UBC congratulates 2020/21 University Killam Professors

January 14, 2021

We are pleased to announce the appointment of six new University Killam Professors. The highest honour UBC can confer on a faculty member, a University Killam Professorship recognizes exceptional teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields, and who have received international recognition for their talents and achievements.

The new University Killam Professors are:

Janice Eng, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Professor Eng is a world leader in stroke recovery research, from basic neurobiology to novel clinical interventions and treatment programs, and has implemented these programs globally. Professor Eng is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Neurological Rehabilitation, has been recognized for excellence in mentoring early career faculty, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Tina Loo, Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Professor Loo is a leading scholar of Canadian and environmental history. Her work has focused on the nature and impacts of the state’s actions to manage human and non-human environments in the interests of development, and she is the author of three award-winning and influential monographs. Professor Loo is also recognized for her outstanding and innovative teaching techniques and commitment to mentoring, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Bonny Norton, Department of Language & Literacy Education, Faculty of Education

Professor Norton’s seminal research on identity, language learning, and social change is internationally renowned. To promote multilingual literacy for children and youth worldwide, she leads the Global Storybooks project, which harnesses the scalability of digital technology to provide free online reading materials in over 50 languages across five continents. Professor Norton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was selected BC 2020 Academic of the Year.

Dolph Schluter, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science

Professor Schluter is one of the world’s leading authorities on ecology and the divergence of new species. His seminal research spans a broad range of topics including speciation, natural selection, adaptation to new environments, species diversity and phylogeny. Research and teaching methods developed by Professor Schluter have now become adopted as standard tools in the field. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada, and an International Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Rashid Sumaila, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Faculty of Science, and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts

Professor Sumaila’s research focuses on the well-being and sustainability of coastal communities and ecosystems. He is a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics and specializes in bio-economics, marine ecosystem evaluation, and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Professor Sumaila is a Volvo Environment Prize winner and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dominique Weis, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science

Professor Weis is a renowned leader in the application of trace elements and radiogenic isotopes analysis. Her analytical insight has enabled new discoveries into Earth systems such as mantle plumes and hotspot volcanoes. Through the analysis of a wide range of materials such as honey, salmon, or belongings, her expertise allows the opening of new lines of research into health/epidemiology, local pollution/food security, and archeology/Indigenous-led studies. Professor Weis is a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in the Geochemistry of the Earth’s mantle, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Geochemical Society and the American Geophysical Union.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding members of the UBC community as we recognize their extraordinary research and teaching accomplishments.

To learn more about the Killam legacy at UBC, please visit: https://academic.ubc.ca/awards-funding/award-opportunities/killam-awards-fellowships.

Public lecture series

In conjunction with receiving the University Killam Professorship, this year's appointees took part in a presentation shared their unique glimpse into the future of their research and why the questions they’re asking are important for us all. Please visit alumniUBC's Trek magazine to view the webcast of the May 2, 2022, event.

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