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Dr. Gordon McBean selected for an American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award 2015

The Ambassador Award is given annually to one or up to five honorees in recognition for “outstanding contributions to the following area(s): societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool.”

Established in 2013, the Ambassador Award will honor members whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards. The award furthers AGU’s strategic goals to promote collaboration and innovation, inform society about Earth and space science, and build the global talent pool.  The award includes AGU Conferred Fellow. [LINK]

Congratulations Dr. Gordon McBean

Dr. Gordon McBean has been awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction for 2015.  The Award will be presented at a Celebration on October 27, 2015.  A leader in climate science, Dr. Gordon McBean has led global efforts to raise awareness about climate change impacts and played a key role in the development of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in 2007, with his IPCC colleagues and Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now President of the International Council for Science.   [LINK]        Congratulations Gordon!

The First Annual Imran Jaffer Memorial Soccer Tournament

The first Annual Imran Jaffer Memorial Soccer Tournament was held at Bayview Glen High School in Toronto on June 6.  Sixteen teams particiapted and a good time was enjoyed by all, as seen on the video link.  Imran Jaffer was a student in Geography's Urban Development Program.  The Imran Jaffer Foundation was formed to improve the quality of lives of youth by providing educational opportunities through scholarships to those who merit them as well as those in need, thereby contributing towards enrichment in the lives of youth - the leaders of tomorrow.  Funds generated by the Foundation will support a number of initiatives, including student awards and infrastructure/equipment needs within Western Geography.  All these undertakings will make a difference and have a lasting impact - much like the life of Imran Jaffer.  Chair of the Geography Department, Dr. Dan Shrubsole (on left), attended the tournament.  Thanks to all those who organized and supported the event, and who participated on a team.

Professor Chantelle Richmond-2015 recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers Julian Szeicz Award

This award recognizes her       career potential by a Canadian   geographer at an early career stage, and her outstanding research achievements in the area of the geographies of          Indigenous Health, with a focus on applied Community Based Research and knowledge translation. Since becoming an independent researcher, her major research milestones include a prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award (2010-2015), and more recently, Dr. Richmond was the recipient of the highly competitive Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2014-2019). Her achievement of these two major awards is congruent with her success rate on research grants. Since 2007, she has secured over $4.3M from Canadian Tri-Council Granting Agencies, Government Departments, and Non-profit organizations to collaborate with various First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations. We congratulate Chantelle on being the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers Julian Szeicz Award, and wish her continuing success in the future [Read More].




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