:40 pm. You can also sign up for a free cycling skills course at UBC Vancouver on May 24.

Register now: Responding with Respect: Mental Health in the UBC Workplace: May 29
Responding with Respect is a free, three-hour training developed in a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association and UBC Human Resources. It will help faculty and staff to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression in the workplace, respond in an empathetic and productive way and also refer themselves or their colleagues to appropriate resources.

Call for Applications: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholars in Residence: Deadline June 30
The Distinguished Scholar in Residence Award is open to full Professors and senior Associate Professors at UBC Vancouver, who have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and an interest in collaborating in an interdisciplinary research environment. The residency period is from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. More information, including eligibility and application procedure, is available online. Please contact Program Manager Emma MacEntee ( with questions regarding the program.

Register now: Coaching @ UBC
UBC’s award-winning Coaching program has spaces available for one-on-one coaching services (free to UBC faculty and staff).

UBC Vancouver campus: Construction on Main Mall and University Boulevard
As part of UBC’s plan to make Main Mall and University Boulevard (from East Mall to West Mall) the primary pedestrian corridors and the symbolic center of campus, there will be significant construction in these areas between April and September 2012.  During and after construction, vehicle access in these areas will be restricted to emergency vehicles only. Bicyclists and pedestrians will continue to have access through the areas at all times during the construction phase.

Read the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students’ Annual Report
The 2011 Annual Report of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students is now available. The mandate of the Ombuds Office is to ensure students are treated fairly in every aspect of their university life. The Ombuds Office provides guidance and advice to students and other members of the university community who deal with student matters and make recommendations to serve as an effective influencer of positive change.

Translation Services for the UBC Community
UBC Continuing Studies can provide faculty and staff with accurate and timely translations from English into Chinese, French, Spanish and Korean, as well as other languages upon request. They can provide language solutions for communications with international partners and organizations, promotional materials, research materials and abstracts, questionnaires, social media, or film and video subtitles.

UBC Appointment Announcements

  • The UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. David Farrar as Provost and Vice-President, Academic for a second five-year term, effective September 1, 2012.

UBC Policies and Procedures Updates
The Board of Governors has approved the following at its meeting on April 3, 2012:

Call for Comments: Proposed Policy Amendment – Policy #88 (Intellectual Products)
The UBC community is invited to comment on proposed amendments to Policy #88 (Intellectual Products). The existing Policy #88 has been in place, without amendment, since 1993. Since that time the technical, collaborative, and educational environments in which the University operates have changed significantly and the University’s practices in relation to the management of intellectual property arising from University research have evolved. Please submit feedback to the Office of the University Counsel at by October 7, 2012.