The Ring

King to study internet voting

Thu, 2012-10-04 08:34

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 08:33

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.

UVic employee becomes climate leader

Wed, 2012-09-26 08:35

International ed award to Russell

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:19

Carolyn Russell, Director of Student Recruitment, was honoured with the 2012 International Education Distinguished Service Award of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) in June in recognition of her significant contributions to advancing the international education interests of the province. With 12 years of experience at UNBC prior to coming to UVic, Russell has become a well-known face to the international education community. A BCCIE statement acknowledged that the scope of her knowledge and experience makes her an invaluable resource for those seeking information and insight on international education.

Writing student wins fiction prize

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:08

Fourth-year undergraduate Department of Writing student Cody Klippenstein recently won the 2012 Fiction Prize for The Fiddlehead, the University of New Brunswick’s literary journal. Her winning story, titled “We’ve Gotta Get Out of Here,” was originally submitted as an assignment for a workshop class led by writing associate professor Lee Henderson. Henderson describes the story about an Asian punk rock girl living in Vancouver in the early 1980s as “basically pitch-perfect.”

Baird publishes updated guide to CP stations in BC

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:07

Ian Baird (microforms) has published a significantly revised and updated edition of his richly illustrated Historical Guide to Canadian Pacific Railway Stations in British Columbia. In his foreword, Martin Segger (retired director of UVic’s Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery), remarks that “Baird leads us on a fascinating exploration of the architectural and social significance of these monuments [many of which] continue to serve their communities, albeit in a new life, as restaurants, museums, art galleries, tourist centres, even private homes.” It is available at local bookstores, including the UVic Bookstore.

Gann receives VIATeC award

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:05

Dale Gann received the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion in May. The award recognizes a person who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least ten years. Gann is president of UVic’s Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) and the Marine Technology Centre. Recognized as a pioneer of the Victoria technology community, he was instrumental towards establishing a critical mass of technology-based companies in Greater Victoria. VITP accommodates 35 technology companies employing 1,100 people.

Hoffman receives Order of Canada

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:04

Paul Hoffman (Earth & ocean sciences, adjunct) was named an officer of the Order of Canada on June 29 for advancing the field of geology, notably through his landmark research on the Precambrian period of Earth’s history.

Moran appointed president, CEO of ONC

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:03

On July 1, internationally renowned ocean engineer Kate Moran began a five-year term as president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), the UVic organization that manages the world-leading VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada subsea networks. She succeeded founding president and CEO Dr. Martin Taylor, who retired on June 30. Moran joined UVic in 2011 as director of NEPTUNE Canada. Prior to that she was assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.

Horowitz awarded RRU honorary degree

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:01

Myer Horowitz (educational psychology & leadership studies, adjunct) received an honorary degree from Royal Roads University on June 14. Throughout his long and distinguished career in education, he has provided guidance and insights to programs from kindergarten to post-secondary. He served as president of the University of Alberta from 1979 to 1989. At Royal Roads, he is chair of the university’s Research Ethics Board, an adjunct professor of education and a member of the advisory board in the School of Communication and Culture. He is the acting director of UVic’s Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy and a research fellow with the Centre for Youth and Society.