Preserving the Photographic History of BC
A Case to Renew the Geographic Information Centre at UBC
Nearly 2.3 million aerial photographs, taken repeatedly since the early 1930s, provide a consistent chronology of BC's geographic history. In April 2010 the closure of the Provincial Air Photo Warehouse, which housed the collection, has resulted in a deficit of vital information.
UBC seeks to make the premier collection of aerial photographs available to the public. To accomplish this goal, the University plans to renovate and expand its Geographic Information Centre (GIC) in order to preserve this remarkably rich resource for students, scholars and professionals.
Fundrasing Goal: $400,000
To build on the University's commitment to enhance student learning, support research excellence, and contribute to a sustainable society, we invite alumni, donors and friends to help shape the future of Geography education at UBC.
Scheduled for completion in summer 2013, the GIC will safely house this unique aerial photograph collection and make the visual history of BC easily accessible. Your contribution will have a lasting impact on generations of students, scholars and professionals.
To learn more about how you can support the GIC, please contact:
Visit the original fundrasing announcement for more details.
Application being accepted for Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
The UBC Geography Department welcomes applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2014-15. The Geography Postdoctoral Committee can nominate one candidate this year to enter the university-wide competition.
The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance. The number of awards available across campus varies between three and five per year.
All necessary application materials must be received at the UBC Geography Department by THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013.
Graduate Research Recognized at the AAG
The Department extends their congratulations to the following graduate students for winning several 2013 Affinity and Specialty Group Awards at this year's AAG:
David Ley Awarded the 2013 Massey Medal
David Ley has been awarded the 2013 Massey Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The annual award recognizes outstanding career achievements in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada.
This is a significant honour, and a well deserved recognition of David's contributions to geography in Canada and the world.
This is the fifth time since 2003 the award has come to our department.
Brett Eaton Receives the CGU Young Scientist Award
The CGU Young Scientist Awards recognize outstanding research contributions by young scientists who are members of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU). Both the quality and impact of research are considered.
Sally Hermansen Receives the Margaret Fulton Award
This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of her commitment to university access and student learning.
You can read more about the award in the UBC Geographer blog. Please visit the Office of the Vice-President, Students for information on Student Development awards and for a list of previous recipients.
Geography Receives the Peter Larkin Award
The Geography department has been awarded the 2012/13 Peter Larkin Award. This annual award is given to a graduate/post baccalaureate program or department that has had a significant positive impact on student life and student development at UBC.
For more information please visit the Student Development Awards page
Merje Kuus Awarded the UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship
The award is intended to support scholars engaged in research projects of broad significance who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field.
For more information please visit the Faculty Research Awards page
Brett Eaton Awarded The J. Ross Mackay Award
The J. Ross Mackay Award is presented annually by the Canadian Geomorphology Research Group (CGRG) in recognition of a significant achievement by a young geomorphologist within Canada. The purpose of the award is to foster the development of geomorphology in Canada and to provide recognition of young scientists in this field.
Dr. Eaton's nomination is based on a body of work in fluvial geomorphology addressing channel bank strength and morphodynamics. His research integrates experiments, field measurements, modelling and prediction, and applies the insights gained toward understanding the effect of environmental change on rivers.
Simon Donner Receives the 2012 President's Award for Public Education
Simon Donner has been awarded the 2012 President's Award for Public Education through Media.
The award consist of a research stipend presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and the community by sharing research expertise via the news media. It recognizes contributions such as print and broadcast media interviews and expert commentary
Visit UBC Faculty Research Awards for more details.
Department successfully launches the Geography Professionals Leadership Network
Professionals from governments, NGOs, and private sector were welcomed by faculty and graduate students into UBC Geography's Professionals Leadership Network (PLN) at the Department's kick-off reception in September.
The PLN is a volunteer-based program. It maintains an exclusive membership through individual nominations and it plays an important role in building relationships between academia and industry. In today's market, these links between researchers, students and industry, have become critical to the success of individuals in Geography.
Two members of our department play significant roles with the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)
Tim Oke received the Founder's Prize in recognition of his role in establishing the IAUC, which is now 12 years old. Since its inception, it has developed a unique profile as an organisation with a distinct focus and membership. Its success is in large part due to the spirit in which it was formed and with which it functions.
Dr. Andreas Christen (University of British Columbia, Canada) was elected to the Board of the IAUC for a 4-year period with effect from August 2012. Andreas will replace Sofia Thorsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) whose term has come to an end.
Application being accepted for Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
The UBC Geography Department welcomes applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2013-14. The Geography Postdoctoral Committee can nominate one candidate this year to enter the university-wide competition.
The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance. The number of awards available across campus varies between three and five per year.
All necessary application materials must be received at the UBC Geography Department by Friday, October 26, 2012..
Derek Gregory Awarded the Internationalen Wissenschaftspreis der Deutschen Geographie(International Science Award of German Geography)
Derek Gregory has been awarded the inaugural Internationalen Wissenschaftspreis der Deutschen Geographie(International Science Award of German Geography).
Jamie Peck appointed as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence (PWIAS) for the year 2013-2014
The Peter Wall Distinguished Scholars in Residence Award is available to UBC Faculty members to spend one year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. There are a number of exciting initiatives at the Peter Wall Institute, promising an exceptional level of intellectual engagement and innovative research.
The Distinguished Scholars in Residence are integrally involved in a number of these initiatives, while having ample time to pursue their own research. Every year, up to six Distinguished Scholars in Residence are appointed at the Institute, each with up to $20,000 in funding.
Visit the the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) for more information about the program.
Karen Bakker warns of threats to global water supply
Four of every five people on the planet faces a high-level risk to their potable water supply, threatening their health, livelihoods and national security, writes Karen Bakker, a geographer at the University of British Columbia, in Science, a leading scholarly journal for scientific news, commentary and research.
In Water Security: Research Challenges and Opportunities, published in the Aug. 24 edition of the journal, Bakker cites climate change, population growth, contamination, terrorism and agricultural water demands as issues that pose a threat to water security and water-related biodiversity across the globe.
Check Arts Wire for information on her article.
Field Trip: Can Corals Survive Warming Ocean Temperatures?
Dr. Simon Donner comments on his recent field trip to the central Pacific to study the state of coral reefs in the area. More information and photos in the Scientific American article.
Militarization along the U.S.-Mexico border: Arts undergraduate research
Alex Pysklywec, graduating Geography student and recipient of an Arts Undergraduate Research Award (AURA), currently works with Geography professor Dr. Juanita Sundberg to examine the implications of militarization along the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to conducting internet based research, Pysklywec traveled to Brownsville, Texas [a city bordering Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico] three times to observe the border wall, to carry out archival research at local institutions, as well as to interview policymakers and local citizens.
You can find out more about the project by visiting the transcript of an interview with Alex.
John Robinson Named Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year
For a man who envisions new ways of addressing sustainability, being honoured as Environmental Scientist of the Year is recognition of years of hard work and quiet dedication. John Robinson, executive director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative and professor in the Department of Geography and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, has been chosen the 2012 Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic.
Although this recognition focuses on Robinson, the honour equally recognizes the pioneering work being done at UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). CIRS is designed to be a net positive and regenerative building, one that betters the environment in which we live.
Professor Trevor Barnes, Recipient of the 2012 Dean of Arts Award
The Dean of Arts Award, sponsored by Taylor Jordan Chafetz since 1997, is awarded annually to a faculty member in recognition of exceptional contributions. The selection criteria for the award are designed to identify colleagues who demonstrate significant contributions in two or more areas (teaching and learning, research, and service/community engagement) and whose contributions have proven to be catalytic and/or transformative. The award is given in the name of a living Professor Emeritus/Emerita who him/herself has made a significant contribution to the Faculty of Arts.
This year the award is given in honour of Professor Olav Slaymaker, formerly of the Department Geography.
Coping with stress: What can we learn from the corals of Kiribati?
Simon Donner is one of 75 scientists using the powers of the internet and social media to raise awareness and funding for excinting science projects. Check out his video for an overview of his research. To contribute or to follow the progress of his initiative please visit his blog at #SciFund Challenge.
Department of Geography is well represented in the Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research
The first Canadian version of HIBAR (Hirsch-Index Benchmarking of Academic Research) has resulted in outstanding publicity for the Department of Geography at UBC. A researcher’s H-index score is the maximum number of publications for which each publication is cited at least that many times. Comparisons are made within peer groups and disciplines and only the top three scholars are identified within each peer group.
Under the discipline of Geography, David Ley ranks first and Jamie Peck ranks third and under the discipline of Gender Studies, Geraldine Pratt ranks first. There are only four other disciplines in which UBC has the top ranked scientist (Biology and Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Forestry and Mathematics and Statistics).
Read the full article: Globe and Mail on March 27th, 2012
See full results.
UBC's Program on Water Governance to host a panel event exploring Water Security in Canada
Invited experts will expore these questions, and present views on current and future water issues in Canada. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with audience members. The event is free and open to the public.
GEOG 495 Geographies of Social Movements in the Americas to be taught as part of the study abroad program in summer of 2012
UBC's Program in Latin American Studies is offering its third study abroad program this summer in Quito, Ecuador! This is in association with the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies.
Students will earn 6 credits of Spanish from UBC in 6 weeks, while studying, living and traveling in Ecuador. Students will also live with warm, friendly homestay families, and participate in 6 exciting cultural excursions, including a visit to the world-famous textile market in Otavalo, Volcano Cotopaxi, Museo Guayasamín, La Mitad del Mundo, el teleférico, and two city tours.
Applications are accepted until program is full.
Please visit the Study Abroad Program web page for more information.
UBC researchers provide recommendations for $100 billion in annual climate change aid
In advance of a major United Nations climate conference, University of British Columbia researchers are recommending how to manage a $100 billion annual commitment made by the international community last year to help the developing world respond to climate change – a funding promise almost equal to all existing official development aid from major donor countries today.
In today's issue of Science, three UBC professors – Simon Donner, Milind Kandlikar and Hisham Zerriffi – argue that the aid commitment made by developed nations at last year's United Nations climate conference is unprecedented and that the world must learn from the troubled history of international development to ensure that countries meet the commitment and provide real actions on the ground.
Application being accepted for Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
The UBC Geography Department welcomes applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, 2012-13. The Geography Postdoctoral Committee can nominate one candidate this year to enter the university-wide competition.
The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance. The number of awards available across campus varies between four and six per year.
All necessary application materials must be received at the UBC Geography Department by Friday, October 28, 2011.
Greg Henry part of $4-million NSERC effort to measure and plan for Arctic climate change
A University of British Columbia Arctic expert will help to identify the impacts of the rapid environmental changes in Canada's North and develop an adaptation strategy, as part of a team of researchers that has received a $4-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Researchers from ten Canadian universities will study the changing permafrost and snow conditions affecting the landscape, water, and wildlife of the tundra as well as their impact on northern communities and natural resource industries in a project entitled Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition (ADAPT).
The team will comprise 15 experts in engineering and natural and applied sciences. UBC Prof. Greg Henry, Dept. of Geography, will lead research on tundra ecosystems, including vegetation and wildlife, one of the project's four research themes. Other themes involve permafrost dynamics, aquatic ecosystems, and soil microbial systems.
Read the full announcement at UBC's Public Affairs webpage.
Gerry Pratt and Trevor Barnes elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
Gerry Pratt and Trevor Barnes have both been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Academy II, the Social Sciences, makes about 12 elections each year; to have two in the same department in a single year is very unusual, and is a tribute to the strength of Gerry's and Trevor's records. They will be inducted to the RSC at a ceremony in Ottawa in the Fall.
Many congratulations to Gerry and Trevor on this marvellous recognition of your continuing research contributions.
Karen Bakker listed by the Globe and Mail in their annual top 40 Canadians under 40
Established in 1995 by Doug Caldwell, the Top 40 Under 40 awards annually celebrate the achievements of young Canadians.
This is a significant recognition of Dr. Bakker's public service and community engagement as well as her research achievements. More details about the Top 40 under 40 list.
Matthew Evenden awarded a Killam Teaching Prize
Matthew Evenden has been awarded a Killam Teaching Prize, a great achievement that recognises Matthew's accomplished teaching at all levels from first year and onwards.
UBC recognizes excellence in teaching with the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for faculty members with at least three years of teaching at UBC. Established University-wide, the prize is adjudicated within each of the twelve Faculties under procedures defined in the Faculty and approved by the Provost. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, students, or alumni. The award recognizes distinguished teaching at any level or combination of levels: introductory, advanced or graduate (including supervision).
President Stephen J. Toope is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Derek Gregory, Department of Geography at UBC, as a Peter Wall Distinguished Professor.
The Peter Wall Distinguished Professor is a unique appointment directed at attracting or retaining a world-class scholar. This scholar can be expected to have a major impact on broad areas of research work at UBC. This endowed chair provides salary support for a five-year term, renewable without limit. For scholars appointed after 2010, the salary support is for a five-year term, renewable once.
As a prolific academician who has published sixteen books, several dictionaries and a four-volume encyclopedia, with four new books in various stages of preparation and publication, Dr. Gregory is an internationally renowned scholar, not just in the discipline of geography but in the social sciences and humanities.
Professor Gregory is considered among his peers as one of a small group of human geographers in the English-speaking world who have managed to combine major research breakthroughs over a sustained period of several decades with the ability to reach out to influence a myriad of disciplines and public discussions in an important way.
Click here to find out more details about the Award.
Professor Graeme Wynn will hold the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies
Dr. Graeme Wynn will hold the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Generously endowed by University benefactors Brenda and David McLean, the Chair is occupied by a distinguished Canadianist for a period of two years.
As McLean Chair, Professor Wynn will teach the senior seminar in the Canadian Studies program and, in the second year of his tenure, deliver the McLean Lectures in Canadian Studies. Each Chair’s lectures have been published by UBC Press in the McLean Series in Canadian Studies. Please visit the Program in Canadian Studies website for more information.
Simon Donner has been selected as a Google Science Communications Fellow
Dr. Simon Donner is one 21 fellows chosen from pool of candidates nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the U.S.
This initiative is aimed at fostering open and accessible scientific dialogue, and to showcase pioneering technology, media and computational initiatives for the communication of science. You can read more details at Google's official blog.
Michael Church has been honoured with the Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award from the Association of American Geographers.
Dr. Michael Church has been named this year's recipient of the Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award by the Association of American Geographers-Geomorphology Specialty Group. The original nomination was put forth by Judy Haschenburger and Frank Magilligan, but received enormous support from the geomorphology community.
The award will be conferred on April 13th in Seattle, site of this year's annual Association meeting. More information on the award, and a list of past recipients is available here:
Michele Koppes receives the prestigious J. Ross Mackay Award from the Canadian Geomorphological Research Group.
Dr. Koppes was nominated for a body of work she has produced over the last decade, establishing the controls on the relative rates of erosion by fluvial and glacial processes, and disentangling these contributions from tectonic and dynamical ice contributions over a range of timescales, and placing these within the context of anthropogenic influences. Her nomination highlighted one particular publication, co-authored with David Montgomery:
The committee and nominating group highlighted this work for integrating her previous field studies in Alaska and Patagonia with a review of global contributions of rivers and glaciers to erosion across a range of timescales. That paper compared modern measures of erosion from glaciers and rivers with longterm estimates and human activity in a global context. The committee felt this work challenges conventional wisdom that glaciers are more erosive than rivers, and found that both rivers and glaciers can erode to keep pace with the highest rates of uplift. Koppes and Montgomery found that human activity and climate change are having a major influence on erosion rates, and in fact erosion from agricultural lands in some areas is comparable with that from tectonically active mountain ranges.
Karen Bakker has been offered a 5-year (renewable) Canada Research Chair
Karen Bakker has been offered a 5-year (renewable) Canada Research Chair beginning January 1, 2011. This achievement reflects the endorsement of both the university and her academic peers of Karen's outstanding scholarly career.
The Canada Research Chairs program, established by the Government of Canada, aims to facilitate research excellence at Canadian Universities and their affiliated research institutes. Five year chairs are reserved for emerging researchers who are judged by their peers to be potential world leaders within their field.
Jamie Peck's paper identified as this month's 'Fast Moving Fronts' paper in the field of general Social Sciences
Congratulations to Jamie Peck, whose 2005 IJURR paper, "Struggling with the creative class", has been identified as this month's 'Fast Moving Fronts' paper in the field of general Social Sciences in the Thomson-Reuters citation system. Jamie's paper is the core contribution -- defined by citation -- in a fast growing research area on the cultural economy.
"Fast Moving Fronts are those having the largest percentage increase in number of core papers from one period to the next in their respective fields."
A Q & A with Jamie by Thomson-Reuter's appears at: http://sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2010/10novfmf/10novfmfPeck/.
Geography Hits 50
2009 marks the 50th year of Geography’s existence as an autonomous department on the UBC campus and the 40th anniversary of the Geography Club, now known as the Geography Students Association.
This is cause for celebration, and we intend to mark the occasion in fine style on September 25th and 26th. Please see the poster and the 2009 Geogramme for details and plan to join us at one or more of the events. You will be welcomed warmly, and we hope this will be an occasion for the renewal of old friendships as well as an opportunity to see how the department and your old haunts have changed over the years
Olav Slaymaker elected Senior Fellow of the International Association of Geomorphologists
We are delighted to congratulate Olav Slaymaker on his election as a Senior Fellow of the International Association of Geomorphologists.
This is yet another well-deserved recognition of Olav's important contributions in both scholarship and service to the field of Geomorphology, and more generally to the discipline of Geography, over a long and continuing career. He is a former President of the IAG, and co-editor of an IAG book on 21st Century Landscapes. He will be honoured as a newly-elected Senior Fellow of that organization at the 7th International Conference on Geomorphology in Melbourne in June 2009.
Dr. David Ley appointed as Head, Department of Geography from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2012
Excerpt from Dean Gallini's announcement:
" I am very pleased to inform you that Dr. David Ley has agreed to serve as Head of the Department of Geography from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012.
As you already know, Dr. Ley is a highly respected geographer and researcher, Fellow of the Royal Society, a Trudeau Fellow, and a Canada Research Chair in Urbanization and Cultural Diversity. Considering also his key involvement with the Metropolis Project, Dr. Ley is well-positioned to lead the Department and to build upon the already strong contributions the Department has made in the areas of research and teaching."
Luna Vives Awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Excerpt from Dr. Wynn's announcement:
" I am delighted to share with you the happy news that one of our graduate students, Ms Luna Vives, has been awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
These new awards are administered by the three federal founding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and were introduced with the explicit aim to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies and leadership skills.
Competition for these awards is intense. UBC was allowed to nominate only 25 persons across ALL disciplines. Only nine of these were in the SSHRC domain. The granting councils accepted a total of 120 Vanier Scholarship nominations each, and awarded a TOTAL of 166 Vanier Scholarships, with one-third awarded by each of the three Tri-Agencies."
Juanita Sundberg awarded Faculty of Arts Killam Teaching Prize
Juanita Sundberg has been selected as one of the Faculty of Arts Killam Teaching Prize winners for 2009. This is a special honour which Juanita has earned by her innovative and engaging teaching and through her dedication to undergraduate instruction.
Sally Hermansen Appointed as UBC's Assistant Dean of Arts with responsibility for Student Services
Effective July 1 2009, Sally Hermansen will be appointed as UBC's Assistant Dean of Arts with responsibility for Student Services.
Sally has made enormous contributions to the department since her appointment here in 2000. Her stellar teaching across a wide range of courses, her engagement with and mentoring of undergraduates, her diligent thoughtful and effective committee work, the links she has fostered with other departments and Faculties (History, Education and Forestry to name but three), and the important role she has played in outreach to broader constituencies such as local high schools and organizations have enhanced the department's reputation within the university community.
Simon Donner selected for 2009 Leopold Leadership Program
The Leopold Leadership Program, located at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, was founded in 1998 to fill a critical gap in environmental decision making: getting the best scientific knowledge into the hands of government, nonprofit, and business leaders to further the development of sustainable policies and practices.
Dr. Donner is among the 19 academic environmental scientists named as Fellows this year. The group was selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of their exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in communicating science beyond traditional academic audiences. The Fellows will take part in intensive leadership and communications training designed to hone their skills in delivering scientific information to decision makers, the media, and the public. They also become part of a network of past Fellows and program advisors who are leaders in conducting scientific outreach beyond traditional academic and scientific circles. More information about the program is available at www.leopoldleadership.org.
Professor J. Lewis Robinson: In Memoriam
Professor J. Lewis Robinson, founding head of Geography at UBC and long-time member of the UBC community, passed away at the age of 90 on July 19th 2008.
There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Lew Robinson's life and contributions to UBC on Friday October 3 at 1:00pm in Cecil Green Park House. All are welcome.
After short stints teaching geography to US Army Engineers, meteorology at Clark University and cartography at Leicester (MA) Junior College, J Lewis Robinson began his formal career as a professional geographer with the Government of Canada, when he was employed by the Northwest Territories Administration of the Department of Mines and Resources in 1943. He was well-prepared for this assignment as his PhD thesis, completed at Syracuse University the year before, was a Regional Geography of the Canadian Eastern Arctic.
Lew came to UBC from Ottawa in September 1946. His mandate was to organize and expand the Geography program in the Department of Geology and Geography which he did with such success that Geography was established as an independent division in 1953 and a separate department in 1959. Lew was appointed divisional chair and was the first Head of Geography, a position he held until 1968. He then served as Acting Head for a year in 1974-5. He was widely acknowledged as an exceptional teacher and undergraduate advisor. He received the UBC Master Teacher Award in 1977 and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Canada from the National Council for Geographic Education in 1982. He was awarded honorary degrees by his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario -- the citation noted that he was the first student from Western to become a professional geographer -- and UBC, and also received the Centennial Medal and Silver Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada, the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the CAG Award for Service to the Profession of Geography.
There were two principle foci to Lew’s research and teaching: the regional geography of Canada and the discipline of geography in Canada. Among his books and monographs the following were perhaps the best known: The Canadian Arctic (an Information Bulletin of the Geographical Branch, 1952); Resources of the Canadian Shield (Methuen, 1969); British Columbia: A hundred years of geographical change (with W Hardwick, Talon Books, 1973) and Concepts and Themes in the Regional Geography of Canada (Talon Books, 1983). He also published well over a dozen book chapters, half a dozen articles in The Canadian Geographer, a similar number in The Geographical Review, many more in The Canadian Geographical Journal and a handful in each of The Journal of Geography, The Operational Geographer, and The Professional Geographer, as well as several wall maps and dozens of encyclopedia entries.
Lew's devotion to the interests of undergraduate students was legendary. In 1977 he donated a part of his Master Teacher Award to a Geography Scholarship Fund that had been established earlier in the decade, in recognition of his contributions as a teacher, by a graduate of the department. The first award was a single one of $100, and for several years the award continued at this level on the basis of annual donations. Subsequently endowed and generously contributed to by Alumni over the years, this initiative has blossomed to the point that this year we made 6 awards of over $1000 each to our best undergraduate students from the return on endowment. Lew was also immensely and importantly active in sustaining contact with Geography alumni and for many years after his retirement in 1984 he played an instrumental part in production of the Geogramme.
Beyond the department, Lew took a very active interest in UBC Athletics, and was on the no-longer-existent UBC athletics council. He was also a mainstay of the department's Friday afternoon hockey games, and an important member of the Old Birds Hockey Team (he hung up his skates, reluctantly, at age 77). Beyond the campus Lew was also very involved in deaf education and sports development in Canada, and was President of the Western Institute for the Deaf.
Above all but his own kin, Lew valued the Geography department and its members. He believed in the idea of the department as a community and he and his wife Jo, who survives him, worked hard through the years of his Headship and into the 1970s to foster a sense of the department as "family".
As a high school track star, Lew set Ontario sprint records, and wrote a short story for his hometown newspaper based on this experience. The last words of his obituary, published in several newspapers, offer an eloquent testament to his full life and his many achievements: “Geographer, mapmaker, explorer, writer, teacher, mentor, husband, father and friend – the kindest man we ever knew - the boy who ran so fast - you taught us kindness, generosity and usefulness. We will miss you - you gave us the world & more - thank you.”
Fittingly and generously, Jo Robinson and the Robinson children Jo-Anne, David and Patricia (with their families) have initiated a scholarship for support of graduate students in the department. It will be known as the J. Lewis Robinson Memorial Scholarship.
Dr. Graeme Wynn has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
This is a splendid and richly deserved recognition of Graeme's travels in interdisciplinary space - his nomination received unusually wide sponsorship from scholars in history, literature and geography - and his scholarly contributions to historical geography, environmental history and the humanities most generally.
It is particularly remarkable that Graeme has achieved this recognition while playing such a vital and energetic administrative role, both here in the Department and as editor of a major international journal and book series.
The citation to the RSC reads as follows:
" Graeme Wynn is among the leading Historical Geographers and Environmental Historians in the English-speaking world. He is particularly known for his analyses of the social and environmental ramifications of staple trades, especially in the forests of colonial New Zealand, of the environmental impact of industrializing societies, and of the regional historical geography of early Canada. He is a meticulous researcher, a charming writer, and a fastidious editor. His recent environmental history of Canada is a much-anticipated and ground-breaking work. He leads the interdisciplinary collaborations that distinguish the current burgeoning of Canadian environmental history."
Dr. Tim Oke appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada
Tim Oke, a geographer and climate researcher, has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. This is an extraordinary achievement and crowning glory to a superb career where Tim has gained many honours.
The Order of Canada is received both for scholarly achievement and also for upholding to a high level values that are central to Canadian citizenship. Our heartfelt congratulations to Tim and his family for an honour that fully acknowledges the breadth and depth of his contribution as researcher, teacher, and citizen.
Tim joins Cole Harris and Ross Mackay, earlier recipients of the Order of Canada from Geography. This is a remarkable record of professional achievement and public service from one academic unit. Press Release.
Scott Krayenhoff receives the Faculty of Arts Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2007/08
Special congratulations to doctoral student, Scott Krayenhoff who is one of this year's three winners of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in the Faculty of Arts. Scott's selection is a splendid recognition of his very impressive contributions that were well reflected in his impressive dossier.
The Faculty of Arts annually awards teaching prizes to Graduate Teaching Assistants in recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our undergraduate programs.
Sandy Lapsky received Dean of Arts Staff Excellence Award
From Dr. Gallini, Dean of the Faculty of Arts:
I am delighted to announce that at our Christmas Staff Luncheon today, four people received this year?s Dean´s Award for Staff Excellence:
I was pleased that numerous excellent nominations were submitted by colleagues, Heads and students for this year´s Award, accompanied by glowing letters testifying to the important contributions members of our Staff have made and how they have transformed the working environment, assisting people well beyond the call of duty.
Finally, I wish to thank members of this year´s selection committee for their careful deliberations."
Michael Church Elected to the Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Michael Church has been elected to the Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, effective February 2008. This is another recognition of Michael's remarkable career, his intellectual leadership and the quality of his scientific contributions over the years.
The citation recognizes Michael for his "distinguished research in fluvial sediment transport, and major contributions in theoretical geomorphology pertaining to stability thresholds governing interactions among form and process in rivers." This acknowledgement captures only a fraction of the diverse scientific and societal contributions that Dr. Church has made during his career.
Emeritus Professor Albert Farley Passed Away November 1st
Dr. Albert Farley took his PhD at the University of Wisconsin under the supervision of Arthur Robinson on The Historical Cartography of British Columbia. He joined the department as Instructor II and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1959. He retired from the department as Full Professor in 1986. He taught cartography to several cohorts of students, some of whom wrote the Head in 1986 describing Bert as a "fine Professor".
He is best remembered academically for his Atlas of BC, People, Environment and Resources, completed in the department in the late 1970s. Among his graduate students was Nelson Riis, sometime NDP Member of Parliament for Kamloops.
Derek Gregory elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy
On Thursday, 19 July the British Academy, the national Academy for the humanities and social sciences, elected forty-eight new scholars into the Fellowship for their academic achievements. Thirty-eight UK based academics have been elected and a further ten overseas scholars have been elected as Corresponding Fellows, including Derek Gregory, Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Gregory is the only scholar working in Canada to be elected a Corresponding Fellow this year. [According to the Academy's web page, there are only two Corresponding Fellows from Canada].
Robin Jackson, Chief Executive and Secretary of the British Academy, said: "Election to Fellowship is the principal way in which the Academy recognises scholarly excellence. It comes as the culmination of a rigorous selection process in which each of the Academy's eighteen Sections, organised by academic discipline, is involved. This year we are pleased to welcome new Fellows from all of the disciplines represented in the Academy, displaying a variety of cutting-edge specialisms, from mediaeval art to game theory, from Islamic history to philosophy of physics, from ethnomusicology to the economic analysis of law."
The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the United Kingdoms national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of more than 800 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences. It is the counterpart of the Royal Society, the UK's independent academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science.
There are currently 980 Ordinary Fellows and 306 Corresponding Fellows. For further details, see http://www.britac.ac.uk/news/release.asp?Newsid=258 or contact Michael Reade, External Relations.
Dr. Graeme Wynn, recipient of the Dean of Arts Award for 2006-07
From Dr. Gallini, Dean of the Faculty of Arts:
"I am pleased to announce that Dr. Graeme Wynn of the Department of Geography has been named the recipient of the Dean of Arts Award for 2006-07.
In recommending Dr. Wynn for this prestigious award, the committee noted the breadth and quality of contributions he has made over the years as a distinguished and devoted teacher, a dedicated and effective two-term Head of Geography, a Killam Research Fellow, a visiting fellow at both Oxford and Cambridge, a founding member of Green College, and as someone who has served our Faculty and University in so many ways, including his expert and creative service as Associate Dean, Students.
The anonymous donor has stipulated that this prize should be awarded in the name of a Professor Emeritus/Emerita who has made a significant contribution to the Faculty. This year the prize is being given in honour of Dr. John K. Stager, formerly of the Department of Geography and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts from 1975-90."
Two PhD students named 2007 Trudeau Scholars.
Alexander Aylett, a PhD candidate in UBC’s Dept. of Geography, is author of Municipal Climate Change Policy and Sustainable Development: Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Action. A native of Montreal, Aylett’s research focuses on identifying the key elements needed to nurture productive cooperation between communities, planners and academics. Read Alex's profile here.
Jessica Dempsey, a PhD candidate in UBC’s Dept. of Geography, is a native of Spruce Grove, Alberta. Dempsey’s research will critically examine market-based biodiversity offsets, which attempt to compensate for biodiversity loss caused by development projects. Read Jessica's profile here.
Alex and Jessica are the second and third UBC Geography students named Trudeau Scholars. Aliette Frank was named Trudeau Scholar in 2005. Read Aliette's profile here.
Lori Daniels has been awarded one of the Faculty of Arts Killam Teaching Prizes for 2006-07
The Killam Teaching Prize Committee recommends the following colleagues
to the Vice President Academic and Provost as recipients of the 2006-2007
Faculty of Arts Killam Teaching Prize Awards:
David McClung awarded the 2007 UBC Killam Research Prize in the Senior Science Category
The UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships are provided annually from the “Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies” established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J. Killam Ten prizes in total are awarded, five in the social sciences and humanities, and five in the applied, health and natural sciences. The cash award is given annually to recognize research and scholarly contributions by faculty members at UBC at the rank of Professor, Assistant and Associate Professor. Nominations are made by any three tenure track faculty members and are submitted by the Dean accompanied by a KRP Nomination Form, a letter from the nominators, curriculum vitae and three external letters of reference.
The Killam Research Prize is considered the University’s most prestigious research awards and honourees will be profiled at the Celebrate Research gala in March.
Derek Gregory to receive an Honorary Degree from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
Alfred Hettner was the first modern Professor of Geography in the Heidelberg department, and Derek's award continues the long string of recognitions in his illustrious career, including of course the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Degree from the Roskilde University in Denmark.
Derek Gregory Awarded the Founder‘s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the award of the Founder‘s medal of the Royal Geographical Society, for ‘international leadership of research in human geography and social theory’ to Derek Gregory. This medal, to be presented by President Sir Neil Cossons, at the Society‘s Annual General Meeting on Monday 5th June, is one of the Society‘s two Gold Medals which are the highest medals awarded by the RGS.
The Society‘s prestigious Medals and Awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. Five medals and Awards are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding achievements.
Graduate Student Awards at this Year's AAG
The following students were recognized that this year's AAG meetings:
Derek Gregory Receives the Faculty of Graduate Studies Killam Mentoring Award
Derek Gregory has been chosen as joint recipient of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mentoring award for 2005. The award will be presented at the Congregation ceremonies on November 23rd
The Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring has been designated to recognize outstanding performance in the area of mentoring graduate students. Mentoring may be related to, but is perceived as differing from, classroom teaching and may be distinct and separable from the usual measures of research productivity.
Professor Emeritus Walter Hardwick passed away 9 June.
10 June 2005
Professor Emeritus Walter Hardwick passed away last night. He was a friend, a colleague, and an inspiration to many. Walter was born in Vancouver in 1932 and commenced studies in Geography at UBC in 1950. He was awarded an MA degree from Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, then returned to Vancouver to join our faculty group in 1960. His main areas of expertise were urban geography, community and regional planning, and political geography. He was the founder and main architect of the Urban Studies Program within the Faculty of Arts, and was very active in the promotion of the urban program at UBC until his retirement in 1997.
Dr. Hardwick had a long and distinguished career in both academic and public service. In addition to his service to UBC in teaching, research, and on several important committees, he had a major influence upon the urban landscape of Vancouver. Elected to Vancouver City Council as a co-founding member of the reform-minded The Elector's Action Movement (TEAM), he served on Council from 1969 to 1974, and played a pivotal advisory role in the city's redevelopment of the False Creek area. From 1976 to 1980 he served as Deputy Minister of Education in the Social Credit government of Bill Bennett, and was instrumental in establishing both the Open Learning Institute and the Knowledge Network. Later in his career, he was invited to serve on, and chair, the Canadian Capital Commission, with a mandate related to the planning of Ottawa. For these and many other good works, Walter was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 1997 and an honorary degree from UBC in 2000.
For more than 20 years, Walter and his brother David, a Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology, were instrumental in publishing a series of occasional papers under the title ‘BC Geographical Series’, with Walter as academic editor and David as managing editor. This series provided an important platform for the publication of local and regional workshop papers and monographs, one of the best known being ‘The Climate of Vancouver’, by Tim Oke and John Hay.
Many other details of Professor Walter Hardwick’s life and professional accomplishments are summarized at: http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/u_arch/hardwick.html#bio
Dr. Graeme Wynn appointed as new Head, Dept of Geography
Dr. Graeme Wynn has accepted a four-year term as Head of the Department of Geography, beginning July 1, 2005. This appointment has been approved by the Provost and is subject to approval by the Board of Governors.
Professor Tim Oke awarded the prestigious Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Professor Tim Oke is this year's recipient of the prestigious Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
The Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an exemplary contributions to advancing our understanding of the Geography of Canada. Tim is awarded the Medal for his outstanding work on the climates of cities and other near-surface environments. The RCGS publishes ‘Canadian Geographic’, and later this year Tim and his work will be profiled for the 4.6 million readers of the magazine. Previous recipients of the award from our department include: Cole Harris, Ross Mackay, and J. Lewis Robinson. The medal will be presented to Tim this fall, at a ceremony in Ottawa.
2005 AAG Awards for Department Members
A large number of awards from the recently concluded Annual Meeting of the AAG in Denver were presented to members or our department:
Jared Stanley Memorial Scholarship
It has been a few weeks since graduate student Jared Stanley passed away in an unfortunate and untimely tragedy on Mount Seymour. Many of us are seeking ways to honour his memory and the exceptional person that he was.
As a tribute to Jared, the Geography Department and Jared’s family are establishing the Jared Stanley Memorial Scholarship for Physical Geography graduate students involved in Field Based Mountain Research. The award will be given annually to an outstanding graduate student entering the second year of either an M.Sc. or Ph.D program.
If you would like to donate online to this fund, please visit http://www.supporting.ubc.ca/ and select the "I prefer to donate to" section. Type Jared Stanley's name into the text box and complete your online transaction. If you are interested in making a donation by cheque or through any other means, please contact Michelle Messinger, UBC Development Officer at 604-822-8904 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tim Oke has won the Luke Howard Award from the International Association for Urban Climate
Dr. Tim Oke has won the Luke Howard Award from the International Association for Urban Climate. This is a newly created award, and Tim is the inaugural recipient. (Luke Howard was an early 19th century pioneer in atmospheric science, who developed the first scientific classification of clouds). The citation reads:
"The IAUC is happy to announce that Professor Tim Oke of the University of British Columbia has been selected by its Awards Committee for the inaugural (2004) Luke Howard award. Tim was selected for his pioneering and seminal work on urban climatology. The committee could not think of another person more deserving of this honour. His cutting edge research over four decades have made him heir, in both stature and research, to Luke Howard and Helmut Landsburg as one of the founding fathers of the science of urban climate".
This award caps a truly superlative series of awards to Tim over the past two to three years, including most recently his election as Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Ken Denike retiring at the end of December 2004.
Ken Denike retires at the end of December after more than 30 years of service to the University. In recognition of Ken's many contributions we have organized three events. First, we will be circulating a card in the next couple of weeks, as is our usual custom. We plan to present the card to Ken at a small ceremony in the Department, toward the middle of December. Secondly, we have invited Ken to attend the staff luncheon at the Hotel Vancouver in mid-December; and thirdly, because of the looming end of term activities and festive season, Dr. Denike and Dr. Bovis have planned to combine their retirement dinners into a single event sometime in June 05.
Three new faculty appointees join our department
A major event in the Department this past year as been a faculty search for the tenure-track position in Physical Geography, to replace Professor Olav Slaymaker, who retired June 30, 2004. Owing to an unusual set of circumstances, and a truly excellent pool of applicants, we were able to make two appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, both commencing July 1, 2004. The first is Dr. Marwan Hassan, a world-renown fluvial geomorphologist with a strong international profile in sediment transport and drainage basin studies. We were also able to hire Dr. Brett Eaton, a UBC Ph.D who has been working under the direction of Michael Church. Brett's forte is theoretical and flume studies of alluvial channel stability. This is only the third time in 34 years that the Department has hired one of its own Ph.Ds. These hires, combined with the eminent leadership of Michael Church, ensure that we can maintain a pre-eminent position in fluvial and sediment transport studies.
We also welcomed to our department in Spring 2004 Dr. Markus Weiler, who holds one of the FRBC Endowed Chairs in Forest Hydrology. Markus is cross-appointed to the Department of Forest Resources Management. His research specialty is hillslope hydrology in steepland forested basins, and his expertise will nicely complement that of Dan Moore, who holds the other FRBC endowed chair.
Dr. Derek Gregory has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Prof. Derek Gregory has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. This is now the sixth FRSC in the history of the Department, the others being Dr. Ross Mackay, Dr. Tim Oke, Dr. Mike Church, Dr. David Ley, and Dr. Cole Harris.
Dr. Trevor Barnes receives Distinguished University Scholar Award
Prof. Trevor Barnes has received a Distinguished University Scholar Award, one of only a few given in the Faculty of Arts this year. Geography has now won two of these awards, and this serves to maintain our already high standing within the Faculty.
Dr. Greg Feldman joins the department
Dr. Greg Feldman has joined the Department for a 2 year period, starting July 2003, to work with Dr. Hiebert in the development of a MA Program in Migration Studies. Dr. Feldman is also associated with the Institute of European Studies, and teaches in the Arts Foundations Program.
Dr. Tim Oke Receives Awards
Prof. Tim Oke received three awards this week:
Dr. Olav Slaymaker to Receive David Linton Award
Prof. Olav Slaymaker is the 2003 recipient of the David Linton Award from the British Geomorphological Research Group. This prestigious award will be presented at the BGRG AGM in Oxford in September, in recognition of his many years of service, and distinguished contributions, to the discipline of geomorphology.
Dr. Walter Hardwick receives Queen's Jubilee Gold Medal
At the Golden Jubilee Medal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria, B.C., Premier Gordon Campbell, and Lieutenant Governor, Iona Campagnollo presented the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and a certificate to Dr. Hardwick's daughter Colleen Nystedt. Dr. Hardwick, former Professor of Geography at UBC, could not attend the proceedings due to ill health.
Dr. David Ley Wins a Trudeau Foundation Award
Prof. David Ley has received a Trudeau Foundation Award, one of only four given in the first year of the award. Dr. Ley was the only recipient from UBC. The other award recipients are from the University of Toronto (2), and l'Université de Montréal.
The Foundation was set up to promote outstanding research in the social sciences and humanities, with particular emphasis on "...democratic values and human rights, citizenship and social equity, and human interaction with the environment".
Department of Geography - Faculty of Arts - The University of British Columbia