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Astronomy research centre capitalizes on Victoria’s star power

2015-11-04 17:37

Grad student Masen Lamb and ARC Director Kim Venn. Credit: UVic Photo Services.

Adaptive optics system among research projects that put UVic at the head of major international collaborations 

Today, Canadian astronomy expertise—and leadership in international “big science” projects like the $1.6-billion Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT)—is securing valuable research time for Canadian scientists at these new facilities while also drawing millions of dollars of high-tech contracts to BC. 

UVic in strong position to respond to TRC recommendations

2015-11-04 17:29

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final 11-page set of recommendations, one of the commission’s overarching goals loomed so large, it seemed poised to walk right off the document.

“The idea is that all we have learned is not to become stored and dusty,” explains Commissioner Marie Wilson. “It is a call to action.”

PICS after six: a Q&A with Tom Pedersen

2015-11-04 17:19

Pedersen holds a car charger plug located outside Campus Security.

After six years as executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by the University of Victoria, climate scientist Tom Pedersen is moving on to other opportunities. “It’s been challenging at times but it’s always been fun,” says Pedersen. “I took this job because I wanted to build something, to make a difference in an area I feel passionate about. I think we’ve made some progress.”

Leading environmental scientist to head climate solutions institute

2015-11-04 17:12

Seitzinger. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Following a comprehensive international search, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions enters a new leadership era. 

A renowned scientist who is an international leader in investigating the causes of environmental change is the new executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) based at UVic.

Inspiring resilience recognized at convocation

2015-11-04 16:21

Skip Dick

The University of Victoria will present two honorary degrees for outstanding achievements in Indigenous advocacy and public service during fall convocation ceremonies.

Passion for travel brings a humanities grad full circle

2015-11-04 16:12

Meredith, studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Rowan Meredith notices the absence of rain keenly. The Slavic studies major, who graduates from UVic in November with the highest GPA in her faculty, has trudged the empty rail beds of former concentration camps in Central Europe and visited Russia in the throes of Olympic mania—but now she is in Los Angeles for graduate studies and misses rain "desperately. It never ever rains here. Having grown up on BC’s west coast, it seems bizarre to me. I’m not dealing well without rain.”

Thai exchange proves all the world's a stage

2015-11-04 16:09


The best way to gauge the impact of your work is always to test it in the field. For Fine Arts undergrad Clare Mathison, that meant getting out of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre and onto the world stage—in Thailand. 

Propelled by a passion for public service

2015-11-04 16:04

Joash at The Hague

Summarizing and reviewing court transcripts for the defence. Analyzing evidence and disclosure from the prosecution to the defence. This might seem like a typical day of work for a law intern, but when you’re doing it at The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, it’s anything but normal. 

International co-ops chart a path to med school

2015-11-04 15:56

LeDoux in South Africa.

From touring animal shelters in South Africa to analyzing cells from human blood or harvested mouse spleens in Vancouver, Stacey LeDoux’s UVic experiences have been a little different than most.

LeDoux graduates this month from UVic, and as she waits to hear back about her med school applications, she’s reflecting on her time as an undergraduate. “UVic not only gave me the opportunity to travel, but to explore my interests, develop my skills, and apply my learning,” she says.

Gifts of learning

2015-11-04 15:53

Kruger. Photo: Darren Elk

“Without art, I would never have discovered I was a teacher.”