It’s been a busy year for Lorne Babiuk, the University of Alberta’s vice-president of research. In April, he was one of two Albertans to receive the $100,000 Killam Prize for career achievement from the Canada Council of the Arts, in recognition of his work on a vaccine to prevent rotavirus, a disease that killed 500,000 children last year and costs the North American cattle industry $300 million annually. In 2012, he also received the Gairdner Wightman Award for his work, an impressive feat considering that one in four Gairdner Award winners go on to win the coveted Nobel Prize. At the University of Alberta, Babiuk has been instrumental in building international research partnerships, such as the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative, and growing the University of Alberta into the third-largest research university in Canada.