UBC This Week | Jul. 20, 2006
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UBC professor awarded Order of BC
Nuclear physics professor Erich Vogt received
the province’s highest honour through his election to the
Order of British Columbia. An internationally renowned scholar,
Vogt is a founding partner of the TRIUMF project at UBC, the largest
university-based scientific laboratory in Canada for particle
and nuclear physics. Vogt received the Centennial Medal of Canada
in 1967, fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada in 1970, the
Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal in 1977, and was appointed an Officer
of the Order of Canada in 1976.
Lieutenant Governor Iona Campognolo recognized the recipients
as outstanding BC citizens who have contributed to strengthening
the province and making exceptional contributions to the lives
of their fellow citizens. Established in 1989, the recipients
are chosen by an independent advisory committee. For more information: www.protocol.gov.bc.ca.
Royal Society of Canada elects seven
Seven UBC faculty members were recently elected to the Royal
Society of Canada (RSC) for their outstanding achievements: Eva-Marie
Kroller, Dept of English; Laurence Ricou, Dept. of English; Clyde Hertzman, Faculty of
Graduate Studies and the Centre for Health Services and Policy
Research; Sarah Otto, Dept. of Zoology; William
Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning; Natalie
Strynadka, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Yu-Tian Wang, UBC Brain Research Centre.
Awarded by the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of
Canada, the UBC inductees join a total of 82 new Fellows, two
Foreign Fellows and one Specially Elected Fellow. Founded in 1882,
the RSC is Canada’s oldest scholarly organization and election
represents one of the highest honours for Canadian scholars, artists
For more information: www.rsc.ca.
UBC identified as a “sustainability
University Business identified UBC as one of ten “Sustainability
Stars” for undertaking a campus-wide retrofit that worked
to optimize campus infrastructure for smarter energy use. As reported,
physical upgrades and retrofits led to $3M in annual savings,
a 30 per cent reduction in energy use and an 11 per cent reduction
in building GHG emissions. In addition to saving 58 million sheets
of paper and 76.3 million kilowatt hours of energy, UBC was able
to meet Kyoto Protocol targets ahead of schedule. The distinction
recognizes campuses that provide leadership in respecting the
environment and the communities that surround them in economically
2006 Slonecker Award recipient
Created in honour of Dr. Charles E. Sloneker and his wife, Mrs.
Jan. H. Slonecker, the
Slonecker Award recognizes outstanding volunteer leadership and
service to UBC.
The 2006 recipient is Cathy Ebbehoj, a School
of Nursing alumna recognized for her volunteer commitment in developing
and coordinating initiatives in support of her fellow nursing
alumni. Cathy is also the recipient of the 2005 Blythe Eagles
Volunteer Leadership Award, presented by the School of Nursing
UBC Master of Children's Literature student
wins Canada research award
Master of Children's Literature student Michelle Cobban has won the 2006 Canada Frances Russell Canadian children's
literature research award for her proposed research project on
the translation of French-Canadian children's books (from 1900
to 2004) through the School of Library, Archival and Information
The award will enable Cobban to travel to Ottawa to examine the
books in the Library and Archives Canada. The award is presented
by the International Board on Books for Young People and is based
on the quality of the proposal and the intent to publish completed
research on the topic.