The Ring

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2014

2014-06-04 16:36

Congratulations and best wishes to all convocating students. Read more about Spring Convocation 2014.


 

Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)
Dr. Andrew Pon
PhD, Department of Physics & Astronomy


Engineering grad casts new light on nanoscale interactions

2014-06-04 16:19

Zehtabi-Oskuie. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Researchers all over the world dream of making new discoveries in well-established fields, but engineering grad Ana Zehtabi-Oskuie’s path has gone straight to the edge of an emerging field. While studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Tehran, Zehtabi-Oskuie became intrigued by optical trapping, a method pioneered in 2009 by electrical engineering professor Dr. Reuven Gordon, a team of UVic grad students and Dr. Romain Quidant at the Europe-based Institute of Photonic Sciences.


Commerce grad thrives on change

2014-06-04 10:38

Luchyshyn

Denis Luchyshyn, a first-generation Canadian who moved to Vancouver from Belarus with his pregnant mother when he was seven, credits his adaptability for much of his success. “I attended six or seven different schools growing up,” he explains, “that has had a lot of impact on who I grew up to be. I had to take care of my sister a lot, too, before my dad moved out to Canada as well.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business this June, Luchyshyn has already received numerous accolades both at school and in the workplace. At work, he has been acknowledged for achieving high sales goals and having the “Most Positive Attitude.” And at UVic, Luchyshyn competed in Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec, along with classmate Kyle Kozma, and was also on a winning team that presented a mobile app to the United Way.


Life lessons in perseverance

2014-06-04 10:31

McConnell

UVic law student Ben McConnell will be graduating with a JD (Juris Doctor) degree in June. And like many of his fellow classmates, McConnell worked hard to get to where he is today. The satisfaction of convocation day—the sense of achievement in the face of challenging coursework, long reading lists and intensive research that a law degree demands—is awesome for anyone. McConnell’s path, and his commitment to education, have been distinct and remarkable. In addition to having to contend with the everyday realities of being a law student, McConnell is totally blind—a result of early-onset glaucoma and another serious eye disease that afflicted him during childhood.


Shelagh Rogers named as UVic’s next Chancellor

2014-05-29 14:43

Rogers. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Shared values and aspirations bring celebrated broadcaster to UVic

Nationally recognized broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, OC, was announced today as the next Chancellor of the University of Victoria. The popular national radio host, witness and champion of reconciliation for Aboriginal people, long-time advocate for adult literacy and mental health awareness and an acknowledged “voice” of the country will become the university’s 11th Chancellor next year.


Planning on a smaller scale pays off big for grad

2014-05-28 16:14

Buchan

Many people associate municipal planning with large urbanized communities. For geography and environmental studies grad Richard T. Buchan, however, some of Vancouver Island’s smaller communities offered much larger opportunities. Living, studying and completing co-op work terms in Port Hardy, Campbell River, and North Cowichan gave Buchan great opportunities for hands-on learning in community planning.

“I think every student should take the co-op option and apply for work in small towns,” says Buchan, “you gain work experience and often have more responsibilities in a smaller community.”


New Trudeau Scholar seeks change for Indigenous peoples

2014-05-28 12:32

Mills. Credit: UVic Photo Services

UVic Law student Aaron Mills’ doctoral work, which explores conflicting legal orders and the workings of contemporary colonialism, has earned him substantial praise and cemented his position as a leading scholar on Canadian constitutionalism and Indigenous law.

Mills is a Vanier scholar and a former Ivy League Fulbright scholar. This week, he was handed yet another honour when he was named a Trudeau scholar—one of only 14 given out this year.


From drawing board to proving ground: EcoCar 2 heads to final competition

2014-05-23 16:55

UVic’s EcoCAR 2 team of engineering students aren’t just getting hands-on experience while they study—they’re getting their hands dirty.

Since April 2011, close to 60 students in mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, and business have been hard at work—using multi-million dollar dSPACE, Siemens and MathWorks modelling and testing tools, and a mechanic’s full suite of wrenches and ratchets—re-designing and retrofitting a GM-donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco into a next generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.


Witness Blanket and CUVic 2014 - Q&A with Leslie Brown

2014-05-14 10:53

During CUVic 2014 opening ceremonies on the evening of May 20 at UVic, the Witness Blanket—an art installation created by Kwagiulth artist and Master Carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) and inspired by the traditional woven blanket as a symbol of protection and comfort—was presented for the first time.


UVic shines again in international science rankings

2014-05-05 15:45

The University of Victoria once again ranks in the top tier of universities in the world for scientific influence, according to the prestigious 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, released in late April.

In terms of scientific impact, UVic ranks fourth overall in Canada—behind Toronto, UBC and McGill—and is the top-ranked university in the country without a medical school.