Convocation May 2009

Canadian Immigration Updates

Applicants to Master’s and Doctoral degrees are not affected by the recently announced cap on study permits. Review more details

Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership and Policy)

  • Dr. Wendy Christine Johnson: "Dr. Johnson conducted a case study of a group of students who organized a campaign to prevent their high school from being reconfigured into a middle school. Students became involved because they valued their school and relationships with teachers and peers. The study demonstrates that for students to understand democratic citizenship they must practice it."
  • Dr. Nancy Jean Twynam: "Dr. Twynam's developed and refined a decision-making framework for use by student judicial-affairs personnel in colleges and universities. Dr Twynam's framework provides a much-needed tool for making consistent and fair decisions in increasingly complex moral and legal institutional contexts."

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Dr. Katarzyna Marczak: "Dr. Marczak wrote her doctoral thesis on Harlekin, a unique and extremely challenging stage composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen written for a "dancing clarinetist". The document aims to help a performer answer some technical questions regarding physical aspects of the work's performance, and to provide suggestions for interpretation."

Doctor of Philosophy (Animal Science)

  • Dr. Cedar Marget Chittenden: "Dr Chittenden examined climate-induced changes in the migratory behaviour of coho salmon using acoustic telemetry. In finding differences between wild and hatchery fish and evidence of low freshwater survival rates in an endangered coho stock, she demonstrated how new technologies can be used to improve fisheries management and conservation."
  • Dr. Lisa Ann Skinner: "Dr. Skinner examined the impacts of DNA vaccination on the health and welfare of farmed salmon. DNA vaccination caused no negative impacts on growth, but increased metabolic rate when used in combination with conventional vaccines. These effects may be the result of the simultaneous activation of multiple immune system components."

Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology)

  • Dr. David Schaepe: "Dr. Schaepe studied pre-colonial Stó:lô-Coast Salish community organization. Combining archaeology and ethnography, he examined differences among housepit settlements showing changes in community organization over the last two millennia. His research suggests the indigenous development of a complex political-economic network on a regional scale."
  • Dr. William Angelbeck: "Dr. Angelbeck examined the archaeology and oral history of Coast Salish warfare. He found that, during the last sixteen hundred years, conflict intensified after periods of heightened social inequality. His research suggested that warfare among the Coast Salish served to resist concentrations of wealth and power among networks of powerful chiefs."

Doctor of Philosophy (Astronomy)

  • Dr. Tyron Tsui: "Dr Tsui studied high-energy cosmic rays penetrating deep underground at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. This work yielded powerful independent evidence that neutrinos have mass, thus shedding light on the fundamental interactions of these elementary particles."

Doctor of Philosophy (Atmospheric Science)

  • Dr. Alex Jason Cannon: "Dr. Cannon developed new statistical methods for the prediction and analysis of multivariate climate data sets. The resulting models offer improved seasonal forecasts of El Nińo-Southern Oscillation events and better insight into the regional impacts of climate change simulated by global climate models."

Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

  • Dr. Ming Zhong: "Dr. Zhong studied a key protein named ABCA4 in the eye. His study provided novel insights into the structure and function of ABCA4 and molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative diseases of the retina which are significant causes for blindness in Canadian. His finding will be used to develop treatments for retinal degeneration."
  • Dr. Nicole Renee Quenneville: "Dr. Quenneville studied the specialized machinery and pathways that transport proteins within the cell. Her research provided insight into how proteins are selectively recycled, and contributed to an understanding of the underlying molecular defects that cause motor neuron disease."

Doctor of Philosophy (Bioinformatics)

  • Dr. Benjamin McGee Good: "Dr Good developed new techniques for the acquisition and analysis of computational representations of biological knowledge. He investigated systems that allow thousands of independent researchers to contribute to scientific knowledge bases. This research helps to define new modes of scientific collaboration that operate on the scale of the Web."

Doctor of Philosophy (Botany)

  • Dr. Heather Jean Esson: "Dr. Esson described the development of cytoskeleton-associated surface patterns in single-celled algae and showed how changes in highly coordinated developmental processes may have influenced their evolution and biodiversity. This research contributes to our understanding of how complex cellular structures evolve."
  • Dr. Minako Kaneda: "Dr. Kaneda studied how trees produce wood in order to understand mechanisms of cell- wall precursor flows at the sub-cellular level. Her work made a significant contribution to our understanding of how trees export lignin, one of the most abundant biopolymers on earth."
  • Dr. Eryang Li: "Dr. Li identified new plant-gene regulatory mechanisms that control cell-wall formation. Plant fiber and wood cell-walls provide the worldąs most abundant source of biomass for forestry and bioenergy. Results from this study can be used to generate or select plants with improved bioenergy and wood properties."
  • Dr. Miki Fujita: "Dr. Fujita's research has established a new understanding of how plant cells establish and maintain their direction of growth. Combining microscopical and biochemical strategies, she showed that polymer scaffolds known as microtubules modulate the crystalline property of cellulose, which is the principal load bearing component of plant cell walls."
  • Dr. Hardeep Singh Rai: "Dr. Rai investigated phylogenetic relationships of the major living vascular plant groups. He used DNA sequence data collected from the chloroplast genomes of a broad sampling of plant species. His work has provided insight into past events that have given rise to the diversity of plants we see today."

Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration)

  • Dr. Brent John McFerran: "Dr. McFerran examined how the body type and food choices of others impact our food consumption. He showed that when subjects observe thin consumers selecting a large quantity of food, they are likely to consume more than if the other is obese. When subjects observe thin consumers select small portions, they are likely to consume less than if the other is obese."
  • Dr. Chi Lok Yuen: "Dr. Yuen investigated several public policies which aim at dealing with some externalities issues associated with air travel. He developed analytical models for examining airport congestion problems and aviation greenhouse gas emission. The results derived from the models may shed some light on related policy formation."
  • Dr. Charles Clyde Gaa: "Dr. Gaa examined the role of the financial press in explaining market reactions to corporate news events. He found that positive stories regarding small, relatively low-profile firms are most likely to be ignored by reporters, and that this asymmetry in coverage affects how stock prices respond to new information."
  • Dr. Qiang Li: "Dr Li developed theories to explain why minority language speakers may have lower wages and also how the average price of housing in a community may depend on the ethnic composition of residents. He tested these theories using Canadian data and found that language and ethnic identity have effects on labour and housing market outcomes."
  • Dr. Julian James Douglass: "Dr. Douglass studied estimation of optimal investment allocations. He compared the investment benefit of value investing to that of investing in portfolios estimated using return-forecasting variables. He also showed that economically motivated prior beliefs can improve portfolio estimates relative to statistical analysis with uninformed priors."

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical and Biological Engineering)

  • Dr. Andres Mahecha-Botero: "Dr. Mahecha-Botero created a novel sophisticated computational model to represent chemical reactors for various chemical processes with special emphasis on clean-energy production. Simultaneously, he developed an experimental program with a pilot prototype reactor for the efficient generation of ultra-pure hydrogen."
  • Dr. Praveen Linga: "Dr Linga used a new approach to capture CO2 from a flue gas mixture emitted from conventional power plants. This process, using gas hydrate crystallization, was successfully demonstrated in a newly built state of the art large scale apparatus. His work is relevant to CO2 capture and storage, a promising approach for mitigating global warming."
  • Dr. Ana Stefanova: "Dr. Stefanova designed a novel transparent probe to study heat transfer in a gas-solid particle system. She showed the effect of a key change in flow structure on heat transfer in laboratory and industrial scale units and developed a probabilistic heat transfer model. Her findings are important for the design of gas-solid reactors."
  • Dr. Tsz Hang Tommy Cheng: "Dr. Cheng developed a colloidal electrodeposition method to prepare platinum-ruthenium and palladium nanostructures onto 3D substrates. He examined the benefits of employing 3D electrodes compared to conventional designs in direct liquid fuel cells. This research highlights the importance of electrode design and assists in reducing fuel cell costs."
  • Dr. Siamak Elyasi: "Dr Elyasi developed a comprehensive method for the simulation and performance evaluation of UV photoreactors used in water treatment. His work can directly be applied to enhance the performance of industrial UV reactors and reduce the production cost, making this technology more affordable around the world."

Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry)

  • Dr. Matthew Bruce Nodwell: "Dr Nodwell found a way to make a new type of anticancer molecule that was originally isolated from a sponge from the oceans off of Papua New Guinea. This complex molecule, called "ceratamine A" shows great potential as an anticancer therapeutic and is currently being evaluated for its suitability as a drug. The new chemical structure of this molecule provides a possible different route to cancer therapy, expanding the currently known list of anicancer drugs."
  • Dr. Ali Asadi: "Dr. Asadi developed the synthesis of a number of DNA-inspired heterocycles, and characterized a series of novel supramolecular assemblies derived from self-organization of these molecules. Among the structures obtained, a unique tetrameric cyclic array was described. This work bears important implications and has high potential for applications in the preparation of organic nanotubes, and in the sequence specific recognition in RNA and DNA."
  • Dr. Meryn Louisa Bowen: "Dr. Bowen worked on the chemical synthesis of sugar-based compounds with radioactive atoms attached. Some of these compounds were investigated as potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease. A second set of compounds were investigated for use in tumour imaging, with the aim of making new agents for diagnosing diseases like cancer."

Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering)

  • Dr. Seid-Mahmood Seid-Karbasi: "Dr. Seid-Karbasi studied the mechanisms involved in earthquake-induced large deformations and failures of structures such as dams, bridges and pipelines founded on sandy strata. He developed a practical approach to predict these failures. His work assists us in understanding the seismic response of sandy slopes, and provides a design tool for mitigation measures."
  • Dr. Afshin Esfandiari: "Dr. Esfandiari developed a method to more effectively evaluate the shear strength of concrete bridge girders that is already being used by the engineering profession. In addition, his research established a new method to predict the flexure-shear interaction of squat concrete shear walls that has led to a change in the Canadian building code."
  • Dr. A.K.M. Shafiqul Islam: "Dr. Islam investigated the practical application of a two-dimensional mathematical model for gravel budget preparation for the Lower Fraser River, B.C. His work demonstrates how a model can be applied as a useful tool for future morphological change detection after gravel removal from the river as a flood control measure."
  • Dr. Edmund William Tedford: "Combining laboratory, field and numerical investigations, Dr Tedford advanced our understanding of mixing in the aquatic environment in several ways. He discovered the presence of Holmboe instabilities in the Fraser Estuary and demonstrated the likely widespread importance of these instabilities in nature."
  • Dr. Armin Bebamzadeh: "Dr. Bebamzadeh developed new computer software with novel sensitivity capabilities. He applied his software for reliability, optimization, validation and verification analysis in composites manufacturing. His work fosters increased use of sensitivities in engineering analysis and provides new tools for the aerospace and automobile industries."

Doctor of Philosophy (Comparative Literature)

  • Dr. Paul Patrick Papin: "Dr. Papin sought the grounds of the character judgment that, along with aesthetic judgment, defines artistic mediocrity in modern literature. He found fictionalized mediocre artists held to an unrealizable ideal of justice in their art, and concluded that ascribing their failure to bad character masks an irreducible injustice in the art of genius."

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)

  • Dr. Roman Holenstein: "Monte Carlo methods have become the standard tool to solve many problems in statistics and scientific computing. Dr. Holenstein developed a novel Monte Carlo methodology for efficient sampling from high-dimensional distributions. The methods are demonstrated on problems in statistics, biology, chemistry, and finance."
  • Dr. Jonathan Backer: "Dr. Backer laid the theoretical foundation for algorithms that steer car-like robots in order to avoid obstacles. His work improves prior results in that it is more general, is more efficient, and provides explicit performance guarantees."
  • Dr. Mario Enriquez: "Dr. Enriquez investigated the problem of effective tactile communication. He developed methods to aid in the creation of meaningful tactile signals. These methods provide a novel means for designing human computer interfaces and may help to improve user experience and reduce sensory overload in modern user interfaces."
  • Dr. Sohrab Prakash Shah: "Dr. Shah developed accurate and efficient statistical models to detect genetic alterations in cancer. This work provided an important set of bioinformatics tools to cancer researchers in order to identify and characterize chromosomal alterations in various types of cancer, and a statistical framework upon which to develop more accurate methods."
  • Dr. Mirela Andronescu: "Dr. Andronescu has developed the best available thermodynamic models of RNA structure formation. To do this, she has leveraged rigorous optimization techniques to make new inferences from large RNA databases. Her models are being adopted by RNA structure prediction web servers world-wide, and are of great value to molecular biologists."

Doctor of Philosophy (Counselling Psychology)

  • Dr. Karen Jean Grant: "Dr. Grant examined the experience of interpreters involved in mental health counselling. Canada's demographics indicate an increasing need for interpreters in health care, yet research on interpreter use in these settings is rare. Her research offers important considerations regarding training and practice standards for mental health interpreters."
  • Dr. Natalie Jo Anne Moore: "Dr Moore examined parents' understanding of children's social and emotional development. She found that despite reportedly sound understanding, parents supported children's social development more effectively than their emotional development. This research suggests the importance of assisting parents to effectively foster children's development."

Doctor of Philosophy (Craniofacial Science)

  • Dr. Saloumeh Pourmalek: "Dr. Pourmalek studied the role of versican protein in the wound healing matrix. She examined its influence on fibroblast cells, and its degradation by matrix-degrading enzymes. Her work led to the creation of a model to study wound healing in vitro, and overall, has contributed to our understanding of this process."
  • Dr. Juliana J. Kim: "Dr. Kim examined the ways signals are transmitted in the neutrophil cells of the immune system from patients with periodontal disease. She showed that novel mediators called resolvins promote the resolution of inflammation. Her research findings show that resolvins can serve as a potential therapeutic agent to treat not only periodontal disease, but also other inflammatory diseases."

Doctor of Philosophy (Curriculum Studies)

  • Dr. Diana Jayne Nicholson: "Dr. Nicholson employed interactive inquiry activities to explore with youth the ways in which they experience dominant conceptions of what knowledge is and where knowledge comes from in their daily lives. Her research illustrates potential effects that implicitly-held conceptions of knowledge can have on education and research practices."
  • Dr. Cecilia Pearl Elaine Gregor: "Using post-structural feminist and Jungian psychoanalytic theories, Dr. Gregor demonstrates how women's experiences might be understood through close readings of night dreams and reading literary text as dream. This study contributes to imaginative learning and critical feminist understanding of the hidden trauma in women's lives."
  • Dr. Farideh Farzamian: "Dr. Farzamian studied sociocultural and psychological factors that were part of immigrant executive?s cross-cultural adjustment experiences.This research assists us in understanding their challenges, identifies their coping strategies, and has important implications for counselling theory and practice."
  • Dr. Wendy Sue Nielsen: "Dr. Nielsen studied the interface between what an individual understands about him or herself as a learner and a group context for learning in science classrooms. This research considered how individual metacognitive knowledge, skills and behaviors become consequential during group learning activity."
  • Dr. Joanna Szabo: "Dr. Szabo explored the complexities between identities, contexts and reflective processes and how it is that inquiry into these spaces are lived. Through an interdisciplinary view of nursing education she focused on the form and structure of social texts and their potential to manifest a wholly other organic approach to curriculum and instruction."
  • Dr. Deborah Carol Vanston: "Dr. Vanston investigated tattooing practices of adolescent girls. She found that mothers and musicians were influential with girls' desire to get tattooed and with tattoo image and placement. Girls believed that tattoos reflected and communicated their experiences, interests, and relationships."

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics)

  • Dr. Haifang Huang: "Dr Huang's research asks whether a more responsive monetary policy can explain the fall in the volatility of US housing investments. He presents evidence that part of the change comes from a reduced capacity of supply in the housing market. The findings caution against attributing the stability to improvements of the policy or of the financing system."
  • Dr. Christopher Paul Barrington-Leigh: "Dr Barrington-Leigh used geographic statistical analysis of survey data to measure the degree to which the well-being benefit we get from consumption and wealth lies in status comparisons with the wealth of our neighbours. His work helps to challenge the widespread assumption that pursuing economic growth will tend to make society happier."

Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Studies)

  • Dr. Cynthia Louise Hanson: "Dr. Hanson explored the ways activists understood and applied critical reflection in their work as facilitators of participatory workshops on women's rights and gender equality. She also addressed how activists experienced paradoxes and possibilities in their development work. The study was framed by transnational feminist pedagogies."
  • Dr. Lisa Christine Moy: "Dr. Moy investigated the ways bullying is framed through curriculum, policy and media. She found that a singular focus on bullying works against the goals of social change. Her research explores how community and school-based educators can address identity and inequality as a route to counteracting violence in schools."
  • Dr. Allen Jay Lehman: "Dr Lehman examined spousal social support for persons living with rheumatoid arthritis. His work showed that a lack of shared understanding of disease impact is linked to poorer quality social support between partners. Findings have implications for the development of couple-based interventions to promote social support and improved health."
  • Dr. Shinichi Komori: "Dr Komori developed an educational theory that would enable us to transform into ways of life that are not only ecologically/culturally sustainable, but also fulfilling and creative. He found that choosing simpler living could be a practical step toward such a sustainable life and society well in harmony with others."
  • Dr. Kaela Jubas: "Dr. Jubas explored shopping as a site of adult learning about the politics of globalization, consumption and citizenship. She conceptualized learning as incidental and holistic, and employed multiple methodologies and methods. Her analysis illuminates how people come to know and respond to complex phenomena through their everyday experiences."

Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Dr. Yonghong Zhang: "Dr. Zhang has designed and evaluated new simple high performance resource allocation algorithms for cognitive radio systems. These are intelligent wireless communication systems that allow unlicensed sharing of the radio spectrum. Her algorithms provide substantial energy savings or improved quality of service for ad hoc or infrastructure networks."
  • Dr. Laxminarayana Sastry Pillutla: "Dr. Pillutla looked at ways to improve the performance of wireless networks. He used novel techniques to improve energy efficiency and channel usage of general wireless networks."
  • Dr. Samad Sheikhaei: "Dr Sheikhaei studied the circuit techniques for speed and power improvement of analog-to-digital converters, a ubiquitous block in communication systems. Using current mode logic and pipelining as well as reformulating the conventional encoding function, he achieved more than 2 times improvement in power as compared to the state-of-the-art designs."
  • Dr. Florian Vogt: "Dr Vogt created a software framework for modeling the human upper airway to enable models of speaking, breathing and swallowing. He created an interactive 3-D finite-element tongue model to study dynamics for speech tasks."
  • Dr. Michael Christopher Wrinch: "Dr. Wrinch developed an inexpensive protective sensor for alternative energy power sources to prevent electrical shock and fire. This sensor works with installations of small to medium sized three phase electricity generators. The sensor is called an anti-islanding detector."
  • Dr. Kim Lam: "Dr. Lam developed an algorithm for microwave imaging. Microwave imaging is a field in which electromagnetic waves are used to probe the interior of objects. It is similar to CT scans, MRI scans and ultrasound."
  • Dr. Hani Eskandari: "Dr. Eskandari developed new algorithms for imaging the viscoelastic properties of soft tissue. He subsequently tested these methods on tissue-like materials, while they can be applied in the form of a novel imaging modality for diagnostic purposes such as tumor detection or computer assisted surgery."
  • Dr. Shahrzad Jalali Mazlouman: "Dr. Jalali Mazlouman has innovated a new architecture for analog to digital converters that is fabricated on a chip using deep submicron technology. This converter can operate at Gigahertz speeds and can be used to enhance the performance of measurement instruments such as real-time oscilloscopes, and wireless communication circuits such as ultra-wideband systems."
  • Dr. Peng Zhang: "Dr. Zhang applied Shifted Frequency Analysis theory to accelerate the solution of electromagnetic transient algorithms for the simulation of power system dynamics. His dissertation work is the first practical step towards building a unified power system dynamic analysis tool based on these algorithms."

Doctor of Philosophy (English)

  • Dr. Karen Anne Selesky: "Dr Selesky examined how charity becomes a powerful tool for religious women writers to initiate reform in social and cultural values, shaping new identities for women. This study provides new insight into the condition of women and thereby into the construction of society and social reform in the nineteenth century."
  • Dr. Elizabeth-Ann Elizabeth Maurer: "Dr. Maurer examined how conventional ways of using language evolve in computer-mediated communication. Studying internet etiquette, online activism, and the role of local contexts, she refined rhetorical and linguistic theories and also called into question social science theories of how the internet impacts identity and social relations."

Doctor of Philosophy (Experimental Medicine)

  • Dr. Kewei Ma: "Dr Ma studied immune system B cells, and the mechanisms by which signals from their environment are transmitted via secondary messengers within the cells to activate them. The information gained has improved our understanding of the biochemistry of B cell regulation and has implications for the understanding and treatment of B cell malignancies."
  • Dr. Sima Allahverdian: "Dr. Allahverdian studied the role of epidermal growth factor receptor and Interleukin-13 in airway epithelial repair. She found that carbohydrate modification of the EGFR plays an important role in epithelial repair. Her findings have important implications for identifying novel therapies for conditions resulting from impaired epithelial repair."
  • Dr. Christopher David Fjell: "Dr. Fjell analyzed short proteins that have antibiotic activity. He developed computer models to identify naturally occurring peptides in the genomes of animals. He also created computer models for potent synthetic peptides against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These peptides may lead to new drugs for use in the clinic."
  • Dr. Ivan Andre Waissbluth: "Dr. Waissbluth studied the role of specific proteins in cancer development. More specifically, he discovered that certain proteins may function in promoting both cell survival and cell duplication, which if uncontrolled may lead to cancer. These studies have revealed novel therapeutic targets which may lead to future cancer therapies."

Doctor of Philosophy (Forestry)

  • Dr. Jason Andrew Holliday: "Dr Holliday identified a suite of genetic markers that are associated with variation in the timing of dormancy and cold hardiness acquisition in Sitka spruce. This resource will be applied to tree breeding and conservation genetics related to adaptation to local climatic conditions, which will become increasingly important under climate change."
  • Dr. Yueh-Hsin Lo: "Dr. Lo examined whether temporal patterns in tree-ring chronologies of three species along an elevational gradient were consistent, and how ring-width variations reflected estimates of past variations in temperature and precipitation. Results from this study will be used - to simulate climate-change effects on tree growth."
  • Dr. Xiaobin Song: "Dr. Song conducted experimental and numerical studies on the critical buckling load and lateral bracing requirements of metal plate connected wood truss assemblies. The test database and the output of the developed computer program bridge the knowledge gap and contribute to the improvement of design methods."
  • Dr. Olaf Sebastian Schwab: "Dr. Schwab developed an agent-based forest sector model for evaluating strategic responses to natural disturbances. Modeling the forest industry as a group of interacting agents makes it possible to study the effects of proposed policy changes on ecosystem recovery and the economic viability of individual companies and communities."
  • Dr. Minghao Li: "Dr Li used computer modeling, experimental studies and reliability-based approaches to study the behavior of post-and-beam timber buildings during earthquakes. An efficient framework was developed to assess the seismic performance of these structural systems, leading to performance-based seismic design methods."

Doctor of Philosophy (Genetics)

  • Dr. Erin Edith Gill: "Dr. Gill studied genome evolution in a group of fungal parasites. Her research has helped to elucidate the effects that a parasitic lifestyle can have on genome composition and gene expression."
  • Dr. Robert James Taylor: "Dr. Taylor developed new computational and experimental approaches for studying cellular signaling. This work included the design of algorithms to manage complex data and a microfluidic platform for studying single-cells. This research has broad applicability, giving scientists new tools to uncover how aberrant cellular regulation leads to disease"
  • Dr. Kristen Dawn McKnight: "Dr. McKnight studied formation of the gut in the mouse embryo. This work contributes to our understanding of the signals involved in determining where gut-derived organs, such as the liver and pancreas, will form. The results of this study will aid efforts in the field of regenerative medicine to develop new therapies for diseases such as diabetes."
  • Dr. Jason Stephen Maydan: "Dr. Maydan developed technology to improve our ability to detect mutations, an approach already adopted by the research community. Using this technology, he discovered numerous novel mutations and was the first to describe the extent of natural gene content variation in the important model organism C. elegans."
  • Dr. David Geoffrey Kent: "Dr. Kent's research focused on the regulation of adult blood stem cells. His thesis shows that these cells have different abilities to self-renew and that the ability to self-renew can be lost well before a cell division. He identified 3 new candidate genes previously unknown to play a role in stem cell biology."

Doctor of Philosophy (Geography)

  • Dr. Christopher Harker: "Dr. Harker examined how different family practices, mobilities and home spaces create place in the village of Birzeit, Palestine. By focusing on the vibrant, dynamic and diverse nature of this place, his research promotes a range of affirmative connections between Palestine and a variety of other spaces and people."
  • Dr. Baoling Wang: "Dr. Wang examined how Canadian firms operate in China in the resource, manufacturing and service sectors. She found that Canadian firms experience many challenges due to factors unique to either Canada or China. The research indicates the importance of a home country - host country framework in analyzing foreign direct investment."
  • Dr. Andre Eric Zimmermann: "Dr. Zimmermann studied the structure of steep mountain streams and what forces mobilize the step-pool sequences that are commonly observed. He showed that the likelihood of the steps moving depends both on the stress exerted by the flowing water and the number of boulders spanning the channel."
  • Dr. Emma Spenner Norman: "Dr. Norman investigated the rescaling of transboundary water governance along the Canada - U.S. border. This research helps to move environmental governance discussions beyond a nation-state framework, illuminates the role of local actors in international resources issues, and shows how the politics of power help define and redefine the landscape."

Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Sciences)

  • Dr. Alan J. Wainwright: "Dr Wainwright examined the geology of an important copper district in Mongolia. The results suggest that the copper deposits formed in a dynamic volcanic arc, linked to magmas that were emplaced in the Late Devonian. The research contributes to our understanding of Central Asian metallogeny and tectonics."
  • Dr. Dianne Edith Mitchinson: "Dr. Mitchinson combined knowledge of relationships between geology and physical properties, with geophysics to generate 3D models for an Ontario gold deposit. Her work enhances knowledge of the geologic architecture of the hosting Archean rocks, and provides a basis for future 3D modeling-based exploration for gold deposits in similar settings."

Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics)

  • Dr. Nicholas Cory Williams: "Dr. Williams developed advanced modelling techniques for efficiently integrating geological and geophysical information to obtain 3D images of the earth?s subsurface. His novel interpretation methods predict the location and character of prospective geological structures, rocks and minerals, aiding the discovery of buried mineral deposits."
  • Dr. Changjun Zhang: "Dr. Zhang studied signal absorption phenomena in seismic data that are collected for oil and gas exploration. He developed new methods to estimate absorption properties based on the frequency variation with time of seismic signals. He then used these properties to compensate for the amplitude attenuation and phase distortion of the signals caused by absorption and thus to obtain more accurate images of the earth structure in seismic data processing."
  • Dr. Jean-Philippe Mercier: "Dr Mercier provided important insight into the importance of subduction processes in the formation and stabilization of the continental lithosphere in the early stage of the formation of the Earth. He has also developed a seismic velocity model of western Canada and a technique for extracting important structural information from earthquake records."

Doctor of Philosophy (Hispanic Studies)

  • Dr. Mi Soo Park: "Dr. Park examined the populist political program led by a group of leftist intellectuals in Argentina during the 60s. She studied the relevance of poetic discourse in a political project for its fanciful and irrational practices. Her research indicates that the political vision informed by the group's novelistic discourse undermined the explicit political program."

Doctor of Philosophy (Human Development, Learning and Culture)

  • Dr. Danielle M Law: "Dr. Law's dissertation used a mixed-method approach to explore Cyberbullying, a form of Internet Aggression. Using a Socio-Ecological model, she assessed the interplay among individual, peer, parental, and school factors on Internet aggression. This work contributes to the area of child and adolescent development and responsible Internet use."
  • Dr. Rubab Gozde Arim: "Dr. Arim used the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth to examine the relationship between parenting and adolescent developmental wellbeing. This work contributes to the area of measurement of parenting and adolescent problem behaviours, as well as to our understanding of the reciprocal relationship between these constructs."
  • Dr. Martin Alex Guhn: "Dr. Guhn studied children's development, with a focus on gender differences, comparisons of English-, Cantonese-, and Punjabi-speaking children, and the effects of poverty on development. He proposes a theory that helps to better understand diverse patterns of child development, and that aims to inform educational research and practice."

Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Studies)

  • Dr. Brian Edward Evoy: "Dr Evoy studied the technical and ethical dimensions of health service funding decision-making processes. This interdisciplinary research provides practical insights for health administration and opportunities for greater public understanding of how local health service funding decisions are made on their behalf."
  • Dr. Anthony Joseph Brunetti: "Dr. Brunetti examined B.C. Lower Mainland fruit and vegetable supply chain relationships among its producers and Vancouverýs food service industry for barriers and opportunities to improve food security. He discovered significant interest and need for capacity building among industry stakeholders constituting significant community economic development potential, food system integrity, sustainability and security."
  • Dr. Helge Seetzen: "Dr. Seetzen's dissertation described a new technology using optics and advanced algorithms to deliver realistic high brightness, high dynamic range images. This technology will change the way we see digital images, and is emerging as the major product platform in the TV industry."
  • Dr. Patricia Janzen Loewen: "Dr. Janzen Loewen asked why academic history-writing rarely includes any guidance as to what wisdom one might learn from that history. She examined the history of biography from the bible and the Classical Greek and Roman historians to the present, and she concludes that a concern to edify the reader has been, can be and should be part of critical historical work."
  • Dr. Andrea Holly Kennedy: "Dr. Kennedy conducted research with First Nations to examine what is required for fair and successful land management in B.C., particularly in the absence of treaties. She developed key principles for negotiations that would lead to power redress with non-Aboriginal governments and include First Nations' distinct values and governance methods."
  • Dr. Aliette Karina Sheinin: "Dr. Sheinin negotiated science and story together, to explore sustainability in Eagle Creek, West Vancouver. She incorporated new practices into her daily living that better sustain watershed supplies, recreation, and salmon spawning in the creek. This research illuminates teaching from non-human nature, interdisciplinary questions, and an alternative research ethics."

Doctor of Philosophy (Language and Literacy Education)

  • Dr. Peter James Arthur: "Dr Arthur investigated the impact of online scholarly reading tools on university student assignments. He found that students perceived the tools as beneficial, while no evidence was found that the tools improve student's ability to comprehend, critique, and use what they read. This research will inform the ongoing design of such tools to increase their likelihood of enhancing the online scholarly reading environment."
  • Dr. Kedrick Platon A James: "Dr. James studied how the automation of correspondence systems influences sustainability in information environments. Examining the mass production, dissemination, and control of unsolicited electronic mail, his research illuminates the complexities of excess information in order to critically understand online discourse, public expression and knowledge acquisition in the digital age."
  • Dr. Jean Kim: "Dr. Kim examined the language socialization experiences of Korean Canadian immigrant university students. The study revealed important challenges and needs of these students, often related to their variable competence in Korean and English, and it also highlighted the students' potentials as bilingual and bicultural individuals."

Doctor of Philosophy (Linguistics)

  • Dr. Jason Camy Brown: "Dr. Brown investigated the sound system of the endangered Gitxsan language of northern BC. He determined that there are many gradient pressures regulating the structure of words. This identification of new sound patterns serves as a contribution to phonological theory, and to our understanding of the Gitxsan language."
  • Dr. Marion Gerda Caldecott: "Dr. Caldecott used novel elicitation methods to improve our understanding of the mapping between prosodic domains and the acoustic signal. This research focusing on Lillooet Salish contributes to the documentation of an endangered First Nations language and provides converging evidence for previously untested aspects of the Prosodic Hierarchy."

Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Engineering)

  • Dr. Krishnendu Mukherjee: "Dr. Mukherjee systematically simulated potential hot-rolling routes for producing advanced fine grained multi-phase steels. The mechanisms of the grain refinement were studied through phase field modelling. These advanced steels have higher strength and can significantly reduce the weight of the car."
  • Dr. Babak Raeisinia: "Dr Raeisinia formulated a computer model capable of simulating deformation of metals. Using the model, the interplay between the microstructure of metals and their mechanical behaviour was examined. The results were used to construct microstructure-property maps for microstructure selection and design purposes."
  • Dr. Libin Tong: "Dr Tong examined how sulfur dispersing-agents are effective in solving the sulfur-wetting problem in the pressure-leaching of nickel concentrate. This research is helpful in developing new production processes of nickel from its sulfide ore."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics)

  • Dr. Omer Dushek: "Dr. Dushek used mathematical modeling to understand the processes underlying the recognition of antigens by T cells. This research advances our basic knowledege of how immune cells recognize foreign material, like viruses."
  • Dr. Izak Grguric: "Dr. Grguric studied smooth geometric objects in high-dimensional spaces. In his dissertation, he showed that some of these shapes can be taken apart into pieces with discrete symmetry and into pieces with circle symmetry. This geometric idea helped him to analyze the structure of purely mathematical objects called equivariant bordism groups."
  • Dr. Hui Huang: "Dr Huang investigated inverse problems arising from 2D image and 3D surface reconstruction. She has not only derived several highly efficient algorithms for deblurring and denoising images and for smoothing and regularizing surface meshes, but also justified and demonstrated the effectiveness of these algorithms on a variety of examples."

Doctor of Philosophy (Measurement and Evaluation)

  • Dr. David Nordstokke: "Dr. Nordstokke demonstrated through the use of simulation that current tests for equal variances lack robustness of Type-I errors in many situations and introduces a new rank-based version of Levene's test for equal variances that is robust to severely-skewed population distributions."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Dr. Tingwen Li: "Dr. Li did extensive numerical modeling of secondary feed injection into different gas-solid systems encountered in industrial processes, to achieve a better understanding of gas/spray jet interaction with fluidized beds. His research provides a good tool for optimization of fluidized bed processes."
  • Dr. Bulent Guzel: "Dr. Guzel's research characterised the mechanisms governing the flow of industrial fluids, such as hair gel or drilling mud, and the factors determining whether they flow in a smooth laminar way or as a turbulent mixture."
  • Dr. Sayra Magnolia Christancho Solano: "Dr. Cristancho developed a methodology for quantitatively assessing both motor and cognitive aspects of surgical tasks in a live operating room setting. Her work will lead to more objective assessments of surgical trainees' progress and gives us new insight into links between surgical technique and outcome."
  • Dr. Christopher Michalak: "Dr. Michalak explored ways to improve numerical simulations in aerodynamics. He developed techniques to improve the physical fidelity and computational efficiency of simulations of flow around aircraft. This work is an important step towards more accurate prediction of aircraft aerodynamics and more cost-effective aircraft design."

Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Genetics)

  • Dr. Karen Kar-Yan Lam: "Dr. Lam identified an enzyme that controls the quality and transport of proteins made by cells. She found this enzyme attaches the fatty acid palmitate to a model protein to regulate its folding at the endoplasmic reticulum - the cell's protein factory. Her discovery contributes to our understanding of diseases that arise from protein misfolding."

Doctor of Philosophy (Microbiology and Immunology)

  • Dr. Jacqueline Cheuk-Yan Lai: "Dr. Lai's research focused on the function of a protein, CD45, which is found exclusively on blood cells, including stem cells. Her work unveiled a new role for this protein in the early development of white blood cells."
  • Dr. Stacey Anne Lisa Tom-Yew: "Dr. Tom-Yew characterized two new classes of iron-binding proteins from human pathogens that cause food-borne illness and whooping cough. A growth-essential iron-uptake role was shown and X-ray diffraction methods were used to elucidate the unique iron-binding mechanisms of these proteins, which have important implications for iron transport."
  • Dr. Carly Huitema: "Dr Huitema investigated related proteases necessary for replication of the hepatitis A and SARS viruses. She characterized some of the most potent inhibitors of these proteases identified to date and described mechanisms of inhibition. She also developed a method to screen specificity for further inhibitor development and protease characterization."
  • Dr. Xiaoxi Chen: "Dr. Chen studied the role of RasGRP1, a T cell receptor-signaling factor, in T cell development and function. This research highlights the crucial role for the RasGRP1 signaling pathway in various important aspects of the immune system, and suggests a potential strategy of targeting RasGRP1 for therapeutics against autoimmune diseases."
  • Dr. Yanet Valdez: "Dr. Valdez has studied the role of a host-resistant gene in the response to Salmonella infection. She showed that this gene plays a key role in boosting the speed and efficacy of immune response to Salmonella, and this determines whether the host will survive or succumb to the infection."

Doctor of Philosophy (Mining Engineering)

  • Dr. Simon David Handelsman: "Dr. Handelsman, a mining engineer with global mining experience, researched significant socio-economic risks to mining companies held responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses. He determined how industry could engage positively with stakeholders, recommending policies, principles, best practices, monitoring, verification & reporting."

Doctor of Philosophy (Music)

  • Dr. Mustafa Bor: "Dr. Bor developed a set of algorithms to reduce pitch and duration contours in post-tonal music. He demonstrated the analytical applicability of the algorithms on a variety of 20th century compositions. His work leads to a better understanding of music that lacks a tonal center."

Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience)

  • Dr. Wei Xiong: "Dr. Xiong explored the molecular mechanisms underlying experience-dependent brain plasticity. His study provides insightful understanding about how experience in early life shapes the neuronal network. Furthermore, his work leads to the development of a potential treatment for amblyopia (lazy eye)."
  • Dr. Martin Alexander Williamson: "Dr Williamson identified the circuitry mediating sex steroid effects on the brain's reaction to stress. His research provides a framework for understanding the bases for individual differences in stress resilience and predisposition to disease."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)

  • Dr. Gang Wang: "Dr. Wang analyzed the molecular changes associated with terminal prostate cancer and identified pathways and genes involved in advanced disease. His work has potential clinical implications that may aid development of new therapeutics."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

  • Dr. Anand Kamalakar Deo: "Dr. Deo studied the conversion of bile acids to their water-soluble metabolites in the liver. He identified various enzymatic pathways involved in these conversions in rodents and humans. These comparative studies help us understand an important mechanism by which potentially toxic bile acids can be eliminated from the human body."
  • Dr. Lillian S. L. Ting: "Dr. Ting investigated contribution of UGT and ABCC2 genetics to mycophenolic acid pharmacokinetics and clinical outcomes in thoracic transplant recipients. She showed that UGT2B7 is a promising gene that influences mycophenolic acid pharmacokinetics, and may be incorporated in developing a dosing algorithm for mycophenolic acid in the future."
  • Dr. Subrata Deb: "Dr. Deb has studied a new drug metabolizing enzyme known as cytochrome P4502S1 in rats and has provided insight into the factors that control the expression of CYP2S1 and CYP1B1 enzymes. The findings of his PhD work demonstrate that CYP2S1 is present in rat lungs and stomach and its levels are controlled by environmental toxicants and that pituitary hormones control the expression of CYP1B1 in rat and mouse testis."
  • Dr. Rui Zhang: "Dr. Zhang investigated how an important lysolipid regulates vascular tone. She found that this lysolipid possesses biphasic effects on the contractile and relaxant responses of small arteries, resulting in enhanced vascular resistance. These findings may lead to strategies to treat the vascular malfunction caused by lipid accumulation."
  • Dr. Trinh Xuan Tran: "Dr Tran designed and conducted studies to examine how blood pressure is increased in a rodent model of the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors. She showed that numerous factors are involved in the development of high blood pressure. This research may provide clues for potential therapies in the treatment of hypertension."

Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)

  • Dr. Farzad Moien Afshari: "Diabetic patients die from heart attack or stroke due to dysfunction of blood vessels. Dr. Farzad found that exercise in diabetic mice, equivalent to fast walking or jogging in human, completely reverses the vascular dysfunction by increasing the natural body antioxidants. The study also showed that exercise does not have to decrease body weight, blood sugar or lipids to prevent vascular dysfunction in diabetes."

Doctor of Philosophy (Physics)

  • Dr. Joss Ives: "Dr. Ives's work is the culmination of a 40 year search for an extremely rare and important decay of a sub-atomic particle, the charged K-meson, into a Pi-meson and a neutrino-anti-neutrino pair. Three new instances of this decay were observed, bringing the total to seven, and confirmed detailed theoretical predictions while suggesting the possibility of new effects."
  • Dr. Shannon Kolind: "Dr Kolind implemented and developed a method of measuring the content of myelin, the material which insulates nerve fibers, on an MRI scanner. This was used to study myelin in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis. His technique was shown to complement other imaging techniques, and provided insight into changes to myelin in multiple sclerosis."
  • Dr. Ante Mestrovic: "Dr Mestrovic developed methods for increasing the accuracy of radiation therapy treatments by continuously imaging the patient during treatment. As a result, undesired patient motion can be detected and treatment can be appropriately adjusted in real-time. This research improves the overall effectiveness and success of radiation therapy treatments."
  • Dr. Bryan Gregory Fulsom: "Dr. Fulsom studied decays of a recently discovered subatomic particle called the X(3872). This research provides insight into the internal structure of this new particle, and deepens our understanding of the fundamental force in nature that binds quarks together to form matter."
  • Dr. Ju-Chieh Kevin Cheng: "Dr. Cheng developed an image reconstruction protocol which improves the quantification accuracy and accelerates the image formation task for dynamic brain imaging in high resolution positron emission tomography (PET). PET is a functional imaging modality used clinically and in research to investigate various diseases and treatment efficacy."

Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Science)

  • Dr. Diane Roselyn Edwards: "Dr Edwards examined a plant-based approach for the management of carbon dioxide in commercial greenhouse tomato production. She discovered plant and crop level responses were useful to improve grower decision-making for dosing supplemental carbon dioxide. Implementation of this research will increase the sustainability of these farms."

Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)

  • Dr. Peter Allyn Ferguson: "Dr. Ferguson examined why newly established democratic governments fail. He found that economic crises, gridlocked politics, excessive civilian control of militaries, ambivalent international actors and lost public faith in democracy contributed to the failures. His research illuminates the steps necessary to preserve at-risk democratic governments."
  • Dr. Royce Abraham James Koop: "Dr Koop explored linkages between the local organizations of Canada's national and provincial Liberal parties. Whereas other accounts emphasize the separation of these parties, Dr Koop found and accounted for significant overlap between them. These findings illuminate the nuanced ways that political parties adapt to federal institutions."
  • Dr. Amanda J. Bittner: "Through a quantitative analysis of surveys conducted during 35 elections in seven countries, Dr. Bittne examines the nature, origins (including partisan stereotypes), and impact of voters' perceptions of party leaders. This is the most comprehensive study ever on the topic"

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

  • Dr. Rajiv Sunil Jhangiani: "Dr. Jhangiani investigated the short-term psychological reactions of television newscasters, political leaders, and lay persons to three major terrorist attacks. This research revealed several situational and personality factors that jointly determine the severity and trajectory of individuals' psychological reactions in the wake of terrorism."
  • Dr. Robert John Wilson Clift: "Dr. Clift studied the Abusive Personality in women who use dating violence. The Abusive Personality is a consistent way of perceiving and thinking about events, and acting in intimate relationships, which was originally identified in intimately violent men. Dr. Clift showed that these traits are equally related to women's perpetration of intimate abuse."
  • Dr. Katherine Aya Yoshida: "Dr. Yoshida examined how 10-month-old infants learn to perceive the speech sounds of their native language. Her studies revealed that paying attention to the language sounds is an important part of infants' perceptual learning, counter to the automaticity previously assumed."
  • Dr. Marguerite Agnes Ternes: "Dr Ternes examined verbal credibility assessment in incarcerated offenders' accounts of perpetrated violence. Her research showed that verbal credibility assessment is possible with this population. These results will assist those who work with violent offenders to improve risk assessment and other evaluations."
  • Dr. Teresa Diane Sirkia: "Dr. Sirkia examined whether childhood abuse experiences, sub-clinical psychopathy, and emotional intelligence could predict relationship conflict in a community-based sample. She found that the best predictor is sub-clinical psychopathy, followed by childhood abuse experiences. Her research may have implications for community interventions."
  • Dr. Craig Nathanson: "Dr Nathanson's research explored revenge. Although neurotics only fantasize, psychopaths - characterized by remorseless criminality - always get revenge. Their persistence may be explained by the immediate relief felt by the avenger. Long-term psychological well-being comes instead from deriving personal meaning from what happened."

Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Sciences)

  • Dr. Dana Rachel Anaby: "Dr. Anaby has developed and tested a model for explaining well-being by looking at the way working adults balance their everyday activities. Her finding suggest that what is important to well-being is not how people balance their activities but rather the quality of the activities they are engaged in."
  • Dr. Jocelyn Ellen Harris: "Dr. Harris studied the loss of arm movement experienced by the majority of those people who suffered a stroke with particular respect to resulting decrease of independence in community living. She designed a new treatment method for the affected arm and tested it in four hospitals across BC. Results showed the new treatment improved arm use in daily activities more than usual care."

Doctor of Philosophy (Resource Management and Environmental Studies)

  • Dr. Robyn Elizabeth Forrest: "Dr. Forrest developed models to estimate sustainable fishing rates for endangered Australian dogsharks. She also used ecosystem models to evaluate trade-offs associated with alternative management options: to protect sharks and achieve economic objectives. Her work provides new tools for managing data-limited sharks and helps clarify understanding of ecosystem-based fisheries management."
  • Dr. Jane Evelyn Lister: "Dr. Lister's dissertation evaluated government response to forest certification. Through 120 interviews across Canada, the United States and Sweden, the results showed how public-private co-regulation has improved sustainable forest management."
  • Dr. Negar Elmieh: "Dr. Elmieh examined how to best manage risks from emergent diseases such as West Nile virus. She found significant misconceptions about the disease, who it impacts, and how best to reduce the risk of infection. Targeted information campaigns would deliver more effective health outcomes while avoiding controversial and risky interventions."
  • Dr. Tihut Yirgu Asfaw: "Dr. Asfaw examined the process of environmental change in one of Ethiopia's biodiversity-rich, "sacred," and coffee-dependent regions from a political ecology perspective. She argues that the forest was not necessarily remnant as assumed, and that climactic, demographic and governance changes have been particularly detrimental to women."

Doctor of Philosophy (School Psychology)

  • Dr. Suet Ling Chong: "Dr. Chong discovered that English-as-a-second Language learners were very similar to monolingual English speakers in their growth, and predictors of growth, of reading comprehension. These findings suggest that English-as-a-second Language learners may share a common model of reading with their monolingual counterparts."
  • Dr. Erika Mireille Forster: "Dr. Forster initiated a line of inquiry into the effectiveness of a repeated reading intervention to improve oral reading fluency for braille reading students in the primary grades. Her results provide tentative support for the continued investigation of this intervention."
  • Dr. Jill Merita Etmanskie: "Dr. Etmanskie examined the cognitive and academic profiles of children experiencing late-emerging reading disabilities. A series of longitudinal analyses indicated that very few children encountered persistent late-emerging reading problems and that children appeared to recover from what has been traditionally known as the "fourth grade slump.""

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

  • Dr. Brandy Michelle Wiebe: "Dr. Wiebe interviewed young women to explore how they negotiated their everyday heterosexual experiences. She found a number of important social psychological processes at work in the women?s understandings of themselves as sexual beings. This research provides critical insight into young women?s sexual health decision making processes."

Doctor of Philosophy (Special Education)

  • Dr. Kwang-Han Song: "Dr Song explained with an integrated model of human abilities why and how gifted students and gifted students with learning disabilities are different from each other in terms of ability and feeling. The characteristics of different groups of gifted students were explained better by the model than by the major models that informed it."
  • Dr. Lauren Binnendyk: "Dr. Binnendyk investigated the effectiveness of a behavioural feeding intervention that aimed to improve child eating and parent-child interaction during mealtime for families of children with developmental disabilities and feeding problems. Her study is the first in the feeding literature to document a transformation of parent-child relationships in family meals."

Doctor of Philosophy (Statistics)

  • Dr. Chi Wai Yu: "Dr. Yu developed a new statistical criterion for making good decisions based on a different way to evaluate the cost of bad decisions. His method provides improved performance over other methods for data analysis in some parameter estimation and model selection contexts"
  • Dr. Justin Andrew Harrington: "Dr Harrington extended the scope of problems in Statistics where the clustering algorithm Linear Grouping Analysis can be applied. In the first instance, the linearity condition was relaxed by transforming data into an appropriate infinitely dimensional domain. He subsequently adapted an existing paradigm of data compression to be applicable to clustering and other robust methods."

Doctor of Philosophy (Women's and Gender Studies)

  • Dr. Maria Lourdes de Guzman Carrillo: "Dr. Carrillo explored transnational feminism of Filipino women engaged in community-based activism for social change in the Philippines, Netherlands, Vancouver. Interviews showed assertive response to globalization. The study links feminism, socialism and nationalism in new ways, combining class-race-gender analysis with the application of grassroots feminist theory."

Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology)

  • Dr. Timothy Todd Jones: "Dr Jones took a unique approach to the conservation biology of critically endangered leatherback turtles by rearing leatherbacks from 45g hatchlings to 45kg juveniles at UBC. The data attained on age-at-maturity and resource requirements aid in our understanding of the impacts of human activities in the decline of leatherback populations."
  • Dr. Joshua Korman: "Dr. Korman showed that fluctuations in river flow caused by hydroelectric dams can reduce the growth and survival rates of early life stages of rainbow trout, and can alter their patterns of habitat use. His work provides important information for managing fish populations in large regulated rivers."