Faculty of Agricultural Sciences student Jose Meza is one of five Canadians selected by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to receive a grant from its graduate internship program. Meza, a PhD student in the Soil Science Dept., will be hosted by the University of Tinga Maria and the IICA office in Peru where he will continue to study the effects on soils structure and productivity of a mixed turf by application of poultry manure and composted bark mulch.
Associate professor of Landscape Architecture Patrick Mooney has won a Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award for his design work at Iona Island.
Mooney's marsh restoration project, executed in collaboration with the GVRD, was cited for significantly increasing the population of yellow-winged blackbirds, a species nearing extinction.
Mooney served on faculty at Kansas State University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before joining UBC in 1986. In 1992 he was UBC's landscape architect responsible for the restoration and enhancement of the Nitobe Memorial Garden.
Asst. Prof. Douglas Bonn has won the 1997 Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists. The medal is given for outstanding achievement in any field of research by a physicist who, in the year of the award, is not more than 40 years of age.
Bonn has been a faculty member with the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy since 1994. He is a condensed matter experimental physicist who is working in the area of high temperature superconductivity.
UBC faculty from the department have won five of the last nine Herzberg Medals. Previous winners include Tom Tiedje (1989), Ian Affleck (1990), Rob Kiefl (1992) and Jeff Young (1994).
Patricia Vertinsky, professor and head of Educational Studies, has been named a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hamilton's McMaster University for 1997/98.
Vertinsky received her EdD specializing in the social foundations of education from UBC before joining the faculty in 1975. Her research interests include gender relations and social policy, health promotion and policy development and implementation in education, health and physical education.
She is a Senior Fellow at Green College, an International Fellow of the Academy of Kinesiology and currently serves as president of the North American Society for Sport History.