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Festivities to mark opening of Engineering Lab Wing

UVics Engineering Lab Wing will be officially opened on Oct. 19 consolidating the labs of the Facultys three departments computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineeringin state-of-the-art facilities.

The lab wing was built to meet the challenge of the computer age. If all the fibreoptic cable winding through the building were laid end to end, it would stretch from Victoria to Campbell River. The 3,500 fibreoptic computer outlets in the lab wing enable students and faculty to plug in their laptops and work virtually anywhere in the building.

Near the entrance to the building, a welcoming figure, carved from a cedar log by Coast Salish artist Floyd Joseph, will be unveiled and dedicated in public ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14. The Lab Wing will be officially opened at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19. The ceremony will mark the beginning of an Engineering Open House. Self-guided tours of the Lab Wing and its exhibits and displays are available from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

Richard Underwood, NASAs head of space photography, will show his highly-praised show of photographs from space at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the David Lam Auditorium and at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and noon Oct. 21 in Human and Social Development Building A240.

Canadas first female astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar, will deliver a Presidents Distinguished Lecture Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, as part of the open house. All the events and attractions are free and open to the public.

SUB expansion on target

The Student Union Building will open its new doors on Nov. 16, the day students return from reading break, according to UVSS Director of Services Theresa Sabourin. The buildings expansion was funded substantially by students themselves along with contributions from the provincial government and the University. The result of several years of debate and planning, it will more than double the size of the SUB. The new wing features a large multi-purpose room, divisible by curtains into smaller sections, that will house concerts, club and course union events, and other happenings. There is also an eating area with four fast food outlets, including the relocated health food bar and a bakery. Felicitas will be divided into two sections: a pub with a full pub menu and a night club. Sabourin says that all the new facilities and services will open in November except the night club, which is scheduled to open in January.

UVic courses offered at Royal Roads U.

This fall more than 300 UVic students are attending classses amid strolling peacocks and wandering deer at the Colwood campus of Royal Roads University. B.C.s newest university is offering a selection of Camosun College and UVic courses until it develops its own curriculum.

When the historic campus re-opened its doors on Sept. 5, people were already waiting to take advantage of UVics offer to accept people without the Universitys published entrance requirements into first- and second-year courses where space was still available. Several courses filled quickly, and some had waiting lists. UVic students have access to the Royal Roads library, and a shuttle bus, free to UVic students, makes regularly scheduled daily trips between the Gordon Head campus and the Royal Roads campus.

Dr. K. George Pedersen, a UVic vice-president from 1975-78, began a one-year appointment as Royal Roads President on Oct. 1. Pedersen is no stranger to presidential duties, having served as president of SFU, UBC, the University of Western Ontario, and the new University of Northern British Columbia.

Environmental law, ocean acoustics chairs established

Lawyer, political economist, and environmental scholar Professor Michael MGonigle has been appointed to the newly established UVic Chair in Environmental Law and Policy, and Dr. Ross Chapman, who has carried out research for the past 20 years with Defence Research Establishment Pacific, has been appointed Senior Chairholder of Canadas first chair in ocean acoustics.

I see the main thrust of my work as analyzing the dynamics of structures working against environmental sustainability, says MGonigle, whose chair is funded by the federal governments Eco-Research Program and a permanent endowment established with funds from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., the Ministry of the Environment, and the Notary Foundation of B.C.

Chapmans chair enables him to continue an established and highly successful research program on ocean sediment properties and sea life movement. It is funded by the DND, NSERC, and UVic.

$3.35million supports pollution-free transportation effort

A five-year UVic project to develop fuel cells to drive pollution-free hydrogen-powered vehicles has received $3.35 million from NSERC, British Gas Investments (Canada) Ltd., and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at UVic (IESVic) will work to advance current technology and develop practical, efficient fuel cells using hydrogen to power cars, buses and trains. The only byproduct will be pure water.

Alumni Job Finding Club wins national award

Career Search Strategies, a.k..a. the UVic Alumni Job Finding Club, has been chosen co-winner of the Program/Service of the Year Award by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. The subject of a feature article in the last issue of the Torch, the Job Finding Club is run by the UVic Student Employment Centre and funded by Human Resources Development Canada, the UVic Alumni Association, and the 1995 UVic graduating class.

Provosts lectures showcase top faculty

The diverse interests and talents of UVics faculty members will once again be in the spotlight throughout the 1995/96 Provosts UVic Faculty Series. The series was established in 1993 to mark UVics 90/30 Anniversary year and to offer the community the opportunity to hear and meet a sample of the Universitys highly-talented faculty members. This years remaining presentations, which all take place in Human and Social Development Building Room A240, are:

Dr. Peter Stephenson (Anthropology) on A Persistent Spirit: Towards Understanding Aboriginal Health in British Columbia, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m; Dr. Tom Buckley (Biochemistry & Microbiology) on Making Science WorkHarnessing Toxins and Enzymes, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.; Dr. Janet Bavelas (Psychology) on Debunking Body Language: New Research on Non-Verbal Communication, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.; Dr. Maria Stuchly (Electrical & Computer Engineering) on Health Effects of Power Line Fields: Science and Myths, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

UVic Speakers Bureau at your service

Looking for a fascinating speaker for the next meeting of your organization? Look no farther than the UVic Speakers Bureau, a free community service operated by Public Relations and Information Services. Now in its 15th year of operation, the Bureau books UVic faculty and staff members for 200-300 speaking engagements annually. The current list of topics includes some 300 subjects from Privacy and Information Technology to Unlearning Racism. To receive the 1995-95 Speakers Bureau Guide, phone (604) 721-8587.

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