UBC members to receive 2013 Order of British Columbia

Members of the UBC community are among 13 British Columbians who will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia. The Order of British Columbia recognizes accomplishments by British Columbians who have made a difference in their communities and to the province.

Paula Gordon, Clinical Professor, Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, is one of the early explorers of the use of breast ultrasound. She was a pioneer in the use of ultrasound-guided fine needle biopsies to determine whether a lesion was malignant or benign. Her technique reduced the need for surgery by using a small needle and local anesthesia.

Arthur S. Hara has devoted his career to building trade and fostering better understanding between B.C. and the nations in the Asia Pacific. Hara has served as chairman of UBC’s Board of Governors and was recognized with an honorary doctor of laws from UBC.

Robert Ho is a philanthropist who has donated millions of dollars to health care institutions and universities. His $4 million donation to UBC in 2005 established North America’s first centre of Buddhist studies. He has received an honorary doctor of laws from UBC.

George W. Hungerford helped raise $120 million during the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s Millennium Campaign, which allowed the establishment of the new B.C. Cancer Research Centre and the Genome Sciences Centre at the B.C. Cancer Agency. Hungerford has a long association with UBC for his continuing support.

Charles H. Scudamore, Associate Professor, Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, is an expert on the early recognition of pancreatic cancer as well as advanced colorectal metastases to the liver. He has led efforts to increase the number of liver transplants performed in British Columbia.

Gregory Fahlman is a world-renowned astronomy researcher and former professor of astronomy at UBC. He played a major role in Canada’s participation in international projects such as the Canada-France Hawaii Telescope, the Gemini Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimetre Array.

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