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By Heather Amos
Justin Bieber music videos, Twilight trailers and UBC tutorials
on assessing joint injuries have something in common. They've
all been watched more than 1 million times on YouTube.
"Sometimes I'll have to examine a patient with a knee injury
in Emergency but I haven't done that examination in over a
year," says Tonia Timperley, a third year medical student at
UBC. "I can quickly review the special tests through the three
minute video and off I go."
The videos for assessing knee, shoulder and hip and groin
injuries were developed by Karim Khan, a professor in Human
Kinetics and Family Practice at UBC. Now Khan and his team
are developing videos that show how to prescribe treatments
for these injuries.
To carry out this project, Khan received a grant from UBC's
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). The TLEF
was created to fund projects that enable faculty and students
to create and implement projects that enrich and make a
positive difference in the learning experience for UBC's
Celebrate Learning is an
annual week-long initiative on
UBC's Vancouver campus that
highlights student learning and
development opportunities.
Khan's project is one of many TLEF projects that will be
celebrated during UBC's Celebrate Learning Week, Oct. 23 - 31.
"We canvassed the health science students at UBC, the
students in human kinetics, medicine and physiotherapy," says
Khan. "They said they needed help with learning how to assess
body parts."
Khan decided to develop some teaching aids and enlisted the
help of Dr. Mark Hutchinson, a sport medicine and orthopedic
surgeon, from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Khan and
Hutchinson started with the knee, one ofthe most common
injuries health care professionals come across.
In the video, Dr. Hutchinson demonstrates how to assess a
patient who presents with a knee injury. He gets the patient to
perform some basic movements, handles the knee and leg, and
points out what to watch for. The video was broken into short
segments and posted on YouTube.
"As a teacher I can direct my students to the videos," says
Khan. "They serve as an extra teaching aid and they generate
"As a practitioner, I use the videos myself. I have a
world-renowned expert at my fingertips."
The clips were posted on YouTube in response to UBC
student feedback; students wanted to access the videos at
anytime and from anywhere. And now, with more than 1
million views, it's certain UBC health science students aren't
the only ones benefiting from this learning tool.
"Clinical examinations take time to learn and are
challenging to learn through a book," says Timperley, who
initially worked on developing the videos. "I can visualize
what I saw on the video as I examine patients and go through a
stepwise process that an expert has just done in front of me."
As part of Celebrate Learning Week, a poster display
featuring a variety of TLEF projects will be found on the main
floor ofthe Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, from Monday
Oct. 25 through Friday Oct. 29.
Celebrate Learning is an annual week-long initiative on
UBC's Vancouver campus that highlights student learning and
development opportunities.
"Celebrate Learning is an opportunity to acknowledge
teaching and learning innovation and to explore possibilities
of further enhancing learning environments at UBC," says
Anna Kindler, Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President of
Academic Affairs.
"It also provides a chance to confirm UBC's commitment
to excellence in teaching and to re- emphasize the value that
we attribute to faculty contributions to the education of our
students." •
Celebrate Learning events will be held all over campus
between Oct. 23 and Oct. 31.
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UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   October 2010 Putting it in writing
Okanagan undergrad travels to remote village
to help preserve Indigenous language
By Jody Jacob
Student researcher Chara DeVolder visited remote Papua New Guinea villages to help preserve endangered Indigenous languages
De Voider worked within the PNG
villages of Kamiali, Aleso, Kui, Apoze,
Lambu, Kela. There are four slightly
different dialects among the villages.
Here is an example of some of the
words that will be included in
the dictionary:
do (Kamiali)
do (Aleso)
do (Kui)
zo (Apoze)
za (Lambu)
sa (Kela)
yu (all villages)
This is a good man
tambu denerj anda (Kamiali)
tambu denerj anda (Aleso)
tambu denerj anda (Kui)
tambu denerj anda (Lambu)
tamu denerj anda (Apoze)
tamu denerj anda (Kela)
abiya (Kamiali)
abiya (Aleso)
abiya (Kui)
abiya (Apoze)
nabo (Lambu)
anabo (Kela)
Chara DeVolder is helping preserve
an Indigenous language by putting
it into written form for the first
time. The fourth-year anthropology
student at UBC's Okanagan campus
spent two months this summer in a
remote village in Papua New Guinea
(PNG), researching how words are
created—the morphology—and how
sentences are formed—the syntax-
in the Kala language.
Under the direction of UBC
researchers and anthropologists
John Wagner and Christine Schreyer,
DeVolder assisted in working with
elders and community leaders from six
villages to create a writing system for
their language which, until very recently,
was entirely oral. She spent the rest of
the summer preparing the first draft of a
dictionary that she plans to send back to
the villages this fall for review.
"There are so many different
languages in PNG that a common
language was needed to communicate
amongst one another easily," says
DeVolder. "That language is called
Tok Pisin. But the problem is that
younger generations are learning
Tok Pisin instead of their native
languages, and because there was no
standard alphabet or writing system,
elders worried their native languages
could eventually be lost, along with
all the traditional knowledge that is
embedded within them."
DeVolder's study of morphology
showed the Kala language classifies
plants and animals through the use
of morphemes (parts of words that
have meaning). For example, most fish
names start with "i", most trees start
with "e", and most birds start with
"ma". These prefixes express what kind
of plant or animal it is, while the rest of
the word is usually a description of the
species. So the fish name "imbiritam-
bogadi" literally means "fish that has
spear eyes."
The language preservation initiative
began after Professor Wagner, who
has been doing research in PNG for
more than a decade, was approached
by village elders about their language
concerns. He contacted Schreyer, who
specializes in linguistics research
and endangered language preservation, to see if she was interested in the
project. DeVolder has taken a number
of Schreyer's classes and jumped at the
chance to do undergraduate work with
the pair in PNG.
"What I think made this project really
special is that we didn't go into these
villages and say, T think this is what
you need to do,'" reflects DeVolder. "It
was the people from the villages who
approached John and said 'these are our
concerns; are you able to help?'"
DeVolder says the researchers met
with everyone from the community
and formed a committee with at
least one man and women from each
village. "People were so welcoming
and grateful," she says. "That made
me feel like this project really meant
something special."
Before they left, the UBC researchers
brought together local teachers,
committee members, and anyone else
who was interested in the writing system
from all six villages and held a workshop
on the written language and developing
language curricula materials.
"This isn't just something we did and
handed over; we helped them learn how
to use it and teach it and we provided
them with some materials and tools so
they could immediately begin teaching,
learning and preserving the language,"
DeVolder says.
The dictionary she is
making will give the
communities another
resource for children
to use while learning
their language, and
will help adults from
other villages
become proficient in
Kala as well.
DeVolder says her experience in PNG
made a greater impression than she ever
could have dreamed.
"It was so different there. We had to
take a two-hour boat ride across the
ocean to get to the village," she says.
"I had to walk down a beach and climb
a tree to get cell phone reception. We
cooked over a fire. I planted banana
trees, dug up potatoes and walked
around barefoot."
After graduating in 2011 with her
Bachelor of Arts degree, DeVolder
wants to find a career that will allow
her to continue working with people
and their languages. • jl/
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Born and raised in a rural area in the Andean region of Tolima, Pena's elementary
school-educated parents encouraged her and her siblings to pursue higher education
for hopes of a better life—her brothers are a civil engineer, an agronomist and a
soon-to-be lawyer. Pena, the only one in her family fluent in English and the first to
pursue post-graduate studies, was admitted to the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana,
a top private university in Bogota, at the age of 16. Following her undergraduate
degree in Bacteriology and two years of "adventure" that took her to the University
of Southern California, Pena was recruited to UBC last year by world-renowned
microbiologist Bob Hancock.
"Olga is a brilliant student," says Hancock, Canada Research Chair in
Pathogenomics and Antimicrobials and best known for developing a peptide that
fights infections from superbugs and salmonella by boosting the body's own immune
system. "I'm extraordinarily pleased to have her in my lab."
And it was in Hancock's lab that Pena was exposed to a new idea: global citizenship.
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October 23-31,2010
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opportunities available to our students.
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The UBC Auto Rickshaw study team
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Prof. Steve Rogak, UBC Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy Systems
Doctoral student Conor Reynolds, Resource Management and Environmental Studies
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Expensive programs to switch auto rickshaws to clean fuels may not reduce less harmful emissions
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Over the past 50 years, thousands
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while each classroom, lecture hall
and courtyard bench tells a story,
it was high time for a makeover
of the complex.
This fall, that makeover will be complete with the final
landscaping ofthe Buchanan courtyards. The design concept
will transform the courtyards into welcoming plazas filled
with natural light and ample seating while retaining the
buildings' Modernist roots.
Originally built between 1958 and 1960, the Buchanan
complex has been a strong but subtle landmark at the
north end ofthe campus. With more than 12,000 students
comprising the Faculty of Arts, space has become a premium
for the largest faculty at UBC. Students were badly in need of
updated spaces to study and to connect with their peers and
Renovations to the Buchanan complex have been underway
for several years through UBC's sustainability building
renovation program, UBC Renew. The buildings have been
completely revitalized, their original structures kept intact
but the interiors reconfigured, refurbished, and serviced with
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A leader in green university development and infrastructure, UBC has also taken a holistic approach to sustainability
in ways that support the community as a whole. Working with
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UBC's United Way Campaign
Michael McKnight, President and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland (left), with UBC President Stephen Toope,
This year's
campaign for the
Lower Mainland
is being co-chaired
by UBC President
Stephen Toope
UBC's Pierre Ouillet vice-president finance, resources and operations,
is going to jail and he won't come out. Ouillet will be stuck behind bars
until he raises $250 for bail.
By Heather Amos
Ouillet's jail stunt on Nov. 10 is one of many fundraisers planned for the 2010 UBC
Community United Way Campaign, which kicked off Sept. 20.
UBC has been involved with the United Way campaign for more than 20 years.
Every year, students, residents, staff and faculty join together to raise money for the
United Way ofthe Lower Mainland.
UBC's annual campaign is one of many workplace campaigns that contribute
to the overall annual campaign put on by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
This year's campaign for the Lower Mainland is being co-chaired by UBC President
Stephen Toope.
"The United Way helps people right here in our own backyard," says Lynn
Newman, who is co-chairing the UBC campaign with Steve Tuckwood. "One in
three people in the Lower Mainland benefit from the services, programs or research
funded by the United Way."
To get this message across, Newman and Tuckwood are hoping the entire UBC
community—residents, students, staff and faculty—will get involved.
"This year we've broken the campaign up. Each vice-president portfolio is
responsible for putting on a mini campaign," says Tuckwood, associate director of
"We want people to get to know one another and get exposure to how other units
work," says Newman. "After the campaign is over, it will be that much easier to work
together on other projects."
UBC and the United Way ofthe Lower Mainland have collaborated for many years,
examining social issues and identifying solutions with a focus on prevention.
UBC has also been involved in the Loaned Rep program for over 20 years. Each
year, two UBC employees are 'loaned' to the United Way to serve as an extension of
United Way staff.
"This program provides the loaned rep with significant professional development
and the opportunity to learn about the community surrounding and supporting UBC,
as well as the importance of social responsibility," says Prof. Toope.
"They return to UBC ready to take on greater challenges and enrich our
community through the experience they gained."
While Prof. Toope and two other UBC employees are working away on the Lower
Mainland campaign, the UBC community can get involved right here on campus. A
pancakes race, a gala night, and many other fundraising activities are planned for the
2010 UBC Community United Way Campaign. •
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation,
visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca
UBC research
and the United Way
A quarter of Grade 4 public school
children in Vancouver say that they
are not doing well in overall health
and well-being, suggests research
coming from a partnership between the
Vancouver School Board, United Way
ofthe Lower Mainland, and UBC's
Human Early Learning Partnership
The study found that 26 per cent
of Grade 4 children were categorized
as low in child health and well-being,
and another 34 per cent were
considered medium. These findings
indicate that less than half of
Vancouver's children are thriving
and meeting their fullest potential.
"Our findings suggest a clear
and urgent need for increased
attention to the social and emotional
well-being and health of children
during the middle childhood years,"
said Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, the
principal investigator ofthe study,
and a professor in UBC's Faculty of
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