Forestry doctoral student, Natalie Sopinka, wins UBC 3-Minute Thesis competition
Congratulations to Forestry doctoral student, Natalie Sopinka, on winning the the 2012 UBC Three Minute Thesis competition. View the winning presentation, and other finalists, on the 3MT website.

Researchers from Forestry to present at largest global scientific conference
Faculty of Forestry Professors Jack Saddler (biofuels expert) and Stephen Sheppard (climate change expert) are amongst 40 researchers from UBC who will be presenting at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific gathering in the world.

Professor Jack Saddler says we could be close to advanced biofuels being commercially viable
In the January 3 edition of UBC Reports, Jack Saddler elaborates on the progress of advanced biofuels.

Dr. Richard Hamelin leading new project to battle forest pests
In an effort to halt diseases that are being introduced to our forests by pests, Genome British Columbia and Genome Canada are providing $4,250,116 for a new and innovative research project entitled “Genomics-Based Forest Health Diagnostics and Monitoring” which is being led by Dr. Richard Hamelin, a professor at UBC and senior research scientist at Natural Resources Canada.

UBC Forestry is now home to the BC Big Tree Registry
The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia is the new custodian of the BC Big Tree Registry.

Dr. Hosny El Lakany to be honoured with Global Citizenship Award
Hosny El Lakany, alumnus PhD’69, Adjunct Professor and Director of International Programs in Forestry is receiving the Global Citizenship Award at the UBC Alumni Achievement Awards on November 29.

Macleans Magazine profiles Wood Products Processing program in 21st University Rankings
In their 21st Univeristy Rankings, Macleans Magazine profiles the UBC Faculty of Forestry's Wood Products Processing program and ranks it as "avant-garde."

Dr. Sally Aitken using lessons learned at Blackcomb ski resort to study climate change
Dr. Sally Aitken and her then-graduate student Sierra McLane planted about 700 whitebark pine saplings at six sites under the Blackcomb side of the gondola last autumn. On Oct.23 they went back for the first time to see how those trees - most just a few centimetres tall - are doing.

UBC gains $32.6 million in funding for genomic-based forestry research
The University of British Columbia welcomed the announcement of $32.6 million in funding from Genome Canada and Genome BC for four research projects aimed at making Canada’s forests healthier and more economically productive. Announced today at UBC’s Vancouver campus, the funding will support research in the departments of botany, and microbiology and immunology, and in the Faculty of Forestry.

2011 Excellence in Fisheries Education Awarded to Dr. Scott Hinch
Dr. Scott Hinch was named the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in Fisheries Education Award, presented to him during the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Seattle,WA. The award is given “in recognition of continuous dedication to the teaching profession and personal contributions to the education of fisheries professionals”.