UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 03 | Feb.
The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering is honouring Prof.
Emeritus Geoff Parkinson for his contributions to the department
throughout his 40-year career at UBC by naming a wind tunnel after him
at a ceremony on campus today.
The "Parkinson Wind Tunnel," located in the Aerodynamics Laboratory, serves as
recognition for Parkinson's devotion to teaching and research in fluid
mechanics during his tenure in the department from 1952 to 1992.
Parkinson is a respected authority on aerodynamics and made extensive use
of wind tunnels in his research at UBC. He helped designed
two wind tunnels
in the department more than 30 years ago that are still in use
the one now named after him.
English and Women's Studies Prof. Sneja Gunew has been selected as
one of six
directors of the international Transculturalisms Project. Sponsored
by the International
Council for Canadian Studies, the project involves six groups of 10
Together with a sister-team based in Brazil, Gunew's team will
define and clarify
the research program titled "The intermingling of cultures and its impact on
Canadian or foreign national identity: past, present, and future."
She hopes to shed light on the cultural implications of the growing tensions
between the increasingly blurred boundaries of the nation state in an era of
globalization and, on the other hand, the growing chorus of voices within the
nation asserting ethnic and indigenous distinctiveness.