The Ring

Five years into the crisis: What lies ahead?

Tue, 2012-11-27 15:34

A dynamic and engaged group of 100 students, academics and retirees filled a UVic lecture hall on Nov 21 to learn from and ask questions of a panel of experts about the current world economic crisis.

Soundscapes: What does visual art sound like?

Tue, 2012-11-27 15:04

Raychel Harvey and creamic mushrooms by Alma and Ernst Lorenzen for which she an
Raychel Harvey and creamic mushrooms by Alma and Ernst Lorenzen for which she and another student created a soundscape.

This past term, Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier challenged the students in her Anthropology of Sound course to create their own soundscapes using techniques they learned in class. First stop, The Legacy Gallery to find their favourite piece of art.

Grad mixes classroom and experiential learning at O.U.R. Ecovillage

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:01

Zimmer in an ancient coastal redwood forest. Photo: Marc deMontigny
Zimmer in an ancient coastal redwood forest. Photo: Marc deMontigny

A summer camping trip in Haida Gwaii brought political science student Kat Zimmer an unexpected epiphany. “I was surrounded by natural beauty, and I thought, my academic life must reflect my passion for the outdoors,” remembers Zimmer. That moment became the catalyst for a change in her academic career. “I didn’t know about the environmental studies program and that it could also be political,” says Zimmer, “I was so excited that I could bring politics and the environment together.”

Grad’s climate change research helps communities

Wed, 2012-10-31 11:30

Jensen. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Jensen. Photo: UVic Photo Services

After years studying rain gardens, green roofs and climate change, Chris Jensen will graduate this month with an MSc degree in geography. As a master’s student, Jensen began a project on how to manage rainwater where it falls, rather than directing it into storm water systems buried under city streets. Green roofs, rain gardens and permeable paving materials are some of the strategies that were evaluated to determine how they could mitigate the impacts of more extreme rainfall brought on by climate change. 

Tla-o-qui-at student shares knowledge in Ghana

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:30

Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians
Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians

Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies (minor) student Hjalmer Wenstob went to Ghana this summer as a First Nations research apprentice under the mentorship of geography professor Dr. Phil Dearden. Wenstob, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, whose traditional territory is around Tofino, was interested in learning about eco-tourism and community-based conservation practices in other parts of the world.

Day in the life: Barb Roberts, External Relations and Development Officer, Faculty of Social Sciences

Tue, 2012-07-03 11:43

Roberts. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Roberts. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“I love my job”, says  Barb Roberts, “but it is not for everyone. Most people tell me they couldn’t do it, or they would hate it.” As the Faculty of Social Sciences’ development officer, Roberts is responsible for securing funding for innovative and important research and teaching activities as well as scholarships and bursaries. She works behind the scenes connecting with individuals, businesses, government agencies and foundations all in an effort to promote UVic’s amazing students and researchers.

UVic Professor Cornelis “Kees” van Kooten

Wed, 2012-06-13 13:01

UVic Professor  Cornelis “Kees” van Kooten (Economics) has been made a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES). Prof. van Kooten is highly respected for his outstanding contributions to research in the area of agricultural and resource economics. He has over 25 years’ experience in natural resource economics and has been a consultant to various governments, the United Nations, and the World Bank, among many non-governmental organizations. The Canadian Agricultural Economics Society is a professional society that encompasses all faculty and graduate students in departments of agricultural, food and natural resource economics in Canada. A committee of the society makes recommendations for the award of a Fellow based on outstanding research in agriculture research.

Psych grad’s “Just Do It” attitude takes her far

Thu, 2012-06-07 11:47

Geres-Smith. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Geres-Smith. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Working hard is how Rhonda Geres-Smith approaches everything in her life, whether it is martial arts, boxing, or her current goal of becoming a school psychologist. As this year’s recipient of the Jubilee Medal in Social Sciences, she has proven hard work really does pay off, achieving the highest undergraduate grade-point average in the faculty.

Children’s residential school art portrays a truth

Tue, 2012-05-01 11:36

L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George
L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George), Joyce Underwood. Photo: Gary McKinistry

Human faces, landscapes, cultural stories, wildlife and abstract shapes are just some of the depictions found in a collection of children’s art created during the years 1958-60 at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Each piece of art tells a story about a child who did not have a voice.

Memorial Scholarship established in memory of Leo Tak-Cheung Chan

Thu, 2012-04-26 11:10

Leo Chan's parents (rear), aided by Buddhist practitioner Teacher Ho, plant a tr
Leo Chan's parents (rear), aided by Buddhist practitioner Teacher Ho, plant a tree in memory of their son. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Intelligent, enthusiastic and passionate are just some of the words that describe UVic political science student Leo Chan, who died Jan. 18 of meningococcal disease. On a memorial website, students, friends and professors at UVic also comment on his winning smile and unbounded curiosity about life. “He was passionate in his convictions yet never inflexible or dogmatic. He was a student who inspired his teachers,” said one professor.