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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Lakshmi Yatham awarded the 2018 Colvin Prize for Bipolar Mood Disorder Research

Lakshmi N. Yatham, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, has been recognized for his outstanding achievements in mood disorders research with the 2018 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Colvin Prize for Bipolar Mood Disorder Research.

As one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in psychiatry/psychology by Clarivate Analytics, Dr. Yatham’s major research interests include neurobiology and treatment of bipolar disorder and major depression.

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Professor Emeritus Mark Thompson awarded Order of Canada

For close to 50 years, UBC Sauder professor emeritus Mark Thompson has been using his academic expertise in Labour Relations to help some of the most vulnerable categories of Canadians in the workforce – and now his work has been recognized by the Governor-General of Canada.

Earlier this summer Thompson was awarded the Order of Canada, one of the highest honours bestowed upon Canadians for their outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

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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.

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