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Archeology students discover ancient clam gardens on Russell Island

Thu, 2013-08-22 10:02

Clam garden excavations
Clam garden excavations on Russell Island

A dozen university students spent part of their summer exploring ancient First Nation villages in the Southern Gulf Islands and discovering 1,000 year old clam gardens on Russell Island — and earned course credit doing it. The UVic “Archaelogy of the Salish Sea” field school provided an opportunity to learn scientific methods and techniques and learn from and listen to Coast Salish Elders.


Student StartUp Challenge 2013 – UVic Wins First Place!

Fri, 2013-06-14 11:15

José Barrios, UVic psychology undergraduate, won first place this month in the Student StartUp Challenge for his research idea, Cognilab. Barrios and others founded the Canadian company with the objective to make academic research more accessible.


Political science grad reflects on family, Croatia and UVic

Thu, 2013-05-23 15:40

Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Ljubic. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Christina Ljubic glows as she talks about her family in Toronto and in Croatia. “My family is very proud,” says Ljubic, “they are all excited to read my thesis on the war.” It is the war – the Homeland War, or the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995) – that shaped and steered a lot of Ljubic’s path toward a master's degree in political science.


To Reunite To Honour To Witness: Legacy Art Gallery exhibit

Wed, 2013-04-24 14:33

Painting by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School
Painting done by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Photo: Devin Tepleski

A unique exhibit of children’s paintings opens May 8 at the Legacy Arty Gallery, “To Reunite To Honour To Witness.” The exhibition is a collection of paintings created by children who attended the Alberni Indian residential School in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”


Coast Salish traditions shared

Tue, 2013-01-08 13:50

Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his kni
Tsartlip Elder May Sam assists anthropology student Silas Holdstock with his knitting project. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Learning Coast Salish traditional knitting from Elder May Sam, and knitters Joni and Adam Olsen was a wonderful experience,” says Rosa McBee, anthropology student. May Sam, Joni Olsen and Adam Olse—all knitters from the Tsartlip First Nation—taught students the basic art form of traditional Coast Salish knitting each week as part of the third-year Anthropology of Art course last term.


Five years into the crisis: What lies ahead?

Tue, 2012-11-27 14:34

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 14:04

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 10:01

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 10:30

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.