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Indigenous Mapping Workshop: Q&A with Brian Thom

2014-08-19 14:02

Stz'uminus First Nation elder Ray Harris using his phone near the ocean.

Indigenous communities across Canada are engaged in intensively mapping their lands, waters, resources and knowledge. These maps have unparalleled importance today not only for future generations celebrating Indigenous knowledge, but in discussions over land and resource development and the recognition of Indigenous rights.


Plug-in vehicle "smart grid" project receives federal funding

2014-08-15 15:09

Two men standing at a vehicle charging station.

As part of Canada's ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced on Aug. 8 $600,800 in funding for the University of Victoria's plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) smart grid project, led by Dr. Curran Crawford, associate professor in UVic’s Institute of Integrated Energy Systems.


Learning a language is about more than just words

2014-08-08 11:45

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.


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Lazy days of summer? Don’t be so sure!

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That old song comes naturally to mind while strolling UVic’s walkways, enjoying the sunshine and slower pace of summer on campus. No visible throngs of students rushing to the next class, shorter lineups at the sandwich bar, no circling the parking lots hoping for a spot to open up. Just a relaxed, laid-back time to regroup, catch up and chill out.

Or not.

UVic oceanographer leads new radioactivity monitoring network

Ever since the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there’s been widespread concern along the coast of western North America about the potential danger of low-level radioactivity from that event crossing the Pacific Ocean.

International project maps salmon genome

New genetic database holds huge potential for fisheries science and conservation

Salmon—they’re tasty and nutritious to eat, many livelihoods depend on them and they’re crucial to the health of coastal ecosystems.

Turns out they’re also a goldmine of information for geneticists and molecular biologists.

Viking Age skill-building at the Royal BC Museum

The new "Vikings: Lives beyond the Legend" exhibition at the Royal BC Museum is providing an opportunity for some UVic anthropology students to build their knowledge of Viking culture and share in community education at the same time. Jokes about these students' "cutting edge" skills will have to wait, though. While popular culture representations of the Vikings often put axes, raiding expeditions and pointy headgear first, the wealth of the Viking culture and their complex lifeworld was much more varied. And that's just what the anthropology students are helping community audiences appreciate.

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