People of UBC

UBC’s unique personality comes from the people that study, teach, work, and live in its community. Every individual contributes to what sets us apart. In this series, we invite you to meet the people of UBC.

Lianne Lardizabal

Student, Computer Science and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Interested in developing solutions to challenging problems in artificial intelligence, systems, and computation. Member of UBC’s Department of Computer Science for research, Focus on Women in CS, and REC elite women’s volleyball. Hobbies include painting, competitive muay thai, and weightlifting.

Connections to UBC

Published: March 2017


Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn

Professor, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts

Happiness researcher. New York Times contributor and co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.” Mountain biker, skier, and surfer. Got attacked by a shark while surfing. Still surfing.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017

Scott Hinch

Scott Hinch

Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences Department, Forestry Faculty

Award winning researcher and teacher. Passionate about high tech gadgetry to study fish migrations, conducting ‘big science’, passing on knowledge, mentoring and helping others succeed, and hockey. Spends a lot of time herding cats.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017

Brittany Crooks

Brittany Crooks

Student, Mathematics and Physics Major, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Bagpiper, student, aspiring professor. A proud member of the UBC Alumni.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017


Chris Freek

Chris Freek

Senior Manager, VP Finance Communications, External Relations

Passionate about bringing people together: sometimes as a communicator, sometimes as a mediator, sometimes by rocking early 70’s Ludwig Vistalites… or the ukulele.

Connections to UBC

Published: November 2017

Bimal Lakhani

Bimal Lakhani

Brain Behaviour Lab post-doc, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Brain Behaviour Lab post-doc, neurorehabilitation enthusiast, sports junkie, food lover. Passionate about exploring how the human brain changes with practice and applying that understanding to improving the quality of life of stroke survivors.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017

Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker

Manager, Nutrition & Wellbeing, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Upbeet. Driven. Health promoter. Wellbeing advocate. Okanagan Charter supporter. Registered dietician. Popcorn enthusiast. Outdoor adventure seeker. Identical twin. Country music fan. Cariboo-raised. Proud UBC LFS alumna.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017


Michael Treschow

Michael Treschow

Associate Professor, Critical Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Elected Faculty Member, UBC Board of Governors

Old English scholar, Latinist, dabbler in Greek and Hebrew. A peripatetic by temperament, meandering through old words and stories, and wondering how they help us find our way.

Connections to UBC

Published: October 2017

Heather Berringer

Heather Berringer

Chief Librarian, Library Services, UBC Okanagan

Librarian, administrator, karaoke superstar — not necessarily in that order. Passionate about open access and evidence-based decision making. Knowledge is for use.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2017

Kiran Alwani

Kiran Alwani

Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Global affairs enthusiast. Researcher, data analyst, and communicator. Passionate about public policy and international development — poverty alleviation, economic upliftment, and fair trade. Loves coffee and chocolate.

Connections to UBC

Published: September 2017