Achievements and Recognition

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Dr. 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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Drs. 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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Steve Morgan’s paper on universal drug coverage cost wins CMAJ award

A paper authored by Dr. Steve Morgan, from the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, has won the CMAJ Bruce Squires Award.

The article, published last year, estimated the cost of providing universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada and found total spending in the country on prescription medications would drop by $7.3 billion. It concluded that the barrier to implementing pharmacare of perceived costs appeared to be unjustified, and that universal coverage would likely offer substantial savings in the private sector of about $8.2 billion with comparatively little increase in costs to the government (about $1 billion).

Dr. Morgan is the lead author of ‘Estimated cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada’ while Associate Professor Michael Law is a co-author.


Peter Suedfeld awarded Canadian Honours Polar Medal

Dr. Peter Suedfeld, emeritus professor in the department of psychology, has been awarded with the Canadian Honours Polar Medal. The Polar Medal celebrates Canada’s northern heritage and recognizes those who have contributed to, or endeavoured to, promote a greater understanding of Canada’s northern communities and its people.

Dr. Suedfeld has conducted field research in both polar regions. His research focuses on understanding both the psychological effects associated with isolation in polar stations. He has provided key insights into the leadership styles and personality characteristics of individuals who thrive in such extreme conditions.

The announcement was made on December 6, 2016 by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

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Jo-Anne Naslund receives 2016 Murray Elliott Service Award

Librarian and teacher-librarian Jo-Anne Naslund is the 2016 recipient of the Murray Elliott Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Teacher Education Program.

Jo-Anne’s many contributions to Teacher Education at UBC are characterized by her passion and commitment to supporting every teacher candidate in their journey toward becoming an exemplary educator. Jo-Anne’s practice is based on the needs of teacher candidates in the 21st century: she both embraces technology and finds ways to provide teacher candidates with the support they need to integrate technology into their practice.

Congratulations to Jo-Anne Naslund for her long history of exceptional work in teacher education in the Faculty of Education!

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Daniel Pauly awarded the 2016 Albert Ier Grand Medal in the Science category

Dr. Daniel Pauly, University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, has been awarded the 2016 Albert Ier Grand Medal (Science) by the Musée Océanographique (Monaco).

This award is the Musée Océanographique’s most prestigious prize, and is given to leading global marine researchers and experts. It was presented to Dr. Pauly by Prince Albert of Monaco at a ceremony in Paris, France on November 22, 2016.

Dr. Pauly is recognized as the world’s foremost fisheries scientist, and an expert on biodiversity research, the effects of overfishing, and global marine ecosystems.

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