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Date: April 08, 2008

UVic Unveils Its Research All-Stars For 2008

A trailblazing lawyer, a sociologist who works with society’s most vulnerable populations, two innovative mechanical engineers, and a group of contributors to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are winners of the University of Victoria’s 2008 Craigdarroch Research Awards.

“We consistently say our researchers are world-class, and here’s proof,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “All of the individuals we are honouring today are accomplished leaders in their fields who are engaging with the wider community to apply new knowledge for the benefit of society.”

Established in 2003, the annual Craigdarroch awards honour research excellence at UVic. They are named for Craigdarroch Castle, home to the university’s predecessor institution, Victoria College.

The 2008 winners receive their awards at a celebration tonight at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. They are:

Prof. John McLaren
Craigdarroch Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research
Now retired, John McLaren is a leading legal historian in the common law world. His thoughtful examinations ranged from the collision of religious belief and common law to the role of law as a moral regulator in areas such as prostitution, obscenity and public nudity.
Media contact: John McLaren (Faculty of Law) at 250-592-7031 or jmclaren@uvic.ca

Dr. Afzal Suleman
Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research
Mechanical engineer Afzal Suleman is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of smart structures and aeronautical design. But he doesn’t limit his research to the skies. At UVic he has established a vibrant research program with applications in transportation, energy systems, and bioengineering.
(Suleman is unavailable for media interviews.)

IPCC contributors
Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contribution
Among those celebrating the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was a group of physical and social climate scientists connected with UVic who contributed to the IPCC’s global climate assessments. Collectively, these individuals have made UVic an internationally recognized centre of excellence in climate change research.
Media contact: Dr. Tom Pedersen (Dean of Science) at 250-721-7062

Dr. Cecilia Benoit
Craigdarroch Award for Research Communication
Community involvement and the transfer of research knowledge are common threads throughout the career of sociologist Cecilia Benoit, who has worked with Aboriginal women in Vancouver’s east side, sex trade workers in Victoria, and homeless youth.
Media contact: Cecilia Benoit (Dept. of Sociology) at 721-7578 or cbenoit@uvic.ca

Dr. Peter Wild
UVic Innovation and Development Corporation Entrepreneurship Award
As director of UVic’s Institute of Integrated Energy Systems and holder of a research chair in sustainable energy systems design, Peter Wild is committed to moving new technology from the lab to the marketplace. His research includes energy systems for remote communities, wave and tidal energy, and optical sensors for monitoring fuel cells.
Media contact: Peter Wild (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) at 250-721-8931 or pwild@me.uvic.ca
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Valerie Shore (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7641 or vshore@uvic.ca

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