Luciana Duranti, a professor of Archival Studies in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, has been named academic of the year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C. (CUFA BC).

Duranti has been honoured for her contribution to the world community resulting from her research in the creation, maintenance and long- term preservation of reliable and authentic electronic records.

A committee of CUFA BC representatives selected Duranti for the award.

Prof. Stan Hamilton has been appointed acting dean in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Hamilton will serve to Aug. 1 when new dean Daniel Muzyka begins.

Hamilton is currently associate dean of Academic Programs and Student Services in the faculty.

Dr. Carol Herbert, former head of the Dept. of Family Practice, has been named dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) for a five-year term.

Herbert, who obtained her undergraduate and medical degree at UBC, joined the department in 1982 and served as head from 1988 to 1998. Her research interests include the patient-doctor relationship, behaviour change and family violence and sexual assault.

A leader in providing services for sexually abused children, Herbert was the founder and co-director of the Shaughnessy Hospital Sexual Assault Assessment Service.

Her appointment to UWO is effective Sept. 1.

Educational Studies Prof. Charles Ungerleider was recently named deputy minister of Education for B.C.

Ungerleider's research interests focus on multicultural, media and citizenship education. He has worked with a variety of public agencies including school districts, police agencies and both federal and provincial ministries and departments.

Ungerleider was serving as associate dean, Teacher Education, when he was seconded to the position for a two-year term.

Psychiatry Prof. Emeritus Juhn Wada has received the William G. Lennox award, the highest honour of the American Epilepsy Society.

The special recognition reflects Wada's career achievements as a neuroscientist, researcher, physician and mentor.

Wada, a consulting neurologist at UBC Hospital, developed a diagnostic test to help brain surgeons assess speech and memory function and a new surgical treatment for epilepsy patients.