The Ring

2016 Provost’s Engaged Scholar recipients announced

2016-03-15 09:40

Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Dr. Jessica Ball (child and youth care) and Dr. John Lutz (history) have been named the 2016 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. This is the third year for the annual awards program, which celebrates the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life community engagement. It recognizes tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars.

UVic engineering student's "Science, Action!" video

2016-03-09 11:25

UVic mechanical engineering student Devesh Bharadwaj is participating in a nation-wide NSERC competition, Science, Action! The video contest challenges post-secondary students to film the people, research and innovations that are transforming the way Canadians live and work, and showcases how science and engineering contributes to our understanding of the world and universe around us.

Designing a new future—after 28 years at UVic

2016-03-02 16:51

Stichbury in his office. Photo: Bert Timmermans

With Summer & Smoke, Allan Stichbury takes a farewell bow from teaching

After 28 years in the Department of Theatre, design professor Allan Stichbury says his favourite show continues to be whatever he’s currently working on. And while his beautiful, Mississippi-inspired set for the Phoenix Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke (running March 10-19) is no exception to this rule, it will be his final play before retiring from UVic this spring.

Honorary Degree for Reconciliation Activist

2016-03-02 16:46

Mavis Gillie, an effective advocate for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation, particularly in Canada’s North and British Columbia, will be granted a UVic honorary degree.

The university’s highest honour will be presented to Gillie, 88, at a special convocation ceremony on March 9 in the University Club of Victoria.

Conditional sale of Dunsmuir Lodge announced

2016-03-02 16:36

1987 aerial view of Dunsmuir Lodge. Photo: UVic Archives

Dunsmuir Lodge is expected to begin life anew, as the non-academic property on the Saanich Peninsula returns to its roots in health and wellness. UVic has reached an agreement for the conditional sale of Dunsmuir Lodge and 25 acres of woodland to Homewood Health of Guelph, Ont.

Foundation creates fossil-fuel-free fund

2016-03-02 16:29

The University of Victoria Foundation trustees decided at their Feb. 23 meeting to establish a pilot fossil-fuel-free fund that will not invest in companies that have proven and probable thermal coal, oil or natural gas reserves.  In doing so, the foundation also reaffirmed its decision not to divest or sell fossil-fuel investments related to oil, gas and coal in the main investment fund.

Changing the culture of campus drinking

2016-03-02 16:19

A project dedicated to changing the culture of drinking and other substance use among post-secondary students received a funding investment of $400,000 from the province this Feb.

Co-led by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division, Changing the Culture of Substance Use (CCSU) is a long-term project that’s helping 11 campuses across BC access evidence about alcohol and substance use, assess the cultures on their campuses, decide on—and test—ways to influence their campus cultures, develop tools, and share those tools and experiences with other campuses.

An algorithm for teamwork

2016-03-02 12:01

Students at the BattleSnake competition. Photo: Dylan Moore.

Game programming contests drive student interest, experience and skill—and are putting UVic on the map in the programming world

On Saturday, Feb. 20, UVic played host to a virtual battle, attended by over 300 students and developers wanting to test their artificial intelligence programming skills. It was the third annual BattleSnake competition.

In the classic arcade game Snake, a player maneuvers a growing “snake” around the computer screen. As the snake grows in size, it becomes more difficult for the player to avoid making the snake run into itself.

BattleSnake builds on this simple game: as the snake eats apples, it grows in size. Run into a wall, your own tail, or another snake’s tail and it’s game over. But there’s a competitive aspect to this version: run head-on into another player’s snake and the longer one consumes the shorter one.

Funding allows ONC to expand earthquake detection network

2016-03-01 13:48

ONC earthquake button

The BC government is investing $5 million in Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to advance the development and use of earthquake early warning systems in BC.

What raccoons can teach us about the value of fear

2016-02-25 10:45

Raccoon. Photo: Michael Clinchy.

It’s long been known that animals living without fear of predation will thrive and reproduce faster. Think rabbits and deer. What hadn’t been demonstrated is that fear of large carnivores—or lack of it—has ripple effects on the whole web of life.