Dr. Eric Manning (computer science/electrical and computer engineering) delivered the 32nd annual Basterfield Lecture at the University of Regina in May. Basterfield lecturers, sponsored by the U of R faculty of science, deal with the influence of science and technology on society. Manning's talk dealt with "how computers, telecommunications and the Internet are likely to touch people's lives in the near future. Technical jargon was kept to a minimum." The lecture series honours the memory of Dr. Steward S. Basterfield, former dean of Regina College, and brings outstanding scientists and engineers to Regina to present their ideas. Manning described the evolution of microelectronic chips and communications networks, and how they’re likely to change in the next few years.
After more than 20 years of service as a technical typist in mathematics and statistics department, Georgina Ann Smith has left the department due to a protracted illness. Smith joined the department in October 1978 and remained there, except for a three-month stint in the school of physical education. As a technical typist specializing in math papers, Smith was skilled in the intricacies of the TeX and LaTeX typesetting packages and her layouts of mathematical formulae and equations serve as models for others. "Editors and publishers of mathematical literature made frequent complimentary remarks on her work," says Charlie Burton, the department's administrative officer. "She'll be greatly missed by all members of the department, and we wish her a speedy recovery."
Martin Segger, director of the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery and a professor in the department of history in art, has been elected a fellow of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA). Membership in the CMA College of Fellows, a lifetime award, is limited to 30 Canadian museum professionals at any one time.
UVic student Philip Weiss won a silver and a bronze medal at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain last week. Weiss came second in the men's 200-metre individual medley and placed third in the 200-metre butterfly. Vikes rower and UVic's female athlete-of-the-year Buffy Alexander was a member of the Canadian women's eights that won a bronze medal at the last World Cup rowing regatta of the season earlier this month at Lucerne, Switzerland.
The following appointments were confirmed at the June meeting of the UVic board of governors: Dr. Michael Edgell, to a four-year term as assistant dean for the faculties of humanities, science and social sciences; Dr. Peter Stephenson, chair of anthropology for a three-year term; Dr. Nigel Livingston, director of the centre for forest biology for a two-year term; Ian McDougall, acting chair of theatre for one year; and Dr. Daniel Hoffman, acting director of the laboratory for automation, communication and information systems research, for one year. All appointments took effect at the beginning of this month.
Dr. Cornelia Bohne (chemistry) has been named to a three-year term on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) grant selection committee for inorganic/organic chemistry. Membership on NSERC grant committees is reserved for grantees who have achieved a high level of recognition among their peers in their area of expertise. Bohne's research is concerned with photophysical/photochemical probes of the dynamics of molecular mobility in biological systems.
Jim Hays, coordinator of operations and facilities in athletics and recreational services, has been named to the board of directors for the 2000 B.C. Summer Games, taking place in Victoria, July 27-30. Hays is in charge of registration and results. The games are expected to attract 4,000 athletes, coaches and their families from across B.C. to participate in 30 sports at venues across Greater Victoria, including UVic.
Dr. Lily Dyson (educational psychology and leadership studies) has been awarded a research grant of $22,440 from the Department of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism) to study self-concept and ethnic identity among recent Chinese immigrant children in Canada. She'll interview 240 school-aged children and analyse a wide range of potential determinants of ethnic identity and self-concept, including school climate, length of stay in Canada, English proficiency, and other personal and family characteristics. Her findings will be useful for evolving educational practices and government policy on multiculturalism and will shed light on social and cultural problems associated with immigration and minority status.
Dr. Lynn Kirlin (electrical and computer engineering) has won the best paper in geophysics award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The topic of Kirlin's paper is a new way of processing 3-D seismic exploration data to enhance visualization of geological boundaries beneath the surface. The locations of faults and other up-thrusts are of particular interest for finding pockets of energy-bearing hydrocarbons such as gas and oil. Kirlin will pick up his award at the society's annual meeting in October.
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