UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb.
Studies that range from child psychology to stem cells have
recently been recognized with UBCs 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 UBCs 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 UBCs 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 years 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 UBCs 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
Borealis String Quartet reaches final of Great Canadian
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-TVs
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.