Two School of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty members have been honoured by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Virginia Fearing, a clinical professor of Occupational Therapy was awarded the Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award.

The association's highest honour, the award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the profession through research, education and the practice of occupational therapy.

Sue Forwell, a senior instructor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, was awarded the Dr. Helen P. Levesconte Award.

The award is made to an individual occupational therapist who has made significant contributions to the profession through the practical application of occupational therapy and representation of the profession at any or all local, provincial, national and international levels.

CAOT represents more than 8,500 practicing occupational therapists in Canada.

Tony Bates, director of Distance Education and Technology in Continuing Studies, has been awarded honorary membership in the Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE). The honour recognizes his notable contributions to the field of distance education.

An award-winning author and expert in the field of innovative programming using technology delivery, Bates is recognized internationally for his work with educational institutions in more than 30 countries.

Catherine Vertesi, director of Continuing Studies External Relations, has been re-elected to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Vertesi is co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Canada in NAFSA.

The association is the leading professional organization for faculty and staff involved in international mobility in the post-secondary system with more than 8,000 institutional and private members from 88 countries.

Medicine Prof. Patricia Baird is among the latest recipients of the Order of Canada.

"One of the ways in which Canadians can contribute is through research which expands knowledge and improves life," says Baird, a University Killam Distinguished Professor in Medical Genetics.

"I am pleased and honoured to be included in a group of people I admire and who have been recognized for making a difference."

Baird's internationally renowned work has focused on the distribution of genetic disorders and birth defects in populations and ethical and social policy implications of genetic knowledge.

As chair of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, she provided a forum for debate on myriad medical, scientific and legal issues.

She is vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Also named to Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement were former member of the Board of Governors, Ken Georgetti, and UBC alumnus Alfred Scow, the first aboriginal person to earn a Bachelor of Laws, practice law and receive a judicial appointment in British Columbia.

Zoology Prof. Emeritus John Phillips has been awarded the Fry Medal by the Canadian Society of Zoologists.

The medal is the society's top award. It recognizes Phillips' lifetime achievement in research and contributions to zoology.

Phillips is a past president of the society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He is a past recipient of a Killam Research Prize and continues to conduct research at UBC.

Prof. James Zidek has been awarded the Statistical Society of Canada's 2000 Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the theory and applications of statistics in Canada.

Zidek, who is head of the Statistics Dept., was honoured for his work in the areas of estimation theory, decision analysis and environmental health statistics.

The gold medal--the society's most prestigious prize--also recognizes his leadership in the promotion of statistical science.