UBC Reports | Vol. 56 | No. 5 | May. 6, 2010

UBC Reports

May 2010

Music, TV entertainer has talent for business

You don’t have to read tabloids to know that child entertainers don’t have the best track record for adjusting to life after show business.

by Basil Waugh

An appetite for service

Dharamsi, a fourth-year Integrated Sciences Program (ISP) student, has turned her passion for all things nutrition-related—the, social, cultural, physiological and developmental impact of food—into a guiding principle.

by Chris Balma

Engineering Physics graduate Keith Martin rode his bike across Canada in 2008 to increase awareness for muscular dystrophy. Photo by: Martin Dee

A big heart powers his moving muscles ride

Like Clark Kent, upon first encounter Keith Martin doesn’t appear to be a super hero. It is only upon reflecting on his accomplishments that you realize how special he is.

by Erinrose Handy

Olympic organizer, TV ranter, Gen X author, astronaut to receive UBC honorary degrees

The architect of Canada’s Golden 2010 Games, a much-loved Canadian comedian, an acclaimed B.C. writer and artist, and an accomplished astronaut and engineer are among the 12 individuals who will receive honorary degrees this year from the University of British Columbia.

Pharmacy grad ready for adventure

Like most Vancouverites, Bobby Taylor cheered himself hoarse during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. But as a Paralympic medalist and a volunteer at Whistler, Taylor enjoyed a ringside seat.

by Lorraine Chan

Law grad had to flee homeland

Teklemichael Sahlemariam never takes justice for granted.
The UBC law graduate knows too well the costs of injustice.

by Lorraine Chan

Engineering a first in the Okanagan

When Erin Johnston steps across the stage this June to accept her degree in electrical engineering, she will be part of the first graduating cohort of the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna.

by Jody Jacob

School of Engineering graduates first Okanagan cohort

This June, an important milestone will be reached with the graduation of the School’s first cohort of students, who began their studies in 2005.

by Jody Jacob

Determination to start over

With the piles of homework, hours of lectures and lots of stressful exams, most students can’t wait to escape school at the end of the day. For Nantha Rajkumar its different—she can’t stay away.

by Heather Amos

Pursuing education to serve

When her first nation signs its first-ever treaty, Stephanie Charlie wants to be there.

by Basil Waugh

A passion for the Arctic

Selected from applicants across Canada, Tufts co-led the Arctic team as one of 30 Canadian youth delegates at the 15th United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

by Lorraine Chan

Helping others move beyond trauma

Growing up in the Philippines, Escueta planned on becoming a lawyer. Instead, partially in response to the violent oppression of the Marcos regime, he became dedicated to community development work and initiating change.

by Heather Amos

Creative and Critical Studies: a family affair

Wheelhouse developed her honours thesis researching a series of heritage murals located in downtown Vernon, B.C., and their relation to multiculturalism, colonization and “whiteness.”

by Jody Jacob

Hard work and reward in doctoral challenge

Marie Westby pursued a PhD while working as a physical therapist and caring for her autistic son.

by Brian Kladko

Returning from illness, grad savours degree

In 2006, between his first and second year of UBC law, Doelman was diagnosed with a golf ball-sized tumour in his brain stem.

by Lorraine Chan

Andrew Parr, Maura da Cruz, Gerald Vanderwaude and Justin Marples (Paul Lawson missing from photo). Photo by: Don Erhardt

Five who have made a difference

Five staff members at UBC’s Vancouver campus are receiving the 2010 President’s Service Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions and personal achievement.

by Randy Schmidt

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