UBC This Week | May 25, 2006
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Four members of UBC community awarded Order
Dr. Larry Goldenberg has been recognized for his contributions
to prostate cancer research and treatment. Goldenberg is head
of the Division of Urology in the Dept. of Surgery, director of
the UBC Centre of Excellence for Prostate Research and the Prostate
Centre at VGH, and a member of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research
Dr. Erich Vogt, professor emeritus at TRIUMF, Canada's national
laboratory for particle and nuclear physics on the UBC campus,
was recognized for advances in science. UBC supporters Gerald
McGavin and Dr. Wallace Chung, professor emeritus of Surgery and
UBC Library patron, were also honoured for their philanthropy.
Recipients of the Order of British Columbia are outstanding citizens
of B.C. who have contributed to strengthening the province and
have made a significant difference in the lives of their fellow
citizens, most often without being heralded or rewarded.
Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean pro
As Dean Frieda Granot concludes her appointment on June 30th
after ten years of service, Dr. Ann Rose has been named Dean pro
tem for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Rose is a Professor of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine
and has a broad educational background in social science, psychology,
neuroanatomy and genetics. She holds CIHR and NSERC grants and
recently completed a contract with the Canadian Space Agency.
She served as Director of the Genetics Graduate Program for three
years and has been the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Associate
Dean for the past six years.
UBC researcher awarded BC Aquaculture
and Environment Innovation award
Dr. Shannon Balfry was awarded a BC Innovation award, supported
by the Aquaculture and Environmental Research Fund and delivered
by the BC Innovation Council through the BC Aquaculture Research
and Development Committee. One of four BC awards presented, the
awards support long-term collaborative research in support of
environmental sustainability solutions for the BC aquaculture
Balfry is a researcher with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems’
Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research, a research
centre jointly run by UBC and the Department of Fisheries and
Oceans. The $200,000 award will support Balfry’s research
around three critical factors in fish health: host, pathogen and
For more information: www.bcinnovationcouncil.com.
Engineering professor awarded Romanian
Electrical and Computer Engineering Prof. Edmond Cretu has received
the Tudor Tanasescu Prize from the Romanian Academy for a group
of papers he co-authored in the field of microsystems. This prize
is the most important Romanian distinction for science and information
technology achievement and can be received only once in a lifetime.
For more information: www.acad.ro.
Engineering professors elected as 2006
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Prof. André
Ivanov was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to infrastructure
intellectual property for system-on-a-chip testing. ECE Prof.
Resve Saleh was elected a Fellow for his contributions to mixed-signal
integrated circuit simulation and design verification.
The world's leading professional association for the advancement
of technology with 365,000 members in 150 countries, the IEEE
confers the grade of Fellow to engineers who have demonstrated
outstanding proficiency and distinction in their profession.
more information: www.ieee.org.
Former athletic director “Bus”
Phillips passes away at 91
Russell James Spence "Bus" Philips, UBC's Athletic
Director (1953-1980), passed away May 5, nine days after suffering
a stroke. UBC Athletics' elder statesman, "Bus" left
a lasting legacy of directing the athletics department for a record
27 years. He also taught at the School of Human Kinetics and coached
Thunderbird track and field.
He was known across Western Canada as Canada West’s Secretary /
Treasurer from its formative years until 1992, after having been
one of the founding fathers of the Canada West Conference. There
will be an informal gathering to honour Bus’s life at the
University Club, 5185 University Blvd, UBC Endowment Lands, from
1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.