The Ring

Festival topics run from timely to timeless

2014-02-06 12:19

IdeaFest 2014

How do young people use and respond to cyber-aggression? How can the diagnosis and treatment of concussions be improved? Why are our brains better than the smartest computers for certain kinds of tasks? And why do we respond to the music of one artist over another: is it the beauty of the melody, a special harmonic sound, or something else?

Some answers to these questions–along with dozens of others–will be presented at UVic’s annual IdeaFest, from March 3 to 8.


The blanket arrives, as invitation and metaphor

2014-02-06 12:09

Raising the world's biggest button blanket. Photo: UVic Photo Services

It’s said that many hands make for light work, but it was more a case of many hands making the art work when it came to the creation and raising of the world’s largest button blanket. Witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd at First Peoples House, the Big Button Blanket received its inaugural performance during the opening ceremonies of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on January 29.


Bringing Indigenous knowledge to counselling

2014-02-06 11:35

L to R: John and Delaronde. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Lindsay Delaronde’s plans are as big as they come: she wants to take what she’s learning in Canada’s first Indigenous master’s degree program around the world.

The 29-year-old woman from the Mohawk Nation in Quebec is one of 14 students taking part in the University of Victoria program—the first in the country to offer a master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling, leading to provincial and national certification.


UVic United Way campaign 2013

2014-01-29 15:49

The colourful banners have been packed away, the last red balloon has been popped and the United Way thermometers have been taken down. The 2013 United Way campaign at UVic has wound up, having successfully raised a total of $255,297 for the community.


Film production class makes for reel-life learning

2014-01-27 16:59

Bradley and UVic digital media technician Daniel Hogg. PHOTO: Nik West
UVic film production class takes experiential learning to a whole new level

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at the University of Victoria. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production.


Online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change

2014-01-23 17:59

It all began with a request from government. Could the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by UVic, come up with an informative yet engaging way to explain the complicated science behind global warming? As a result, world-leading climate scientists—who were fortuitously based in Victoria—got together to create the first free, interactive online course in PICS’s Climate Insights 101 series, Climate Science Basics, which was launched by then-Environment Minister Terry Lake in August 2011.


MBA program at Gustavson / Gill named one of 50 top programs in North America

2014-01-21 17:33

The MBA program offered by the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business has been ranked as one of the top 50 in North America by QS, a leading international provider of business higher education information, communication and events organization.


Co-op Students of the Year announced

2014-01-16 11:38

Rittenburg (at left) with friends.

They may study disparate subjects, but Connor Bildfell, Angus Rittenburg, and Ross Prager have something in common: they’ve all been named UVic Co-op Student of the Year by their respective co-op programs.


Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

2014-01-09 16:44

Colgate

Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.


Dangerous yet delicate: Grizzly bears are a key indicator of BC's ecological health

2014-01-09 16:14

A grizzly bear takes a dip in a glacier-fed pool. Photo: Raincoast.org

Though polar bears have become symbolic as a species put at risk by climate change, UVic research shows why the grizzly bear may be a better indicator of BC’s ecological health.