I would like to congratulate all the new graduates, and I would also like to thank the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make Graduation 2019 such an outstanding success.
Research Funding Success Stories
Congratulations as well to the 18 early career UBC researchers who received funding for exploratory research that crosses disciplinary boundaries from the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund. Each New Frontiers recipient will receive up to $250,000 over the next two years. You can find the list of UBC recipients at https://research.ubc.ca/ubc-early-career-researchers-receive-support-new-frontiers-research-fund. The fund supports early career researchers with five years or less of experience since their first academic appointment.
I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Gina Ogilvie, UBC professor and BC Women’s Hospital researcher, for receiving a total of $20m from both the federal government and the BC Women’s Health Foundation. Dr. Ogilvie has been working tirelessly for years to research the link between HPV and cervical cancer, and subsequently to promote vaccines and early detection of cervical cancer.
UBC continues to excel in international rankings
University of British Columbia ties with Oxford University in the National Academy of Inventors ranking of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2018; the only Canadian university in this elite group. You can find the rankings at https://academyofinventors.org/
Women in Science, Health and Innovation
One result of the conference was an article published in The Conversation, co-written by Judy Iles and myself, on “Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM”. You can read the article here.
Faculty of Education Hosts Margaret Trudeau Talk
I have launched a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President, Human Resources, and, in accordance with UBC Policy 34, I have established an advisory committee to support this search process comprised of Board members, members of Senate, as well as faculty, student and staff representatives from both campuses.
We have also begun the search for the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, as Deborah Buszard will be stepping down later this year. Deborah has provided outstanding leadership to UBC Okanagan for the past seven years and she will be greatly missed.
Farewell to Jeff Todd
Welcome new Board Secretary Karen Hakkarainen
As we welcome Karen, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Secretary Shelley Milne for assisting with the transition to filling this role on a permanent basis.
Thanks to Darran Fernandez