UBC This Week | Aug. 3, 2006
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Two UBC professors appointed to the Order of
Two members of UBC’s research community were appointed
to the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable
Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on July 24, 2006.
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada is the highest honour
awarded to Canadian citizens for a lifetime of outstanding achievement,
dedication to the community and service to the nation honouring
people in all sectors of Canadian society.
Appointed to Officer of the Order of Canada, UBC
Prof. Brett Finlay is an international leader in
bacterial disease research and is also the UBC Peter Wall Institute
Distinguished Professor and winner of the national 2006 Killam
Research Prize in the Health Sciences. Finlay recently received
US $8.7 million over five years as part of a US $450 million pledge
toward world health issues made by the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation and the US Foundation for the National Institutes of
UBC Chemistry Prof.
Emeritus David Dolphin adds the title Officer of
the Order of Canada to his 2005 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal
for Science and Engineering, widely recognized as the country’s
most prestigious science award. His groundbreaking achievement
is the research that led to the creation of Visudyne™ -
the world’s first treatment for age-related mascular degeneration,
the most common cause of blindness. Dolphin holds the NSERC-QLT
Inc. Industrial Research Chair in Photodynamic Technologies at
UBC and works with QLT
Inc., the UBC spinoff company that manufactures Visudyne™.
PhD student’s software tool wins
Pacific Rim competition
UBC Computer Science PhD candidate Mik Kersten has received a nod of approval from venture capitalists and business
leaders, along with the US $10,000 top prize from The Extra
Chapter Challenge, an enterprise business plan competition.
Held in Singapore July 21, the competition was sponsored by the
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).
His research will work with open source software, Mylar, to allow
users to instantly recall files and internet searches, saving
time in accessing and sharing information. Kersten won a university-wide
competition, organized by the University
Industry Liaison Office, between 15 other UBC students for
the chance to compete at the international APRU level.
Engineering thesis wins first place award
Fourth-year Environmental Engineering student Erin Bobicki won first-place in the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s
2006 student competition in the category for individual undergraduate
report award. Her thesis, entitled "Landslide Risk Assessment
in Steep Forested Terrain,” builds on an earlier model that
guides professionals in assessing landslide risk based on parameters
of location, data collection, data reliability and the certainty
of output results.
The Environmental Engineering Program is jointly offered by UBC
and the University of Northern British Columbia and incorporates
complementary elements and expertise from each institution. The
Canadian Geotechnical Society provides professional development
opportunities for engineers and geoscientists working in industry,
government, construction and academia. For more information: www.cgs.ca and www.enve.ubc.ca.
UBC Food Services ‘going green’
with UBC Waste Management
In support of Trek 2010’s sustainability mandate, waste
reduction will be even easier with the addition of 17 new sorting
stations around campus, in addition to composting and recycling
options at most Food Services locations. Since 2004, UBC Waste
Management’s Organics Collection program has composted more
than 600 tonnes of waste, reducing the material sent to landfills
and associated problems with toxic leachate and methane production.
For more information: www.recycle.ubc.ca and www.foodserv.ubc.ca.