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Craigdarroch Research Awards 2011

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:20

Antoniou. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The 2011 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which recognize research excellence at UVic in six categories of achievement, were presented at a celebration event on May 3. “Our university continues to be ranked nationally and internationally as a top research institution because of the talent, creativity and passion of our faculty and students,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “The accomplishments of these award recipients exemplify that excellence and clearly demonstrate how new knowledge is being applied to improve the world around us.”

Sylvia Olsen wins book award

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:03

UVic PhD student (history) Sylvia Olsen is the winner of the Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for historical writing for Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater (Sono Nis Press), which is an elaboration on her UVic thesis on Coast Salish knitters. It is awarded each year for the previous year’s best book about an aspect of British Columbia history. Olsen is also in the running for a Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for the same publication. More info:

Grad student discovers pages from an 1856 BC marriage register

Mon, 2011-05-09 11:10

Fairweather with the document she discovered
Fairweather with the document she discovered. Photo: Robie Liscomb

This past March, I made a little discovery while doing primary source research for a detailed bibliography and history of the book graduate course Old Books in New Libraries. Offered by the French department and taught by Dr Hélène Cazes, this class met in UVic Special Collections. We explored the history and mechanics of book printing, as well as how to write bibliographical notices. We got to spend our time digging through treasures from the library vault, with ancient and unique books brought up by the cartload for us to examine.

Day in the life: Blair Taylor

Wed, 2011-04-27 12:45

Photo of Taylor at his GGV exhibition
Taylor, at his exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Blair Taylor knows a lot about the art of sculpture, and he is adept as well at the art of work-life balance. Taylor, secretary to the dean and associate dean of humanities, is the creator of “You Blew It,” an exhibition that opened at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on April 21 and that runs through July 3. It is comprised of a series of sculptures influenced by Taylor’s dreams, which he has been recording and documenting for many years.

2010/11 Undergraduate Research Scholar: Sinead Charbonneau

Tue, 2011-04-12 10:32

Sinead Charbonneau (women's studies).
Sinead Charbonneau (women's studies). Photo: Marg MacQuarrie

For this research project, I conducted a discursive analysis of mainstream media coverage of the murder of an Indigenous woman in Victoria in February 2009, studying reports of this event from the time of her death through to her trial in the winter of 2011.

Sylvia Olsen and Robert "Lucky" Budd nominated for BC Book Prizes

Mon, 2011-04-04 10:56

UVic PhD student (history) Sylvia Olsen and former MA (history) student Robert “Lucky” Budd are in the running for BC Book Prizes.

Linguist’s legacy lives on at the Smithsonian

Wed, 2011-03-23 10:36

Rare and valuable research materials generated by the late UVic linguistics professor Geoffrey O’Grady will be available to future generations of scholars, thanks to the interest of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which will serve as their repository. O’Grady, who died in December 2008, taught at UVic for nearly 30 years and was widely regarded as a pioneer and leading scholar in Australian Aboriginal languages.

In memoriam: S.W. ('Toby') Jackman

Thu, 2011-03-17 10:15

Sydney Wayne (but always “Toby”, after his childhood teddy bear) Jackman passed peacefully in his sleep during the night of Feb. 26–7.

In praise of the humanities

Wed, 2011-03-09 10:38

Lately, few other academic disciplines have been such a stranger to praise as the humanities. Branded as impractical and even disposable, the humanities have been criticized for seemingly failing to provide financial benefits compared to certain programs in business and the sciences.

Humanities, languages, arts: A luxury? A mission? A must?

Thu, 2011-01-27 09:49

Are language departments under threat in the neo-liberal academic landscape? The brutal announcement of “termination” for language departments, including classics, and the drama programs at SUNY Albany last September sounded a shrill alarm.