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News and Events | Issue 3, 2019


A new golden age for computer architecture

Turing Award winner David Patterson outlines his vision for the next revolution in computer performance and security. Followed by the closing reception of Computer Science's 50th Anniversary celebrations. May 16.





Step aside Johnny Mnemonic 

“We have this image of a hacker in a dark room eating Cheetos. The reality is computer science is highly collaborative, and that collaboration propels people and ideas,” says computer scientist Margo Seltzer.





Four CS researchers appointed to Canada-CIFAR AI chairs

Leonid Sigal, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Mark Schmidt and Frank Wood have been appointed to chairs as part of an expansion of the Canada-CIFAR AI research program.





Birdies at the Garden

UBC’s Botanical Garden is hosting bird tours and bird identification workshops in May. Break out the binoculars!

May, 2019





Women leaders in tech: How to arrive, survive and thrive

C-suite panelists from SAP, EA Sports, ACL and other companies share their personal stories—and business insights.

May 30





Way Cool 100

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s Way Cool Biodiversity Series reaches a milestone: 100 lectures since 2011. 

June 2, 2019




Teacher and students



Aesthetics, teaching and MOOCs

UBC Computer Science instructor Elisa Baniassad (BSc 1999), recipient of a Killam Teaching Prize, explains how good teaching and good design are alike. She also talks about the challenges of teaching a massive open online course. 



Jacquie Armstrong




From curling to coding

Coder and curler Jacquie Armstrong (BSc 1999) discusses what athletics taught her about business and shares advice for women who want to own the house in computer science.  



In Brief

  • UBC’s student team finished 41st in the world at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held in Porto, Portugal. 
  • Flags were lowered at UBC to commemorate emeritus professor Richard Rosenberg, who joined Computer Science in 1968 and played a pivotal role in founding the department and its artificial intelligence group.

  • Catherine Koverola (BSc 1981) has been named president of the University of Pittsburgh’s Bradford and Titusville campuses.
  • Shawna Narayan (BSc 2018) is one of Surrey’s 2019 Top 25 Under 25 for her business- and community-minded contributions to mentorship in STEM.





Proteins open up a new research frontier

Genetics gets all the attention, but UBC researchers at the Proteomics Core Facility are all about the potential of protein analysis—from breeding better bees to helping solve crimes.




Photo contest winner

Congratulations to the winner of February’s Instagram contest! The $100 prize pack goes to user dr.luquini.reumato with this picture of a little boy admiring George, the Lambeosaurus at UBC's Pacific Museum of Earth. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.



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