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New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

The University of Victoria is taking a lead role this year in the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) to establish an online inventory of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by local museums.


Digitized early map of London continues to bridge time

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:39

Map of Early Modern London - MoEML - London Metropolitan Archives Agas map
Image from MoEML. Credit: The Agas map is used by MoEML with permission from London Metropolitan Archives.

You could walk across London of the 1500s in about 20 minutes. And now, thanks to the survival of a 450-year-old woodcut map, Shakespeare’s world can also "open up to us like a Google map,” says Dr. Janelle Jenstad (English), project director of UVic’s constantly evolving Map of Early Modern London (MoEML).


Awards honour great teachers, TAs

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:50

Blades. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Two outstanding classroom leaders who are known for their dedication and innovation to the teaching process have been given Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching.


Eclectic Masterminds lecture series returns with glaciers, zombies, music and linguistics

Thu, 2015-04-02 10:30

A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.
A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.

This year’s series of Masterminds free public lectures traverses an eclectic terrain of ideas. A singer, trombone player and a tuba player meet on stage to play music and tell stories about some of their life-changing musical experiences. A computer scientist compares historical and current photographs of mountain glaciers as part of an investigation into the effects of climate change in the West. A medical anthropologist combines research, storytelling and zombie metaphors as part of a cautionary tale of stress in our culture. And a linguist and app developer uses sound and video to demonstrate how we produce language.


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.