Research Day showcases the contributions of the iSchool students and faculty working at the intersections of archival, information, library and children’s literature studies.

Questions about social media as sources of information about individuals (of different ages, genders, backgrounds) and communities, their uses in our personal and professional lives, and impact on our practices and overall well-being are central to the work of students and scholars across all our iSchool programs. Recognizing this common ground, this year’s Research Day will focus on the broad topic of “information, social media, and well-being,” considering the many connections social media now have with the way we do information, library, and archival studies.

This event happened on March 10, 2017.


Lyle Ungar, Professor of Computer And Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also holds appointments in multiple departments in the Schools of Business, Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering and Applied Science.  Lyle received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from M.I.T.  He has published over 200 articles, supervised two dozen PhD students, and is co-inventor on eleven patents. His current research focuses on developing scalable machine learning methods for data mining and text mining, including spectral methods for NLP, and analysis of social media to better understand the drivers of physical and mental well-being.

“Social media such as Twitter and Facebook provide a rich, if imperfect portal onto people’s lives.  We analyze tens of millions of Facebook posts and billions of tweets to study variation in language use with age, gender, personality, and mental and physical well-being.  Word clouds visually illustrate the big five personality traits (e.g., “What is it like to be neurotic?”), while correlations between language use and county level health data suggest connections between health and happiness, including potential psychological causes of heart disease.”

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Smith, R. J., Crutchley, P., Schwartz, H. A., Ungar, L., Shofer, F., Padrez, K. A., & Merchant, R. M. (2017). Variations in Facebook Posting Patterns Across Validated Patient Health Conditions: A Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(1), e7. [Link]

Carpenter, J., Preotiuc-Pietro, D., Flekova, L., Giorgi, S., Hagan, C., Kern, M. L., … & Seligman, M. E. (2016). Real Men Don’t Say “Cute” Using Automatic Language Analysis to Isolate Inaccurate Aspects of Stereotypes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550616671998. [Link]

Kern, M. L., Park, G., Eichstaedt, J. C., Schwartz, H. A., Sap, M., Smith, L. K., & Ungar, L. H. (2016). Gaining insights from social media language: Methodologies and challenges. [Link]

Sinnenberg, L., DiSilvestro, C. L., Mancheno, C., Dailey, K., Tufts, C., Buttenheim, A. M., … & Asch, D. A. (2016). Twitter as a Potential Data Source for Cardiovascular Disease Research. Jama cardiology, 1(9), 1032-1036. [Link]

Carpenter, J., Preotiuc-Pietro, D., Flekova, L., Giorgi, S., Hagan, C., Kern, M. L., … & Seligman, M. E. (2016). Real Men Don’t Say “Cute” Using Automatic Language Analysis to Isolate Inaccurate Aspects of Stereotypes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550616671998. [Link]

Brooks, S. (05/01/2015). Computers in human behavior: Does personal social media usage affect efficiency and well-being? Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.12.053 [Link]

Gerson, J., Plagnol, A. C., & Corr, P. J. (10/01/2016). Computers in human behavior: Subjective well-being and social media use: Do personality traits moderate the impact of social comparison on facebook? Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.023 [Link]

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Computer Science

Information Visualization


This session aims to identify ways to support and promote accurate information about Aboriginal people, identify how current library structures may be barriers to full inclusion for Aboriginal students and how to address them, and identify power issues at play in our own instructional practice and how to make positive changes. Panelists are asked to consider the following questions:

How do you help your community find themselves in your collection or in your course?
How do you Indigenize your instruction?


Deborah Lee is a Cree, Mohawk and Métis librarian. She worked as a Reference Librarian at the National Library of Canada / Library and Archives Canada for seven years. In 2007, Deborah became the Indigenous Studies Portal Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been the Indigenous Studies Liaison and Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at UofS since 2011. Deborah has presented widely at local, national and international conferences, including ACRL in 2015.

Patricia Geddes is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Vancouver Island University. She is a Liaison Librarian for Aboriginal Education Services, First Nations Studies, and the Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation.

Jenna Walsh was born in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territory and grew up in an inner city neighbourhood with a diverse Aboriginal population. At the University of British Columbia, her Interdisciplinary BA focused on global Indigeneity, and she did the First Nations Curriculum Concentration program for her MLIS.

Kim Lawson is Heiltsuk with English/ Danish ancestry. She is one of the authors of the “Protocols for Native American Archival Materials,” was the Archivist/ Librarian at The Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre, has an MLIS from UBC and is learning to speak Heiltsuk.

Camille Callison is a member of the Tahltan First Nation and the Indigenous Services Librarian & Liaison Librarian for Anthropology, Native Studies and Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Member of the UM Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) and has presented extensively on Indigenous Library & Archives issues.


Sarah Dupont’s ancestry is Metis, French, and British. She is from Prince George, BC and is the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at UBC Library, where she works in the Xwi7xwa Library and Irving K Barber Learning Centre. Her liaison areas include Indigenous Education and Indigenous Social Work. Sarah is the project manager for Indigitization, a UBC program to support First Nations digitization and preservation of their community resources.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Doerksen, K., Karen Doerksen, & Carla Martin. (03/01/2016). Partnership: A loose coupling: Aboriginal participation in library education – A selective literature review The Partnership, provincial and territorial library association of Canada c/o Ontario Library Associ. doi:10.21083/partnership.v10i2.3337 [Link]

Face, M., & Hollens, D. (2004). A Digital Library to Serve a Region: The Bioregion and First Nations Collections of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(2), 116-121. [Link]

Kelly, B., & Barbara Kelly. (01/01/2011). Partnership: Reflecting the lives of aboriginal women in canadian public library collection development The Partnership, provincial and territorial library association of Canada c/o Ontario Library Associ. [Link]

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Aboriginal Publishers, Distributors & News Media

First Nations & Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Librarianship



Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are pleased to present the webcast roundtable “Talking with First Nations Archives. ” Colleagues who work in local First Nations Archives, Resource Centres and in Records Management programs will share their experiences establishing archives, their role in facilitating access to records, and issues and concerns they encounter on a daily basis.

This event happened on February 23, 2017.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Face, M., & Hollens, D. (2004). A Digital Library to Serve a Region: The Bioregion and First Nations Collections of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(2), 116-121. [Link]

Lawson, K. L. (2004, November 24). Precious fragments : First Nations materials in archives, libraries and museums (T). [Link]

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Archival Material

First Nations & Indigenous Studies

Library & Archival Studies

As scholars, we have a critical responsibility to uphold principles such as intellectual honesty, rigour, and open communication. Those who work outside the academy, or whose scholarship spans the academic and non-academic realms, have additional responsibilities and often face more complex or different ethical dilemmas and conflicting moral imperatives in their work. This workshop will feature three experts speaking to the ethical dimensions of scholarship in different contexts: in work involving community engagement or partnership, in the health field, and in the work of ‘public intellectuals’ from any sector.

This event happened on February 16, 2017.

Panelist Speakers

Susan Porter (Dean & Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies)
Simon Donner (UBC Geography)
Nina Preto (Ethicist, Provincial Health Services Authority)
Karen Bartlett (School of Population and Public Health)

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Kipnis, K. (01/01/1999). Ethics: The responsible scholar: Ethical considerations in the humanities and social sciences University of Chicago Press. [Link]

Patterson, B. (2000). Liberal education: An ethos of learning: Forming ethical scholars through experiential education Association of American Colleges. [Link]

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The sequencing of the human genome has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in that it has opened the human genetic blueprint to investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the understanding of health and complex diseases. As a result of this revolutionary sequencing of human genomes, our knowledge about how and why we differ from each other as well as how interactions between genes and culture have shaped our community is now more clearly understood. How can this knowledge be used to improve human health through disease prevention, diagnosis and personalized treatment approaches? What does the Genomics Revolution mean for you and your health? What is the potential for future generations?

Join UBC’s Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in partnership with alumni UBC, to hear from five top UBC researchers and learn about the work they are doing to accelerate the genomics revolution which is advancing their fields.



Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Panelists & Talks

Dr. Jehannine Austin – Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

Dr. Martin Dawes – It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

Dr. Howard Lim – Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

Dr. Corey Nislow – Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

Dr. Chris Overall – Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors, Genome BC

catalina-lopez-correa-320x486In January 2016, Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa joined Genome BC as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sectors. With over 18 years of international experience in both the academic and private sectors, Dr. Lopez-Correa brings her deep understanding of genomics to the Genome BC leadership team.

Dr. Lopez-Correa holds an MD from UPB University in Colombia, a Masters in Genetics from Paris VII/Pasteur Institute and a PhD in Medical Biosciences-Genetics from KULeuven in Belgium. Most recently she was the Vice-President and CSO, Scientific Affairs, at Genome Quebec where she was instrumental in developing competitive teams for national and provincial research projects, and raising the profile of Genome Quebec on the global stage.

Previous experience also includes a role as Senior Scientist with Eli Lilly and Company. During Dr. Lopez-Correa’s time at Eli Lilly, she was part of the Pharmacogenomics and Translational Medicine Group in charge of discovering and validating genetic/genomic biomarkers in different therapeutic areas (oncology, cardio-metabolic and neurosciences). She also helped develop the company’s tailored therapeutics and personalized medicine strategy. Dr. Lopez-Correa also held the position of Head of Cytogenomics laboratory at deCODE genetics where she developed screening strategies to detect genomic rearrangements. She has also worked for two different American biotech companies in the UK (Genomica and Informax).

Since 2002, Dr. Lopez-Correa has served as evaluator for large multinational projects funded by the European Commission, the IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiatives) and the NIH and has been recognized by several awards nationally and internationally. As part of her commitment to international development, Dr. Lopez-Correa funded the not for profit organization ODNS (Organisation pour le Développement avec des Nouvelles Solidarités) in 2012 and has been involved in several initiatives aimed at demonstrating the impact of genomics in developing countries.

Dr. Jehannine Austin

Associate Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics; Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics; Acting Head, Department of Psychiatry, UBC Faculty of Medicine


Genetic counseling: the key to unlocking the potential health and economic benefits of human genomics?

The conditions that are most common in humans (e.g. cancer, psychiatric illness, diabetes, heart disease) are complex – that is,jehannine-austin-320x214 they arise as a result of interactions between genetic and environmental influences. Lifestyle modifications (e.g. quitting smoking, exercise, nutrition) can reduce the risk for these conditions, but studies show that providing people with information about their genetic risk does not reliably provoke adoption of healthy behaviours that can reduce risk. This talk will focus on the role of genetic counseling in personalized prevention approaches to common complex disease by empowering people to act on genomic risk information to engage in risk reduction behaviours.

BIO: Jehannine completed her BSc (Hons, Biochemistry) at Bath University, and her PhD in Neuropsychiatric Genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK before completing training as a Genetic Counselor at UBC in 2003. She was first appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2007, and in the Department of Medical Genetics in 2008, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

She holds/has held multiple external salary awards including a CIHR New Investigator Award, a Michael Smith Career Investigator Award, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and received CIHR’s 2007 Maud Menten New Investigator Award. She is co-author of the book “How to talk with families about genetics and psychiatric illness” (W.W Norton, 2011), Graduate Advisor to the UBC Genetic Counseling program, and a Board Certified Genetic Counselor.

Dr. Martin Dawes

Director & Co-Founder, Personalized Medicine Institute; Head, Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine

It is not just the genetics that is difficult – the translation to everyday practice is really hard.

martin-dawes-320x386There is a journey of using genetic tests to avoid adverse reactions to drugs used commonly in Family Practice. More than half consultations in Family Practice involve complex decisions about medication, adding a genetic test makes things more complex. Dr Dawes and his team had to go back to the drawing board and rediscover how to help patients and professionals identify the safe effective drugs for the individual person.

BIO: Dr. Dawes is the Head of the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and Cofounder of the Personalized Medicine Institute. He started his clinical practice as a family physician in Oxford. Following the completion of his PhD in 1992, he helped develop a Master’s program in Evidence Based Health Care, which allows clinicians to engage in research. He has directed the UK Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and was the head of family practice at McGill University before coming to UBC in 2010. His research includes genomics in primary care and lifestyle interventions to prevent diabetes.

Dr. Dawes is currently leading a new research project entitled “The Implementation of Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care in British Columbia”. This novel project is valued at over $720,000, and is being funded through Genome BC’s User Partnership Program, Rx&D’s Health Research Foundation and other partners. The project will also link in with TELUS Health, the largest electronic medical record (EMR) vendor in Canada.

Dr. Howard Lim

Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency; Clinical Physician Professor, Medical Oncology Division, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Personalized Care in Oncology – Pitfalls and Successes

The use of whole genome sequencing technology to understand tumor biology can be used in the hopes of finding actionable howard-lim-320x480targets for patients with cancer. Dr Lim will provide an overview about how the use of this information can lead to success and how we can learn from the failures.

BIO: Lim is a Medical Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre, specializing in Gastrointestinal Cancer. He is the Program Director of the Medical Oncology Training Program and is the Chair of the GI Tumor Group.

Dr Lim is also an active member of the GI Outcomes Unit, and the Personalized Onco-genomics Program – a clinical research initiative that’s embedding genomic sequencing into the diagnostic and treatment planning for patients with incurable cancers.

Prior to going to medical school, he was fortunate to do research at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre under Dr. Marcel Bally, in the Department of Advanced Therapeutics. One of the great things that he witnessed was how research could be translated over to patient care seamlessly.

Dr. Lim completed his training in Medical Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and then did additional training in Gastrointestinal Malignancies at the Oregon Health Sciences University, before coming to the BC Cancer Agency in 2008.

Dr. Corey Nislow

Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Only in the Light of Evolution: Cells, Organisms, and Pharmacology

corey-nislow-320x480At its core, all of biology can be considered a combination of the forces of natural selection, organism fitness and the extraordinary results required to meet these two challenges. For the past two decades Dr. Nislow’s lab has sought to understand how genotype is revealed in phenotype; by using diverse models from yeast to man and every environment imaginable. This talk will describe the lessons we have learned from such models and how we are applying them to patients.

BIO: Dr. Corey Nislow’s laboratory uses cutting edge tools to address this central question: how can we understand the biological commonalities in all of the life sciences; from embryonic development, to the spread of infectious diseases to better ways to treat cancer. Each of these disciplines, and in fact all of biology, can be explained in the context of competition, interaction and evolution. Therefore his lab studies the interface between genes and the environment using parallel genome-wide screens, high throughput cell-based assays and next generation sequencing of microbial and human populations. He and his scientific partner, Dr. Guri Giaever shift between model systems to understand how genes and drugs interact during normal and pathological states. Most recently, his lab is exploring how laboratory experiments can co-opt evolutionary processes to understand drug action.

He enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics and drug discovery for undergraduate and graduate students. Corey completed a BA in developmental biology at New College and a PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Colorado. He was also an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. He led discovery teams at two biotechnology companies (MJ Research and Cytokinetics Inc., in the San Francisco Bay Area) and at Stanford University. Prior to joining UBC, he was associate professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Donnelly Sequencing Centre.

Dr. Chris Overall

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Protease Proteomics & Systems Biology; Professor, UBC Faculty of Dentistry

Can Proteomics Fill the Gap between Genomics and Phenotypes? The Human Proteome Project.

How can only 20,061 human genes encode the complexity of humans when similar numbers of similar genes also encode worms chris-overall-320x480and flys? Mapping and sequencing genes is just the start of this answer. Genes encode proteins and it is proteins that are responsible for forming the cells and tissues of humans. Further, proteins orchestrate the complexity of coordinated signaling between cells and organs that keep us healthy. Dr. Overall will discuss the huge diversity of protein forms, now known as “proteoforms”, and how they lead to the incredible complexity of human cells and tissues. It is through understanding proteoforms that disease mechanisms can be deciphered, new drug targets validated, and accurate diagnostic tests devised that will lead to new medical interventions to treat disease early. By reducing disease and its detrimental outcomes, proteomic biomarkers hold enormous promise to revolutionize diagnostics and personalized medicine ensuring sustainable health care costs.

BIO: Proteases are nature’s biological molecular scissors. Being involved in the fate of every protein—from protein synthesis and maturation, to function changing adaptations in response to changing needs of tissues and cells, and finally in protein removal, proteases are essential to maintaining healthy cells and tissues. Yet, with the good comes the bad. Proteases can dramatically worsen disease and cause tissue destruction leading to disability, pain and death in some diseases like cancer. Thus, Dr. Overall has a long-standing fascination in proteases from his undergraduate days to now. Indeed, he is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology and holds a seven-year $5.55M CIHR Foundation Grant to investigate proteases.

Dr. Overall completed his undergraduate BDS, Honors Science and Masters degrees at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto; and was a MRC Centennial Fellow in his post-doctoral work with Dr. Michael Smith, UBC, learning protein engineering. On Sabbaticals in 1997-1998 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at British Biotech Pharmaceuticals, Oxford, UK; and again in 2004/2008 he was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the Expert Protease Platform, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Basel, Switzerland; and in 2010-2012 was an External Senior Fellow and is now an Honorary Professor, at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Germany.

With over 15,500 citations for his 237 papers he has an h index of 67 and this has been recognized by numerous awards including the 2002 CIHR Scientist of the Year, the UBC Killam Senior Researcher Award (Science) 2005, and several life time achievement awards. He was the Chair of the 2003 Matrix Metalloproteinase Gordon Research Conference and the 2010 Protease Gordon Research Conference. More recently his interests are evolving to deciphering immune deficiencies and chronic inflammatory diseases by the use of proteomics and degradomics, a term he coined. He was elected as Co-Chair of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Chromosome–Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) in 2014 and was recently elected in 2016 to the Executive Committee of HUPO.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Current issues in molecular biology: The genome revolution in vaccine research (2004). Caister Academic Press. doi:10.21775/cimb.006.017 [Link]

Hillenmeyer, M., Fung, E., Wildenhain, J., Pierce, S., Hoon, S., Lee, W., . . . Giaever, G. (2008). The Chemical Genomic Portrait of Yeast: Uncovering a Phenotype for All Genes. Science, 320(5874), 362-365. [Link]

Hofker, M. H., Fu, J., & Wijmenga, C. (10/01/2014). Biochimica et biophysica acta. molecular basis of disease: The genome revolution and its role in understanding complex diseases Elsevier. [Link]

Peixoto, R. D., Renouf, D., & Lim, H. (2014). A population based analysis of prognostic factors in advanced biliary tract cancer. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology, 5(6), 428–432. [Link]

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Medical Education

Medical Genetics

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. How can education go beyond the classroom to reach the lives of the public? In the first event of the 2017 PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, seven PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative have seven minutes to talk about their education research, and how it can make a positive contribution in and out of the university.

This event happened on 26 January 2017.

Panel Speakers

Ron Darvin (Teaching English as a Second Language) examines how high school students of different class backgrounds in Vancouver develop diverse digital practices. His goal is to contribute to educational policies that enable equitable digital instruction for the new BC curriculum. Ron collaborates with the Vancouver School Board and is affiliated with the UBC Digital Literacy Centre.



Sereana Naepi (Educational Studies) focuses on systematic ways to address inequality in higher education. Focusing on Indigenous women’s experiences as staff Sereana hopes to reveal the ways in which universities block change that can benefit Indigenous communities, so that universities can change their practices and deliver on their promises to Indigenous communities.



Tak Ishikawa (Experimental Medicine) uses decision science to develop solutions to social issues, particularly in public health. Using decision theories as instruments, Tak develops a public education campaign on road safety, with particular attention to common misconceptions on the use of seat belts and booster seats.




Miranda Meents (Botany) bridges the study of how cells work, with how to teach undergraduate students how cells work. Miranda is working to improve the student learning experience, by applying the findings of educational research to real-world biology classrooms.



Francois Lachapelle (Sociology) uses social network analysis to show the development and stabilization of specific networks of PhDs exchange between domestic and foreign universities over the last 40 years. Such work will allow the critical assessment of the various forms of internationalization displayed by Canadian universities.



Melissa Guzman (Zoology) believes that undergraduate students in biology need to be prepared for their future. One skill set many of them are missing is basic level programming. Melissa’s research is focused on re-designing and testing statistics courses to incorporate a programming language using innovative instructional practices. She hopes to change how biostatistics is taught.


Hassan Halawa (Electrical & Computer Engineering) is aware that cyber-criminals are using evermore sophisticated and largely automated attacks. Inspired by lessons learned from public health, Hassan’s research puts forward the idea of identifying vulnerable user populations and, based on this information, creating an additional layer of defense that will help limit the spread, and cost, of cyber-attacks. His work will help educate vulnerable user populations against automated attacks.



Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Baloy, N. J.-K. (2008, August 25). Exploring the potential for native language revitalization in an urban context : language education in Vancouver (T). University of British Columbia. [Link]
Haig-Brown, C. (2014). Taking Control: Power and Contradiction in First Nations Adult Education. Vancouver: UBC Press. [Link]

Johnson, L. (2007). Multicultural education policies in canada and the united states UBC Press. [Link]

Lahache, L., Castellano, M. B., & Davis, L. (05/14/2014). Aboriginal education : Fulfilling the promise UBC Press. [Link]

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Learning Technology

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Winemakers in BC have traditionally used stainless steel and oak barrel vessels in the fermentation and ageing processes. Yet there are two new kids on the block: amphora (clay) and concrete now making their way into local cellars. Each affects the makeup of the wine differently, not only because of the diverse materials but also because they allow varying amounts of oxygen to be exposed to the wine within. Winemakers and experts have their preferences as there are advantages and disadvantages to all types in their cost-effectiveness, insulating properties and space efficiency. But what are their effects on taste and expressions of terroir? Historically, consumers can recognize and appreciate the unique qualities that fermentation in oak can impart to wines, but can they recognize the qualities of the others? Does the vessel play an important role in consumer’s enjoyment of wine?

This event happened on January 26, 2017 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.


DJ Kearney, BA’84 – Director of Wine,; Wine Educator, Wine Writer, Judge, Presenter & Chef (@djwines)


Darryl Brooker – Chief Winemaker, Mission Hill Family Estate (@MissionHillWine)
Christine Coletta – Co-owner, Okanagan Crush Pad (@Chrisscoletta)
Sid Cross, LLB’62 – Bon Vivant (@winefoodguru)
Tony Holler, BSc’74, MD’79 – Majority Owner & President, Poplar Grove Winery (@poplargrovewine)
Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’11 – Researcher, UBC Wine Research Centre
Sandra Oldfield – CEO/President, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (@SandraOldfield)
David Scholefield, BA’75 – VP wine strategy + liquid art selections, Trialto Wine Group Ltd. (@TrialtoBC)
Howard Soon, BSc’74 – Master Winemaker, Sandhill Single Vineyard Wine (@SandhillWines)

Participating Wineries

1st R.O.W. Estate Winery
BC Wine Studio
Black Dog Cellars
Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
Desert Hills Estate Winery
Evolve Cellars
Little Straw Vineyards Estate Winery
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Monte Creek Ranch Winery
Niche Wine Company
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
The View Winery
Therapy Vineyards & Guest House
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
TIME Estate Winery
Upper Bench Estate Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery

Panelist Biographies

DJ Kearney, BA’84

DJ Kearney is the Director of Wine at, where she oversees wine selections and purchasing, curates mixed wine packs, and creates educational articles and videos sharing her wine knowledge. She’s been a regular contributor for WineAlign, Chief Judge of the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards and Drink Editor at Vancouver magazine, the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers BC Chapter and Chief Technical Judge of the Best Sommelier of BC competition.  She recently started a series of Judge training workshops to help mentor the next generation of wine judges across the country.  DJ has trained over a thousand sommelier candidates throughout North America for the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and has consulted for many global wine marketing bodies.  She’s a veteran speaker, seminar moderator and presenter, and has refereed the lively UBC Grape Debate several times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, the WSET Diploma, and the ISG Sommelier Diploma,  and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master of Wine designation.

Darryl Brooker

With the 2015 harvest, Darryl Brooker assumed the role of Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate. Both Darryl Brooker and Proprietor, Anthony von Mandl share the same winemaking philosophy and commitment to excellence and continuous improvement that is key to success for the Okanagan to reach new levels of international acclaim.

Darryl came to Mission Hill Family Estate after joining CedarCreek Estate Winery in 2010 where he worked tirelessly to take the winery to the next level over five years. Prior to that, Darryl was the Senior Winemaker – Ontario at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Wineries. With over 18 years of experience making premium wines in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, Darryl’s prior experience also includes winemaking at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Villa Maria Estate in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Mountadam Vineyards in Barossa Valley, Australia. Darryl is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Australia (Bachelor of Applied Science – Wine Science) and also has a graduate diploma from Adelaide University in Wine Business.

After studying and making wine in Australia, his passion led him to New Zealand and more recently to Canada in 2003. He has a clear vision and passion for cool-climate wines, making him the perfect fit for the Okanagan Valley and its distinctive climate. As Chief Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate, Darryl is able to focus his efforts on making fine wines that reflect the terroir of unique estate vineyard sites located in the northern and southern portions of the Okanagan Valley. Microclimates within the valley provide challenging opportunities to achieve single vineyard wines that truly represent their terroir, intensified by Darryl Brooker’s passion.

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is co-owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, a purpose-built custom crush family-run winery located in Summerland, BC. She oversees operations and focuses on branding, sales, marketing, and public relations. Christine has been a key player in the wine industry since 1990 having spent nine years as the executive director of the BC Wine Institute where she was instrumental in establishing the VQA program. During that period the number of BC wineries grew from 16 to 55 and has since risen to over 260.  After that, she spent fourteen years as a consultant in the field of marketing, branding and communications. She had the privilege of working on many BC top wine brands in addition to working for Wines of Australia, Wines of Chile, and the Washington Wine Commission. Christine is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative and astute marketing experts and has been recognized with several prestigious industry awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation, a charity that she founded with a group of friends in 2006 that support people in the hospitality industry who are facing financial crisis due to medical issues.

Sid Cross, LLB’ 62

Sid Cross is globally respected for his extensive knowledge of wine and food, his tasting ability and his memory. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of his passion for wine and food including visiting the wine regions and dining at many of the best restaurants around the world. He is the Honorary President of The International Wine & Food Society ( headquartered in London England and for many years held the position of Wines Committee Chair in charge of an extensive expansion of their Vintage Card. Author of the popular 2012 Monograph “An Appreciation of the Age of Wine”.

He is a frequent wine judge, panelist and entertaining educator on wine and food topics. These include among many The BC Lieutenant- Governor Awards For Excellence, BC Wine Awards for the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, and Whistler’s Cornucopia.

Sid is co-founder and advisor to The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia ( in demand as a culinary judge including the Olympic Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver, the Canadian Culinary Championships, Fairmont Hotel Apprentice Chef Competition, International Chocolate Awards, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and Oceanwise’s BC Sustainable Seafood Chowder Chowdown Competition.

Sid is a well-known wine and food guru internationally. He is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du Vin de Bordeaux ( and be awarded The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America (‘for outstanding knowledge of food and wines and for imparting this knowledge to others’). He has also been promoted by the French Government from Chevalier to Officer status in the prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole.

Read Sid’s blog at and reach him via Twitter @winefoodguru.

Tony Holler, BSc’ 74, MD’ 79

Tony grew up in Summerland, BC, on their family farm which was predominantly apples but included soft fruits and pears. He studied sciences at Okanagan College and moved on to UBC where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Medical degree. Tony worked at the University Hospital for 11 years as an Emergency Room Physician and was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine. In 1993, Tony and others founded ID Biomedical Corporation (IDB) which was focused on molecular diagnostics and vaccines. In 1999, Tony became the CEO of the company and the company’s focus shifted to the development of vaccine products.

IDB acquired a number of companies including the vaccine assets of Shire Pharmaceuticals. This made IDB a fully integrated vaccine company with expertise in research and development, pilot scale manufacturing, regulatory affairs and commercial manufacturing.

In December 2005, IDB was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline for $1.7 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $300 million of debt. Since the acquisition, Tony has focused on working with a number of companies providing strategic advice and sitting on their boards. He is currently Chairman of CRH Medical Corporation, a NYSE listed medical device company; Chairman of Sunniva Healthcare; Advisory Board Member of Roadmap Capital, a private equity firm focused on late stage technology companies; and a board member of Response Biomedical.

Tony is an avid wine drinker and collector. Over the years, Tony has acquired approximately 5000 bottles from wineries all over the world. His interest in Okanagan wines started in the early 2000s when he starting tasting wines from some of the top producers in the valley.  This led Tony to believe that the Okanagan is capable of producing world class wines and led to the purchase of Poplar Grove Winery.

Since the beginning, Poplar Grove Winery has been known for making exceptionally good red wines, but the winery had limited production. In 2007, Tony purchased 75% interest in Poplar Grove and with the assistance of a variety of consultants, developed a new business plan for Poplar Grove.  Today, Tony Holler owns 95% of Poplar Grove and the new business plan for the winery is being realized. Poplar Grove has a brand new 10,000 square foot tasting room and fine dining restaurant, as well as a new, state of the art production facility.

Barbara Holler, Tony’s wife, is the Owner and Operator of Holler Estate Vineyards which owns roughly 100 acres of land which is comprised of vineyards on the Naramata Bench and on the Eastern bank of Osoyoos Lake, close to the USA border. The vineyards on the Naramata Bench have a very different terroir (heat units, rainfall, soil composition, and farming practices) than the vineyards in Osoyoos.  This allows Holler Estate Vineyards to grow various varietals where they grow best and allows Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate gown fruit.  Two of Tony and Barb’s sons, Matthew and Andrew, manage the vineyards making sure that the grapes are cared for everyday rain or shine.

Currently, Poplar Grove produces approximately 25,000 cases per year. Poplar Grove will shortly begin the strategic planning for the next 10 years (2017-2027).  Poplar Grove is an Estate Winery and the goal is to be a multi-generational business.

Poplar Grove is focused on the same business practices which Tony has used successfully in other businesses; high quality products, high quality people, high quality facilities, an achievable business plan, access to capital and a continuous focus on improvement in all aspects of the business.

Jay Martiniuk, BSFN’ 11

Jay Martiniuk is a winemaker and microbiologist born and raised on a vineyard in the South Okanagan. As part of his family’s winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, he played an integral role in crafting their inaugural vintage in 2005 and has since worked as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose under winemaker Pascal Madevon. As Stoneboat’s winemaker until 2013, Jay developed the winery’s winemaking program and helped to establish Stoneboat’s reputation as an award-winning Pinot varietal producer.

A one-time Latin major, Jay graduated with a BSc in food sciences from UBC in 2011, where he studied at the Wine Research Centre. He returned to the Wine Research Centre in 2013, where he is a graduate student. Jay’s research is focused on characterizing the microbial terroir of the Okanagan wine region. He is conducting a multi-year survey of several winery and vineyard sites to identify differences in yeast population composition and to search for regionally unique yeast species and strains with win-making potential. Jay is also a student in UBC’s ECOSCOPE program, which trains graduate students in microbial ecology and entrepreneurship.

David Scholefield, BA’ 75

David Scholefield is one of Canada’s most experienced and well-traveled wine personalities. His renowned palate, sharp wit and great passion for wine have established him as a much sought-after wine speaker, teacher and judge.

David’s devotion to wine sustained him throughout his long career as senior wine buyer for the BCLDB, where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd disproportionate allocations of the world’s finest wines onto the shelves of BC liquor stores.

He has judged at international wine competitions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Chile, and Brazil. He was Chief Judge at Vancouver Magazine’s International Wine Competition from its inception until 2010, when he became Vice President of Wine Strategy at the Trialto Wine Group, attracted by the company’s maxim ‘Wines of People, Place, and Time’.

David is a passionate advocate for BC wine, and was a key player in the emergence of BC’s wine culture throughout his career at the BCLDB and his subsequent work with the British Columbia Wine Institute. As a partner in Okanagan Crush Pad, he is now directly involved in the dream of producing wine that is the purest possible expression of the Okanagan’s unique environment.

Sandra Oldfield

A native of California, Sandra Oldfield arrived at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in 1995 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Enology from UC Davis. She made the wines for the first 20 vintages and has been the winery’s CEO since 2010.  She is passionate about the BC wine industry and has been instrumental in beginning BC’s first sub appellation–the Golden Mile Bench, founding Oliver’s Festival of the Grape and creating #BCWineChat on twitter. Tinhorn Creek is Canada’s only carbon neutral winery and has been awarded Canada’s Safest Employer in hospitality.  In 2016 Sandra was named Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter and hopes to keep pushing the BC wine industry to greater heights in the years to come.

Howard Soon, BSc’ 74

Born in 1952, Howard Soon was raised amid the 1960’s culture of Vancouver’s quintessential neighborhood, Kitsilano. He studied Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia and Business Administration at the University of Mantioba. After five years at Labatt Brewing Company, Soon moved to the Okanagan in 1980 to begin his winemaking career.

In 1997, he was handed his most prestigious assignment – Sandhill. His collaborative relationships with our growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines.

“At Sandhill we appreciate that great wine begins in the soil and on the vines, with grapes that have been nurtured to balanced ripeness,” says Soon.

His determination to be at the leading edge of winemaking and working with the best grapes in the Okanagan have become fundamental to Sandhill’s exploratory Small Lots Program.

“Small Lots is the best of the best,” says Soon. “Every year we experiment with new techniques or plant new varieties. We also look for those individual barrels that stand out from the rest. It provides a glimpse into our wine-making future.”

Soon is one of a select group of certified wine educators in Canada and is a much sought-after speaker. He is an experienced judge of wine and has served on the panels of several major wine competitions in Canada and the U.S.

In 1998, Soon received the Founder’s Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival, recognizing his contribution to British Columbia’s wine industry. In 2009, Sandhill was named “Winery of the Year” at the Canadian Wine Awards, by Wine Access. Under Howard Soon’s leadership, Sandhill was the first winery to ever receive the top three awards; Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year. Soon was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) in 2012. Most recently, Soon was recognized at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Celebrating Excellence Awards with the highly coveted Spirited Industry Professional Award.

Howard enjoys  serving on  the Faculty Advisory Board for Land and Food Systems at UBC and also on the Board of Directors of the Okanagan  Symphony Orchestra, British Columbia’s third largest Symphony.

A Pioneer in the British Columbia Wine Industry, Howard Soon was the first winemaker in British Columbia to:

  • Receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France
  • Release a series of single vineyard designated wines
  • Produce a Super Tuscan blend – Sandhill Small Lots Three
  • Receive Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year, 2009 Canadian Wine Awards, Wine Access

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Cannings, R. (2009). Roadside nature tours through the okanagan: A guide to british columbia’s wine country Greystone Books [Link]

Fang, F., Li, J., Zhang, P., Tang, K., Wang, W., Pan, Q., & Huang, W. (2008). Effects of grape variety, harvest date, fermentation vessel and wine ageing on flavonoid concentration in red wines. Food Research International, 41(1), 53-60. doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2007.09.004 [Link]

Schmidt, D., & Velten, K. (2015). BIO web of conferences: Modeling and simulation of the bubble-induced flow in wine fermentation vessels EDP Sciences. doi:10.1051/bioconf/20150502015 [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who raise legal and safety-related concerns. In some jurisdictions, legislators have responded to their constituents by making regulatory changes allowing these types of companies to legally operate.  Vancouverites, however, have seen nothing but delayed decisions and increased regulations that make it difficult – if not impossible – for these services to exist.

Hear from UBC and community experts, from Mobi, Car2Go and the City of Vancouver, as they examine the pros, cons, and unanswered questions about the state of the sharing economy in Vancouver.

This event took place November 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


Gloria Macarenko – CBC News Host (B.C. AlmanacOur Vancouver; CBC Radio One’s The Story from Here)


David Holzer – Regional Director, Car2Go, North America

Mia Kohout – General Manager, Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi; Co-Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Momentum Magazine Ltd

Geoff Meggs – Vancouver City Councillor

Marc-David Seidel – Associate Professor and Director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Panelist Biographies

Gloria Macarenko

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host seat on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.  Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.

Previously, Macarenko hosted the award-winning newscast CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6. She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada.

Gloria Macarenko herself is an award-winning journalist and senior leader on the news team. In her many years with CBC, she has been awarded a Jack Webster Award for “Best News Reporting”, multiple RTNDA Awards and a Leo award for “Best Anchor in a News Program” with former co-host Ian Hanomansing. Gloria has guest hosted on The National and CBC News Now. From her extensive coverage of the Sochi Olympics, as much a news story as a sports story considering the numerous human rights issues that dominated the Games, to profound interviews with local families affected by the Right-to-Die legal challenge, and families who looked to the courts for justice after losing loved ones to a drunk-driving accident, Macarenko has the ability to touch the heart of audiences no matter how challenging the story.

Macarenko’s relationship with British Columbia goes far beyond the newsroom. You can see her volunteering and hosting for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women’s Forum.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, her travels take her around B.C. When not in the host chair, or on the road, she can be found enjoying a good book or sampling the spectacular culinary adventures Vancouver is known for.

David Holzer

David Holzer is Regional Director for car2go North America where he is responsible for operations, future business development, and government relations in the Western region. In this role he oversees some of car2go’s largest locations – Vancouver, Calgary, Portland, and Seattle – assuring the smooth operation of a combined fleet of more than 2,500 car2go vehicles used by more than 345,000 members. Prior to joining car2go in 2011, David spent four years with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as the Fleet Manager for the 4,600 games vehicles. A born and raised Vancouverite, he is as passionate about golf as he is about getting people interested in the benefits of the sharing economy…especially his two children.



Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout is the General Manager of Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi, Vancouver’s new public bike sharing program.  Mia is thrilled that Vancouverites finally have access to a bike sharing program and is excited to see how Mobi has already changed the way that people live, work and play in the city.  Mia believes that bike share is a catalyst for community change and a great way to get more people riding bikes.

Mia is currently also the co-owner & Editor-in-Chief of Momentum Mag and the founder of Bike to Work Week in Metro Vancouver. She has spent the last decade promoting everyday bicycling in Vancouver and North America. She has a passion for inspiring change in people and cities and loves working towards a happier, healthier and more sustainable future. Mia graduated from UBC in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Geoff Meggs

Councillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He is committed to working for a city in which eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing, and expanding quality public transit are priorities, and believes that if you work in Vancouver, you should be able to live in Vancouver.

An award-winning journalist and author, Councillor Meggs’ career has combined senior leadership positions in government and the labour movement. As a journalist, he was the first to sound the alarm about the threat of salmon farming to wild salmon stocks and later exposed waste and mismanagement in the health care system.

He served as director of communications in the Office of the Premier under Premier Glen Clark, and later served as director of communications and executive director of the BC Federation of Labour. As executive assistant to Mayor Larry Campbell, Councillor Meggs worked on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid; the fight to win major new investments in buses and rapid transit; the creation of Vancouver’s supervised injection site; and many other community issues. After leaving the BC Federation of Labour in 2008, he has provided strategic communications services to a range of clients through his own firm, Tideline Communications. He has served on the boards of the Georgia Strait Alliance, the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association, his strata council, and several daycares.

Born in Ontario and raised in Toronto and Ottawa, he has been a resident of Vancouver since 1976. He lived in the Fairview and Strathcona neighbourhoods before settling in False Creek, where he currently resides with his family.

Marc-David Seidel

Marc-David L. Seidel, director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research, holds the Professorship in Innovation and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) at the Sauder School of Business. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, Division Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division, and former Division Chair of the Organizational Theory Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

His current research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, social networks, and life course models. He received his B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Law & Society at Cornell University; his M.B.A. at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Greenwald, J. (2016). GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPANSION REVEALS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN AUTO COVERAGE. Business Insurance, 50(8), 22-n/a. [Link]

Guza, M. T. (2016). Transitioning the traditional business model for television: Personal data sharing by streaming video mobile apps (Order No. 10123994). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1807434701). [Link]

Viola, R., & Roodt, S. (01/01/2013). Business innovation, development, and advancement in the digital economy: Web 2.0: How this is shaping and changing the traditional business model Business Science Reference. [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. From his Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin to his opera The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus, and his Grammy-winning Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist and String Orchestra, American composer John Corigliano has built one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work of any composer in the last forty years. His “architectural” method of composing has allowed him to forge a strikingly wide range of musical materials into arches of compelling aural logic. Take a look into the mind and method of this internationally-renowned composer.

This event took place November 18, 2016, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Speaker Biography

mmmc_corigliano_757x422-560x312John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.

Recent scores include One Sweet Morning (2011) a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music.) Other important scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977). The Houston Symphony Orchestra commissioned Corigliano to create a new orchestral version of Stomp which premieres in fall 2015.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for their stunning new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, conducted by James Conlon, staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjac and starring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman and Patti LuPone.

Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US and Europe, Caracas, Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond.

Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Bergman, E. (2013). Of Rage and Remembrance, Music and Memory: The Work of Mourning in John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 and Choral Chaconne. American Music, 31(3), 340-361. doi:10.5406/americanmusic.31.3.0340 [Link]

Renthan, C. (2013). “History as it should have been”: Haunts of the historical sublime in John Corigliano’s and William Hoffman’s the Ghosts of Versailles. Twentieth Century Music, 10(2), 249-272. Retrieved from [Link]

Townsend, A. (2003). John Corigliano’s “A Dylan Thomas Trilogy” The Choral Journal, 44(4), 29-37. Retrieved from [Link]

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