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BC CLEAR Scholarship Awards (2011-2014)

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2014 Scholarships

rdastanpour.jpgRobert Caton Scholarship Award: $2,000
Ramin Dastanpour

Ramin Dastanpour is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his MSc and BSc degrees at Isfahan University of Technology where he worked on Monte Carlo modelling of aerosol deposition in human lung’s five lobes to predict regional and total deposition of different particle sizes in human respiratory system.

He is currently involved in NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience - Atmospheric Aerosol Program (CREATE-AAP) at UBC. His current research focuses on the development of advanced soot emission measuring and monitoring techniques based on accurate morphology of soot particles obtained from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This research will also provide insight into the formation of soot particles in different combustion environments.

awang.jpgDavid Bates Scholarship Award: $2,000
Annie Wang

Annie Wang is a second-year MSc student studying Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (in the School of Population and Public Health) at the University of British Columbia. She has a BSc in Biochemistry from the same university.

Currently, Annie has a fellowship position at the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research and Training Experience - Atmospheric Aerosol Program (CREATE-AAP). She is interested in the potential uses of emerging wireless sensor technologies for monitoring intra-urban air pollution. This past summer, she volunteered on a mobile monitoring project aimed at characterizing spatial and temporal variability in particulate matter air pollution. She aspires to one day have a career devoted to ensuring the health and safety of her community.

pbarn.jpgCLEAR Fund Scholarship Award: $1,000
Prabjit Barn

Prabjit Barn is a first-year PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Prabjit earned her MSc in Environmental and Occupational Health and BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia. After graduating from her Masters program, she joined the BC Centre for Disease Control and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health where she has spent the last five years working as an Environmental Health Scientist.

Prabjit is now working with a research team on the Ulaanbaatar Gestation and Air Pollution Research (UGAAR) Study and will be assessing the effectiveness of air filters in reducing risks of impaired fetal growth in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, one of the world’s most polluted cities. Recent epidemiologic evidence suggests that exposures during pregnancy, even at relatively low levels, may have adverse effects on fetal growth. If air filters are shown to be effective, this research will provide evidence of a causal role of air pollution on fetal growth and support the use of a relatively simple and inexpensive intervention to reduce an important air pollution-related health outcome.


2013 Scholarships

rcliff.jpgRobert Caton Scholarship Award: $2,000
Rachel Cliff

Rachel Cliff is a first-year MSc student in the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program at the University of British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, in Biomedical Toxicology. She is currently involved in the Collaborative Research and Training Experience Atmospheric Aerosol Program (CREATE-AAP), an interdisciplinary training program at UBC that focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their effect on climate, air quality and health.

Rachel’s research will focus on understanding the effects of exposure to air pollution on learning and cognition.  She hopes that her work will highlight the importance of minimizing ambient air pollution to help guide and motivate policy-makers.  In her spare time, Rachel competes as a track and field athlete in long distance running events.

mkajbaf.jpgDavid Bates Scholarship Award: $2,000
Majid Kajbafzedeh

Majid Kajbafzadeh is a second-year MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Hygiene theme) at the University of British Columbia.  He has a BSc in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University where he also worked on dopamine signalling at the molecular level, with implications in drug addiction, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Majid’s current research focuses on evaluating the effects of low-level exposure to combustion-derived particulate matter (PM) air pollution and HEPA filtration for two major PM sources (traffic-related air pollution and residential wood combustion) on cardiovascular health outcomes. This research will provide a better understanding of the potential differences between these two predominant sources of PM with respect to their effects on cardiovascular health.

pcottle.jpgCLEAR Fund Scholarship Award: $1,000
Paul Wesley Cottle

Paul Cottle is a second-year PhD student in the Atmospheric Sciences program at UBC.  Paul has a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Atmospheric Sciences program, he spent 10 years working as an opto-mechanical engineer in the aerospace and medical imaging industries, designing LIDAR systems, satellite payloads, and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imagers, for which he received two patents.  He has now turned his focus to the use of LIDAR for studying atmospheric phenomena. His particular research interests include monitoring aerosols from long-range transport, and the evolution of aerosol particle properties in the atmosphere.  Paul’s favourite pastimes include rock climbing, skiing, backpacking and playing go.


2012 Scholarships

BC CLEAR contributed $4,000 to the Robert Caton Scholarships Committee for three air quality research scholarships in 2012. Meet the recipients, profiled as of March 2012.

aung.jpgRobert Caton Scholarship Award: $2,000
Ther Aung

Ther Aung is a Bridge fellow and first year PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has a MHS in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Ther's research interests are in developing exposure assessment methods to inform health risk assessments, and translating evidence into policy. She is currently involved in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary study in rural India, which will form the basis of her dissertation work, to evaluate emissions and community exposure to air pollutants, including black carbon, from biomass cook stoves, and impact on cardiovascular health, climate and livelihoods.

curran.jpgDavid Bates Scholarship Award: $2,000
Jason Curran

Jason Curran is currently a PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health, within UBC's Faculty of Medicine. His current research examines the effects of traffic pollution on learning and cognition. He holds a MPH from Simon Fraser University, as well as degrees in journalism and biological sciences. As well as being a former journalist, Jason worked in communications for the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, and Capital Health in Edmonton.


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Rebecca Abernethy

Rebecca Abernethy is an MSc candidate in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Her research is on the development of a land use regression model for ultrafine particles (UFP) in Vancouver, for use in epidemiologic studies to better understand health impacts of UFP exposure.

Rebecca also works at synthesizing risk assessment data on priority carcinogens for CAREX Canada and compiling environmental impacts of lifestyle choices for a health management program with the Childhood Obesity Foundation of Canada. Rebecca enjoys volunteering and is an avid traveller, preferring to tour by bicycle, foot, ski or kayak.


2011 Scholarships

BC CLEAR contributed $5,000 to the Robert Caton Scholarships Committee for three air quality research scholarships in 2011, awarded at the 2011 Air Quality and Health Workshop. Congratulations to our three scholarship recipients, profiled below as of 2011.

hystad.jpgRobert Caton Scholarship Award: $2,000
Perry Hystad

Perry Hystad is a PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He is supported by a UBC Bridge Scholarship, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Graduate Trainee Award, and a Canadian Institute of Health Research Frederick Banting and Best Research Scholarship. His dissertation focuses on air pollution and lung cancer risk in Canada, with an emphasis on social-environmental interactions. His other research activities broadly cover spatial epidemiology and place and health. He is also a researcher with CAREX Canada, a national occupational and environmental carcinogen exposure surveillance initiative, and is developing GIS and Population Health and Spatial Epidemiology courses for Population Data BC.

sbihi.jpgDavid Bates Scholarship Award: $2,000
Hind Sbihi

Hind Sbihi is a second-year PhD student at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health where she is investigating air pollution exposure assessment methods for birth cohort studies of childhood asthma. She has an Industrial Engineering degree from École Polytechnique Montréal and a MSc in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are related to methods to measure exposure for epidemiological studies of children's health in order to advance our understanding of environmental contaminants source-health effects links. She is currently involved in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal (CHILD) study, and is examining the contribution of traffic-related air pollution to indoors exposures.

pui.jpgCLEAR Fund Scholarship Award: $1,000
Mandy Pui

Mandy Pui is an MSc candidate in the Experimental Medicine program at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in studying diesel exhaust-associated changes in innate immunity in human asthmatics at the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Carlsten. She hopes that her research findings will help better equip knowledge translation researchers and policymakers in developing remediation strategies to protect susceptible populations exposed to ambient air pollution. She is also involved in the Collaborative Research and Training Experience — Atmospheric Aerosol Program (CREATE-AAP) at UBC, where she will be trained in other disciplines related to air quality, as well as share her research findings and passion in experimental medicine.



For a look at earlier air quality scholarship awards, visit the BC Air Quality Research Funding section of the Province of BC website.

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