UVic Torch -- Autumn 2007
Autumn 2007,
Volume 28, Number 2

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UVic's own asteroid.

Kids and war:
Three faculty members from the School of Child and Youth Care this summer joined Romeo Dallaire’s mission to eradicate the use of child soldiers in Africa. Professors Sibylle Artz and Marie Hoskins together with Philip Lancaster, adjunct professor and military assistant to Dallaire during the Rwandan genocide, were at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Ghana. In Africa there are as many as 300,000 children in more than 30 countries serving as soldiers, human mine detectors, porters, spies and messengers in suicide missions. “The school’s practical experiences with youth violence, gangs and the aftermath of war make this initiative a natural fit,” says Artz. A Canadian senator and retired general, Dallaire, received an honorary degree from UVic in 2005.

RSC honours two: Philosophy Prof. Eike-Henner Kluge, a leader in medical ethics, has been awarded for his contributions to the field with the Abbyann D. Lynch Medal in Bioethics from the RSC: the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. Kluge was the first expert witness in medical ethics to be recognized by the Canadian court system. His current focus is on the ethical issues surrounding electronic health records, informed consent in medical research, and questions about ownership and of genetic material and human tissue. Regarded as the leading Aboriginal legal academic in Canada, Prof. John Borrows has been named a fellow of the RSC. He holds the Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice and his scholarly work is widely cited in courts and classrooms. Borrows is also a past recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. The RSC, founded in 1885, is the country’s oldest and most prestigious academic organization.

Assisting CanAssist: The BC government has given $750,000 to the campus organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with special needs. CanAssist (formerly known as the University of Victoria Assistive Technology Team), began in 1999 and has grown considerably under the leadership of founder Nigel Livingston, a biology professor who has a daughter with a disability. Since its inception, the students, staff, faculty and community volunteers associated with CanAssist have worked on more than 140 projects that address communication, mobility, motion, and human-computer interaction issues. Usually the resulting products are given to clients free of charge.

Digital dissertations: A project led by the McPherson Library and the Faculty of Graduate Studies makes it possible to submit digital copies of dissertations and theses for posting on the web. Alumni with master’s or doctoral degrees can have their research added to “UVicDSpace” by their granting permission to do so. Additional information is online by going to the UVic Libraries Gateway home page at gateway.uvic.ca and selecting the “Digital Initiatives” tab.

A place in space: An asteroid 416 million km from earth has been officially named “(150145) UVic” by its discoverer, Department of Physics and Astronomy research associate Dave Balam. He named the object in tribute to his colleagues in the department. UVic’s asteroid is about 3.5 km long and orbits the sun, between Mars and Jupiter. First spotted in 1996, it took 11 years to confirm its orbit and register the name with the Minor Planet Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Honours for Shields: The top honour from the Canadian basketball community went to Ken Shields this summer when he was named the 2007 recipient of the James Naismith Award from Canada Basketball. Past recipients include Steve Nash. Shields coached the Vikes to seven consecutive national titles between 1980 and 1986.

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