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Degrees honour Canadian basketball's first family

2015-04-02 13:46

Kathy and Ken Shields on a basketball court.

Husband and wife coaching legends Kathy and Ken Shields, who led their teams to a combined 15 national basketball titles at the University of Victoria, accepted honorary doctor of laws degrees from the university at a special convocation ceremony on Thursday morning.


Eclectic Masterminds lecture series returns with glaciers, zombies, music and linguistics

2015-04-02 10:30

A "peak experience" for Sanseverino.

This year’s series of Masterminds free public lectures traverses an eclectic terrain of ideas. A singer, trombone player and a tuba player meet on stage to play music and tell stories about some of their life-changing musical experiences. A computer scientist compares historical and current photographs of mountain glaciers as part of an investigation into the effects of climate change in the West. A medical anthropologist combines research, storytelling and zombie metaphors as part of a cautionary tale of stress in our culture. And a linguist and app developer uses sound and video to demonstrate how we produce language.


Makerspaces matter

2015-03-31 15:58

The Maker Lab at UVic, housed in the Technology Enterprise Facility, is a collaborative space of new techniques and old technologies involving the invention of imaginative and often outsized revisions of objects that don’t always exist in the world. Because its research is innovative, multi-faceted and occasionally intangible, it does not easily fit a simple definition.


New research on long history of same-sex unions in US

2015-03-30 15:30

The Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear arguments on April 28 in a landmark case on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. One month ahead of the ruling, timely new research by UVic historian Dr. Rachel Hope Cleves is affording critical insights and historical context for the cresting debate on civil rights and full equality of marriage in the US, where same-sex marriage is already legal in nearly 40 states.


Trouble in paradise? MPA fails to protect sharks and rays

2015-03-27 14:27

A new study led by researchers at the University of Victoria raises serious concerns about the ability of marine protected areas (MPAs) to effectively protect wide-ranging iconic species, such as sharks and rays.


UVic neuroscientists get a head start on concussion diagnosis

2015-03-25 11:42

Christie. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When a young person hits their head on the ice, on the field or at the pool it can cause damage to the brain. However, current assessment techniques make it difficult for medical practitioners to diagnose a concussion because the tools currently in use are subjective and difficult to interpret.

Thanks to $750,000 in new funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the BC Knowledge Development Fund and UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, two of Canada’s top brain injury experts are on the case.


Vibrant UVic artist honoured with Governor General’s Award

2015-03-23 15:18

Meigs in her studio. Photo: Nik West

Department of Visual Arts professor and nationally renowned painter Sandra Meigs was named one of only eight winners in the annual Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts on March 24.


IdeaFest 2015 wrap-up

2015-03-12 10:00

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect to help us prepare for tsunamis? How can we improve our wellness as we age? How do we teach tomorrow’s business leaders to think beyond the bottom line?

These are just a few of the topics that were featured at the University of Victoria’s fourth annual IdeaFest, which ran March 2-7. More than 50 events—all free and open to the public—provided a glimpse into the world-class research and creative activity at UVic that’s having an impact on our lives and the world around us.

A wrap-up of the activities is now available online as a UVic Storify album.


Gear up for a career: the mock interview

2015-03-05 12:34

Jewett


New educational kit supports early childhood activities with Métis themes

2015-03-05 11:50

The objects look simple. Hand-sized swatches of organza. Coloured paper. A star-shaped hole punch. A blanket and rolled socks. But the meaning they hold can be transformative.

The educational kit of supplies and a colourful booklet of activities uses Métis history to engage young children in physical activities, literacy and art, helping build cultural awareness as well as healthy lifelong habits.