Volume 13, Number 13 March 10, 2006

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Dept. names get Council OK

A number of University departments will be changing their names for reasons that include amalgamation, a better description of faculty work, and updated spelling.

At its meeting Feb. 23, University Council approved changing the Department of Pathology to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In bringing forward the change motion, the Planning Committee pointed to the need to align the University department with the Saskatoon Health Region Department of Laboratory Medicine. The two have been combined under a single head.

Also in the College of Medicine is a department that is “going for the prize” for longest name on campus, joked Beth Bilson, chair of the planning committee. From now on, what was the Department of Anaesthesia will now be the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management. The new name reflects a change made at the national level when, in June 1998, the Canadian Anesthetists’ Society decided to stop using dipthongs including the “a” before the “e” in anesthesia. Then, in June 2001, it voted to rename itself the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. The new name also better describes the activities of the department.

The final change will see the Department of Electrical Engineering become the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department of Computer Science was consulted and has no objections to the change, Bilson said.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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