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OnCampus Weekly..JUNE 30/06

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U of C profs lead animal care committee

Dr. Joseph Davison and Dr. Ursula Tuor have been appointed chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Health Sciences Animal Care Committee. Davison previously served as chair of the Health Sciences Animal Care
Committee from 2000 to 2003. During this time, he helped co-ordinate successful accreditation visits by the Canadian Council on Animal Care in 2000 and 2003. Tuor has been a member of the Health Sciences Animal Care Committee and the National Research Council—Institute for Biodiagnostics (West) Animal Care Committee—since 2004.

Wirasinghe wins mentoring award

Dr. Chan Wirasinghe, outgoing dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, is the 2006 recipient of the Minerva Mentoring Award, created to recognize a significant contribution to mentoring women of all ages in science, engineering and technology. Operation Minerva brings young women and science mentors together to encourage more female students to choose science, mathematics and technical courses and careers through job shadowing, networking and workshops. Wirasinghe was also the Alberta Women’s Science Network Mentor of the Millennium in 2002.

Alum picks up environmental award

Dean Brawn, U of C alum, Senate member and former president of the alumni association, accepted a 2006 Alberta Emerald award for environmental excellence in the small business category earlier this month for Calibre Environmental, where he is vice-president of business development. Calibre Environmental produces “ecocoat” paint from latex paints that residents of Calgary recycle at fire halls and landfill sites.

Sudan honours archaeologist

Dr. Peter Shinnie, a University of Calgary professor emeritus and former head of archaeology, has received Sudan’s Order of the Two Niles, one of Sudan’s highest honours.
Shinnie is being recognized for long and meritorious service in the Sudan, particularly for his archaeological research at the site of Meroe, the capital of the first civilization of black Africa. Shinnie has written the standard text on the subject and recently produced the last of a series of scholarly volumes on his excavations.

Conferences highlight P3 projects

U of C shared hosting duties with the Banff Centre for this year’s Western Canadian University Physical Plant Administrators (WCUPPA) conference, held at the university and the Banff centre in early June. Campus Infrastructure Associate VP Steve Dantzer, along with Direct Energy VP Peter Dixon led the conference on public-private partnerships in capital projects. Other Campus Infrastructure presenters were: Hans Luu, environmental management co-ordinator; Margot Willox, manager of space planning; Brad Boser, campus services manager; Brad Knudtson, information technology manager; Sam Smalldon, associate director of finance; and Farid Vasanji, manager of finance.
Richard Ogilvie, general manager of Materials Management, also joined Dantzer and Dixon to present P3—Public/Private Partnership in Capital Projects, at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) 2006 conference in Montreal in mid-June.

Prof acts as observer in Mexico election

Dr. Julia Murphy, assistant professor in the department of anthropology and a fellow in the Latin American Research Centre, will serve as part of a delegation of international observers during Mexico’s upcoming general election. The delegation has been organized by San Francisco-based Global Exchange and Alianza Civica, an independent Mexican organization. Murphy will be in Mexico June 26 to July 6.