Dr. Santa J. Ono, Biologist, Professor, Researcher, Administrator & Musician: Madeline’s Monthly Musical Tips Blog/Article for February 2021 

Our blog and Radio Show features Dr. Santa J. Ono, biologist, professor, researcher, administrator and musician.   

Many of the world’s biologists, chemists, scientists, medical doctors, mathematicians, engineers, writers, teachers, and others have studied and played musical instruments since they were children. These eminent individuals have integrated music into their thinking process. Also included is an article on listening to classical music and learning to play a musical instrument to stimulate the brain for studying and thinking, and for healing, better work performance, exercise, and stress management.

Our article of the month is “Within Seconds Connect With Others” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.


Radio Show Feature Question for February 2021:  How does Classical music play a part of Dr. Santa J. Ono’s life as biologist, professor, researcher, administrator, and musician and what musical instruments does he play?



The Early Years:

Santa J. Ono’s “parents, Takashi and Sachiko Ono and older brother, Momotaro emigrated from Japan to the United States in the late 50s after Robert Oppenheimer invited his father, Takashi Ono , an accomplished mathematician, to work for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey on the recommendation of André Weil. When it was time to renew their green card, Takashi Ono, moved his family to UBC to be a math professor in the early 1960s. Santa J. Ono was born on November 23, 1962 in Vancouver, Canada at St. Paul’s Hospital.” He was raised in Philadelphia and Baltimore, MD. His younger brother’s name is Ken.

He says , “his love of music came from his father.” At a young age he began studying the cello at Peabody Institute, Preparatory Division. He is also a singer.



High School, University, and Graduate School:

Santa Ono attended Towson high school in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his “BA in Biological Science from the University of Chicago. He then went on to get his PhD in experimental medicine from McGill and became a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.”

He “holds Honorary Doctorates from Chiba University and Vancouver School of Theology” and is “a Eucharistic minister (licensed by the bishop to give communion.)”



Research, Teaching & Administration:

He “conducted critical research on immune system gene regulation and eye inflammation. He’s held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, University College London (UCL), Emory, GlaxoSmithKline Chair of Biomedical Science at UCL; Head of the Department of Immunology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology; Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy to the Provost at Emory; Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Academic Affairs at Emory.”

On September 2010, “he became senior vice president and provost for academic affairs at the University of Cincinnati.”



Having suffered depression as a student, Dr. Ono initiated “a mental health program giving every single UC student five free counselling sessions.”

Dr. Ono, “in exchange for UC not raising undergraduate tuition, he didn’t accept a salary increase or bonus for two years. And once those two years were up, he kept going: his $200,000 bonus in 2015 went to “14 different organizations and scholarships, including a campus LGBTQ center, a local science and technology-focused high school and a program for first-generation college students,” according to the Vancouver Sun.”  

Dr. Santa J. Ono was “the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati and is currently the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.”



He describes himself as a “servant leader,” which is a follower of a philosophy of leadership focused primarily on “the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.”

“I see my job as working on behalf of the entire UBC community. I am working to serve you, and not vice-versa.”

Dr. Ono is married to Gwendolyn (Wendy) Yip and they have two children.


Dr. Santa J. Ono playing cello on March 26, 2020:




Dr. Ono: “Climate change and the transition to a low-carbon future has been and will continue to be one of my key priorities for the university moving forward. At this pivotal moment in our planet’s future, I am committed to helping bring about significant and lasting systemic changes to curb greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability.”

“At UBC, it is my hope that we can work to model a different kind of community—one where we embrace difference and work to build each other up while enacting values of dignity, mutual respect, and justice,” said Ono. “We must work together to eliminate the oppression that remains prevalent and entrenched in our everyday systems, and find a way to support and elevate those who have been traditionally, systemically, and historically marginalized.”

Dr. Ono: “Mental health issues affect students in every year of study, from first year through graduate school. Our goal is to connect students to the right resources and support as early as possible, before difficulties become overwhelming. As someone who struggled with mental health issues when I was younger, I am committed to doing what I can so that no member of the UBC community feels unsupported.”



Dr. Santa J. Ono is a biologist, professor, researcher, administrator, musician, husband and father.   He continues to inspire, motivate, and help students at the college and graduate level to learn and grow.


Within Seconds Connect With Others by Madeline Frank, Ph.D.

Connecting and reconnecting with others is an essential cornerstone for creating a meaningful life. You can connect with others by text or email within seconds.

Over the last 10 months my husband and I have reconnected with many friends, relatives, and colleagues in the United States, England, South America, and other countries within seconds by text and email. We have shared articles, books, concerts, and other treasures to help them stay positive and in good spirits to greet each new day on a positive note. It takes seconds to send a text or email out!

You can grow and rekindle your relationships beginning today.

How are you connecting with others?

Are you speaking to them by text, email, cell, FaceTime, or Zoom?

What new stories of hope, renewal, and connection are they sharing? How are you helping them to be positive and motivated?

Doesn’t it make you feel happier and excited to hear their stories?

What stories, music, articles, and books are you reading and sharing of hope and renewal?

Conversations are another matter:

With this thought in mind, it is understandable that many conversations are agenda-oriented and people are just too busy to talk.

Recently we were attending a virtual religious service and suddenly I received a thought to call a friend I had not spoken to in several years. A few days later I called and asked how she and her family were doing? She responded that they were all “okay”.

Hearing her voice was just wonderful! She shared how her family has never been closer. Each week they all have a FaceTime or Zoom call to talk about what they are doing and write each week to each other. Before 7 months ago, they connected infrequently!

I said, “It is marvelous blessing that your children and grandchildren are all on your weekly FaceTime/Zoom connection.!” She elevated her reply from “okay” to “a more positive feeling!”

We sent her a few articles, a book, and music we were sure she would enjoy by email in under 2 seconds!! She just wrote back a week later, “We are doing fine.”

“It’s an upside!! In every adversity is a seed of hope and renewal!”

Several of our friends adult children have moved from other states to be closer to their parents and help them. They continue working at their jobs by computer! Families are working together and are stronger because of this.

My husband and I called close friends during the resent summer hurricane to see how they were and if they needed any assistance. Our friend said, “our neighbor’s very large old tree fell on our home. We are without power. (They lost power for two weeks during the hottest part of the summer.) She told us over the cell phone, “We are grateful to be alive and well!” She also said, “The local TV news came by and spoke to me about all the damage to our home. She asked us “to record the news show that night as she had no electricity to record it.” We did and sent the 3 second spot to her cell which she has been charging at her neighbor’s house. On the TV News spot our friend said, “We are grateful to be alive and well!”. She was “smiling”! Others were interviewed right after our friend and they were complaining! Our friend is 84 years old! Inspiring!

How to start?

Send off a quick text or email asking how they are and send an article, concert, book, or another treasure that will lift their spirits. It only takes a second or two!!

What are 2 strategies to connect with others by phone or cel?

  1. Each day commit to connecting with 1-3 people. The important thing is to begin building the habit of connecting with others.
  2. Ask them how they are and then ask how their family is?

Listen carefully to what they say and offer your perspective when appropriate. Then share an article, concert, book or something they would enjoy by email or text!

Make this a regular occurrence!

During these stressful times hearing from a trusted, friendly, positive voice gives hope and warmth. All of us need this! Do it weekly! Remember everyone needs to feel cared for and needs to feel hope! © 2021 Madeline Frank

If you need a virtual speaker contact Madeline at: [email protected]



“How Music Keeps Your Body And Mind Healthy. Feel the Music” (Jan. 4, 2021) from Clozette.co

“Musical activities such as  Listening to music and playing an instrument have been found to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, improve memory and concentration, help us manage stress and even give us a good night’s sleep.”

“ Studying an instrument or simply listening to different kinds of music stimulates the brain and gives it a good workout. To understand music lessons or to get the “feel” of a particular piece of music, the brain does a lot of really quick computing. Music keeps the brain active, slowing down the brain’s ageing process and delaying cognitive decline.”

“Studies have also demonstrated the role of music in enhancing the memory or individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In one study, patients with Alzheimer’s did better on memory tests when they listened to classical music.”



The Secret of Teaching Science & Math Through Music” by Madeline Frank, Ph.D. is available in book form, and newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook:


 “Musical Notes On Math” by Dr. Madeline Frank teaches your child fractions and decimals, the fun easy way, through the rhythm of music, Winner of the Parent To Parent Adding Wisdom Award is available in book form, newly updated as an e-book on Kindle, Nook, or iBook.:


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Wishing you and your family a happy Valentine’s Day from Your Non-Invasive Medicine Music Expert, Madeline


For over 30 years, Dr. Madeline Frank has helped children and adults overcome problems through Classical music. Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM is an award-winning teacher, author, researcher, speaker, conductor, and concert artist. She has discovered a scientific link between studying a musical instruments and academic and societal success. Madeline Frank earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Her education has included scholarships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati and she has a violin performance diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts. (C) 2021 Madeline Frank.