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University flag to be lowered in honour of linguist Barbara Harris

Wed, 2014-05-21 12:07

University flag to be lowered in honour of former faculty member. The university flag will be lowered on Friday, May 23, 2014 in honour of Dr. Barbara Harris.  Dr. Harris received her MA and PhD in linguistics at UVic. She taught in the linguistics department, and also served as graduate advisor and as department chair.

Seghers Collection book recognized with Alcuin Society award

Tue, 2014-05-06 15:58

The Seghers Collection, designed by Clint Hutzulak at Rayola for UVic Libraries.
The Seghers Collection, designed by Clint Hutzulak at Rayola for UVic Libraries.

The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World—written by Dr. Hélène Cazes (French and medieval studies) and published by the University Libraries—has been recognized by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The publication is of special significance for the campus and the Victoria region, exploring the bibliographic history of the Seghers Collection, their spiritual and religious significance within the catholic tradition and their attributed owner, Charles John Seghers (the second Archbishop of Victoria).

UVic launches Colonial Legacies Field School, in time for South African national election

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:21

Vongani Lucky Machethe and Stephanie Tiede prepare for CBC radio interview May 7, 2014. Photos: Dr. E. Vibert.

In May 2014, a group of UVic students and two faculty members spent three weeks in South Africa for UVic’s first-ever Colonial Legacies Field School.

2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.

SSHRC Storytellers: research impact caught on video

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:06

von Petzinger.
von Petzinger.

Two UVic graduate students have been rewarded for their creative use of video to tell the story of how their academic research is impacting the world.

Genevieve von Petzinger and Bernadette Perry are among 25 winners of the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers Challenge, involving universities across Canada. The challenge required students to distill their research into a compelling three minutes of narrated video, describing how their SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

UVic retirees present Masterminds 2014

Wed, 2014-04-09 08:21

van den Driessche. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
van den Driessche. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Retirement has rarely stopped UVic professors from sharing their rich intellectual knowledge and experiences with communities on or off campus. This April, four UVic retirees will offer insight on topics ranging from Islam to the use of math to control infectious diseases as part of the annual Masterminds free public lecture series. Presented by the UVic Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging—with support from the university—the series takes place at 7 p.m. in UVic’s Harry Hickman Building, room 105.

Tye Landels awarded one of 10 prestigious 3M student fellowships

Tue, 2014-04-08 12:02

3M National Student Fellow Tye Landels, 3rd-yr Honours Student, Dept. of English
Landels. Photo Credit: Suzanne Ahearne.

Tye Landels (English) is one of 10 undergraduate students across Canada receiving a 3M National Student Fellowship this year. On June 18, the third-year UVic honours student will journey to Kingston, ON to receive the prestigious award -- modelled after the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowships for university professors -- at an official ceremony at Queen's University as part of an annual national teaching-and-learning conference. 

Hélène Cazes, Donna Greschner: Local heroes lauded at 10th anniversary of VLAs

Thu, 2014-02-27 11:23

L to R: Cazes and Greschner. Photo: Melanie Seal-Jones, Orange Frog Studios.
L to R: Cazes and Greschner.

On Feb. 26 at the Crystal Garden, over 400 guests celebrated 21 extraordinary nominees in eight award categories at a special 10th anniversary gala of the Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs).

UVic is a founding partner of the annual VLA program. This year, Dr. Hélène Cazes and Prof. Donna Greschner received the UVic award. A number of the community heroes celebrated last night are either from, or affiliated with, the university.

2014 QS subject rankings highlight UVic’s international reputation

Wed, 2014-02-26 14:20

UVic ranks among the top 200 institutions worldwide in six key academic fields, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject released on Feb. 26. In addition to the six highlighted subject areas, the QS rankings also suggest that UVic’s rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution. The department of English language and literature ranked in the top 100. In total, UVic was ranked as having world-class performance in 22 of the 30 subject areas QS considers.

Literary festival takes root on campus

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:38

The campus will be teeming with lit lovers and writers alike from Feb. 20-22 as the Malahat Review hosts WordsThaw 2014, the second-annual spring symposium put on by UVic’s renowned literary quarterly. Participants will mingle, learn and delight alongside 38 featured poets, novelists, short-story writers and journalists from Victoria and beyond.