UBC Faculty Named 2016 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Six UBC professors have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.

Read the RSC media release here: https://rsc-src.ca/en/friends-partners/newsroom/press-releases/royal-society-canada-names-2016-new-fellows

UBC 2016 RSC Fellows

All citations courtesy of RSC

  1. Tina Loo (History) 
    Tina Loo is an internationally recognized scholar of global environmental history and critical legal history. Her research focuses on questions of state power: how it works, the basis of its authority, and the means by which it is extended, consolidated and challenged. Her widely acclaimed books, articles and awards confirm her place among a select group of scholars who are redefining the ways historians, internationally, think about Canadian history.
  2. Steven Heine (Psychology)
    Steven Heine’s pioneering research has challenged key psychological assumptions in self-esteem, meaning, and the ways that people understand genetic constructs. His research on cultural psychology is most noteworthy for aiding the identification of psychological processes that are either universal across humans or are particular to certain cultures. He is the author of many acclaimed journal articles and books in the fields of social and cultural psychology.
  3. Bonny Norton (Language & Literacy Education)
    Bonny Norton’s innovative and pioneering ideas about identity and language learning continue to have a profound impact on the field of language education worldwide. Her groundbreaking and highly cited research makes visible the social mechanisms of power in language learning and teaching. Her research has found that language learners can help overcome constraints on language learning by claiming more powerful identities from which to speak, read, and write the target language.
  4. Dominique A.M. Weis (Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences)
    Dominique Weis is internationally recognized for her insightful research on the chemical and isotopic composition of Earth’s mantle with major impact on our understanding of the world’s major Large Igneous Provinces, mantle plumes and arcs, including Kerguelen Archipelago, Hawaiian Islands, and Cascades. Her research has elucidated a crucial relationship between ocean island composition and deep mantle processes. Her work crosses traditional domains of Earth science to encompass pioneering studies tracking the source and fate of metals in the environment.
  5. Samuel Aparicio (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
    Samuel Aparicio’s work on the genomes of breast cancers has provided new insights into the tremendous breadth of tumour genetic heterogeneity. The cells within tumours are not identical, and tumours are now best thought of as complex communities of cells composed of genetically distinct cellular sub-populations. Dr. Aparicio’s work has linked this genetic heterogeneity to cancer evolution and recurrence, providing a much-needed explanation for how treatment-resistant cancers may arise.
  6. Charlotte Froese Fischer (Affiliate Professor, Computer Science)
    For more than 50 years, Charlotte Fischer has made profound and lasting contributions to theoretical techniques for the calculation of atomic transition frequencies, decay rates, and other atomic processes through the development of computer software that has become a standard for the field. The results have found wide application in astrophysics, plasma diagnostics, and the development of controlled fusion devices.