Past Award Recipients

The recipients of the UBC Emeritus College Award for Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavours display excellence in their engagement in innovative research, artistic creation, or new applications of previous research.


James (Jim) Zidek - Professor Emeritus of Statistics (2005) - Inaugural recipient of this award

"Dr. Zidek is an internationally recognized leader, indeed, a pioneer, in the development of methodology for the analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data with application to health and the environment, and he has continued that work since becoming Emeritus."

"Prof. Zidek is not only a leader in statistical methodology and its application but has been at the forefront of engaging with policy makers, industry and business providing an exemplar of how scientists can be involved at the heart of decision-making processes outside of academic.”

Since retirement, Dr. Zidek has developed new statistical theory and methods to manage the production of Canadian wood products and statistical methods for the analysis of animal movement, with a special focus on marine mammals. 

Dr. Zidek was selected for his dedication to the development and application of statistical methodology and his profound impact by bringing data-driven solutions in areas such as air pollution, health risk assessment and the optimal management and preservation of national resources.

Please find a video of the Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2021 and the Seminar on Emeriti Serving the Community on June 9, 2021 by clicking on the links.

Please visit the Department of Statistics website for more information on Dr. Zidek's work.