UBC Reports | Vol. 46 | No. 19 | Nov.
David Rankin has been named the director of UBC's
Rankin will provide overall direction for the department which is responsible
for purchasing acquisitions, custom tax freight, travel management, and the
Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF).
Rankin is a professional engineer with more than 21 years of manufacturing and
supply chain management experience.
Rankin joins UBC Dec. 4.
Asst. Prof. June McCue has been appointed director of First Nations Legal
Studies in the Faculty of Law.
McCue's research interests include treaty-making between indigenous peoples and
states, international law, indigenous legal theory and critical race theory.
Her teaching subjects include indigenous legal issues, self-governance, and
colonialism and the law.
McCue is a hereditary chief within the Ned'u'ten Nation and a band member of
the Lake Babine Nation. She was the first aboriginal woman to graduate from the
UBC Graduate Law Program.
The UBC Faculty of Law offers up to 10 courses with
indigenous-related content, among the most offered by any North
American law school.
McCue is currently working on a proposal to establish a Centre for
International Indigenous Legal Studies at UBC.
The UBC chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society has
inducted five new honourary members: Chuck Slonecker, acting vice-president,
External Affairs; Rick Hansen, president and CEO of the Rick
Hansen Institute; Jo-ann Archibald, director of the First Nations House of
Learning; Chancellor William Sauder; and Arts dean Prof. Alan Tully.
They, along with some 660 UBC students, were inducted into the society
at a reception ceremony last week.
The society is a non-profit, academic honours organization founded by students
for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement. It
facilitates interaction among high-achieving students from diverse faculties
and degree programs within universities and reinforces students' contact with
academic staff through chapter programs.
Membership is based on academic merit and limited to the top 15 per cent of
bachelor's degree students.
Veteran journalist Scott Macrae will be the new director of UBC's Public
Affairs Office as of Dec. 4.
An alumnus of UBC, Macrae has an extensive background in journalism,
media relations and communications in Vancouver.
He began his career with The Vancouver Sun in 1972 and was city editor from
1986 to 1989 and managing editor from 1989 to 1991. He also served five years
as director of communications for the City of Vancouver.
Statistics Prof. James Zidek has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement
Medal by the American Statistical Association's section on statistics and the
The awards recognize outstanding contributions made by statistical scientists
working on environmental problems. Zidek, head of the Statistics Dept., was
honoured for his redesign of monitoring networks for the U.S. Air Quality
Trends Network and his approach to estimating ambient air quality.
Founded in Boston in 1839, the American Statistical Association is a scientific
and educational society that promotes statistical practice, applications, and
research, publishes statistical journals, improves statistical education, and
advances the statistics profession worldwide.
Pediatrics Prof. Derek Applegarth has been honoured with the 2000 Founders
Award from the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG).
The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to Canadian medical
A faculty member since 1963, Applegarth is the associate director of the
Biochemical Diseases Laboratory at Children's and Women's Health Centre of
British Columbia. He specializes in the metabolic diseases of children with a
particular interest in diseases that arise from inborn errors of metabolism.
Applegarth, who also holds appointments in the departments of Pathology and
Medical Genetics, was named a fellow of CCMG in 1983.