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Dean of Science reappointed

2015-03-31 15:38

Dr. Rob Lipson has been reappointed for a further term as Dean of the Faculty of Science. “Dean Lipson has served effectively as the public face of the faculty, promoting science throughout the university, in the community and with external agencies,” says Dr. Valerie Kuehne, Vice-President Academic and Provost.

Day in the Life: Daphne Donaldson

2015-03-25 09:11

Donaldson holding a "Keep Calm and Carry On" mug.

You would be forgiven if you believed that Daphne Donaldson had invented the phrase “keep calm and carry on.”  After a 30-year career at UVic and many years as the university’s emergency planner, she concedes that “the moment I hear a fire truck I hesitate because I wonder if something has occurred. I’m attuned to those sorts of noises.”

Day in the Life: Sean Adams, scientific glass blower

2015-03-05 12:21

Adams in glass blowing lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services

There is no question Sean Adams has made his mark on UVic: much of the world-renowned scientific research conducted on campus over the last two decades was produced with the help of instruments he created.

Adams is a scientific glass blower in the Faculty of Science. He creates highly specialized glassworks for use in scientific experiments—the sorts of one-off things you’d never be able get from a commercial or industrial glass producer.

“Researchers here are often creating new science for which equipment does not yet exist,” he explains. “They come to me with very specific needs and I work with them to design or modify equipment for their specific purposes.”

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Anthony H. Birch, scholar of British and comparative politics

Anthony H. Birch, who was Professor in UVic’s political science department from 1977 until 1989, and Chair from 1981 to 1986, passed away on Dec. 13, 2014 at the age of 90.   

Over the course of a long and distinguished career, he published numerous articles and 8 books—all single authored.  His Representative and Responsible Government (1964) and later British System of Government (published in ten editions) remain central texts on UK politics and represent a particular tradition of British political studies, rooted in history and in the main canons of traditional political theory. He was also a student of comparative federalism, nationalism and regional integration.  His books and articles on these subjects have been very relevant to contemporary debates in Britain about Scottish and Welsh devolution. His last book, The Concepts and Theories of Modern Democracy, was published in a revised third edition in 2007, when Tony was well into his 80s. 

UVic VP named to board of academic leadership organization

University of Victoria Vice President External Relations Carmen Charette has been appointed as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, for a two-year term. 

Charette is well-qualified for her new role.  Prior to joining UVic in 2012, she served as senior vice president at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and then executive vice president for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Florin Diacu awarded 2015 Crawford Prize

Dr. Florin Diacu (mathematics) has been awarded the 2015 J.D. Crawford Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mechanics for his study of the motion of celestial orbits and the geometrical nature of physical space. His research on celestial objects whose distances remain constant in time while moving in non-flat spaces (e.g. 3D spheres) built bridges between several branches of mathematics, a feat highly regarded among mathematicians. The Crawford Prize is given every two years to one individual for recent outstanding work on a topic in nonlinear science. 

The spirit of Shelagh Rogers

UVic’s new Chancellor is certainly no stranger to being in the public eye—or ear, as the case may be. Over her many years as a journalist and CBC Radio host/producer, Shelagh (after speaking to her for a few minutes, you really can’t think of her as “Ms. Rogers”) has travelled all over the country, gathering and sharing the stories of thousands of Canadians.

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