Amber Hanson

Communications Manager

Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, Research & Innovation Office (VPRI)
Office: ADM006H
Phone: 250.807.8035


Amber’s communications career spans two decades and includes leadership expertise in large public, private and non-profit organizations.

Her specializations include strategic communications planning, audience analysis, media relations, branding and promotion, digital storytelling, government relations, crisis communications, issues management, public engagement, event programming and promotion.

Her career highlights include the implementation of a national visitor experience and external relations strategy for Parks Canada, Canada-US bilateral affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, media relations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, managing humanitarian and community outreach programs for the Canadian Red Cross, and the successful launch of a $55-million sustainable waterfront development on Vancouver Island.


• Develops strategic communication plans to increase awareness and elevate the reputation of UBCO research and innovation activities.

• Provides communication expertise and support to interdisciplinary research clusters and institutes and the UBC Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative.

• Oversees knowledge exchange events and entrepreneurship activities (interim role)

• Plays key role in partnership development and stakeholder engagement.



UBC researchers across a range of domains are addressing the many aspects of COVID-19 and its impacts. Learn how UBCO research expertise is being put to use to protect Canadians.

  1. Anti-fouling anti-fogging face shields utilizing liquid-like omniphobic coatings for COVID-19 healthcare providers (Kevin Golovin, Engineering)
  2. Back to Basics: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19 (Eric Li, Management)
  3. Building Resilient Rural Communities: Understanding the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 (Nelly Oelke, Nursing)
  4. Capturing the Anticipated/Unanticipated Consequences of COVID-19 and COVID-19 Prevention, Management Strategies (Donna Kurtz, Nursing)
  5. Care Dental: Impact of an Airborne Infection Isolation Standard HVAC System (Jonathan Little, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  6. Challenges and Technology Use among Rural Community Residents during COVID-19 Pandemic (Kathy Rush, Nursing)
  7. COACH for COVID: A student-delivered Community Outreach telehealth program for COVID education and Health care Brodie Sakakibara, Southern Medical Program)
  8. Confidential Virtual Addiction Treatment for Healthcare Workers (Lesley Lutes and Zachary Walsh, Psychology)
  9. COVID-19 Impact on Travel Demand and Transportation System (Mahmudur Fatmi, Engineering)
  10. COVID-19: Developing Korean Canadians’ Civic Engagement Strategies in the COVID-19 Era (Kyong Yoon, Cultural Studies)
  11. COVID-19: Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Ontarians with Disabilities (Kathleen Martin Ginis, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  12. Design, characterization and manufacture of sustainable filtration masks from medical-grade lignin and cellulose to combat COVID-19 (Abbas Milani and Frank Ko, Engineering)
  13. Development of a fluorescent-based serological testing for COVID-19 (Ian Foulds, Engineering)
  14. Development of Airborne COVID-19 Isolation and Elimination Device (Sunny Li, Engineering)
  15. Development of low-cost, compact fibre optic O2 and CO2 gas sensors for COVID-19 applications of portable metabolic analyzers (Kenneth Chau, Engineering)
  16. Early Detection of COVID-19 through Artificial Intelligence (Philip Ainslie, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  17. ELECTRA platform: Electrochemical-based Aptasensor for early detection of COVID-19 (Mina Hoorfar, Engineering)
  18. Going Digital during COVID-19 and beyond: Expanding the Reach of an Effective Diabetes Prevention Program through a National YMCA Platform to Enhance Accessibility (Mary Jung, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  19. Kootenay Boundary Virtual Health Use (Kathy Rush, Nursing)
  20. KT Methods Cluster-Consensus Methods Phase 2B: Project 2 (Nelly Oelke, Nursing; Heather Gainforth, Health and Exercise Sciences; Katrina Plamondon, Nursing)
  21. Magnetic levitation system for culture-independent virus isolation from biological and environmental samples (Sepideh Pakpour, Engineering)
  22. PCR lab-on-chip system for rapid and sensitive identification of SARS-CoV-2 infected case (Sepideh Pakpour and and Mina Hoorfar, Engineering)
  23. MCN Post-Doc Research; Better Serving People with Multiple, Complex Needs in BC through Health System Impact (Rachelle Hole, Social Work)
  24. Mobile Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System for Ventilators (COVID-19) (Jian Liu, Engineering)
  25. Nav-CARE: Max Bell: Volunteer navigation partnerships: A compassionate community approach to care (Barbara Pesut)
  26. Optimal Use of Utility Infrastructure for Residential Communities: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 (Shahria Alam, Engineering)
  27. Parent Discharge Experiences – COVID-19 Related Protocol Changes: Discharge Experiences of Parents of Children Living with a Complex Medical Condition (Lise Olsen, Nursing)
  28. Response to COVID-19 in the Homelessness Sector and Impact on Service Providers and Users (John Graham, Social Work)
  29. Self-Disinfecting TiO2 Coating to Enable Antibacterial, Antiviral and Reusable Facemasks (COVID-19) (Jian Liu, Engineering)
  30. Smart and Low-Cost Face-Shields Capable of Protection, Prevention and Detection for Essential Workers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic (Mohammad Zarifi, Engineering)
  31. Social & Economic Impact (SE-Impact) on Tenure Track Faculty: a Canadian Perspective on COVID-19 (Jennifer Davis, Management)
  32. Strategies to Relieve Suffering at End-of-Life (STRS-EOL) (Barbara Pesut, Nursing)
  33. The Outreach Project: COVID-19 Adaptation (Paul van Donkelaar, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  34. Venous Thrombosis Virtual Surveillance in COVID (VVIRTUOSO) (Donna Kurtz, Nursing)
  35. Volunteer navigation partnerships: A compassionate community approach to care (Barbara Pesut, Nursing)

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UBC researchers show resilience during global pandemic



While the past several months have been undeniably challenging, UBC researchers are doing their best to adapt to new ways of doing things, mitigating disruptions to their work, and leveraging opportunities to expand their research programs and support student trainees.

“COVID-19 has disrupted everything we do but the campus research community has displayed remarkable resilience”, according to associate vice-principal, research, Paul van Donkelaar, who has been central to ensuring UBCO researchers have the swift and safe access to the campus resources and remote support they need to manage their research programs during the pandemic.

We recently asked Paul for an update on the research resumption plan and his outlook for the 2020/21 academic year.

“The campus research community has displayed remarkable resilience.”

Q: Despite the pandemic, research is ongoing, it just looks a little different. Can you give us a snapshot of what’s happening on and off campus from a research perspective?

PVD: In mid-March, we curtailed on-campus research activity and reduced lab-based activities to essential COVID-19 related research, time-sensitive data collection, and critical maintenance activities. We approved over 30 research exemption applications, which permitted upwards of 50 researchers and trainees to be on campus during the initial COVID-19 planning phase.

In June, the Resumption Planning & Coordination Committee (RPCC) began approving faculty and administrative unit parent plans and associated safe work plans to help researchers, support staff and essential service units get back to work (a list of approved parent plans can be found here).

Today, it’s estimated that about 20 percent of our research, scholarly, and creative activity is taking place on campus with the remainder occurring from home, in the field, or at community partner sites. That means approximately 200 faculty members and student trainees are back in their labs and research spaces on campus, operating with safety as their top priority.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies was among the first to get its scholars back on campus, alongside the School of Engineering. Access to specialized equipment, studio spaces and in-progress projects were undoubtedly a key driver.

Other faculties and departments, like the Faculty of Management and some of the Humanities disciplines, have been quick to adapt and continue to do much of their scholarly work remotely. Access to library archives, services and support, including virtual consultations with subject librarians, contactless curbside pick-up, and a live chat portal, has made a huge difference to these researchers.

Q: How have we adapted since the pandemic started to ensure research continuity?

PVD:  No question, it was easier to stop than start. Getting researchers back on campus required complex planning and coordination but I actually think we were well-positioned to get the restart plans approved efficiently once we had our process in place. A key to this was having Campus Operations and Risk Management involved from the very beginning, which allowed us to implement an integrated, one-step approval process.

Another one of our top priorities was to ensure student trainees nearing graduation were not adversely affected by the research curtailment. We had to rethink, in an extreme way, how we do things and make the necessary changes and accommodations to keep UBCO’s research enterprise functioning as smoothly as possible. For example, supervisory committees have been incredibly accommodating in terms of allowing graduate trainees to move forward with online thesis defences. Externally, grant-funding agencies have also adapted by moving to online review panels and providing supplemental funding to support research trainees and staff.

Q: What does the next phase of expanded on-campus research activity and scholarship look like?

PVD:  The end of summer and early fall has seen an increasing number of researchers on campus for a wide variety of projects. One challenge during this time has been how best to safely restart face-to-face human participant research.

For example, the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences are currently working towards implementing safety protocols that would enable this work to resume in the present COVID context, but it remains to be seen what the response rates will be. Recruitment for research studies will inevitably be influenced by public confidence in the systems we put in place.

Following this, I suspect it will be status quo until a vaccine is in place and provincial health authorities have lifted the physical distancing requirements currently in place.

Q: How has your own work been impacted by the pandemic and what advice would you offer new faculty joining the UBCO research community?

PVD:  I would say one of the biggest challenges has been onboarding new team members. We recently filled our Research Development Officer position for the health portfolio, which has been vacant for some time, and had to conduct the entire process virtually.

I also have new trainees joining my lab whom I have not had the opportunity to meet face-to-face yet. There’s no replacement for getting to know someone in-person but we can’t give up on finding opportunities for connection.

We hosted our annual Research Orientation Day online this year, for the first time ever, and the response from new faculty seeking opportunities for connection was overwhelming. My advice to new faculty would be to reach out to us in the VPRI office. We’re here to support you and can help you get to know your way around.

So, even though the pandemic has significantly impacted every aspect of life, the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of UBCO’s campus has helped us navigate new territory and persevere during these unprecedented times.

Professor Abbas Milani from the School of Engineering was recently named as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.

Seven UBC faculty were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada and two, including Prof. Milani, were named as new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The 2020 Fellows and incoming class of Members will be welcomed into the RSC at a celebration in November 2020.

New Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Abbas S. Milani

Professor, School of Engineering; Director, Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute

Abbas S. Milani is a leading expert in modeling, simulation, and multicriteria optimization of advanced composite/biocomposite materials and their manufacturing processes. His interdisciplinary work links theoretical concepts to real-world applications, thereby enabling innovations for industry across Canada in manufacturing high-quality and cost-effective products. He is a Killam Laureate and the founding Director of the Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute at UBC. He has authored over 300 publications, including five books.

Citation courtesy of the Royal Society of Canada.

READ THE RSC RELEASE  See all UBC recipients

New research funding will help equip public, private and not-for-profit organizations to respond to challenges posed by pandemic

Two UBCO researchers are leading projects awarded through the SSHRC 2020-2021 Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of over $4 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants, to support 172 projects and almost 600 researchers working with businesses and community partners from across Canada. These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

In response to the early phases of the pandemic crisis, the latest Partnership Engage Grants competition included a special call to address COVID-19-related research. Over $3 million of the investment announced will directly support 139 projects addressing this call.

Seven projects led by UBC researchers are receiving $174k through Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative Grants.




Applicant: Kyong Yoon (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies)
Partner: Okanagan Korean Culture & Knowledge
$24,870 (1 year)

Applicant: Mary Jung (School of Health and Exercise Sciences)
Partner: YMCA of Greater Vancouver
$25,000 (1 year)


MSFHR recently named 20 exceptional BC-based health researchers as 2020 Scholar award recipients in areas ranging from health equity to early dysphagia detection and osteoarthritis prevention. Among them were four UBCO faculty members.

The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to support early career researchers as they establish independent research careers, form their own research teams and develop research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions.

UBCO awardS:

Primary Investigator: Thuy Dang

Plant based anticancer drugs – from discovery to final products

Plants are endowed with biological catalysts (enzymes) that make natural drugs used to treat various human illnesses. Among these, the Chinese happy tree (Camptotheca acuminata) produces the anticancer drug camptothecin.

Although camptothecin is readily convertible to the more potent drugs topotecan (Hycamtin) and irinotecan (Camptosar), this requires chemical synthesis steps which rely on toxic chemicals and petroleum-based resources.

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Primary Investigator: Jennifer Davis

Adding Quality Years to Later Life via Innovative Health Economics Research Methods

My career goal is to improve the health and quality of life of older Canadians through applying innovative health economic methods to lifestyle interventions among older adults at risk of falls as well as cognitive and functional decline.

I propose a multi-disciplinary research program that advances health economic methods for clinical research studies. Theme 1 of my research program will advance health economic evaluation methodology by answering the question: “Can artificial intelligence combat current methods limitations of economic evaluation?”

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Primary Investigator: Isaac Li

Molecular Tools for Monitoring and Controlling the Mechanobiology of Diseases

Cells in our body are constantly engaged in physical interactions. They stick together, squeeze through each other, and each possesses a primitive sense of touch. These physical interactions are crucial in processes that control how we grew from a single cell into a complex organism and how they function. In diseases from cancer to neurodegeneration to chronic inflammation, these mechanical regulatory mechanisms are interrupted or impaired, causing cells to lose control and wreak havoc in our body.

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Primary Investigator: Katrina Plamondon

Advancing Health Equity Action

The trajectories of people’s lives are often shaped by things that fall outside of their control, having more to do with unearned disadvantages than with their own behaviours or biology.

Despite solid evidence and practical policy solutions, systematic differences in health and health outcomes persist both within and between countries. Evidence shows the distribution of power, resources, and wealth along social gradients are causes of these inequities.

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The Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced a $96-million investment in research infrastructure across Canada through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). CFI’s investment supports 377 new research infrastructure projects at 55 institutions Canada-wide. The investment includes more than $22M under their Infrastructure Operating Fund.

This includes $10.61M for 41 state-of-the-art UBC labs and equipment, including $1.4M awarded to six UBCO researchers.


(August 18, 2020)

An additional $1.3M in matching funds from the BC Knowledge Discovery Fund (BCKDF) have been received.


Establishment of the Mucin Glycobiology Laboratory at UBC
Kirk Bergstrom, Biology
$154,000 CFI  ($154,000 matching BCKDF funds received)

Center for Transportation and Land Use Research (CeTLUR)
Mahmudur Fatmi, Civil Engineering
$106,729 ($106,729 matching BCKDF funds received)

Infrastructure to Advance Extracellular Vesicle Biology & Technology
Mina Hoorfar, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
$800,000 ($800,000 matching BCKDF funds received)

(Re)Media Interdisciplinary Research Infrastructure and Program
Emily Murphy, Digital Humanities
$122,165 (matching BCKDF funds – still pending)

The Stroke Management and eHealth Innovation Laboratory
Brodie Sakakibara, Chronic Disease and Prevention
$85,534 ($85,534 matching BCKDF funds received)

Solution-processed Thin Film Semiconductors for Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Applications
Alexander Uhl, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
$160,000 ($160,000 matching BCKDF funds received)


UBCO Announces Five New Principal’s Research Chairholders

UBC Okanagan is pleased to announce the first five appointments under its Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) Program.

The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program provides internal funding support for top-tier researchers engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

Supported by the UBC Okanagan Excellence Fund, the goals of the PRC program are to:

  • Enable recruitment of outstanding new faculty
  • Retain top researchers
  • Promote research intensification
  • Generate international recognition of research achievements

Last November, Deans submitted applications for PRC allocations. Submissions were reviewed jointly by the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation and the following appointments were approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

2020 Principal’s Research Chairholders

Tier Chair Title Recipient Faculty Effective
Tier 1 Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering Assoc. Prof. Ian Foulds School of Engineering April 2020
Tier 1 Palliative and End-of-Life Care Prof. Barbara Pesut Faculty of Health and Social Development April 2020
Tier 2 Blockchain-Empowered Digital Technology Asst. Prof. Chen Feng School of Engineering April 2020
Tier 2 Digital Arts and Humanities Assoc. Prof. Karis Shearer Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies April 2020
Tier 2 Manufacturing Engineering Asst. Prof. Ahmad Al-Dabbagh School of Engineering Sept 2020


The requirements of the PRC program are aligned with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) program criteria and recipients of the award are appointed to a renewable five-year term.

Update on Canada Research Chair (CRC) Allocations

On June 14, 2019, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada for research excellence.

UBC currently holds 205 Canada Research Chairs. UBCO was recently allocated four new Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions, bringing the UBCO CRC cohort to nine.

As with the Principal’s Research Chairholders, CRCs will demonstrate excellence in research and scholarship, be beneficiaries of Federal Tri-Agency (NSERCCIHR, SSHRC) and other external research funding support, and make substantive contributions to research leadership and the development of graduate and postdoctoral training programs within their respective disciplines.

These new allocations and appointments are evidence of the importance and quality of research on our campus. We anticipate that research findings and creative scholarly activities of all of our outstanding researchers will translate into tangible benefits to our region and global society.


Should you have questions regarding the Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) or Canada Research Chairs (CRC) programs, please contact Christine Humphries.


Best regards,

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

Philip Barker
Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan

UBC researchers are leading 49 projects were awarded $6.6M through the SSHRC Insight Grants program. A total of $91M was invested nationally by SSHRC through this competition.

Eight UBCO researchers were awarded $1,013,970.

The Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues about individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.



Jonathan Corbett (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
Mapping for Change: A Critical Examination of the Social Justice Impact of Participatory Mapping

Gregory Garrard (Creative and Critical Studies)
Kelownafornia: Cultures of Nature in the Okanagan Valley

John Graham (Social Work)
Organisational Changes to Address Homelessness: Lessons Learned from 3 Mid-sized Canadian Cities

Mohsen Javdani (Economics, Philosophy and Political Science)
Examining views among economists and economics students

Eric Li (Management)
Strategic Corporate Philanthropy: A Cross-Cultural Study

Ilya Parkins (Community, Culture and Global Studies)
Re-Dressing Weddings: The Politics of Feminist Wedding Culture and Apparel

James Rochlin (Economics, Philosophy and Political Science)
Colombian Security and the Venezuelan Crisis: Migrants, Armed Groups and Transnational Border Security

Jessica Stites Mor (History and Sociology)
Photographing Revolution: Images of Cuban Solidarity in Transnational Contexts


The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $492 million in funding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), through its Discovery research program.

This funding will support researchers across the country as they pursue research in a wide variety of natural sciences and engineering disciplines, including biology, mathematics and statistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, chemistry, and chemical engineering. It also includes support for early-career researchers who will bring new perspectives and insights to their fields, enabling them to become the research leaders of tomorrow.

UBC researchers were awarded a total of $37.1m for 183 projects through the Discovery Grants, Research Tools and Instruments Grants and Subatomic Particle Physics Grants programs. A supplementary $3m was awarded through Discovery Accelerator and Discovery Launch grants and the Northern Research and Ship Time supplementary programs. The awards are as follows:


22 UBCO researchers received $4,380,900 in Discovery grants and 3 received an additional $327,785 in research tools and equipment grants.



Shahria Alam (Engineering)
Novel and Emerging Technologies for Sustainable and Seismically Resilient Infrastructure

Jeffrey Andrews (Data Science, Statistics)
Topics in unsupervised statistical learning

Mohammad Arjmand (Engineering)
Advanced 3D Printed Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites toward Electromagnetic Interference Shielding
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Kirk Bergstrom (Biology)
The Role of Mucin-type O-glycosylation in Fitness and Transmission of Intestinal Symbiotic Bacteria In Vivo
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Michael Deyholos (Biology)
Pectin-modifying enzymes in plant development and interactions with fungi

Wilson Eberle (Engineering)
Next Generation Smart-Grid Enabled Electric Vehicle Chargers

Rebecca Feldman (Medical Physics, Mathematics Physics, Statistics)
Image acquisition and analysis tools for magnetic resonance imaging near brain injury
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Glen Foster (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Human respiratory and neurocirculatory plasticity induced by intermittent hypoxia

Ian Foulds (Engineering)
Microfluidic Sample Handling for the Spectroscopic Integration (SPIN) Program

Kasun Hewage (Engineering)
Life cycle thinking based low-impact construction strategies for Canadian micro-communities
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Alex Hill (Astrophysics)
The Dynamic Interstellar Medium
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Andrew Jirasek (Medical Physics)
Development of optical spectroscopic and 3D dosimetric systems in radiation therapy

Andis Klegeris (Biology)
Regulation of astrocyte phagocytosis and other physiological functions by molecules endogenous to the central nervous system

Loïc Markley (Engineering)
Electromagnetic periodic structures and metamaterials for imaging and wireless technology

Alison McManus (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Vascular responsiveness and oxygen transport during exercise in children and adolescents

Christopher McNeil (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Neural and muscular aspects of fatigue and long-term acclimatization to high altitude.
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Frederic Menard (Chemistry)
Design of molecular tools to study protein dynamics in living cells

Sepideh Pakpour (Engineering)
Sustainable, resilient and healthy built environments: An integrated approach
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Jason Pither (Biology)
Imprints and implications of historical contingencies in biodiversity patterns

Rob Shave (Health and Exercise Sciences)
Mammalian cardiac structure and function: The influence of evolutionary selection and prevailing hemodynamics

Dwayne Tannant (Engineering)
Identifying geohazards in glaciated valleys and building rural community resilience via bare-earth point cloud analysis and eco-sensitive mitigation

Christopher West (Cellular and Physiological Sciences)
The cardiac-sympathetic contribution to blood pressure regulation
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement



Sharia Alam (Engineering)
Uni-Directional Shaking Table (UDST) system controller for the Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS)

Mohammad Arjmand (Engineering)
Advanced Polymer Melt Mixer for Development of Multifunctional Polymer Composites

Mina Hoorfar (Engineering)
Environmental Test Chamber Urgently Required to Develop and Calibrate Microfluidic and Thin-film Sensing and Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies


Full list of UBC recipients

SSHRC has announced that $75M in total funding has been awarded across Canada through the 2019-20 competitions for the Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

UBC researchers are leading three projects supported by Partnership Grants, with a combined award of $6.1M. Six projects led by UBC researchers are receiving $1.2M through Partnership Development Grants. Additionally, ten Postdoctoral Fellowships are being administered by UBC for a total of $0.9M.


UBCO-led partnership grants:

Co-Curricular-Making: Honouring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture, and
the Relational Self

Applicant: Margaret Macintyre Latta (Okanagan School of Education)
UBC Co-applicants: Jan Hare (Language & Literacy Education), Karen Ragoonaden (Okanagan School of Education), Sabre Cherkowski (Okanagan School of Education)
$1,076,813 (5 years)

Partners: IndigenEYEZ, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna Museums Society, Okanagan Nation Alliance, School District 23 – Central Okanagan , University of Alberta, University of Ottawa


Towards Barrier-Free Communities: A Partnership for Improving Mobility, Access, and Participation (MAP) Among People with Disabilities

Applicant: William (Ben) Mortenson (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy)
UBC Co-applicant: Kathleen Martin Ginis (School of Health and Exercise Sciences),
$2,500,000 (7 years)

Partners: Accès transports viables, Adaptavie Inc., Alzheimer Society of BC, Association des TCC des Deux Rives, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, Burnaby Community Services, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale, City of Burnaby, City of New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, Disability Foundation, Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, Québec City Tourism, Regroupement des organismes des personnes handicapées de la région 03, Réseau de transport de la capitale, Richmond Centre for Disability, Rick Hansen Foundation, Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre, Simon Fraser University, Spinal Cord Injury BC, Synapse Neuroréadaptation, The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Université Laval, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Full list of UBC recipients