Speaker: Dr. Santa J. Ono (President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC)

Vancouver-born, Dr. Ono has worked as a professor of medicine and biology at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Ono was named the most notable university president by Higher Education America, and a leader in the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education by The American Council on Education during his appointment as the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati. Once at UBC, Dr. Ono received a Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago Alumni Association, an honour he shares with Carl Sagan. Dr. Ono, an avid cello player, studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. His love for music came from his father, professor Takashi Ono, a former professor in UBC’s Math Department.

Dr. Ono will be accompanied this evening by Mr. Oskar Falta on the cello and Ms. Emily Logan on the piano. Tom Lee Music has generously provided the piano for tonight’s performance.