Prof. Ed McBean, Engineering, has been awarded the Camille A. Dagenais Award of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada.
ARTIST RECEIVES AWARD
Prof. Diane Borsato, Fine Art and Music, is one of seven people to receive 2008 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards from the Canada Council for the Arts. Worth $15,000, the prizes recognize mid-career artists in dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing.
PROF A SEMIFINALIST IN TVO BEST LECTURER COMPETITION
Prof. Patrick Parnaby, Sociology and Anthropology, has been named one of 20 semifinalists in TVO's 2009 Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. He was one of four U of G nominees in the competition; the others were Prof. Jamie Gruman, Hospitality and Tourism Management; Prof. Stephen Powell, English and Theatre Studies; and instructor Martin Williams of the Department of Physics. A three-member jury will view video submissions of the semifinalists and compile a “Top 10” list of finalists who will deliver complete televised lectures on TVO's Big Ideas starting Feb. 28.
SOCIOLOGIST GIVES KEYNOTE ADDRESS IN AUSTRALIA
Prof. Myrna Dawson, Sociology and Anthropology, was one of five international speakers invited to give a keynote address at the first International Conference on Homicide, held in Surfer's Paradise, Queensland, Australia. Her talk was titled “Over Three Decades of Change: What Has Been the Impact for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence?” The talk received wide coverage in the Australian media. She also presented two papers at the conference.
RUBIO BOOK SHORT-LISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD
A book by University professor emerita Mary Rubio, English and Theatre Studies, has been short-listed for the 2009 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non- Fiction, Canada's largest literary non-fiction award. Rubio's Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings was one of four books to make the short list, selected from a field of 163 nominated titles. The winner receives $40,000, and each of the finalists receives $2,500. Results will be announced Feb. 2 in Vancouver.
HENRY REAPPOINTED TO ICSU
Prof. Bryan Henry, Chemistry, has been elected to a second three-year term as a member of the executive of the International Council for Science (ICSU). He has also been appointed chair of the ICSU Committee on Finance. Founded in 1935, ICSU aims to strengthen international science for the benefit of society.