The Ring

Honoris Causa times two

2014-06-05 13:38


A pair of Victorians­—Pauline Rafferty and David Black—will receive honorary degrees at Spring Convocation ceremonies in recognition of their outstanding leadership and public service.

Getting “smart” under the sea

2014-06-05 13:29

Smart Oceans BC system map

UVic’s world-leading Ocean Networks Canada embarks on a bold new phase of ocean monitoring.


The British Columbia coast is about to become the “smartest” on the planet.

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, is partnering with Western Economic Diversification Canada and IBM Canada on a three-year multimillion dollar project known as Smart Oceans BC.

Smart Oceans BC builds on the know-how and proven technologies of VENUS and NEPTUNE—the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories—to develop and install a series of mini-observatories, high-frequency radars, and automated vessel information systems at key points along the BC coast.

Education grad shows leadership on the learning curve

2014-06-04 16:21

Pardiwala at the Natural History Museum in NYC, building inspiration.

Gulf Islands Secondary students knew they had a different type of science teacher when a lesson on heart function had them running around a room, pretending to be red blood cells.

Nikita Pardiwala created the outline of a huge human heart on the floor of a large multi-purpose room for her Biology 12 students. Then they became red blood cells, running through the heart to the lungs, dropping off carbon dioxide.

Co-op placements build career options for humanities grad

2014-06-04 16:19

It’s probably not on many graduates’ lists of what to do after convocation, but it’s at the top of Chelsea Falconer’s: she’s going to get cracking on the post-apocalyptic novel she’s had in her head for almost as long as she’s been at UVic.

Far from her comfort zone, grad grows and shines

2014-06-04 16:16


As recipient of the Jubilee Medal for the Faculty of Science, Liyuan (Leslie) Ren is finishing top of her faculty. Despite earning a near-perfect 9.0 grade average, for Ren, the university experience was about more than just academics.

“It was a pretty challenging last five years,” she admits with a smile. “I wasn’t even aware there was an award, so I’m actually pleasantly surprised!”

After completing high school in her native China, Ren was determined to move to Canada, learn English and get a university education. She chose UVic for the climate, beauty and size, and because it was a research-based university. “It was the best decision I ever made,” she says confidently.

Theatre grad already in good company

2014-06-04 16:13

Johnson in the Theatre SKAM office.

Few students would be proud of being called a scam artist, but theatre grad Max Johnson is—just note the alternate spelling. Johnson, who has been working for local professional theatrical company Theatre SKAM since 2011 (associates are charmingly dubbed “SKAM artists”), is graduating this June with a double major in writing and theatre. And the practical experience he learned at Phoenix Theatre has made him a valued member of SKAM’s team.

Noted children's advocate seeks wider impacts

2014-06-04 16:09


Carolyn Peacock has always been an advocate for children, even when she was one herself.

In grade three, she often went home with bloodied hands after getting the strap at the Edmonton school she attended. Her crime? Defending other children who were being bullied. Those children were usually immigrants and were picked on, as she too had been at school.

Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

2014-06-04 15:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.

Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2014

2014-06-04 15:36

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 15:19

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.