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Roshni Narain appointed Human Rights Advisor, Equity & Inclusion Office

A message from Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion Office

I am very pleased to share that Roshni Narain has joined the Equity & Inclusion Office (EIO) as the Human Rights Advisor. Roshni has extensive experience in the fields of human rights and anti-discrimination, sexualized violence and counselling. She arrives to the EIO from the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition where she facilitated the resolution of concerns of discrimination and harassment. Roshni worked as an educator and researcher, she is passionate about social justice and works diligently to support an environment of equity and fairness with a commitment to fostering social change. Using an intersectional framework forged from her considerable experience working on issues of race, gender, sexuality and (dis)ability, Roshni centers a solution-focused approach to enhance positive working environments and relationships.

Working closely with the Director of Dialogue & Conflict Engagement at EIO, and in partnership with a number of colleagues across the institution, Roshni will provide information, support, referrals and resources to members of the UBC community who believe they may have a human-rights based discrimination or harassment concern. She offers a space for confidential conversations that can illuminate options ranging from informal resolution of conflicts to filing a complaint. Her work supports the university’s commitment to meaningful engagement with conflict as a component of creating a respectful and productive work environment at UBC.

Abbas Milani appointed Director of new Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute

A message from Dr. Philip Barker. Vice-Principal, Research, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Abbas Milani

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Prof. Abbas S. Milani from the Faculty of Applied Science as director of the new Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), effective July 1st, 2017.

The MMRI will serve as a multi-disciplinary, inter-departmental research hub, based in Kelowna but linking both UBC campuses with other regional, national and international universities, industry partners and government research organizations.

The MMRI will create linkages between researchers from traditionally distinct disciplines, including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, health and medical science, computer science, social science, applied mathematics, management, among others, to co-create and launch large-scale strategic research projects in the core and applied materials and manufacturing domains.

The creation of this new institute will help bolster our internal research capacity, catalyze new partner investment opportunities and support the campus in developing of a high-impact cluster of research excellence in materials and manufacturing.

The MMRI’s interim management team has met with researchers, trainees and administrative leadership on both UBC campuses and consulted with researchers at several international universities and institutions to assess interest and capacity. This scan has led to the development of five pillars within the MMR Institute:

  1. Aerospace and Transportation Materials and Manufacturing (ATMM)
  2. Biomedical and Biological Materials and Manufacturing (BBMM)
  3. Building and Construction Materials and Manufacturing (BCMM)
  4. Electromagnetic and Nanoscale Materials and Manufacturing (ENMM)
  5. Polymer and Natural Materials and Manufacturing (PNMM)

Faculty members and students in each pillar will share expertise and have full access to the research facilities within the institute. Research teams will have the opportunity to liaise with industrial collaborators, further expanding UBC’s partner network and community outreach opportunities.

I anticipate that the MMRI and its five pillar groups will identify and successfully nurture large scale funding opportunities and create interdisciplinary workshops, courses and scholarships that will attract world-class students and scholars in the evolving areas of nano/micro/macro scale materials and manufacturing.

I would like to thank the over one-hundred internal and external stakeholders who collectively contributed to the successful launch of this initiative. In particular, I would like to recognize the work of Dr. Milani in establishing this exciting new institute and the Faculty of Applied Science for their support of this initiative.

Learn more about Dr. Milani

Jeff Small appointed Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences

Dr. Jeff Small has been appointed Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, effective July 24, 2017 to June 30, 2022.

Dr. Small is an Associate Professor and cognitive scientist with specialization in communication sciences and disorders. He joined the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1997, specializing in acquired language disorders. Dr. Small’s research, funded by CIHR, BCMSF and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, investigates novel applications of cognitive-behavioural therapies in Alzheimer’s disease which has led to the development and dissemination of communication training programs for family and professional caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California in applied psycholinguistics, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in geriatric psycholinguistics at the University of Kansas and Simon Fraser University.

Gary Redekop appointed Head, Department of Surgery

Dr. Gary Redekop has been appointed Head, Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, following his appointment as Head pro tem since May 1, 2014.

Dr. Redekop, Associate Professor, received his MD from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a neurosurgical residency and fellowship training in cerebrovascular surgery at Western and additional fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Toronto. He completed graduate studies in the molecular biology of growth factors and angiogenesis and joined the Division of Neurosurgery at UBC in 1993. Dr. Redekop has worked collaboratively with colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology and anesthesia to develop a multidisciplinary service integrating microvascular and endovascular approaches to cerebrovascular disease. He also has extensive experience in clinical trials related to interventions for stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage. He is the past Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Neurosurgery Specialty Committee and is presently the Head of the Regional Department of Surgery for Vancouver Coastal Health.

Sue Forwell appointed Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Dr. Sue Forwell has been appointed Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022, following her previous appointment in this role since January 1, 2016.

Dr. Forwell is an Associate Professor, a Principle Investigator with the UBC Multiple Sclerosis clinic and the International Collaboration of Research and Discovery (ICORD), and an affiliate researcher with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Fraser Health. Her research and teaching is in occupational science, neuro-rehabilitation and community integration. Currently, Dr. Forwell is on the health care advisory council of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, sub-editor of the Journal of Occupational Science and chair of the International Society of Occupational Science. Recently, she was honoured with the prestigious Townsend-Polatajko Occupational Science Lectureship where she gave her address in October 2016.