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Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

2014-04-17 13:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.


Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

2014-04-17 12:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.


Dark mysteries: UVic researchers help push the boundaries of galactic knowledge

2014-04-17 11:57

Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).

We all joke about black holes in our everyday lives when something disappears. And we know from watching Star Trek and sci-fi movies that black holes are massive cosmic phenomena not to be messed with. But what are they really? And what role do they play in the evolution of galaxies?


2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

2014-04-10 11:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.


Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

2014-04-10 10:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.


Nature, meet nurture: 2014 Staff Sustainability Champion Award

2014-04-10 10:14

Adult team members, L-R: Alishan, Yazbeck, Pickup and Wilson.

The idea is simple: teach children about the importance of connecting to nature when they’re young, and they’ll grow into environmental leaders.

On March 16, Sherri-Lynn Yazbeck and her team at UVic Child Care Services were awarded the 2014 Staff Sustainability Champion Award for their environmental engagement programs. The award was presented by UVic Vice-President Finance and Operations Gayle Gorrill.

Yazbeck and her team of educators—Batool Alishan, Ann Pickup and Julia Wilson—provide nature-based learning for children aged 3-5. They promote hands-on learning for issues related to the environment and teach children the importance of environmental stewardship.


SSHRC Storytellers: research impact caught on video

2014-04-10 10:06

von Petzinger.

Two UVic graduate students have been rewarded for their creative use of video to tell the story of how their academic research is impacting the world.

Genevieve von Petzinger and Bernadette Perry are among 25 winners of the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers Challenge, involving universities across Canada. The challenge required students to distill their research into a compelling three minutes of narrated video, describing how their SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.


UVic retirees present Masterminds 2014

2014-04-09 09:21

van den Driessche. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Retirement has rarely stopped UVic professors from sharing their rich intellectual knowledge and experiences with communities on or off campus. This April, four UVic retirees will offer insight on topics ranging from Islam to the use of math to control infectious diseases as part of the annual Masterminds free public lecture series. Presented by the UVic Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging—with support from the university—the series takes place at 7 p.m. in UVic’s Harry Hickman Building, room 105.


Tye Landels awarded one of 10 prestigious 3M student fellowships

2014-04-08 13:02

3M National Student Fellow Tye Landels, 3rd-yr Honours Student, Dept. of English

Tye Landels (English) is one of 10 undergraduate students across Canada receiving a 3M National Student Fellowship this year. On June 18, the third-year UVic honours student will journey to Kingston, ON to receive the prestigious award -- modelled after the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowships for university professors -- at an official ceremony at Queen's University as part of an annual national teaching-and-learning conference. 


Budget framework 2014/15

2014-04-03 06:34

The University of Victoria's Board of Governors this week approved a $323 million operating budget framework for the university with no budget reductions for 2014/15.