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Source: University of Western Ontario

Western reappoints Dean of Social Science

October 10, 2006

ON. - The University of Western Ontario has announced the reappointment of
Dr. Brian Timney as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. Dr. Timney will
begin a six-year term on July 1, 2007.

Dr. Timney holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Brandeis
University, and has been a member of Western's Department of Psychology
since 1978. He has been Dean of Social Science since 2002, and was Associate
Dean from 1992-2002. His area of research specialization is in Visual
Neuroscience where he has been conducting work on the effects of alcohol on
the visual system. He also has a continuing interest in the visual abilities
of different animal species. Dr. Timney is a widely-published researcher and
is co-author with Professor Margot Northey, Queen's University, of Making
Sense in Psychology and the Life Sciences: A Student's Guide to Writing and

"We are delighted to announce Brian Timney's reappointment," says Provost
and Vice-President (Academic) Fred Longstaffe, Chair of the Selection
Committee. "He is one of Western's most effective academic leaders. Brian
understands the University very well, with exceptional strengths in student
and curriculum issues, where he has provided strong and perceptive guidance
in the development of our New Academic Choices program. Brian also has a
keen sensitivity to the synergies of interdisciplinary work and the
opportunities for collaboration among departments in Social Science and with
other Faculties."

President Paul Davenport, says "Western's Faculty of Social Science is a
major component of our identity as the research-intensive university which
provides the best student experience in Canada. Brian Timney is a
distinguished scholar and academic leader who will build on this tradition
to guarantee future successes for the outstanding teachers and researchers
in Social Science and for the students who are the beneficiaries of their
excellence. We are very proud and pleased that Brian has chosen to serve
another term as Dean of Social Science at Western."

MEDIA CONTACT: Ruta Pocius, Associate Director, Media Relations,
519-661-2111 ext. 85468, via blackberry 519-495-7717.



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