Something special happens at this time of year at UBC. More than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students complete their studies and receive degrees at Congregation ceremonies from May 21 to 28 in Vancouver, and June 6 in Kelowna. They join the ranks of more than 250,000 UBC alumni worldwide. The personal stories and triumphs reflected in this edition give you just a taste of the remarkable UBC class of 2008. For more information about graduation, visit: www.graduation.ubc.ca.
UBC athlete Anthony Wright is the fifth Canadian Olympian in his family - photo by Martin Dee
UBC Reports | Vol. 54 | No. 5 | May 1, 2008
Getting to Beijing the Wright Way
Forgive Olympic historians for experiencing déjà vu when Anthony Wright takes to the field hockey pitch in Beijing this summer.
Bridging the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Naturopathic Gap
Conventional medicine and naturopathy are often in conflict, and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate Shabita Nathwani plans to use her experience with both to bridge the gap.
Forester to Plant the Seeds of Learning
When Carleigh Johnston graduates this spring, her pocketbook will be fuller than most of her fellow students.
Poli Sci Student Spans the Pacific
If Jason Carroll has any advice for incoming UBC students, it would be to speak up in class and ask questions.
Global Issues on Menu at the Local Café
If you are what you eat, Sophia Baker-French would be one of the home-made quiches at UBC’s Agora Café.
Secrets of the Notorious Red Car
In Bowinn Ma’s world, beer is an essential food group, the Cheeze is a place to hang, and having a birthday plus or minus six months from today could land you in a pond.
Computer Engineer in Position for UBC Okanagan’s First MASc Degree
UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering won’t confer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees for another two years, but this year graduate student Carl Wong will receive the school’s first Master of Applied Science degree.
Science Grad Gives Back on a Global Scale
Above all, Mathew Li wants it be known that he likes to “keep it loose,” although you wouldn’t know it from the list of accomplishments the 23-year-old has under his belt.
Teaching the Beauty of Math
Heather McIntosh loves math and she hopes to teach her students to love it, too. They can count on it.
Sauder Student Wall Street Bound
Nina Yang plans on using her business skills to close the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
Distributed Program Puts Doctors in Small Towns
In Grade One, six-year-old Jennifer Douse, decided that she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up.
Using Law to Change the World
Fun, trust, idealism and collaboration -- these words crop up repeatedly when Brittany Skinner describes her education at the UBC Faculty of Law.
From Fishing Grounds to a Nurse’s Rounds
It’s a long way from being captain of a commercial fishing boat in Alaska to a Master of Nursing -- Nurse Practitioner Degree at UBC, but Mark Schultz completes the journey this spring.
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008
Some call it summer camp for scholars. Others see it as a nine-day banquet of ground-breaking ideas and debate.
Training Film Fosters Frank Aboriginal Discussion
Dara Kelly remembers the day when a fellow student asked why aboriginal people were so “screwed up” in a class discussion.
Dedicated Staff Members Receive President’s Service Award for Excellence
Five members of the university community are being recognized for outstanding contributions to campus life and for personal achievements as recipients of the 2007 President’s Service Award for Excellence (PSAE).