Dr. Noel Buskard, a clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine's Hematology division, has been named Clinician of the Year by the Medical Undergraduate Society.

The award recognizes a clinical faculty member who shows excellence in interactions with both patients and medical students. Buskard, a faculty member since 1970, teaches clinical diagnosis and treatment in internal medicine and hematology to medical students in all four undergraduate years.

Students described Buskard as energetic, dedicated and able to bring humor and compassion to his teaching.

Medical students submit nominations for the award which is judged by a student committee.

UBC Commerce Prof. Tae Oum and two former PhD students have been awarded the best paper prize at the recent World Conference on Transportation Research in Antwerp, Belgium. "Optimal Demand for Operating Lease of Aircraft" was chosen as the top paper out of 893 entries presented to the 14 members of the prize committee. Prof. Oum, Anming Zhang and Yimin Zhang analysed profitable methods of leasing and ownership of aircraft based on data from 10 major North American carriers.

The award, which included $1,000 in prize money, is given once every three years.