The Ring

Lau awarded

Thu, 2010-12-09 14:37

Dr. Francis Lau (health information science) is the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Health Informatics Award for outstanding leadership in the field of health informatics. Lau's work was recognized at a gala event in Toronto hosted by the Canadian Health Informatics Association and the Information Technology Association of Canada. Lau heads up the eHealth Observatory, a national research initiative, jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Canada Infoway, to monitor the impact of health information system deployment and electronic records adoption in Canada. He holds the Applied Health Services and Policy Chair in eHealth. More info:

Stajuhar, Funk awarded

Thu, 2010-12-09 14:34

Dr. Kelli Stajuhar (nursing and Centre on Aging) and post-doctoral student Laura Funk recently received the Anselm Strauss Award, a prestigious research honor from the US National Council on Family Relations—a professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. They were acknowledged for a cutting-edge article critiquing methods used in research on families. They claim that one downfall of basing research on interviews alone is that sometimes what people say and what they do are very different. They recommend addressing this by repeating interviews over a long period of time and combining them with observation.

Every picture tells a story

Mon, 2010-12-06 10:02

Sandy Riddett, grandson Simon Riddett and cousin Benjamin Riddett reading at the bookstore.

Grad promotes social entrepreneurship

Sun, 2010-10-31 23:00

A photo of Gupta and Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
Gupta and Jean. PHOTO: MCpl Jean-Francois Néron, Rideau Hall.© 2009 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

From an early age Master's of Public Administration (MPA) graduate Kanika Gupta learned the importance of commitment to community. In high school she started a club to promote volunteering as a way of meeting new people, discovering the community and having fun. Today, she continues to use innovative ways to engage youth around social responsibility.

Social Justice Studies annual lecture

Thu, 2010-09-30 23:00

Dr. Janet Conway (Brock University and Canada Research Chair in Social Justice) will deliver a free public lecture entitled "Is the Global Justice Movement Colonial? A Troubling Tale of Indigenous Peoples at the World Social Forum" on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman 105.

My journey from Rwanda to UVic and the UN

Thu, 2010-09-30 23:00

John Nsabimana and Dr. Sibylle Artz (child and youth care).
John Nsabimana and Dr. Sibylle Artz (child and youth care). Photo: UVic Photo Services

I was born in Rwanda, and at the age of seven I experienced the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Without the care and guidance of an adult, I escaped death by walking day and night with my two younger brothers. For over half of my life I lived in a refugee camp in Uganda characterized by food shortages, lack of drinking water and violence. I was unable to envision a future where these basic needs were not the central focus of my life.

Day in the life: Mick Scow

Mon, 2010-09-13 09:53

Photo of Mick Scow.
Mick Scow. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of Mick Scow—administrative assistant with Indigenous Governance Programs—isn't greatly different from his days as a master's student in the same program just a few short months ago.

Grad research aids coalition on homelessness

Mon, 2010-09-13 09:00

Photo of Roger Girouard, Tyrone Austen, Bernie Pauly.
L-R: Roger Girouard, Tyrone Austen, Bernie Pauly. Photo: Christine McLaren.

When Health Information Science grad student Tyrone Austen went looking for a master's thesis topic, he wanted to do something that would have impact and make a difference close to home. "I wanted to work on a project that would provide immediate benefits to the community and improve efforts to address homelessness," says recent master's graduate Austen.

New school's focus is public health

Mon, 2010-09-13 08:34

For the first time in 20 years UVic is launching a new school. Starting in September 2011, the School of Public Health and Social Policy in the Faculty of Human and Social Development will offer a Master's of Public Health, a Graduate Diploma in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Community Services through online distance delivery.

Building leaders for the social economy and civil society

Thu, 2010-07-01 17:00

Photo of instructor and students
L-R: Instructor Sabine Lehr and MACD students Carolyn Fast and Stacy Chappel. Photo: Christine McLaren

“Communities and societies are grappling with many challenges in a rapidly changing world,” says Lynne Siemens, professor and graduate advisor in the School of Public Administration. “Addressing them requires new leadership and ways of working with individuals, communities, organizations and governments.”