UBC Reports | Vol. 58 | No. 5 | May. 2, 2012

UBC Reports

May 2012
Erica Kiemele. Martin Dee Photograph

Life story fosters vision to serve disadvantaged

Erica Kiemele will receive a Master of Science degree in Chemistry and is bound for Harvard Medical School. She is finding a way to turn her passions into a life-long career.

Brian Lin

Found on the soccer pitch at least twice a week, Annelies Tjebbes says the game is a great way to recharge. Martin Dee Photograph

Chill out: graduating engineer helps invent therapeutic blanket

In addition to playing division one soccer and volunteering in West Africa, Annelies Tjebbes has created a new medical device with fellow students.

Lorraine Chan

AMS Vice President Finance Elin Tayyar has paved the way for change on the Vancouver campus. Martin Dee Photograph

Brewing ideas to transform campus

The vice president, finance for UBC’s Vancouver student government has concocted some innovative ideas that could leave our campus greener, and quench student thirst.

Heather Amos

Volleyball players Rayel Quiring (left) and Kyla Richey have won five consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships. Richard Lam Photograph

Five for five

Rayel Quiring and Kyla Richey are graduating from UBC as teammates, close friends and five-time volleyball champions.

Heather Amos

Emily MacKinnon, a graduating law student and opera singer, will be mentored by Canada’s top judge. Martin Dee Photograph

From opera to the Supreme Court

After graduating this May with her law degree, Emily MacKinnon will begin a prestigious clerkship with Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Simmi Puri

A photograph of Mary Nagata from the 1942 AMS Totem. UBC Archives Photograph

An alumna, 70 years later

Mary Nagata is one of 76 Japanese Canadian UBC students from 1942 who will be honoured this May.

Heather Amos

Leanne ten Brinke graduates with the first PhD in Psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Darren Handschuh Photograph

Best not lie to this Psychology PhD graduate

Leanne ten Brinke will receive the first PhD in Psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Her research focused on the facial expressions of genuine and deceptive “pleaders.”

Paul Marck

Career nurse Lorrianne Topf returned to school at UBC’s Okanagan campus for her Master’s degree in Nursing upon discovering gaps in palliative and oncology care that often left family caregivers without adequate support. Darren Handschuh Photograph

Deathbed promises launched master’s research

Lorriane Topf had already spent 19 years as a nurse when a profound experience about a broken promise convinced her she needed to go back
to school.

Paul Marck

UBC psychology student Ashley Whillans is trading movie sets for happiness research. Justin Beckett Photograph

‘Juno’ actress finding happiness in research

After studying acting in London and working in Hollywood North, something clicked in a psychology class at UBC.

Basil Waugh

Phillip Chen is proud of having launched Sauder’s first LGBT business mentorship program for youth. Martin Dee Photograph

Road to degree a personal journey

Philip Chen is proud of having launched the first LGBT business mentorship program at the Sauder School of Business.

Lorraine Chan

Scott Martyna will miss the faculty’s “Battle of the Bands,” a fierce but friendly competition over beers. Martin Dee Photographs

New dentist parks his longboard, but not for good

It’s only been a few years since Scott Martyna came to his first UBC Dentisry classes on a skateboard. Now he has been accepted into a prestigious oral surgery program at Washington Hospital Center.

Lorraine Chan

Lizzy Foulkes aims to earn a master’s degree in international public health and also see more of the world. Martin Dee Photograph

Grad sprouts vision of wholesome food

Anyone who’s a regular at Sprouts would recognize Lizzy Foulkes.

Lorraine Chan

UBC honours staff excellence

Four staff members will be recognized during graduation ceremonies for extraordinary service to UBC

Prof. Emeritus Afton Cayford will carry the mace again this year. Martin Dee Photograph


Afton Cayford, associate professor emeritus in Mathematics, is the 2011 recipient of the Slonecker Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution.

Afton Cayford

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