Janet Mee has been appointed Director of the Disability Resource Centre (DRC).

Mee, a UBC Education graduate, has been involved with DRC since its inception. She served on the original advisory committee before being hired as an adviser in 1993. She has been acting director since April 1996.

As an adviser she developed programs to encourage high school students with disabilities to consider science education as well as a national career mentoring program that matches students entering university with third or fourth year students who have similar disabilities and similar academic interests.

DRC works to support and facilitate the full participation of persons with disabilities in the university community.

The centre also undertakes projects in partnership with the Rick Hansen Institute that are broader in scope.

Prof. Ian Affleck in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy has won the 1997 Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques.

Affleck's current research is carried out at the interface between elementary particle theory and condensed matter theory.

The prize was initiated three years ago and was awarded to UBC Prof. Bill Unruh in 1996.

UBC School of Nursing Assoc. Prof. Ann Hilton is the recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society/Pharmacia and Upjohn Inc. Quality of Life Award. The award was presented recently at the society's 22nd Annual Congress in New Orleans.

The award is designed to recognize and support nursing excellence in the area of quality of life issues for patients and families. Hilton was recognized for her paper entitled, "Getting Back to Normal: The Family Experience During Early Stage Breast Cancer."

Prof. Sid Katz has been appointed director general and chief executive officer of the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

Katz takes up the position after six years as executive director of Science World in Vancouver. Katz, a faculty member in UBC's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will continue as a researcher in the faculty