Asst. Prof. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences has been recognized for her outstanding scholarly achievement and contributions to the profession by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).
Pichora-Fuller was honoured for her laboratory research on how changes in auditory and cognitive processing affect older adults' understanding of language in everyday noisy listening situations. She was also recognized for her research on hearing rehabilitation program delivery and for fostering interdisciplinary research on accessibility for the hard-of-hearing, which played a significant role in establishing the Institute of Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC.
Pichora-Fuller has served as president of CASLPA and as a member of a Health Canada task force on adult hearing impairment.
Darrell Wong, Tooling and Machining Team Leader in the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, has won an award from the U.S.-based Forest Products Society for a paper entitled Crowned Bandmill Wheels for Improved Sawblade Tracking Stability. Wong received the 1997 Second Place Wood Award for the paper which he wrote while a master's student in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Gary Schajer.
Richard Paisley, adjunct professor of Law and research associate at
the Westwater Research Centre,
is among 15 Canadians selected to take part in the 1997 Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) training program. The two-year program, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Development Research Council (IDRC), provides leadership skills development and knowledge of environmental issues to Canadians between the ages of 30 to 45 from a variety of professional backgrounds. Paisley, whose LEAD program starts in Ottawa with training sessions in Costa Rica and Zimbabwe, is interested in issues surrounding the Law of the Sea.
University Prof. Emeritus Charles McDowell has been made an honorary fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. McDowell becomes one of 17 honorary fellows of the institute.
McDowell was appointed professor and head of UBC's Dept. of Chemistry in 1955, a post he held until 1981. He has been recognized for significant research contributions, which include some 380 publications, in the field of chemical physics.
The institute is an umbrella organization for three constituent societies: The Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology.
Offensive lineman Bob Beveridge and fullback Mark Nohra will be back for the 1997/98 Thunderbird football season. Both athletes played key roles on the team last year, contributing to the best season for the T-Birds since 1992. Beveridge will resume his role as leader both on and off the field. His successful 1996/97 season saw him become the BC Lions' first pick in this year's Canadian Football League draft. He was also an All-Canadian, winner of the UBC Bobby Gaul Award for outstanding male athlete of the year, and president of the Thunderbird Athletic Council.
Nohra is back at UBC where his teammates will once again feel his offensive impact. Last season he was CIAU Player of the Week, UBC Football's Most Valuable Player, a Canada West All Star, a Canadian First Team All-Star and was drafted by the Hamilton Tigercats.
Training camp for Beveridge, Nohra and the rest of the Thunderbirds runs from Aug. 16 to 26.
James Allan Evans, professor emeritus of Classics, and currently a visiting professor in the Dept. of History at the University of Washington, has been appointed a Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece for a one-year term, 1998/9.
The American School of Classical Studies draws most of its students from the United States and Canada. UBC is one of its member institutions.
The school has one of the finest libraries in the world for the study of ancient Greece and a laboratory for scientific research on ancient artifacts.
Evans is the author of two books on the Greek historian Herodotus, the latest of which is Herodotus: Explorer of the Past. Evans' most recent book was The Age of Justinian: The Circumstances of Imperial Power.