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Trudeau scholar examines youth and empathy in Canada

2015-06-12 14:49

Nelems. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? The University of Victoria’s Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of a prestigious three-year scholarship announced today from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.

Looking good, 900 years later: Pamplona Bible manuscript dated back to 12th century

2015-06-12 12:13

Detail from the Amiens Bible

The age of a manuscript fragment from the Sandra Mattia Collection in UVic Libraries’ Special Collections—depicting Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac—has been re-assessed, making the fragment among the oldest manuscript fragments in the collection.

Taking academia underwater

2015-06-08 14:15

Irvine. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Education grad Mike Irvine took academia beneath the waves for his scuba-diving master's defence

When education grad student Mike Irvine first posed his master’s project research question to his advisor, the idea struck Jason Price as a humourous oxymoron. Irvine wanted to explore how technology could be used as a tool to reconnect kids to nature. 

New co-op funding

2015-06-04 14:38

The BC government has announced $6 million in funding (provided through the BC Innovation Council) for students to receive job training in the technology sector.

David Foster, 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year

2015-06-04 14:36

David Foster with students

Most university lectures start with an illustrious speaker at a podium, poised to impart knowledge to students. That cliché was turned upside down by this year’s Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, David Foster, when he recently spoke to Business and Fine Arts students: not only was this class far from a traditional lecture, but the students were engaged and energized right from the start.

After the screening of a video about his career, Foster sat behind a keyboard (“I’ll play if you beg me … and even if you don’t.”) in a lecture theatre.

“So. Business. Let’s talk. Questions?” It didn’t take long before a brisk, incisive, vibrant interchange got underway.

Designing Prague: Theatre professor, students participate in Prague Quadrennial

2015-06-04 14:13

The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry

When it comes to stage design, the Prague Quadrennial is as good as it gets—and this year, a pair of Department of Theatre alumni will help represent Canada. “It’s the Venice Biennalie of stage design,” says theatre professor Allan Stichbury. “It’s the top in terms of recognizing stage design in the world.”

The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Allan Antliff chosen to examine Clyfford Still archives

2015-06-04 14:05


Being the first to gain access to an archive is the kind of research opportunity most academics dream of—and it’s how art history and visual studies professor Allan Antliff will be spending his summer. 

Antliff was recently announced as the inaugural Research Fellow in Residence at the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center in Denver, Colorado. Named for the famed American painter—whom Antliff describes as “a leading artist in the abstract expressionist movement”—the position at the CSM represents a rare opportunity. 

Arctic research propels ecologist into the ranks of Fulbright Scholars

2015-06-04 13:56


Ecologist and ethnobiologist Dr. Trevor Lantz (environmental studies) has been named a Fulbright Scholar by the Fulbright Arctic Initiative for his Arctic ecosystems research. Lantz studies the rate and causes of Arctic environmental change and its consequences for northern communities. Using a combination of field studies, remote sensing, and collaboration with knowledgeable hunters and trappers, he will examine the vulnerability of Arctic coastlands to storm surges. His fieldwork will be conducted in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories while collaboration with other Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars will be in Nunavut and Finland. 

A natural path to resilience, outdoors

2015-06-04 13:23


Brittney Sharma’s vision—an outdoor program to help children who had experienced family trauma—generated lots of buzz this year after being chosen as a showcase idea for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference. Sharma graduates this month with a bachelor’s in anthropology, and says her time at UVic was filled with academics and club activities, as well as developing her vision to help children of battered women.

What comes after plastic?

2015-06-04 13:20


Innovation at the elemental scale could help us move beyond oil-based polymers

You might not see the results of his research on store shelves in the next few years, but PhD graduate Saurabh Chitnis is helping to change the very makeup of the world around us.

Chitnis is a fundamental chemist working on developing new chemical compounds.