UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 11 | July
Don Brooks, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and Chemistry, has been appointed associate vice-president, Research
for a five-year term.
Brooks will play leading a role in building UBC's research capacity
and competitiveness and will help faculty take full advantage of
new funding initiatives. He will also co-ordinate and promote interdisciplinary
An alumnus who joined UBC in 1974, Brooks' areas of research are
biomaterials, microgravity biotechnology, development of blood plasma
substitutes and immunodiagnostic techniques.
Mackie Chase, director of the Centre for Intercultural Communication
in UBC Continuing Studies, has won the 2000-2001 Excellence in Teaching
Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA).
The award is given to those who have provided outstanding teaching,
course development, mentoring of students and service to continuing
A graduate of UBC who joined Continuing Studies in 1984, Chase's
achievements include the development of government, corporate and
international programs as well as the internationally-recognized
UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies.
The U.S.-based UCEA works with counterparts in many countries
to foster professional exchange and better international understanding
of continuing higher education.
Asst. Prof. James A. Olson of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
and Pulp and Paper Centre has won the 2000 Weldon Medal from the
Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.
The Weldon Medal recognizes the best paper presented by a member
at an Association-sponsored conference during the preceding year.
Olson's winning paper was selected from some 200 entries.
Olson joined UBC in 1999 after gaining international recognition
for co-inventing the highly successful Fibre Quality Analyzer, a
joint development of UBC and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute
Jane Hutton has been appointed associate vice-president,
UBC Continuing Studies.
Hutton earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UBC as
well as a Master of Library Science. This led to a career in computer
technologies which spanned the 1970s to 1990s.
She joined UBC Continuing Studies in 1980 as a program director
and has recently served as acting associate vice-president where
she provided leadership for continuing education strategic planning,
financial management, academic development, linkages with faculties
and other matters.
She oversees a budget of $18 million and full-time staff of more
than 140 people.
A proponent of lifelong learning, Hutton has been instrumental
in UBC's expansion into the community through the new downtown campus
at Robson Square.
Dr. Aubrey Tingle, president and CEO of the Michael Smith
Foundation for Health Research has been awarded the B.C. Health
Association Legacy Award.
The annual award is given to an individual or group who has made
a significant contribution to the development of health policy,
health leadership or health-care governance.
Tingle, a professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, has had a distinguished
career as a scientist and pediatrician working with children who
have immunological disorders.
He has assumed multiple roles in research and education, and has
helped to integrate mandates of the university and hospital to support
outstanding research programs linked to improved patient care.
Nominations for the award were solicited by the UBC Committee
for Interprofessional Activities in the Health Sciences, in the
Office of the Co-ordinator of Health Sciences.