Prof. Susan Harris of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis in recognition of more than 30 years of leadership in the field of physical therapy.
A UBC faculty member since 1990, Harris's research and clinical interest is pediatric rehabilitation, particularly the early identification of cerebral palsy. She has also studied the effectiveness of early therapeutic interventions for infants and young children with neuromotor handicaps. Recent studies include the effect of physical therapy following breast cancer treatment.
A well-known member of the university community, Geography Prof. Olav Slaymaker, has been appointed director of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues.
Slaymaker has served as president of the Faculty Association, head of the Geography Dept. and associate vice-president, Research. His major research interests are the geomorphology and sustainability of mountain regions.
The Liu Centre--one of 15 research units in the Faculty of Graduate Studies--is an international centre of excellence for Canada which actively links the social and natural sciences to produce sustainable policies in relation to global issues.
Slaymaker replaces Law Prof. Ivan Head, first director of the centre, who retired Dec. 31.
Stephane Lair has successfully completed the certification examination of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM). Lair has been the clinical veterinarian/veterinary pathologist at the Animal Care Centre since February 1999.
Lair is only the fourth Canada-based veterinarian to be certified by the ACZM, and is the first Canadian to be certified in the ACZM-Aquatic Animals Medicine Specialty.
John Schrader, director of UBC's Biomedical Research Centre, has won the Canadian Society for Immunology's Cinader Award for his outstanding contribution to the field as a researcher, teacher and administrator.
Schrader, also a 1999 UBC Killam Research prize winner, will give the Cinader lecture at the society's annual meeting in March.
A UBC alumnus and Great Trekker-award winner who served as vice-president, senator and member of the Board of Governors is one of several in the UBC community to be named to the Order of Canada.
Charles Connaghan is an industrial relations and management consultant. He was vice-president of administrative services at UBC from 1975-80 and served on both the Senate and the Board of Governors.
Connaghan obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UBC and has been an active member of the Alumni Association.
David Searle, an adjunct professor of Law who teaches environmental law, was also named a member of the order.
An architect of fully representative government in the Northwest Territories, Searle served as the first elected speaker in the area's Legislative Assembly. He is the founding president of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories.
A total of 81 Canadians, including an additional six UBC alumni, were recently named to the Order.
Other alumni recognized include Maurice Strong, Richard Fyfe, Douglas Knott, Gerald McGavin, Geoffrey Pawson, and William Saywell.
Anatomy professor Dr. Chuck Slonecker has been appointed acting vice-president, External Affairs.
Slonecker, who is also director of University Relations, served as head of Anatomy from 1981 to 1992. He received the Master Teacher Award in 1976 and the Killam University Teaching Prize in 1996.
Heather McCaw has been appointed acting director, Development.
During the past 12 years, McCaw has worked in various positions in the Development Office and as manager of Business Relations. She most recently served as associate director, Development Office.