Day: September 27, 2014

DNA analysis of sweet potatoes suggests that Polynesians reached Americas before Europeans

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New DNA analysis of sweet potatoes, which were first cultivated in the Americas, suggests that Polynesians reached the New World long before Columbus.

The prevailing theory about the “rediscovery” of the American continents used to be such a simple tale. Most people are familiar with it: In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Then that theory was complicated when, in 1960, archaeologists discovered a site in Canada’s Newfoundland, called L’Anse aux Meadows, which proved that Norse explorers likely beat Columbus to the punch by about 500 years.
Now startling new DNA evidence promises to complicate the story even more. It turns out that it was not Columbus or the Norse — or any Europeans at all — who first rediscovered the Americas. It was actually the Polynesians.
All modern Polynesian peoples can trace their origins back to a sea-migrating Austronesian people who were the first humans to discover and populate most of the Pacific islands, including lands as far-reaching as Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. Despite the Polynesians’ incredible sea-faring ability, however, few theorists have been willing to say that Polynesians could have made it as far east as the Americas. That is, until now. Read More…

Call for Application – Faculty of Ed. Grad. Student Funding

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The Office for Graduate Programs and Research (OGPR) just put out a call for applications for a number of UBC endowed scholarships and prizes available to Faculty of Education graduate students. These awards are for take-up in December 2014:

THE DEAN OF EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP (#1960)

THE JIMMAR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION (#1982)

THE MARY ELIZABETH SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP (#489)

THE JOSEPH KATZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (#1956)

THE LOMCIRA HAROLD COVELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (490)

THE DONALD AND ELLEN POULTER SCHOLARSHIP (#2007)

JANUSZ KORCAK ASSOCIATION OF CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND CANADIAN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION (#6523)

Graduate students should discuss whether they meet the criteria for these awards with their Supervisor or Graduate Advisor prior to application.

The deadline for application packages to OGPR is 4:00pm, Monday, October 27, 2014 

Please note: it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the cover page is completed in full, with acknowledgement and signature from referee or supervisor(s) and department head’s signature before you submit to OGPR. 

Also note that past awardees were successful due to: 1) a strong student statement; 2) CV; 3) gpa.

All application packages must be complete with the signed Award Cover Sheet, the student statement, and a completed graduate student CV.  Incomplete application packages will not be accepted by the OGPR.

Please visit the following web page for award eligibility guidelines, application instructions, award descriptions and criteria, application forms and a graduate CV template at:http://ogpr.educ.ubc.ca/grad/funding/apply/