Breaking news to add to the joys of the holiday season, Dr. Ma. Lourdes ‘Deng’ Palomares (Qq Science Director) has been chosen to be a recipient of UBC Faculty of Science’s ‘Excellence in Service Awards’ for 2019! This is given in recognition of staff, students, and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant impact on the achievement of the University of British Columbia‘s science mission. Awards will be presented at the upcoming Faculty of Science meeting in early March 2020. The exact date is yet to be announced.
Congratulations, Deng for your well-deserved success! We are very proud and happy that you’re part of the Q-quatics’ family.
Update on this story (source: Sea Around Us):
At a ceremony held on 9th of March 2020 presided by Dr. Meigan Aronson (Dean of Science, UBC), Dr. Palomares together with nine other brilliant researchers from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Michael Smith Labs and the departments of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Botany Mathematics, Chemistry, and Microbiology and Immunology, were awarded for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of fisheries research at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.
Dr. Aronson commended Dr. Palomares on her two-decade professional journey at UBC and recently for motivating the Sea Around Us staff and volunteers to implement a newly developed, computer-intensive advanced method of stock assessment developed by Froese et al. –CMSY, to the catch statistics of essentially all maritime countries of the world. “By encouraging this work and making the results available on the Sea Around Us website, Dr. Palomares achieved what has been considered for a long time the ‘holy grail’ in fisheries science,” Dr. Aronson added. [Watch ceremony here]
In the latter part of 2019, Dr. Palomares also received a recognition for her outstanding efforts as Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science from the journal’s Community Support Fund.