Dale Gann is the new president of UVic Properties Investments Inc., which manages the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) in Saanich and the Marine Technology Centre in North Saanich. UVic’s technology parks facilitate the growth of technology on Vancouver Island by providing physical infrastructure that links provincial, national and international resources with emerging or growing technology companies. Many VITP tenants employ UVic graduates and co-op students. VITP has the greatest concentration of high-tech companies and workers on Vancouver Island. The two parks are home to a total of 41 tenants and employ more than 1,350 workers.

Books by UVic history faculty members recently won two awards from the Canadian Historical Association. Dr. Greg Blue was one of the writers of Death by a Thousand Cuts, which explores the infamous form of imperial Chinese capital punishment and was the winner of the association’s Ferguson Prize for best book by Canadians on a non-Canadian history topic. Dr. John Lutz won the association’s Clio Award for best book on British Columbia history for Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations, which examines exchanges, conflicts of meaning, intercultural relations and work.

The UVic EcoCAR team placed second overall at the EcoCAR Challenge student competition in Toronto last month for the design of its fuel-efficient, low-emission car of the future. It is also the winner of the MathWorks Modeling Award and has placed highly in numerous other competitions. The competition marks the end of the first year of the EcoCAR Challenge where 14 US and three Canadian teams work to advance car design by using leading-edge automotive technologies that are also easy on the environment. In year two of the competition, teams will incorporate their unique powertrains into a Saturn VUE. In year three, teams must refine their vehicles to near-showroom quality. More: http://bit.ly/81zbO

Dr. Eileen Van der Flier-Keller (earth and ocean sciences/geography) has been awarded the 2009 E.R. Ward Neale Medal by the Geological Association of Canada for her outstanding efforts to communicate and explain geoscience to the public. Van der Flier-Keller has been a popular participant in the UVic Speakers Bureau, speaking on earth science for children. Her numerous publications include A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles and the South Vancouver Island Earth Science Fun Guide.
Dr. Nancy Turner (environmental studies) and Professor Emeritus Jack Hodgins (writing) have been appointed members of the Order of Canada. Hodgins was recognized for his contributions to Canadian literature and his leadership as a teacher and mentor. Turner was honoured for her work in ethnobotany and her leadership in documenting First Nations traditions.

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