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Makerspaces matter

Tue, 2015-03-31 15:58

Wooden skull replica from Victorian stickpin. Images: Courtesy of Maker Lab.

The Maker Lab at UVic, housed in the Technology Enterprise Facility, is a collaborative space of new techniques and old technologies involving the invention of imaginative and often outsized revisions of objects that don’t always exist in the world. Because its research is innovative, multi-faceted and occasionally intangible, it does not easily fit a simple definition.


New research on long history of same-sex unions in US

Mon, 2015-03-30 15:30

Cleves.

The Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear arguments on April 28 in a landmark case on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. One month ahead of the ruling, timely new research by UVic historian Dr. Rachel Hope Cleves is affording critical insights and historical context for the cresting debate on civil rights and full equality of marriage in the US, where same-sex marriage is already legal in nearly 40 states.


The daily lives of 18 UVic students, one blog post at a time

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:55

A collage of photos featuring student bloggers.
My UVic Life features blog posts from 18 undergrad students.

Life for a university student isn’t just essays, exams and ramen noodles—although those are a big part of it. There are also yoga raves, nights of uninterrupted Netflix marathons, awkward icebreakers and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Whether you're a high school student wondering what's like to be an undergraduate student at UVic or a current student looking to share in your classmates’ experiences, you’ll find something new in a blogging project that spotlights student life at UVic.


Virtually here: UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:12

Christian Vandendorpe, UVic's first Honorary Resident Wikipedian, in NZ.
Rotorua, NZ last fall. Photo, courtesy of Vandendorpe.

Christian Vandendorpe is UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian.

A widely respected scholar of semiotics, former magazine editor and author of From Papyrus to Hypertext (2009), Dr. Vandendorpe can also be considered a doctor of Wikipedia—in returning the “pulse” and vigour to Wikipedia pages with his sharp editorial interventions.


Graduating with a provincial contract

Fri, 2014-11-07 08:39

Scollard
Scollard

For recent grad Darcie Scollard (English), the co-operative education program has made her future a lot less daunting—and helped her pocket a contract with the provincial government to carry her into post-grad life.

“As a humanities student, I was particularly worried about life after university,” Scollard says. “Since I became a co-op student, a lot of stress around finding a job after graduation has been lifted off my shoulders.”


Day in the Life: Judy Nazar

Wed, 2014-10-01 17:01

Nazar. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Nazar. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Judy Nazar loves languages—and that passion has led to a long and fulfilling career at UVic.


In memoriam: Daniel Bryant

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:20

Bryant
Bryant

Daniel Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, with his wife Yixi Zhang at his bedside. He was 72 years old. Daniel taught at UVic for 32 years before his retirement in 2008.

He came to what was then the Department of Slavonic and Oriental Studies, which became the Centre for Pacific and Oriental Studies, and subsequently the current department, of which he was the first chair.


Why the First World War still matters—100 years later

Mon, 2014-09-29 16:35

First World War Photo: From the Archie H. Wills fonds – AR394.


UVic historian, poet earn national honour

Thu, 2014-09-11 14:18

Lilburn and Sager. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Lilburn and Sager. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Two University of Victoria scholars have joined the ranks of Canada’s academic elite.

Historian Eric Sager and poet Tim Lilburn have been elected by their peers as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their remarkable contributions to their field and to public life. The distinction is Canada’s highest academic honour.


UVic to lead $5.5 million research project on forced dispossession of Japanese Canadians

Thu, 2014-08-21 19:04

Maple Leaf Grocery, Powell Street, Vancouver. Kariatsumari Family collection. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF NIKKEI NATIONAL MUSEUM.

A multi-partner, seven-year, $5.5-million research project, Landscapes of Injustice, announced by UVic on Aug. 27 will culminate in an interactive travelling museum exhibition to tell the story of dispossession of Japanese Canadians.