Susan Bazilli has been appointed director of the International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP) in UVic’s Centre for Global Studies, after serving as its co-director with Marilou McPhedran. McPhedran has left UVic to take a position as chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. She has been on leave from the centre as the visiting professor holding the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. “We are sorry to lose [McPhedran], but we know that she will bring all her expertise and commitment to Saskatchewan in this very important position,” says centre director Gordon Smith, “and we are delighted to continue the work of IWRP with Susan as director.”

David Boyd (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance) appeared before the Riksdag (Sweden’s parliament) this fall as the country approaches the 10-year anniversary of its ambitious blueprint to solve Sweden’s environmental problems within one generation. Sweden’s environment policy is based on 16 environmental quality objectives for different areas, adopted by the Riksdag in 1999 and in 2005. To monitor progress towards the goals, the government has set up an Environmental Objectives Council, which invited Boyd to present an international perspective on Sweden’s efforts. “The Swedes are hard on themselves, but the fact is that they are really light years ahead of Canada,” says Boyd. “They aim high, work hard and are making steady progress. I really feel strongly that their model could work in Canada if we gave it a shot.” Boyd will be advising the council on an ongoing basis as it works towards a new law with updated targets and stronger policies in 2009. For more information visit http://www.miljomal.nu/english/english.php.

Judy Rogers (MPA ’99), Vancouver City Manager, has been honoured with an alumni award of excellence by the School of Public Administration. Rogers, appointed Vancouver City Manager in 1999, is the first woman to hold this prominent position. Her work on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic bid was instrumental to its success. She is a recipient of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal and has been recognized each year since 2003 as one of Canada’s Top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network. Before becoming city manager she pioneered work on emergency daycare services for the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

Dr. Anita Molzahn (nursing) has been awarded the prestigious annual Ethel Johns award from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), presented in recognition of distinguished service to nursing education in Canada. During Molzahn’s tenure as dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (1996–2003) and director of the School of Nursing (1992–96) academic programs in the school grew substantially and the nursing curriculum was recognized as among the most innovative in Canada. Molzahn is acclaimed internationally for her work on quality of life, particularly in the context of nephrology care. Recently she has participated in an international study of quality of life and healthy aging in association with the World Health Organization and colleagues from 22 countries. She is the past chair of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the American Nephrology Nurses Association. At present she is the coordinator of the new PhD program within the school.

Two of UVic’s Canada Research Chairs have recently been renewed for second terms. As the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis, Dr. Andrew Weaver (earth and ocean sciences) is one of the world’s leading climate researchers and has developed one of the most sophisticated climate modelling facilities on the planet. He’s also a prominent and vocal advocate for science-based discussion of climate change and public policy. His tier-one chair is renewed for seven years. As the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Interactions, Dr. Alisdair Boraston (biochemistry and microbiology) studies how proteins interact with sugars—information critical to our understanding of processes such as microbial infection, recycling of plant carbohydrates, cell development, carcinogenesis, immune response and reproduction. His tier-two chair is renewed for five years. UVic currently has a total of 34 Canada Research Chairs.

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