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Online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change

2014-01-23 17:59

It all began with a request from government. Could the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by UVic, come up with an informative yet engaging way to explain the complicated science behind global warming? As a result, world-leading climate scientists—who were fortuitously based in Victoria—got together to create the first free, interactive online course in PICS’s Climate Insights 101 series, Climate Science Basics, which was launched by then-Environment Minister Terry Lake in August 2011.


MBA program at Gustavson / Gill named one of 50 top programs in North America

2014-01-21 17:33

The MBA program offered by the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business has been ranked as one of the top 50 in North America by QS, a leading international provider of business higher education information, communication and events organization.


Co-op Students of the Year announced

2014-01-16 11:38

Rittenburg (at left) with friends.

They may study disparate subjects, but Connor Bildfell, Angus Rittenburg, and Ross Prager have something in common: they’ve all been named UVic Co-op Student of the Year by their respective co-op programs.


Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

2014-01-09 16:44

Colgate

Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.


Dangerous yet delicate: Grizzly bears are a key indicator of BC's ecological health

2014-01-09 16:14

A grizzly bear takes a dip in a glacier-fed pool. Photo: Raincoast.org

Though polar bears have become symbolic as a species put at risk by climate change, UVic research shows why the grizzly bear may be a better indicator of BC’s ecological health.


Yes, actually–it is rocket science!

2014-01-08 10:45

Evans, Moffatt and Pearson

Engineering students take first prize in international competition

For three mechanical engineering students with a passion for aerospace, what could be better than a Do-It-Yourself rocket-design competition? 

Winning it, of course. 


Bullfrog research takes big leap forward

2014-01-07 14:48

Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill

Bullfrogs—to most of us they’re just big, green, bug-eyed critters that hop and croak and (usually) make us laugh. They’re also invasive in some regions, including southern Vancouver Island.

But to scientists studying environmental health, bullfrogs are an ideal “sentinel” species for monitoring the effects of pollutants such as pesticides, drugs and industrial effluents.


Critical conversations the norm at diversity conference

2013-12-24 10:26

Provost's Diversity Research Forum logo


The impact of one French tweet

2013-12-23 17:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


University Centre Caf gets a makeover

2013-12-20 15:18

Mystic Market artist's rendering