UVic Torch -- Spring 2004
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Klatsassin: A “great unsolved mystery”


PEOPLE UVic’s Board of Governors has unanimously reappointed President David Turpin to a second five-year term, carrying him through to Aug. 31, 2010. Board Chair Eric Donald calls Turpin a “dynamic administrator capable of developing consensus and respect even while make tough decisions in difficult times.” Among his accomplishments, Turpin has led the completion of the university’s strategic plan and 600 new student residences will be open as of this August, making it possible to offer housing space along with offers of admission to all first year students…Former Vikes basketball stars Eli Pasquale and Robbie Parris have had their achievements commemorated in banners with their names raised to the ceiling of McKinnon Gym.

TEACHING: Put on your detective’s hat and try to solve one of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History on new Web pages intended to appeal to students and anyone with an interest in the past. History Prof. John Lutz is the co-director of the project. One case concerns the bloody 1864 battle between the Tsilqhot’in people and the colony of BC. The other surrounds the death of a 12-year-old Quebec girl in 1920. Visit www.canadianmysteries.ca.

RESEARCH: The latest additions to the university’s stable of Canada Research Chairs specialize in vision development and the intersection of books with computers. Robert Chow holds the CRC in retinal and early vision development, paying particular attention to hereditary vision problems and biology of the retina. Raymond Siemens comes to the university to be the CRC in humanities computing. He’s interested in understanding the best ways to treat electronic books, news, and magazines. UVic has 20 Canada Research Chairs… Galactic Cannibalism explains why the third brightest star in the sky, Arcturus, behaves so much differently from other stars in the Milky Way. Astrophysicist Julio Navarro and colleagues argue that our galaxy absorbed Arcturus about 10 billion years ago from another group of stars. The theory challenges assumptions that galaxies formed on their own.

GIFTS: The Faculty of Business has received $500,000 from Mary Orr. The Vancouver woman made the gift in memory of her husband, business leader Bill Orr. Her grandson is a UVic Business student and she says she was inspired by the education he’s received. The endowment will support scholarships and leadership skill development…Five new scholarships are being established for Visual Arts students thanks to a $230,000 gift from the estate of Victoria arts supporters Maurice Johnson and Audrey St. Denys-Johnson.

ODDS & ENDS: The Faculty of Education seeks nominations for the 2004 Distinguished Education Alumni Awards. Deadline is Aug. 31. Go to www.educ.uvic.ca/alumni for details… The Point, the Saanich oceanfront residence left to the university by the estate of Michael Williams, has been sold for $4.65 million. Proceeds settled mortgages on the home and other properties Williams gave to UVic. The balance will support the public display of the Williams art collection left to UVic and other programs.

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