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Watershed moments in Indigenous law bode well for UVic law programs

2015-03-03 17:09

The summer of 2014 was a remarkable period in Canadian legal history. Within the span of three weeks, two Supreme Court of Canada judgments involving aboriginal title and treaty rights were brought down. Together, they significantly altered fundamental elements of national governance and current plans for economic development, as well as the legal landscape relating to land and resource entitlements.


Welcome to the Edge

2015-03-03 11:43

VP External Relations Carmen Charette with UVic President Jamie Cassels posing.

Don't look now, but you’re living on the Edge . . . and it's a great place to be!

On Feb. 24, in the University Centre, hundreds of students, staff and faculty were on hand to greet UVic’s vibrant new look: a positioning concept, university narrative, and visual identity that reflects our university’s distinct qualities and defines the characteristics that set us apart—the UVic Edge.


Two UVic programs each awarded $500,000 for Diamond Jubilee scholarships

2015-03-02 18:03

UVic student Natalia Yang during a CAPI internship.

University of Victoria students will benefit from a new scholarship program to help shape the next generation of global leaders. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services have both received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program—a joint initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Community Foundations of Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.


National symposium addresses methods and new horizons in theatre education

2015-02-26 15:58

Alexandrowicz with students. Photo: John Threlfall

Canadian drama instructors gather at UVic to make sure they're giving students far more than just their next few lines.

If you’ve ever seen actors at work—on stage, on screen, on the street or on television—you’ve seen the results of the kind of pedagogy happening daily in the Department of Theatre. But now a first-of-its-kind national symposium co-organized by theatre professor Conrad Alexandrowicz is questioning and examining traditional acting methods, as it addresses what’s been described as “the crisis of actor training in Canada.”


Passion for social change recognized with national teaching award

2015-02-23 17:32

Yoon. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Child and Youth Care professor Jin-Sun Yoon wins prestigious national teaching award.

“I’m an accidental academic; I never planned to be here,” says Jin-Sun Yoon, teaching professor with the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care (CYC). Yoon's path to professorship has been paved with the same whole-person commitment that has led her to become recognized for her transformative teaching career—selected as one of 10 university educators across Canada to receive this year’s prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.


CARSA memberships on sale March 2

2015-02-06 11:51

CARSA opens in May to replace UVic’s aging and heavily used recreational facilities, but students, faculty, staff and community members don’t have to wait until then to purchase memberships to access the centre’s state-of-the-art workout facilities and climbing wall.


BikeMaps.org spins success across the globe

2015-02-05 11:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for BikeMaps.org, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”


Saying "I do" to a PhD in marriage proposals

2015-02-05 11:08

Hoplock in the foreground with a happy couple in the background

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, many couples are busy buying the right gift and booking reservations for romantic dinners. And PhD student Lisa Hoplock is delving into the psychology behind successful and failed marriage proposals.


UVic filmmaker brings trans issues to the Victoria Film Festival

2015-02-04 19:12

Filmmaker Maureen Bradley on set with a camera crew

After 25 years of queer activism, writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley is still changing the world—she’s just having more fun doing it now, thanks to her debut feature film, Two 4 One. Billed as the first transgendered romantic comedy, Two 4 One offers a bittersweet look at a couple in an unimaginable predicament: after an ill-advised one-night stand, Miriam and Adam both wind up pregnant.


Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

2015-02-04 19:06

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?