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June 30, 2011

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UVic Writing Prof Named To Order Of Canada

Lorna Crozier, the acclaimed professor of poetry with the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston.
       One of Canada’s most beloved and talented poets, this latest honour comes on the heels of Crozier being recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009, and her winning of UVic’s Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression in 2010. With 15 books of poetry behind her and a number of awards—including the Governor General’s Literary Award—as well as a pair of honourary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature and her designation as a Distinguished Professor at UVic, Crozier is in the enviable position of being highly regarded by her peers and universally loved by the students and writers she has mentored over her 20 years at UVic.
       She will be honoured at a special celebration at Rideau Hall in Ottawa this fall, alongside a select list of other notable Canadians, including the celebrated likes of novelist Nino Ricci, comedian Eugene Levy, science broadcaster Bob McDonald and musician Valdy.
       The Officer of the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. Over the last 40 years, more than 5000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order, including UVic President Dr. David Turpin and School of Music professor emeritus Ian McDougall.
       For more information visit www.lornacrozier.ca and http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=72

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Lorna Crozier (Writing) at 250-652-3956 or lcrozier@uvic.ca
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UVic Board Gives Green Light To New Centre

The University of Victoria’s Board of Governors has approved funding for the construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and the renovation of the McKinnon Building.
       Among other features, the project will include a performance gymnasium, field house and a state-of-the-art fitness and weight-training space. It will greatly enhance UVic’s health-related research and educational programs by providing room for teaching and research for the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.
       The centre will also include research and development space for CanAssist—a UVic organization that develops and delivers technologies, programs and services that improve the quality of life of those with disabilities. It is unique in North America.
       “We’re excited about this important step,” says Associate Vice-President Student Affairs Jim Dunsdon. “With funding approval, we’re on the way to providing more learning and research opportunities for students, remaining competitive in recruiting the best and brightest students, supporting UVic’s tradition of athletic excellence, and increasing our ability to address the growing physical activity and recreational needs of UVic students, faculty and staff, and community users.”
       The facility will be funded by a combination of university investment, sponsorship, partnerships, external fundraising efforts, and non-mandatory user fees.
       The project is still in the early stages, but is expected to open in about three years’ time. A formal announcement outlining the details of the project vision will be made in the fall.

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Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-213-1705 or lironim@uvic.ca

Please note that Jim Dunsdon is available for interviews between 1-3 p.m. on June 30. Interviews can be arranged through Maria Lironi.

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UVic Assists In Search For Franklin's Ships

The search for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin will be getting some help from University of Victoria researchers and technology.
       The location of HMS Terror and HMS Erebus is one of Canada’s great mysteries. In 1845, 129 men set sail on these two ships, ready to explore the Northwest Passage and find a safe and reliable route from Europe to the Orient. The Franklin expedition was to last three years but after 18 months, the vessels disappeared. This summer, Parks Canada will be exploring the area off Nunavut’s King William Island, making its third attempt to locate the missing ships.
       Researchers from UVic’s Ocean Technology Lab will be using their autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to assist the Parks Canada team in its search. Using UVic’s specially designed Bluefin-12 AUV, the Parks Canada team will be able to dramatically increase the size of the search area. The three UVic researchers and their AUV anticipate joining the search in August 2011.
       Western Economic Diversification Canada provided $800,000 to the purchase of UVic’s Bluefin-12 AUV in 2009.
       In 2010, the Parks Canada research team made worldwide news when it located the HMS Investigator, one of the vessels that had been searching for the missing Franklin expedition when she sank 155 years ago.
       For more information visit http://web.uvic.ca/~lacir/ocean/mano.php and www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/expeditions/index.aspx
       It is Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary.

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Alison Proctor (UVic Ocean Technology Lab) at (office) 250-853-3934 or (cell) 250-516-8720 or proctora@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-213-1705 or lironim@uvic.ca


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