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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Mary De Vera, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences profiled as a woman leader in STEM

Dr. Mary De Vera, assistant professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the UBC, is profiled as a woman leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by the Government of Canada in their 2018 budget.

As Canada Research Chair in medication adherence, utilization, and outcomes, Dr. De Vera focuses on helping individuals correctly take their prescription medications. This area of study involves exploring the various barriers to medication adherence that people face, such as the cost of prescription medications and challenge of managing multiple prescriptions, and investigating solutions to overcoming those barriers, including the use of eHealth technologies.

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William Cheung wins CUFA-BC’s Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award

Dr. William Cheung has won the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award. Dr. Cheung is an Associate Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC, and the Director of Science, Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program. His work cuts across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences, and ranges from local to global scales.

Named after the CUFA BC president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, this award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community (beyond the academy) through research or other scholarly activity.

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UBC Community helps raise over $550K for United Way

Thanks to the generosity of faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan, as well as the rest of the UBC community, the university pledged $550K to the United Way during the 2017 campaign. 

Since 1976, the United Way of Lower Mainland has been the only Board of Governor approved employee campaign for the Vancouver campus.The UBC Okanagan campus started their United Way campaign in 2005 for the Central and South Okanagan and Similkameen area.

The campaign is a community building opportunity for faculty, staff and students to connect, build trust and work together towards a common goal.

Read the 2017 UBC Community United Way Report to learn more. 

Luciana Duranti named co-chair of national steering committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA)

iSchool professor Luciana Duranti has been named co-chair of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA).

Duranti is currently president of the Association of Canadian Archivists, and will serve as co-chair of the SCCA from 2018-2020 with Cédric Champagne, vice president of the Association des archivistes du Québec (AAQ).

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UBC named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2018

UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2018, the only post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This award recognizes employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.

This is the sixth consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support its staff and faculty include:

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Faculty Research Award winners announced for 2017

The outstanding ideas, innovations, and discoveries of UBC researchers are improving lives around the world.

As part of recognizing these achievements, UBC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Faculty Research Awards. Winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, applied science, science, and medicine.

The Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation will host an awards reception on April 17, 2018.

Congratulations to all recipients!

Jacob Biely Research Prize

UBC’s premier award for research 

UBC Killam Research Fellowships

Enabling faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave

UBC Killam Research Prizes

Recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions

Arts & Humanities:

Applied Science, Medicine, Sciences:

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Recognizing demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member

  • Mark Johnson (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability / Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences)

President’s Award for Public Education through Media

Celebrating active and creative sharing of research expertise through news media

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Learn more and see past recipients.