The Ring spins success across the globe

Thu, 2015-02-05 10:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.
Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness about the site.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”

Saying "I do" to a PhD in marriage proposals

Thu, 2015-02-05 10:08

Hoplock in the foreground with a happy couple in the background
Hoplock. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, many couples are busy buying the right gift and booking reservations for romantic dinners. And PhD student Lisa Hoplock is delving into the psychology behind successful and failed marriage proposals.

FOXY peer leader thrilled by Arctic Inspiration award

Thu, 2015-01-15 11:29

FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award.
FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award. Photo: Fred Cattroll/Arctic Net

Makenzie Zouboules, third-year UVic honours political science and writing co-op student, is something of a celebrity in her hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Last month, along with FOXY co-founders Candice Lys and Nancy MacNeill, Zouboules accepted a $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with northern youth. Originally part of Lys’ PhD dissertation on public health promotion, FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a participatory research project aimed at talking with young people about sexual health, sexuality and relationships across the three northern Canadian territories.

Rain garden makes a splash for local school

Fri, 2014-12-12 10:56

Woman at water tap with elementary school kids.
Catherine Orr and Oak and Orca schoolchildren make a splash with rain garden project. Photo: Photo Services.

Landscape architect and environmental studies master’s student Catherine Orr saw her graduate project as a way to connect with a local school and a community about water and the importance of rainwater management.

UVic degree is about learning and action, says grad

Thu, 2014-11-06 22:57

Juricic in Ottawa
Juricic in Ottawa

For Kathryn Juricic, a social sciences graduate, getting outside and seeing impacts of local work makes her passionate to continue this after her studies at UVic. Juricic began at UVic with the intention of moving on after her first year; however, after taking some environmental studies courses she didn’t want to leave.

“I felt I wouldn’t receive the same calibre of learning and atmosphere anywhere else. I was surrounded by inspirational people who were bound together through learning and action,” explains Juricic.

Environmental Studies at 40: learning and growing a greener campus

Thu, 2014-10-02 09:28

James Rowe leads a class at Tl’eches, Discovery Island.
James Rowe leads a class at Tl’eches, Discovery Island.

From the very first plans for the Gordon Head campus, natural features have been valued as a defining force in UVic’s learning environment. And the Environmental Studies program, starting small with a single course in 1975, has grown substantially — not just alongside, but as a driver of green initiatives that have helped transform the campus into an internationally recognized leader in sustainability.

Many of the practices that helped UVic become the only Canadian university to make the Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honour Roll sprouted from Environmental Studies course projects, student initiatives and partnerships across the institution.

Indigenous Mapping Workshop: Q&A with Brian Thom

Tue, 2014-08-19 13:02

Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris using his phone near the ocean.
Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris has mentored youth in working with the UVic-led mapping project. Photo: Chad Hipolito.

Indigenous communities across Canada are engaged in intensively mapping their lands, waters, resources and knowledge. These maps have unparalleled importance today not only for future generations celebrating Indigenous knowledge, but in discussions over land and resource development and the recognition of Indigenous rights.

Viking Age skill-building at the Royal BC Museum

Tue, 2014-07-29 09:50

Shawn Curé plays "Hnefatafl."
Shawn Curé plays the "Hnefatafl" board game constructed by his anthropology group. Photo: Photo Services

The new "Vikings: Lives beyond the Legend" exhibition at the Royal BC Museum is providing an opportunity for some UVic anthropology students to build their knowledge of Viking culture and share in community education at the same time. Jokes about these students' "cutting edge" skills will have to wait, though. While popular culture representations of the Vikings often put axes, raiding expeditions and pointy headgear first, the wealth of the Viking culture and their complex lifeworld was much more varied. And that's just what the anthropology students are helping community audiences appreciate.

Planning on a smaller scale pays off big for grad

Wed, 2014-05-28 15:14


Many people associate municipal planning with large urbanized communities. For geography and environmental studies grad Richard T. Buchan, however, some of Vancouver Island’s smaller communities offered much larger opportunities. Living, studying and completing co-op work terms in Port Hardy, Campbell River, and North Cowichan gave Buchan great opportunities for hands-on learning in community planning.

“I think every student should take the co-op option and apply for work in small towns,” says Buchan, “you gain work experience and often have more responsibilities in a smaller community.”

Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.
Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall. Photo: Melinda Jolley, City of Victoria

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.