Kin Alumni Newsletter

May 20th 2019 | Volume VI

Dr. Cameron Mitchell on aging and muscle shrinkage

Cameron brings with him a unique set of research interests. “I’m interested in how and why muscle grows and shrinks,” he says. “Everything from the molecular mechanisms as to why that happens to how we can use exercise and nutrition to help improve the performance of athletes or maintain physical function as people age.” Cameron’s main questions his current research addresses are: What are the mechanisms underpinning the age-related decline in muscle size and size, and what interventions can preserve muscle size and physical function during aging. More

KIN banner wins Platinum Hermes Creative Award

The School of Kinesiology and UBC Studios are proud to announce that the new KIN banner installed received a platinum Hermes Creative Award in the category of Print Media – Outdoor Advertising on May 1, 2019. More

Andrea Neil BHK 1996

KIN alumna and former Thunderbirds soccer player plays for the National Women's Soccer team 132 times, becomes first female soccer player inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. More

Rachel Ramsden BKin 2013, MPH 2016

KIN Alumna aims to support safe and healthy physical activity opportunities for children through community programming and policy, aims to study the patterns of physical movement of children in outdoor play. More


In Memoriam

Marilyn Pomfret, Professor Emerita (1932 - 2019)

It is with great sadness the School has learned that Emerita, Marilyn Pomfret passed away April 24th, 2019 at Vancouver General Hospital. Marilyn was an important member in the School’s community and will be profoundly missed. She will be remembered for her dedication to equality and cooperation, which opened many doors of opportunity for UBC's female athletes. Our deepest condolences to her husband Jack, and family. More

Details of her Celebration of Life will be provided once confirmed.

Dr. Stanley R. Brown, Professor Emeritus (1923 - 2019)

The School is deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Stanley Brown passed away on March 13th, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. Stanley worked with UBC for 22 years, and was considered an innovator in exercise and exercise science. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Valerie, and family. More

A Celebration of Stan’s life was held at the University Golf Club on Wednesday April 17th, 2019. On the same day, the BC, Musqueam, and UBC flags at the North Plaza of the Life Building (the Old SUB) were lowered in remembrance.


Your Event Recaps

KIN Goes on the Road: North & West Vancouver

On May 9th, 2019, the School of Kinesiology held the second leg of its KIN Goes on the Road Tour in West Vancouver, at the Ferry Building Gallery. On behalf of our Director, Dr. Rob Boushel and Alumni Affairs Manager, Kate Castelo, we would like to thank you for a succesful and enjoyable evening -- special thanks to our evening’s North & West Van Alumni Ambassador, Nikola Girke, BHK 1999, for being such a gracious co-host! We sincerely enjoyed getting to know each one of you, and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship at future KIN Alumni gatherings.

For photos, click here.


Upcoming Events

The Cost of Winning Screening & Discussion | May 30th, 7:00PM

UBC KIN and UBC Athletics invite you to a screening of the Cost of Winning, which explores our obsession with developing elite young athletes and its lingering effects on their development. The screening is on May 30th, 7PM at the UBC Rugby Centre.

The film features UBC KIN Faculty member Dr. Shaunna Taylor. KIN’s High Performance Coaching program director, Dr. Maria Gallo will be facilitating the post-screening discussion.

For the documentary trailer, click here.To RSVP, click here.


KIN Goes on the Road: Surrey | June 11th, 5:30PM

UBC KIN and your Surrey KIN Alumni Ambassador, Dr. Khalid Alibhai, BHK 2007, invite you to an informal get-together at City Centre Library, Room 405, 10350 University Dr on Tuesday June 11th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Come out after work and join us for coffee, tea, snacks and conversation! Dr. Boushel  will be sharing news about the School, and some of its impressive faculty research and innovations!

For more information, visit our Facebook event here. 

Please RSVP to by Monday June 3rd, 2019 to secure your spot. We hope to see you there.

Dr. Boushel’s academic training is in cardiovascular and exercise physiology including the adaptive response to various forms of training in various populations. To read more about our Director and the work he does, click here.


Creating Champions | June 13th, 5:00PM

The School of Kinesiology would like to invite you to attend a lively discussion panel that is intended to promote the most recent professional graduate program at KIN, High Perfomance Coaching and Technical Leadership Certificate and Master's degree.

Come meet top coaches and athletes, and learn how this program will take our athletes to gold!

Creating Champions will take place on Thursday, June 13th, 5-8pm at the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre, 2765 Wesbrook Mall. Panel members include:

Kirsten Barnes CSI Director, former Olympic rower | Dr. Andy Van Neutegem Own the Podium Director | Lorraine Lafreniere Coaching Association of Canada | Jennifer Joyce Current Masters HPCTL student, Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Canadian Sport School | Charles Parkinson Head Coach Camosun Chargers volleyball team, Masters HPCTL alumnus

For more information on the event, as well as to RSVP, click here.

For more information on UBC KIN's High Performance Coaching program, click here.


The Cost of Winning: Screening & Discussion | May 30th, 2019

Congress 2019 | June 1-7th

KIN Goes on the Road: Surrey | June 11th

Creating Champions | June 13th

Homecoming Weekend | September 14th

Running Free: Screening & Discussion | September 18th (details TBA)


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Alumni Engagement Office
UBC School of Kinesiology

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