A recent survey of academic journals has ranked Izak Benbasat of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration as the world's sixth most prolific academic in the field of management information systems.

The survey ranked individual researchers by the number of articles published in leading academic journals in management information systems during the period 1991-1996.

Benbasat is Canfor Corporation Professor of Management Information Systems, associate dean, Faculty Development, and winner of a 1998 Killam Research Prize.

The British Columbia Library Association has given an Honorary Life Membership Award to Suzanne Dodson, UBC Library's facilities and preservation manager.

Dodson was recognized for playing a leading role in a 20-year campaign to secure the free deposit of provincial government publications for academic libraries.

Dodson was also
honoured for an award-winning program of preserving microfilm of historical materials.

The award is given to those who have made substantial long-standing contributions to the association and to library service in British Columbia.

Rudolf Vrba, an associate professor emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine, has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Haifa in recognition of his academic and public activities.

Vrba was a prisoner of Auschwitz concentration camp from 1942 until his escape in April 1944. He then co-authored a report on the camp, the Vrba-Wetzler Report or Auschwitz Protocols, which has become part of the history of the Holocaust.

He has also helped produce six films relevant to Holocaust history and has published a book, translated into five languages, of personal recollections of Auschwitz.

A faculty member in the Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics from 1967 to 1990, Vrba is known for his research on the chemistry of the brain and his studies relevant to diabetes and cancer.