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Sanseverino profiled

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:08

In a profile in the Vancouver Sun, Mary Sanseverino (computer science) makes an argument that computer science is the new English. Sanseverino wants her students to know the extent to which computer science is used today. She is also a key player in UVic’s Women in Engineering and Computer Science group, which addresses the gender disparity within the sciences. Profile article:

UVic presenters at TEDx Victoria

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:06

The list of presenters for TEDx Victoria on Nov. 17 at the Victoria Conference Centre boasts a number of UVic people, including: drug policy researcher Alan Cassels (health information science); journalist, author and environmental lawyer Calvin Sanborn (Environmental Law Centre); PhD candidate and lecturer Jamie Kemp (medieval studies); and PhD candidate and cave art expert Genevieve von Petzinger (anthropology). Internationally renowned athlete, filmmaker and UVic grad Darcy Turenne (geography/environmental studies) and UVic alumnus and scientific literacy proponent Reid Gower (philosophy) are also on the bill as speakers. Among the artists and performers for the second annual one-day conference is Impulse Theatre, which was founded in 2010 by UVic theatre students.

Federal by-election an all-UVic affair

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:04

Four UVic faculty will square off in the race to win the federal seat of Victoria in a by-election scheduled for Nov. 26. Donald Galloway (law) is the Green Party’s selection; Dale Gann (UVic’s Vancouver Island Technology Park) is the candidate of the Conservative Party; Murray Rankin (law) will represent the NDP; and the Liberal Party selected Paul Summerville (Gustavson School of Business).

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: