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Coast Capital Savings supports expansion of entrepreneurship centre

2016-05-11 16:02

Cassels and Coulter

Do you have a brilliant idea that you want to see succeed in the wider community? Help is on its way.

Entrepreneurs at UVic will get valuable assistance to develop promising ideas through a relaunch of the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) supported by $450,000 from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

The renamed Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre (CCSIC) will expand its current offerings and offer new opportunities including providing seed money for new ventures and prototype development, an entrepreneurship scholarship and a co-op term for students so they can work on their own ideas.

The tale the trees tell: droughts will be worse in BC

2016-05-04 15:39

A large tree section from the tree ring lab.

BC should plan for worse droughts than previously expected

A digital field guide for BC central coastal species

2016-05-04 12:22

Take a virtual tour from seaweeds and sea stars to wolves and eagles, with a new digital field guide. The guide provides experts and amateurs with a tool to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest to help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC’s central coast.

President Cassels honoured with United Way's most prestigious award

2016-04-22 14:45

President Cassels speaking at a United Way event

At their annual Spirit Awards on April 22, the United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) presented their most prestigious honour—the Chair’s Award of Distinction—to President Jamie Cassels, in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the UWGV, both in his professional capacity at UVic, and in his personal support over many years.

On Earth Day, we ask: how ‘green’ is UVic? Let us count the ways!

2016-04-21 11:38

Image by former MyUVic Life student blogger Miranda.

Across the board—academics, research, operations, administration—sustainability is a fundamental component of life at UVic. Here are just a few highlights—from the past year and ongoing—of UVic’s contributions to a green and sustainable environment:

The genetic rule for salmon: keep a back-up copy

2016-04-19 16:35

A 15-year study yields huge potential for salmon management 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 also possess an unusual genetic feature that’s of great interest to evolutionary scientists and fisheries managers alike.

El Niño devastates coral reefs in Pacific Ocean

2016-04-19 16:32

Dramatic changes in the coral reefs at Kiritimati Island. Credit: Kristina Tietj

A team of marine scientists from the University of Victoria and the Georgia Institute of Technology have returned from nearly a month of scuba diving on coral reefs in the middle of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. What they saw will haunt them for a long time.

“Christmas Island’s coral reefs are like ghost towns—the structures are all still there, but no one is home,” says UVic biologist Julia Baum. “To see the reefs change this dramatically in just a few months is shocking. We were bracing ourselves for the worst, but seeing it with our own eyes was surreal.”

Expert Q&A on Shakespeare and 400th anniversary

2016-04-14 10:28

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Professor Emeritus Michael Best—an early trailblazer who launched Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) in 1996 even before the world-wide web totally swept the globe—explains the lasting impact of Shakespeare’s oeuvre and why people remain enamoured with the Bard of Avon.

UVic is a leader in the fields of Shakespearean study, Renaissance literature and digital humanities, and its English language and literatures programs are ranked in the top 200 in the world by the QS Subject Rankings.

Subsea glider peers into secret lives of BC whales

2016-04-11 12:25

Migrating gray whales. Credit: R. Burnham.

Majestic and mysterious, whales continue to fascinate researchers and nature lovers, but how whales live in the ocean’s depths is largely unknown. Now, the University of Victoria is on a mission to deepen our knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes.

Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements by listening to and recording their sounds along the shelf break in Clayoquot Canyon.

Moving Trans History Forward: Building Communities—Sharing Connections

2016-04-11 12:12

An international conference, led by the new UVic Chair in Transgender Studies Aaron Devor, brought together some of the world’s top researchers, opinion leaders, transgender community activists and students this month to explore the history of transgender activism and crucial issues which impact the lives of trans and gender-nonconforming people.

From March 17 to 20, more than 150 community activists, academics, educators, artists and allies from the US, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Japan and Germany attended Moving Trans History Forward: Building Communities—Sharing Connections at UVic to discuss the lives, medicalization and activism of trans and gender nonconforming people in the past and today—locally, nationally and around the world.