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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Kathleen Martin Ginis named Distinguished University Scholar

Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis in the Faculty of Health and Social Development’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan, has been named a UBC Distinguished University Scholar.

This prestigious distinction recognizes exceptional members of UBC faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning, or who have the potential to demonstrate such leadership.

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Faculty Research Award winners announced for 2016

The outstanding ideas, innovations, and discoveries of UBC researchers are improving lives around the world.

As part of recognizing these achievements, UBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Faculty Research Awards. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, applied science, science, and medicine.

The Office of the Vice President Research will host an awards reception on on April 5, 2017.

Congratulations to all recipients!

Jacon Biely Research Prize

UBC’s premier award for research 

UBC Killam Research Fellowships

Enabling faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave

Junior Category:

UBC Killam Research Prizes

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions

Arts & Humanities

Junior Category:

Senior Category:

Applied Science, Sciences

Senior Category:

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Recognizing demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member

Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Biennial award recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to (and performances in) art, music, creative writing, theatre or film

President’s Award for Public Education through Media

Celebrating active and creative sharing of research expertise through news media

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Nadia Khan named President of Hypertension Canada

Nadia Khan, Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine named President of Hypertension Canada. Dr. Nadia Khan is also a scientist at the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences (CHEOS), and a general internist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Khan was elected to Hypertension Canada’s Board in 2013. Dr. Khan was a member of the Central Review Committee for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) from 2002 to 2013, and is Chair of Hypertension Canada’s Research Policy Committee.

In this role, Dr. Khan will continue to help build on the excellent foundation from Ernesto Schiffrin, immediate Past-President. She will continue to lead the world in early detection of high blood pressure, its treatment and overall management.

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Daniel Pauly named Scientist of the Year by Radio Canada

Dr. Daniel Pauly, University Killam Professor with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, has been named Scientist of the Year by Radio Canada’s Les Années-lumière.

Dr. Pauly is being recognized for his lifelong research efforts on the human impacts on global fisheries.

The “Scientist of the Year” award has been granted for the past 30 years to outstanding individuals from a variety of fields that range from genomics to oceanography.

With this distinction, Dr. Pauly joins a stellar list of renowned researchers such as biologist and oceanographer Louis Fortier; biologists Pierre Béland, J.-André Fortin, and Claude Villeneuve; hematologist Guy Sauvageau; and ecologist Joël Bêty, among others.

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Rashid Sumaila wins Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science

UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries professor Rashid Sumaila has won a prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award, in recognition for his work on sustainable fisheries around the world.

Often referred to as the “Academy Awards for the ocean,” the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards are the world’s preeminent ocean awards. They are unique in acknowledging outstanding achievement across many sectors of society leading to the protection of oceans, coasts and the communities that depend on them. To date, Benchley Award winners have included five Heads of State, U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, senators, marine scientists, journalists, explorers, youth leaders, and citizen activist

Dr. Sumaila is the recipient in the 2017 “Excellence in Science” category, which is given to an individual who “has advanced the cause of understanding ocean processes, marine ecology and conservation biology.”

Dr. Sumaila will receive his award at a gala ceremony being held on May 11th in Washington, D.C.

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Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller win Ocean Award

Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller have received the Ocean Award in the Science category.

Dr. Daniel Pauly and Dr. Dirk Zeller received the Ocean Award in the Science category.

They are recognized for their contributions to marine conservation and ocean health through the publication of the Nature Communications paper Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining, and the recent book, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries. In these two publications, the scientists revealed, among many other things, that global marine fisheries catches have been declining, on average, by 1.2 million metric tons every year since 1996 due to overfishing.

Dr. Daniel Pauly is University Killam Professor with UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Principal Investigator with the Sea Around Us project. Dr. Dirk Zeller is Executive Director, Sea Around Us project and Research Associate with UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.

The Ocean Awards are organized by the Blue Marine Foundation and Boat International. Both Drs. Pauly and Zeller were on hand to receive their award at a gala event held in London, UK. 

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