People at UVic

Sad farewell to "The Woo"


UVic remembered one of its best-loved teachers at a special memorial service Sept. 28 for Prof. Terry Wuester, a founding faculty member of the law school, who died July 20. Affectionately known as "The Woo," Wuester retired from the university in the spring shortly before being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
During his 21 years with the law faculty, Wuester won its Master Teaching Award five times. When he retired, the award was retired with him and the Terry Wuester Master Teaching Award has taken its place. The 1983 graduating class recently established a bursary in his name and Wuester was further honoured this year with the William Paul McClure Kennedy Memorial Award, the most prestigious law teaching award in Canada.
Wuester was buried in Kansas, where he was born and raised. He is survived by his wife Norma, son Charles, daughter Terry (who is an attorney in Michigan) and two grandchildren.

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Sam Scully retires as VP


Dr. Sam Scully, UVic's popular vice-president academic and provost, has returned to teaching and researching in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies.
During his eight years as VP, the University blossomed. Enrolment swelled from 12,478 in 1988 to almost 16,000 this year. Programs increased and graduate programs expanded. UVic established a wide range of partnerships-with B.C. colleges and with more than 60 educational instutions around the world, particularly in the Pacific Rim. Interdisciplinary research centres were opened and the University attracted many outstanding new faculty members, with the best record in Canada for hiring women.
"We're a stronger university both as a community and an institution of research and teaching. UVic is a very rich community of individuals in terms of the things they do and the values they bring to their work. Because of this, the past eight years has been educational for me in the true sense of the word," says Scully.
Dr. Penny Codding, former chair of the University of Calgary's chemistry department replaced Scully as VP on August 1.

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Blast-off cool for engineering student


A fourth-year mechanical engineering student got the invitation of a life-time when Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk invited her and her boyfriend to attend the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia in Cape Canaveral on June 20. Susan Campbell and Michael Pastula, a mechanical engineering grad student at UVic, flew to Florida to witness the launch first-hand.
Campbell met Thirsk, an adjunct professor in UVic's engineering department, during a co-op work term at the Canadian Space Agency. He later hired her to research the Russian Space Station Mir and prepare a report for Canadian astronauts. This led to the invitation.
Campbell was thrilled: "We were only 3 1/2 miles away, as close as any spectator is allowed. It was really cool."

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Barnes gets Order of Canada


Dr. Chris Barnes says he almost fell off his chair when he heard the news. The 56-year-old paleontologist, who has headed UVic's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences since it opened five years ago, was doing field work in Poland when he heard that he had been named to the Order of Canada. Barnes was recognized as a "scientist, professor and research leader whose achievements have given Canada a unique edge in the field of earth science."
World renowned for his study of ancient oceans, he established the leading school in ground water geology in North America at the University of Waterloo and the largest earth sciences department in Canada at Memorial University.
The Order of Canada honours Canadians who have made significant contributions in a range of fields including the sciences, arts, public service and community work. Barnes will join 71 distinguished Canadians at Rideau Hall this autumn to be invested in the Order.

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Campus newsmakers


Dr. Elaine Gallagher, School of Nursing, was presented a YWCA Women of Distinction award in the research and scholarship division for her work on elder abuse and gerontologic nursing. Co-op student in recreation management Suzanne Cochrane is the Young Woman of Distinction for her new ideas in managing tourist and forestry centres and Colleen Nelson, associated with the Centre for Environmental Health, won an award in the environment and sustainability category.

Math prof Dr. Bruce Johnson won the second annual excellence in teaching award from the faculty of science. The inaugural recipient was biochemist Dr. Terry Pearson.

Law grad Drew Duncan was the only Canadian to receive one of ten $40,000 Government of Japan Monbusho scholarships to study international, economic and business law. The scholarship covers $10,000 tuition, a monthly stipend of $2,400, travel expenses to Japan and a research grant. Duncan will be studying for his Master of Law degree at Kyushu University.

Dr. Roger Wolff, from the University of Toronto, was appointed inaugural dean of UVic's faculty of business.

UVic mechanical engineering graduate students swept six of 10 prizes awarded to outstanding research displays at the Advanced Systems Institute (ASI) exchange day in Vancouver in March. The ASI calls the day "an annual knowledge and idea swap meet" that gives students from B.C.'s universities the opportunity to display their research and meet representatives from the province's high tech companies.

Political scientist Dr. Norman Ruff was quoted almost as often as the candidates during B.C.'s May election campaign. From the day former-premier Mike Harcourt resigned (Ruff did 17 interviews that day) throughout the 28-day campaign , Ruff estimates he averaged three interviews a day, in addition to having his own weekly radio show, "In the Ruff," for Vancouver radio station CKNW.

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