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UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb. 6, 2003


Studies that range from child psychology to stem cells have recently been recognized with UBC’s top research prizes.

Economics Prof. Robert Evans has been given the Prof. Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize and Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry David D.Y. Chen has received the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research.

Evans is a health-care economist who is a senior research associate with UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He joined UBC in 1969.

An expert in health-care system analysis and reform, Evans has been asked by Canadian federal and provincial governments to provide advice based on his studies of health-care systems and policies. He has also been a consultant and lecturer on health-care issues to a number of governments and other public agencies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

Chen, who joined UBC in 1994, is an expert in analytical chemistry who looks at the effects of physical field and chemical equilibrium on molecules in liquids and gases to better understand their migration behaviour.

His work helped to improve the performance of electrospray mass spectrometry, an important tool in biomedical and other research that is used to identify and quantify chemical compounds.

The two awards are named for former UBC researchers. The late Charles McDowell headed UBC’s Chemistry Dept. for 26 years. Biely, an internationally recognized poultry scientist, was a UBC faculty member from 1935-68. He died in 1981.

The UBC Killam Research Prizes have also been awarded. The $5,000 individual prizes are equally divided between arts and sciences disciplines.

This year’s recipients are: Killam science (junior) -- Biochemistry Assoc. Prof. Natalie Strynadka; (senior) -- Chemistry Prof. Donald Douglas; Prof. of Physics and Astronomy Paul Hickson; Hematology Prof. Richard K. Humphries; Biochemistry Prof. Grant Mauk; Killam arts (junior) -- Psychology Assoc. Prof. Alan Kingstone; (senior) -- Psychology Prof. Charlotte Johnston; Economics Prof. Thomas Lemieux; Linda Siegel, associate dean and professor of Educational & Counselling Psychology and Special Education; and Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Prof. Robert Todd.

Two members of UBC’s medical community have been named to the Order of Canada.

Dr. David Bates, professor emeritus of Medicine, joined UBC in 1972 and served as dean from 1972-1977.

Regarded as a pioneer in the field of respiratory medicine in Canada, he helped to revolutionize the diagnosis of conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema by demonstrating the importance of testing lung function. An expert in issues regarding air quality, Bates has lent his expertise to several national and international committees and commissions.

He retired in 1987 as a professor of Physiology and Medicine.

Dr. Peter J. Newbery has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine since 1985.

A family doctor who practices in New Hazelton in northwest B.C., Newbery is also a United Church minister and administrator, and has contributed to the delivery of health care in rural Canada by facilitating training and recruitment of hundreds of doctors for service in remote communities.

Newbery directs the post-graduate and enhanced skills programs in the Dept. of Family Practice. In 2000, he was awarded a UBC Faculty of Medicine Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contribution to the faculty.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour.

Borealis String Quartet reaches final of Great Canadian Music Dream

The Borealis String Quartet is one step closer to the Great Canadian Music Dream. The first resident professional string quartet on the UBC campus won the recent BC-Yukon portion of the biggest cross-Canada music talent search in CBC-TV’s history.

The group will compete against winners from four other regions in the grand finale Feb. 26, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. from Hamilton Place in Ontario.

You can cast your vote for the Borealis String Quartet by phone or Internet prior to the finale from 12:01 a.m. (EST) Feb. 22 until 7 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 26. By phone -- call 1.900.273.3333 and select using your touch-tone phone. You will be charged $1 per call with profits going to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Only one call per phone number will be counted. Or vote online at cbc.ca/musicdream/vote.html. Only one vote per e-mail will be accepted.

Home audience votes cast via phone and Internet will be added to votes from the theatre audience and jury at Hamilton Place. The grand-prize winner will be announced at the end of the Feb. 26 broadcast and will receive a starring role in a CBC Television-CBC Radio Two special.

The Great Canadian Music Dream is a showcase for brand new musical talent working in a wide variety of genres. CBC received more than 4,000 responses to its call for entries in January 2002. Five selection committees across the country invited 82 acts to perform for the five audition juries that chose the 25 semi-finalists.

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