UBC This Week | Sep. 7, 2006
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New Faculty of Science Dean
Simon Peacock officially starts his term this
month as the new Dean of the Faculty of Science. Peacock most
recently held the position of Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences
and Mathematics for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at
Arizona State University, a position that oversaw eight academic
units and four interdisciplinary research centres.
Prior to serving as Divisional Dean, he served as Interim Associate
Dean for Academic Personnel (2003-04) and as Chair of the Department
of Geological Sciences (1997-2003). Peacock earned BS and MS degrees
in Geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981)
and a PhD in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles
(1985). He joined the Dept. Geology at Arizona State University
as an Asst. Professor in 1985, was promoted to Assoc. Professor
with tenure in 1990 and achieved Full Professor in 1996. Peacock
was a Guest Professor at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland (1991-92)
and was a Visiting Scientist at the Pacific Geoscience Centre
in Sidney, BC (1998-99).
An elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Peacock’s
research focuses on the thermal, petrologic and seismological
structure of subduction zones – places on earth where tectonic
plates dive into the Earth’s mantle triggering great earthquakes
and explosive volcanism. His research has been funded by the National
Science Foundation for the past 20 years and he has published
more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals including Science and Nature.
UBC policy expert featured in CIHR research
UBC pharmaceutical policy expert Steve Morgan was
recently featured as a ‘research highlight’ for the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Morgan, a faculty
member with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research,
investigates the causes of pharmaceutical expenditure growth,
pharmaceutical insurance programs, and the financing and implementation
of new health care technologies. In the September issue of CIHR’s
Institute of Health Services and Policy research spotlight, he
discusses Canada's National Pharmaceuticals Strategy and the essential role
of the research community in pharmaceutical policy.
For more information: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/32055.html.