APRIL 16, 1999

New Ring editor brings wealth of experience

The Ring has a new editor, and an award-winning one at that.

Valerie Shore from Simon Fraser University was appointed editor and information officer with UVic communications services April 1, following the retirement of long-time Ring editor Donna Danylchuk (see story, left). Shore was assistant director (internal), media and public relations at SFU, and editor of Simon Fraser News.

She won a gold medal from the Canadian Council for the Advancement Education (CCAE) in 1998 for her news release on how an SFU researcher used forensic entomology to nab bear poachers, and a gold medal from the CCAE in 1996 when Simon Fraser News won in the best newspaper category. In addition to her 10 years at SFU, Shore was for nine years the associate editor of University Affairs, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada's monthly magazine.

Shore has also had stints as a writer/editor and information officer with both the National Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and, as a freelancer for the past six years, has written, designed and edited a killer whale newsletter for the Vancouver Aquarium. She has also written a soon-to-be-published booklet on whales, dolphins, and porpoises of B.C. for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Shore earned a BA in biology from Queen's University in 1975.

Shore had been acting editor of The Ring since September, while Danylchuk was on leave. She has made several changes to the design and content of the paper over that period, including the introduction of The Ring's new "Viewpoint" opinion feature. More changes are planned.

In addition to her duties as editor, Shore will be responsible for working with science departments to promote their activities and achievements. She can be reached at 721-7641 or through

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