Reappointment of Dr. Gail Murphy as Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Sent as a UBC Broadcast email on February 7, 2022

The UBC Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Gail Murphy as Vice-President, Research & Innovation for a second term of five years, starting August 14, 2022.

Dr. Murphy is a professor in UBC’s Department of Computer Science and was formerly Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Science. As Vice-President, Research & Innovation, she has been pivotal in advancing the research and innovation agendas of the university across both campuses, and articulating and promoting the university’s research and scholarly strengths, goals, and achievements to UBC’s internal and external communities.

Dr. Murphy and her team have accomplished a great deal during her first term. Some highlights include expanded competitions for research excellence clusters at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, and support to develop a Public Humanities Hub on each campus. The team also enhanced interdisciplinary research through activities such as the installation of new local high-performance computing and digital storage resources, and by supporting the development of two additional GREx institutes: the BioProducts Institute and the Language Sciences Institute.

Innovation UBC was launched to provide UBC researchers with more support to pursue avenues for translation of research and scholarship into impact, and for communities outside UBC to engage with UBC researchers. Engagement beyond UBC is also facilitated by the Indigenous Research Support Initiative, which provides support and services for Indigenous research collaborations, including support for dialogues on Indigenous data and the development of financial guidelines respectful of Indigenous partners. In addition to these achievements, Dr. Murphy and her team have provided leadership and support to UBC’s research community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Murphy is recognized as a national leader in research and innovation. Her success and commitment to advancing research to advance society will inform her next five years at UBC. Please join me in congratulating her on her reappointment.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor