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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Stan Hamilton, Professor Emeritus, UBC Sauder, receives President’s Award for Distinguished Service

The prestigious award is given to UBC emeriti who show exceptional leadership or initiative in volunteer community service.

For over four decades he inspired thousands of students, many of whom went on to become public and private sector leaders in their own right, and now UBC Sauder School of Business professor emeritus Stan Hamilton has been given one of the university’s most prestigious honours.

The President’s Award for Distinguished Service by UBC Emeriti is given to UBC Emeriti who have, since attaining UBC Emeritus status, “displayed exceptional leadership or initiative in volunteer community service that benefits others in Canada or abroad” — and Hamilton has been named the 2018 recipient.

Hamilton’s contributions go far beyond the academic world, and have reached the arts, urban planning, industry governance and property tax reform.

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UBC-V: Staff recognized for their long service contributions at annual 25 Year Club dinner

Staff in Vancouver were recently recognized for 25, 35 and 40 years of uninterrupted or accumulated service at the annual 25 Year Club dinner.

Read more about the staff who were recognized and view photos from the event.


Winners of UBC’s Killam Teaching Prize and Graduate Teaching Assistant Award announced

As one of six Killam institutions, UBC offers yearly awards from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty and teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in teaching.

Read the full story for the list of  Killam Teaching Prize and Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award winners for 2017-2018.


UBC professor Janet Werker awarded prestigious 2018 Killam Prize in Social Sciences

UBC professor Janet Werker, a world-renowned developmental psychologist, was awarded the 2018 Killam Prize in Social Sciences, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement.

Dr. Janet Werker is a University Killam Professor and Canada Research Chair in UBC’s department of psychology. She is also one of the founders and co-directors of the UBC Language Sciences Initiative, which catalyzes language-related research and integrates it with undergraduate teaching and graduate training.

Through her research, Dr. Werker explores the foundations of language learning, including multi-language acquisition in infancy. Her discoveries showing how babies are ready to learn language at birth, and how very early in life language learning begins, have had influence around the world.

Read the full story.

Faculty and staff recognized for their contributions at 2018 Long Service Awards

Each year UBC Okanagan celebrates the many years of dedicated service from faculty and staff. This year, 12 people reached milestones of working at UBC or Okanagan University College for 25, 30 and 40 years.

Those who received recognition for 25 years of service this year are:

  • Martin Blum, associate professor of English
  • Robert Campbell, associate professor in the Faculty of Education
  • Paramjit Gill, associate professor of statistics
  • Christopher Gordon, associate professor of French
  • Marvin Krank, professor of psychology
  • Robert Lalonde, associate professor of biology
  • Dixon Sookraj, associate professor in the School of Social Work
  • Diane Stoliker, library technician
  • Bonnie Taylor, administrator in the AVP Students office

Both Security Manager Mike Gesi and Associate Professor of Biology Blythe Nilson were recognized for 30 years of service. And Library Technician Rose Cresswell was recognized for reaching the milestone of 40 years.

Find out more.

UBC’s Wade Davis awarded honorary citizenship in Colombia

Dr. Wade Davis has been awarded honorary citizenship in Colombia.

The Professor of Anthropology and the B.C. Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at UBC first visited Colombia in 1968 when he was 14 years old, living with a Colombian family in the mountains above Cali.

Davis was awarded the honorary citizenship on April 12, 2018 by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Read more and watch a video of the ceremony.