The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recently welcomed 13 UBC faculty members to its ranks as Fellows and as Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.
UBC 2016 RSC Fellows
Six UBC professors were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.
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Tina Loo is an internationally recognized scholar of global environmental history and critical legal history. Her research focuses on questions of state power: how it works, the basis of its authority, and the means by which it is extended, consolidated and challenged. Her widely acclaimed books, articles and awards confirm her place among a select group of scholars who are redefining the ways historians, internationally, think about Canadian history.
Steven Heine’s pioneering research has challenged key psychological assumptions in self-esteem, meaning, and the ways that people understand genetic constructs. His research on cultural psychology is most noteworthy for aiding the identification of psychological processes that are either universal across humans or are particular to certain cultures. He is the author of many acclaimed journal articles and books in the fields of social and cultural psychology.
Bonny Norton’s innovative and pioneering ideas about identity and language learning continue to have a profound impact on the field of language education worldwide. Her groundbreaking and highly cited research makes visible the social mechanisms of power in language learning and teaching. Her research has found that language learners can help overcome constraints on language learning by claiming more powerful identities from which to speak, read, and write the target language.
Dominique Weis is internationally recognized for her insightful research on the chemical and isotopic composition of Earth’s mantle with major impact on our understanding of the world’s major Large Igneous Provinces, mantle plumes and arcs, including Kerguelen Archipelago, Hawaiian Islands, and Cascades. Her research has elucidated a crucial relationship between ocean island composition and deep mantle processes. Her work crosses traditional domains of Earth science to encompass pioneering studies tracking the source and fate of metals in the environment.
Samuel Aparicio’s work on the genomes of breast cancers has provided new insights into the tremendous breadth of tumour genetic heterogeneity. The cells within tumours are not identical, and tumours are now best thought of as complex communities of cells composed of genetically distinct cellular sub-populations. Dr. Aparicio’s work has linked this genetic heterogeneity to cancer evolution and recurrence, providing a much-needed explanation for how treatment-resistant cancers may arise.
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Fischer has made profound and lasting contributions to theoretical techniques for the calculation of atomic transition frequencies, decay rates, and other atomic processes through the development of computer software that has become a standard for the field. The results have found wide application in astrophysics, plasma diagnostics, and the development of controlled fusion devices.
UBC 2016 RSC Members
A further seven UBC faculty were named as members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Those named to the College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.
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Purang Abolmaesumi is an outstanding and innovative researcher with an international reputation for his contributions to medical imaging. His work broadly covers image analysis theory to practical computer aided therapy systems. His contributions to ultrasound imaging are used globally at leading research institutions. Thousands of cancer patients have directly benefited from his image analysis techniques that have been adopted to develop standard-of-care radiation therapy planning software for cancer treatment.
Jehannine Austin’s pioneering genetic counseling research, showing that genetic counseling has meaningful benefits for people with psychiatric disorders and their families, has been acknowledged with national and international awards, and by her election as president of her professional association. Based on her data, she founded the award-winning, world’s first specialist psychiatric genetic counseling service—which is influencing health services internationally.
Molly Elizabeth Babel is Associate Professor of Linguistics at The University of British Columbia. Her research innovatively marries such diverse fields as linguistics, experimental and social psychology, sociology, cognitive science, and the speech sciences, allowing her to explore how social knowledge is manifested through spoken language, revealing insights into such basic questions as how personal and social attributes affect how people perceive and produce language.
Roman Krems of the Chemistry Department at the University of British Columbia has developed the numerical tools for calculating the collision properties of molecules in electromagnetic fields. This work has been instrumental for the development of a new research field of cold molecules. His work has helped to lay a foundation for new research directions aimed at quantum technologies based on controlled ensembles of molecules at extremely low temperatures.
As Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Shaylih Muehlmann is renowned for her courageous fieldwork and gripping ethnographic analyses of one of the most fraught geographies in the world: the narco-corridor of northern Mexico, where the Sonora desert, the dried out delta of the Colorado River and the fenced US-Mexico border intersect to create a particularly rugged social geography.
Philippe D. Tortell’s work has made seminal contributions to understanding the effects of oceanic CO2 variability on marine primary productivity and phytoplankton physiological ecology. He has also pioneered the development of new automated instruments and experimental methods to measure the oceanic concentration and production/ consumption rates of various biogenic gases including oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and dimethylsulfide. This work informs our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and climate regulation.
Katherine White has made significant contributions to knowledge in the area of consumer psychology. In 2015, she was identified by the American Marketing Association as one of the top five marketing researchers in the world based on publications top-tier marketing journals over the prior five years. She is well-known for her work on social identity, social influence, and ethical consumption. Her research has identified positive social and environmental consequences of marketing.
Congratulations to all UBC faculty members named.