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Three new Canada Research Chairs announced

2014-03-28 12:06

Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Improving aircraft design, understanding the ocean’s critical role in climate change, and finding new ways to deal with vast amounts of medical imaging data—these are the pressing societal challenges being tackled by the University of Victoria’s three newest Canada Research Chairs.

The three UVic chairs were announced on March 28 by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology as part of a national announcement of 59 new chairholders across the country.


Elders’ voices find home on Google Earth: the Stz’uminus Storied Places Digital Atlas

2014-03-26 12:13

Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.

Long before settler culture attached the names of explorers, businessmen and political leaders to the mountains, rivers and landscape we now call Vancouver Island, the traditional names used by First Nations carried a wealth of information about those places—information that anthropology student Amy Becker has been working to preserve.

Becker, recipient of a 2013-14 Jamie Cassels Undergrad Research Award (JCURA), explains “Indigenous place names are embedded in the culture, landscape, language and identities of the people who use them.”


New model proposed for BC water management

2014-03-25 15:49

A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in BC

The provincial government has committed to a new Water Sustainability Act by early 2014, and researchers at UVic’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance say that BC has the potential to become a standout example for sustainable freshwater management and protection.


Africa Calling: cast-off phones collected to serve people and planet

2014-03-24 16:14

Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A red “London style” phone box is now stationed in the UVic SUB—the first of hopefully many drop off locations for the Africa Calling project.

“I hope every building on campus will have a red drop box,” says project founder, Kevin Davis. “The more unwanted phones we collect the more communities we can help in Africa.”


Psychology student wins UVic’s first 3MT competition

2014-03-10 12:47

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Research was efficiently communicated, cash was won and history was made at the university’s first-ever Three Minute Thesis competition, held on March 6 as part of UVic’s annual IdeaFest celebration.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master’s and doctoral students to give a compelling and public-friendly presentation on their thesis research—and why it matters—in a mere three minutes using only one Powerpoint slide.


Working group for enhanced planning tools formed on campus

2014-03-06 16:00

Recommendations will be presented to the campus Integrated Planning Committee this spring.

In a post-secondary environment where enhancing the quality of academic programs is critical, it is more important than ever to align the university’s resources with its priorities. A working group has been struck to research and recommend enhanced planning tools that will support UVic decision-makers in academic and service units in reaching that goal.


Half a million women lean in for web event

2014-03-06 15:49

Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch. Photo: UVic photo services

Nearly 150 people (mostly women) gathered Feb. 19 at UVic to take part in a Take The Lead live-stream webcast, to address gender challenges to achieving success in the workplace. Take The Lead, a new US-based organization that works to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions, drew half a million web-linked participants to its launch event worldwide. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Sybil Verch of the Raymond James Group sponsored the local evening.


The Transgender Archives at UVic: moving trans* history forward

2014-03-06 15:31

At 320 linear feet, or 98 metres, of archival materials, books, and periodicals—representing 17 countries and spanning over a century of activism and research—The Transgender Archives at UVic are the largest in the world. From March 21 to 23, the Transgender Archives will host Moving Trans* History Forward, a three-day symposium of keynote speakers,  panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibitions devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and access of trans* history and archival materials. 


One student's grand view of the smallest things

2014-03-04 17:01

Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.

Invisible worlds exist all around us. And UVic biology undergrad James Tyrwhitt-Drake has made it his mission to reveal the smallest of those worlds, with spectacular results.

The invisibility of microscopic creatures, much like the perceptual invisibility that comes with the speedy flapping of a hummingbird’s wings, requires special equipment to capture and appreciate. For Tyrwhitt-Drake, that equipment is the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in UVic’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.


Hélène Cazes, Donna Greschner: Local heroes lauded at 10th anniversary of VLAs

2014-02-27 12:23

L to R: Cazes and Greschner. Photo: Melanie Seal-Jones, Orange Frog Studios.

On Feb. 26 at the Crystal Garden, over 400 guests celebrated 21 extraordinary nominees in eight award categories at a special 10th anniversary gala of the Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs).

UVic is a founding partner of the annual VLA program. This year, Dr. Hélène Cazes and Prof. Donna Greschner received the UVic award. A number of the community heroes celebrated last night are either from, or affiliated with, the university.