Recipient of Killam Connection 2019-2020 announced

The Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is proud to announce that the winner of the 2019-2020 Killam Connection competition is the “Healthy Aging: From Cells to Societies”course proposed by Dr. Eli Puterman (CRC in Physical Activity and Health) from the School of Kinesiology. 

With 24 applications from various faculties and schools to this year’s Killam Connection, G+PS heartily congratulate Dr. Puterman and his collaborators on proposing the winning course. The graduate course “Killam Connection: Healthy Aging”will launch in January 2020, and double listed in the School of Kinesiology and through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. The course will be open to all interested graduate students. 

"Killam Connection: Healthy Aging from Cells to Societies" will tackle the complexities of healthy aging across the lifespan and support the training of future scientists in developing practical skills in translating scientific knowledge to successfully engage the public. In this graduate course and seminar series, healthy aging will be explored through these lenses – through an examination of the ground-breaking research on cellular, social, cultural, behavioural, structural, and environmental factors that intersect to predict how long and well we live, both physically and mentally. This course also seeks to address the current public discourse on healthy aging and the myths about healthy aging that persist in the public sphere. This 13-week course will include UBC, national and international speakers from across the biological, social and behavioural sciences.

Some of the speakers expected to participate in the course are Rachel Yehuda, PhD, from Mount Sinai’s Hospital in New York; Catrin Tudor-Locke, PhD, from University of Massachusets; Tim Caulfield, LLM, from University of Alberta, journalist Mary Beth Pfeiffer; Stanford University’s Lloyd Minor, MD, among others. 

Every year, the Killam Connection program provides up to $25,000 to enable UBC faculty to host an innovative and interdisciplinary research forum and graduate course focused around a theme of general interest and public importance, and including a series of invited scholars. The purpose of this grant is to provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with leading scholars on matters of importance, and for students to gain experience developing and possibly implementing scholarly projects oriented to a public impact.

You can find more information on the Killam Connection program here.

You can find more information on “Killam Connection: Healthy Aging” course here.

Thursday, 15 August 2019