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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UBC Sauder School of Business ranked #1 business school in Canada for 2018

As they do each year, Maclean’s has ranked the best universities in 10 program areas—including business. This year, UBC Sauder School of Business achieved the top ranking as the number one Business School in Canada for 2018.

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Gary Hinshaw wins 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

UBC professor of physics & astronomy, Gary Hinshaw, is one of the recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

He and colleagues from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) team, including UBC physics & astronomy colleague Mark Halpern, were awarded the prize for their work on mapping the early universe. Their findings cemented the “standard model” of cosmology: a flat universe dominated by dark matter and dark energy.

“It was a complete surprise to learn I was awarded the Breakthrough Prize,” said Hinshaw, who was instructed to keep the news secret even from his children.

The WMAP team was recognized for their accurate measurements of several key cosmological parameters, including the age of the universe at 13.77 billion years; the fact that more than 95 per cent of the energy in the universe resides in the form of dark matter and dark energy; and the notion that our universe likely began with a burst of “cosmic inflation.”  Taken together, these results establish the Standard Model of cosmology. The publications stemming from this work are among the most highly cited physics and astronomy papers ever published.

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Kiran Soma receives James McKeen Cattell Fellowship

James McKeen Cattell Fellowships are awarded annually to North American university faculty committed to developing scientific research in psychology and its applications to improving human welfare by the Association of Psychological Science (APS).

Dr. Kiran Soma, a professor and neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology, was awarded a 2017-18 James McKeen Cattell Fellowship. This annual fellowship awards recipients with an extended sabbatical period, allowing researchers to advance their one semester research period to a full year.

Dr. Soma’s research examines the effects of steroids on behaviour, the brain, and the immune system, particularly steroids that are locally synthesized within the brain and immune system. With an extended sabbatical, Soma will be able to further his current examination which focuses on the behavioural effects of steroids. Soma plans to expand his expertise on steroid profiling through mass spectrometry, an emerging and high-impact analytical approach in the area of behavioural neuroscience.

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Susan Forwell named Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year

Susan Forwell, Head of the UBC Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, has received the 2017 Outstanding Occupational Therapist Award for her exceptional contribution to the profession.

Dr. Forwell is a dedicated Canadian occupational therapist and scientist who has sustained a 35-year commitment to her professional community. Her research has provided patients with chronic conditions — particularly multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury and brain injury — with credible programs and strategies to manage difficult symptoms, like fatigue, tremor, difficulty with hand function, and cognitive changes, so that they can participate in their life roles.

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Four faculty members recognized as Mental Health Difference Makers by CAMH

The Faculty of Medicine’s Jehannine Austin, Skye Barbic, Perry Kendall, and Todd Woodward are among 150 Canadians being honoured this year as part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Difference Makers movement – a national initiative celebrating individuals who are changing the course of mental health.

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Rashid Sumaila wins Volvo Environment Prize

The 2017 Volvo Environment Prize has been awarded to Rashid Sumaila, professor in UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and School of Public Policy, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (FERU) and OceanCanada Partnership, for his innovative work in fisheries economics and sustainable governance of ocean resources.

The Volvo Environment Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes – it is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development.

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