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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George Iwama named Chancellor of Quest University Canada

Congratulations to Dr. George Iwama, Vice-Dean, Aquaculture and Strategic Initiatives at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, on being named Chancellor of Quest University Canada. Quest University Canada is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university. It was founded in 2002 by former UBC president Dr. David Strangway.

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Bryan Gick awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship

Dr. Bryan Gick, Professor and Head at the Department of Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

As a Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Gick will work with top interdisciplinary experts developing and extending his body-based approach to speech, with the goal of deepening links between biomechanics, the nervous system, the digestive system and the evolution of speech communication.

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Amanda Vincent named to IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee

Dr. Amanda Vincent, Professor and Director of Project Seahorse in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). She will serve as the Committee’s global marine expert, and will also Chair its Marine Conservation Subcommittee.

The IUCN SSC is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on Earth.”

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UBC Okanagan recognized for its support of employee reservists

On March 25, UBC Okanagan was among a small group of organizations recognized by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with a Canadian Forces Liaison Council Provincial Award of Excellence for the university’s support of military reservists who are also employees.

Specifically noted in the award is Shelley Kayfish, director of Campus Operations and Risk Management, who was nominated by reservist Lt. Col. Mike McGinty. McGinty is associate director of Risk Management Services and Campus Security as well as commander of the BC Dragoons.

See the full post with photos from the award presentation.

Researchers of the Year recognized in the Okanagan

From March 6 to 10, 2017, UBC’s Okanagan campus marked Celebrate Research Week with a series of public events highlighting current research projects. At the end of this week, the campus also recognized its Researchers of the Year.

A tie was declared for Researcher of the Year award between Professor Michael Deyholos (Natural Sciences) and Associate Professor Jonathan Holzman (Engineering).

Professor Susan Frohlick was named Social Sciences and Humanities Researcher of the Year, and Assistant Professor Mary Jung was awarded the Health Researcher of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

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Tara Moreau and the Physical Activity Research Centre recognised at the Awards of Excellence

The City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals and organizations in five categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Vancouver more green, healthy, diverse, and accessible.

There were a number of awards that celebrated the success of members of the UBC community, including:

The Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC), a community-based research facility that is part of the Faculty of Medicine’s spinal cord injury research centre at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (I-CORD), was given the Accessible City award (organization category). This award recognizes outstanding leadership to enhance accessibility, inclusion, and elimination of barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Tara Moreau Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs in the Faculty of Science, was given the Greenest City Leadership award (individual category). This award recognizes individuals or groups who enhance or advance the City’s Greenest City Action Plan goals.

See the full list of winners.