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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Trish Pekeles recognized as one of BC’s most influential women in finance


Stephen McNeil wins top prize for contributions to chemistry education


Jon Corbett, Kasun Hewage, and Rachelle Hole named Researchers of the Year


Eric Eich and Sarah Gergel named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Two UBC Vancouver faculty members have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

  • In the section of Psychology, Dr. Eric Eich (Distinguished University Scholar, Professor of Psychology, and Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs) is recognized by AAAS “for his penetrating theoretical and empirical insights into the effects of drug states, emotions, and physical environments of learning and memory”
  • In the section of Geology and Geography, Dr. Sarah Gergel (Associate Professor, Landscape Ecology & Conservation, and Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Forestry) has been recognized “for greatly improving our understanding of the implications of human activities and landscape change on ecological processes and ecosystem services at the land-water interface.” 

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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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