Achievements and Recognition

Our colleagues are doing exceptional things every day. Here you can find updates on some of the many achievements of our community.

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Brett Finlay inducted into the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single meritorious contribution or a lifetime of superior accomplishments. Pioneers in their field, they are role models for Canadians and an inspiration to our youth to pursue careers in the health sciences.

Brett Finlay, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine and Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, is among six individuals to be inducted into the 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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UBC-O: Team-based approach to saving lives recognized nationally by Canadian Blood Services

The Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life program works with companies, government agencies and community organizations to encourage people to donate blood, platelets and plasma as a group.

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life Team was recently recognized at the 2017 Canadian Blood Services Honouring Our Lifeblood award ceremony for significantly increasing the number of blood donations from students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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UBC-O: FCCS announces 2017 faculty awards

Each year the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies puts a call out for nominations for teaching excellence and innovation, community engagement and service awards.

This year’s award recipients are Shona Harrison (English), Denise Kenney (Performance), Michael Treschow (English) and Myron Campbell (Visual Arts).

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Two UBC researchers awarded medals from the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada has awarded the 2017 Sir John William Dawson Medal to UBC fisheries researcher Daniel Pauly and the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics to astronomer Ingrid Stairs.

Pauly is a fisheries biologist and Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, a large research project devoted to identifying and quantifying global fisheries trends. Pauly is also co-founder of, the online encyclopedia of more than 30,000 fish species. In 2017, he was named Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur.

Stairs is one of world’s leading experts on pulsars and has made significant contributions to radio astronomy instrumentation. In 2017, she was honored with a Martin Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society. She was involved in the development of instrumentation for the innovative CHIME radio telescope.

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Four UBC faculty awarded Canadian Academy of Health Sciences fellowship

Induction into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. CAHS Fellows, who serve as unpaid volunteers, are nominated by their institutions and peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

UBC 2017 Fellows:

  • Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice Chancellor
  • Dr. Michael Coughtrie, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Dr. Lara Boyd, Canada Research Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy
  • Dr. Jehannine Austin, Canada Research Chair in the Department Medical Genetics

Learn more about UBC’s 2017 Fellows

Karen Bakker wins SSHRC Connection Award and 2017 Trudeau Fellowship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Award

Dr. Karen Bakker from the Department of Geography has won the SSHRC Connection Award. This annual Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements in SSHRC-funded research, knowledge mobilization and scholarship, as well as the highest achievements resulting from a SSHRC fellowship awarded.

SSHRC’s Connection Award recognizes an outstanding individual or team whose project has engaged campus and community and led to intellectual, cultural, social or economic impacts.

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2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship

Dr. Bakker is one of five recipients of the 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowships – recognizing innovative projects that are shaping the future of Canada and the world.

Dr. Bakker and her team are working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, advisors, scholars, activists, and artists to exchange knowledge on how to decolonize water governance and improve water security for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Every year, the Foundation awards up to five fellowships to intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing Canada and the world.

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