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Field lessons in Scandanavian sustainability

2015-10-01 09:08

HafenCity development in Hamburg, Germany. Photo:

Northern Europe is famous for sustainability—from cycling in Copenhagen, Iceland’s geothermal riches, and offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Germany’s investments in mass solar power. This spring, 28 UVic geography students headed to Europe to study those sustainability efforts and more. Their month-long field school took them to Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands brought them together with community leaders, planners, developers, scholars and others to examine Scandanavian efforts to address the daunting ecological and social challenges facing contemporary societies.

2015 Schulich Leadership Scholars

2015-09-29 14:19

Sawyer at TEDx Victoria

Two recent high school graduates, from Victoria and Surrey respectively, have been selected to receive this year’s prestigious Schulich Leadership Scholarship for their undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria.

Created in 2011 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, the scholarships are awarded annually to 40 students in Canada pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The scholarship for engineering studies is $80,000 and $60,000 for the other areas of study.

UVSS asks: "who are you voting for in the federal election?"

2015-09-21 16:33

UVic Votes website screenshot

This election, what are you voting for?

The 2015 federal election is in full swing, and few can miss the blitz of campaign signs, ads, tweets, posts, debates and sound bites. On campuses across the country, however, an election presents some distinct challenges—and opportunities.

UVic faculty bask in Royal Society of Canada spotlight

2015-09-21 14:27

UVic researchers in the spotlight. Photos: UVic Photo Services.

Canada’s academic stars to converge on Victoria

Hey Victoria, get ready to host almost 400 distinguished academic guests—the Royal Society of Canada is coming to town!

The Royal Society (RSC) is Canada’s national academy dedicated to promoting learning and research in three main streams: the arts and humanities; the social sciences; and the sciences.

Every year, the RSC holds its annual general meeting in a different Canadian city. This year, RSC fellows and college members from across the country will converge on the Victoria Conference Centre/Fairmont Empress Hotel on Nov. 26–28. The University of Victoria is the sponsor institution.

New hospital simulation centre enhances health students' learning

2015-09-17 13:01

Students and staff from the School of Nursing at the new centre.

The tension in the operating room was palpable as the patient’s heart rate skyrocketed unexpectedly during surgery on her fractured ankle. Julie, the 19-year-old soccer player under local anaesthetic, worriedly asked what was wrong. The medical and nursing team reassured her as they quickly assessed and took action to stabilize her condition.

Despite its location in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, this was not a typical operating room. Nor was Julie a typical patient; she’s actually a life-like mannequin. Both are part of the new $2.9-million Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, a partnership between UVic’s School of Nursing, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Island Health.

UVic unveils Murray and Lynda Farmer Walk of Excellence

2015-09-11 11:54

Murray and Lynda Farmer. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

UVic's new Murray and Lynda Farmer Walk of Excellence celebrating Vikes’ athletics legacy officially opened Aug. 26 in the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).

Global child health scholar joins UVic

2015-09-09 13:08

An academic leader in global child health and human rights research, who is developing a child rights global monitoring platform that will be tested in New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and BC, has joined UVic as a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Dr. Ziba Vaghri, of the School of Public Health and Social Policy, has more than 15 years of extensive research, international experience, significant awards, and a global network of researchers and practitioners all set on creating a seamless UN-endorsed, rights-based system to measure global child health and development. 

Vaghri’s current work plan could position BC and Canada as leaders in global child health and human rights research. For the past eight years, Vaghri worked with a team of experts serving the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC). They developed a monitoring tool for children younger than nine and led pilot tests in Tanzania, Chile, and will soon do the same in Canada.

Galiano Island field school breathes new life into learning

2015-09-08 14:47

Student at field school. Photo: UVic photo services

In July, under a blistering hot sun, 15 students and environmental studies professor Dr. Eric Higgs waited to embark on a unique learning adventure at the Galiano Island Land Conservancy Learning Centre.

During the following week, as part of the Ecological Restoration field school, the students share meals together and work intensely on group projects—off the grid, with no internet, and with the outdoor environment of the island’s District Lot 57 as their principal classroom. The lot, owned by the Galiano Island Conservancy Association, was once an active logging  and farming site. But now, it’s home to the Learning Centre, and Galiano Island residents want the land ecologically restored. That’s where the thinking, learning and labors of the students in the field school come in.

UVic student heads to Australia on first Indigenous co-op exchange

2015-09-08 14:42

Elder May Sam providing guidance to Hanton. Credit: UVic photo services

When UVic student Kimberly Hanton packed her bags for her work term in Australia last month, she carried words of encouragement from the local Indigenous Elders. Hanton recently embarked on the university’s first Indigenous co-op exchange after attending a departure ceremony at First Peoples House in her honour.

This unique co-op exchange saw Hanton travel to the University of Newcastle in Australia in August, while UVic will welcome Australian Indigenous student Cristal Walters to campus this fall. 

Sexualized Violence Awareness Week 2015

2015-09-08 14:38

The Clothesline Project.

Consent and intervention: preventing sexual assaults on campus

Across the country and around the world, universities and colleges are increasingly focusing on the issue of sexualized violence on campuses. Here at UVic, this concern is being addressed head-on during the second annual Sexualized Violence Awareness Week (SVAW) taking place Sept. 14–18 on campus.