UVic Torch -- Spring 2007
Spring 2007,
Volume 28, Number 1

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“Portrait of Michael Williams”
by Godfrey Stevens


Talking climate: No other Canadian scientist was as prominent—or patient with—the news media than UVic climate modelling specialist, Prof. Andrew Weaver. In their coverage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in February, more than 100 reporters from around the world looked to Weaver for his insight on the report and climate change. Weaver, BSc ’83, is a lead author of the IPCC report on climate prediction. He is a 2006 recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award and he holds the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis.

Killam Fellowship: Environmental Studies Prof. Nancy Turner is one of 10 Canadian researchers among this year’s recipients of the Killam research fellowship from the Canadian Council of the Arts. Turner, BSc ’69, will be able to focus two years of full-time research on eco-cultural diversity in First Nations and the defining patterns of knowledge, particularly in the Aboriginal cultures of the western provinces.

Business makes the grade: UVic Business has earned an international accreditation shared by the top business schools around the world. The European Quality Improvement System designation follows an independent, top-to-bottom audit of the faculty. Only five other Canadian schools hold the distinction and worldwide, only 105 business programs have met the EQUIS standard. Among its strengths, the faculty has partnership agreements with 45 universities in 20 countries and 70 per cent of undergrads (and all MBA students) gain international experience at some point in their studies.

Williams art goes to town: The vast collection of contemporary art left to the university by Michael Williams after his death in 2000 will form the heart of a new UVic gallery opening in downtown Victoria this summer. The Williams collection amounts to more than a thousand paintings, sculptures, drawings and collectibles and has been valued at $3.5 million. The new gallery, at 630 Yates St., is in the old TD Bank building and was also part of the Williams estate donated to the university.

New tree-tments: Forest biologist Brett Poulis, PhD ’04, and his collaborators have launched a venture to market antibiotics, topical antibacterial and antifungal creams that are based on research into how Douglas fir trees defend themselves from pathogens during pollination. The discoveries (enabled by advances in proteomics research and the UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre) were made during Poulis’ doctoral work in the UVic Centre for Forest Biology. Poulis is the chief scientific officer of FloraPure BioSciences and the recipient of the Young Innovator Award from the Networks of Centres of Excellence.

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