Overall research funding to UBC increased by approximately
30 per cent over the previous fiscal year, with researchers
attracting $260 million up to March 31, 2002.
Prof. David Dolphin and Prof. Anthony Sinclair were the
only two Canadians elected to the Royal Society of London,
which embraces the worlds most eminent researchers.
UBC received the number two Macleans ranking
for medical/doctoral universities in the magazines 2001
Prof. Harvey Richers team discovered a new method
to measure the age of the universe. Using NASAs
Hubble Space Telescope, they uncovered the oldest burned-out
stars in the Milky Way. These extremely dim clockwork
stars give a reading consistent with earlier estimates
(using another technique) that the universe is 13 to 14 billion
UBC and its affiliated teaching hospitals received almost
$76 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation
(CFI), placing us first in the country. Funded projects include
an Integrated Biodiversity Laboratory, a Centre for Research
on Childhood Diabetes and the International Collaboration
on Repair Discoveries Centre for spinal cord injury therapies.
The largest project is the Museum of Anthropology Interdisciplinary
Research Facility, the worlds first facility to link
scholars, First Nations communities and research museums.
Zoology Prof. Lee Gass was chosen Canadian Professor
of the Year by the Canadian Council for the Advancement
of Education (CCAE) and the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE).
The Jarislowsky Foundation made a $1.25 million gift to UBC,
to lay the foundation for the Centre for Study of Democratic
UBC opened its new downtown Vancouver campus, UBC at
Robson Square. The campus offers career-based, life-long
learning opportunities, arts and public affairs lectures,
community forums and other services.
Finning International donated a parcel of land near
downtown Vancouver valued at $33.8 million to UBC, Simon Fraser
University, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the
British Columbia Institute of Technology. The institutions
plan to make the site a hub of high-tech learning and research.
Seventeen students from UBCs Creative Writing program
were published or signed book contracts.
A six-year tuition freeze was lifted and UBC approved
the lowest percentage tuition increases in BC, dedicating
20 per cent of the increased revenue to student aid. The Board
of Governors reaffirmed its commitment that no qualified domestic
student will be denied access to UBC for financial reasons