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UBC President Stephen Toope - photo by Martin Dee
UBC President Stephen Toope - photo by Martin Dee

UBC Reports | Vol. 52 | No. 7 | Jul. 6, 2006

New Faces at UBC

Renewal: This month we take a look at people who are just joining UBC and whose influence will be felt when the academic year begins in September and far beyond. The highly qualified individuals who have chosen to make UBC their home — in Vancouver and in Kelowna — will undoubtedly be instrumental in solidifying and advancing the university’s position as one of the world’s 40 best.

We start with an interview with UBC’s 12th President, who joins UBC this month. Prof. Stephen Toope has enjoyed success as President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Dean of Law at McGill, and a distinguished career in human rights law with the United Nations and other international organizations.

A Conversation with President Stephen Toope

I was attracted to UBC primarily for three reasons. First, the Trek 2010 Plan. I was immensely impressed that a complex organization like UBC could agree on such a transformative mission.

Scientist Puts Sunflower on Evolutionary Map

A rose may be just a rose, but sunflowers hold the secret to species evolution, according to Prof. Loren Rieseberg.

Take Five With Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UBC Okanagan

The vision set out for UBC Okanagan is too important to resist.

Japanese Constitutional Expert Keen on Freedoms

The state can use law to hone or hobble freedom of expression and nowhere is that more evident than in cyberspace, says Prof. Shigenori Matsui.

Cancer Researcher Sees Power of Tiny Enzyme

Tiny cellular timepieces that track human aging keep Judy Wong watching the clock.

Borders No Barrier for Theatre Professor

When Virginie Magnat was just 15, she received a full scholarship to study at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.

Race not a Black and White Issue, says Sociologist

Do immigrants prefer the melting pot or the mosaic views of assimilation? Perhaps neither, says Asst. Prof. Wendy Roth.

Trio Wins Trudeau Scholarships

Three UBC graduate students have been named 2006 Trudeau Scholars, Canada’s premier social sciences and humanities doctoral award.

Exploring Ecology at the Molecular Level

The Galápagos islands — where Charles Darwin first found evidence that would lead to his theory of natural selection — became a little more diverse last summer.


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In a Snapshot: Faculty Hiring at UBC

Faculty members hired
1996–2000: 291

Faculty members hired
2001–2005: 897*

Anticipated faculty hiring needs
2006–2010: 420**

*Includes 197 transfers from Okanagan University College

**Includes replacing retirements (339), medical expansion needs (37), remaining Canada Research Chairs (15) and known UBC Okanagan appointments for 2006–07 (29).

Bringing the Best to UBC

Where do some of our best faculty researchers, Canada Research Chairs, come from?

Canada: 56
U.S.: 61
Europe: 19
Australia: 6
Other: 3

Total: 145 to date



Last reviewed 22-Sep-2006

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