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More honours for Srivastava

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:02

A four-day International Dedication Congress in Honour of Dr. Hari M. Srivastava (professor emeritus, mathematics and statistics) was held in August 2012 under the auspices of Uludağ University at Görükle (Bursa) in Turkey. It was attended by some 250 mathematical, physical, statistical and engineering scientists from all over the world, including Canada. The duly refereed proceedings of this International Dedication Congress will appear in special issues of four scientific research journals published by Springer-Verlag.

Clewley can write

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:00

Writings by Interim Director of Marketing Nick Clewley have graced the pages of the Times Colonist’s Sunday editions lately. On Nov. 4, the judges chose Clewley as the winner among the four finalists in the newspaper’s So You Think You Can Write contest.

Women’s crew earns third consecutive national title

Wed, 2012-11-07 13:56

The Vikes women’s rowing team earned their third consecutive Canadian University Rowing Championship title Nov. 4, adding to their impressive collection of 11 national banners. They won the 2012 CURC title by the narrowest of margins, with an overall points total of 101 with UBC only two points back, followed by Western University with 98. The Vikes garnered two gold medals, one in the women’s eight and one in the women’s lightweight double.

2012 CASN Award recipient

Tue, 2012-10-30 14:13

Lynne Young, School of Nursing professor and associate director of graduate education, is the recipient of the 2012 (CASN) Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing award for excellence in teaching. The award will be presented at CASN’s annual reception in Ottawa on Nov. 13, 2012. CASN is the national voice for nursing education, research and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada. They will be celebrating their seventieth anniversary next year. 

Writing instructor Madeline Sonik wins City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Tue, 2012-10-30 13:13


Department of Writing sessional instructor Madeline Sonik is the winner of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for her acclaimed memoir, Afflictions & Departures. She received the $5,000 prize at a sold-out gala on Oct. 10 at Victoria’s Union Club, emceed by CBC Radio All Points West host Jo-Ann Roberts (who will also be the writing department's 2013 Southam Lecturer). The jurors cited Afflictions and Departures as, “a wonderfully generous book that returns us to one of literature’s touchstones: intensely personal revelation rendered universal. Sonik’s tone—cool and wry—manages to be simultaneously humane and funny.” 2012 also saw Sonik nominated for the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and the $40,000 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for the same book.

Jubilee Medal to Williams

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:54

Dr. Lorna Williams (curriculum and instruction), Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in August for her work in Indigenous Education and the support of Indigenous Youth in international relationship development. She was nominated by Victoria MP Denise Savoie.

Five named to Next Leaders Council

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:37

Five members of the university have been selected by the Business Council of BC to participate in the Next Leaders Council. The group of 50 emerging leaders includes Associate University Secretary Carrie Anderson, Associate V-P Student Affairs Jim Dunsdon, Assistant Treasurer Andrew Coward, Sociology Chair Sean Hier and Greek and Roman Studies Chair Cedric Littlewood. They will be involved in directing the creation of the Next Leaders Forum to engage emerging leaders in shaping the future of public policy and economic development in Western Canada. More:

Dawson reappointed LTC director

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:36

Teresa Dawson has been reappointed director of the Learning and Teaching Centre for an additional five-year term that began July 1. “Under her leadership, the Learning and Teaching Centre has made significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate student learning, to the development of faculty and instructors, and to supporting excellence in the design and delivery of academic programs,” says Associate V-P Academic Planning Catherine Mateer.

King to study internet voting

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:34

Dr. Valerie King (computer science) has been named to a five-member expert panel convened to study what Internet voting could mean for BC. King conducts research in randomized algorithms, data structures and distributed computing. She and four others on the independent panel will examine the pros and cons of the potential implementation of Internet-based voting for provincial or local government elections. Existing laws do not permit Internet voting at either the municipal or provincial level. Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer announced the panel Sept. 10. It includes Archer as chairman, King, UBC associate professor Konstantin Beznosov, East Kootenay Regional District administrator Lee-Anne Crane, and former B.C. auditor general George Morfitt.

Career achievement award to Marks

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:33

Lynne Marks, chair of UVic’s history department, recently received a notable recognition of her achievements to date. She is this year’s recipient of the Marion Dewar Prize, awarded to an outstanding scholar based on the strength of research, teaching and administrative work during her or his career to date. UVic Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald applauds her efforts and as “a fine ambassador” for the university. The annual prize—created in 2004 in tribute to feminist activist and former Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar—is presented by the National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History to Canadian historians who specialize in women’s history.