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Three professors from the University of Victoria have just received the highest academic honour in the country.

Professor Eike-Henner Kluge of the Philosophy department, Professor Tim Stockwell, director of UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), and Professor Benjamin Butterfield, head of voice for UVic’s School of Music, have all been elected into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

While the professors have varied specializations, all three met the RSC’s single criterion, “excellence”.

The RSC was created in 1883 to help celebrate exceptional scholars, scientists, and artists. It aims to promote learning and research in a variety of academic pursuits.

The three professors

  • Professor Kluge is known for his work in biomedical health information ethics, and has written 13 books and 90 journal articles. He established the Canadian Medical Association’s department of ethics and legal affairs, and provided important analyses to a Senate committee that opposed Bill C-43, which would have restricted women’s access to abortions.
  • Professor Stockwell is a strong advocate for proper public health policies, especially concerning the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Stockwell’s academic contributions have influenced the substance use policies of several countries, including Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and of course Canada.
  • Professor Butterfield is a world renowned operatic tenor whose passion for singing is matched only by his passion for teaching. “With a performance career, the more you’re in the game, the more you’ll be asked to be in the game,” said Butterfield, in a press release.

    “But my obligation is really to teaching … for me, it’s less about pursuing my ‘career’ and more about being here for students who sing, and who want to learn to sing—that’s my day job, that’s my real life, that’s what’s most important.” Butterfield has performed on most of the world’s continents, and has sung in 9 different languages, including English, French, Latin, Italian, German, Polish, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian

The Royal Society of Canada has elected 2000+ fellows over its 134-year existence, 75 of which are current or former UVic faculty members.

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