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President Cassels emphasizes need to sharpen focus and build on strengths

2014-10-08 13:29

President Cassels speaking at the President's Campus Update.

President Cassels emphasizes need to sharpen focus and build on strengths

UVic has made some big strides in the last few years—in terms of national and international recruitment, research, and graduates’ success—but that’s not to say we’re sheltered from demographic change, competition, and the sustainability challenges facing post-secondary institutions, UVic President Jamie Cassels said during an Oct. 7 Campus Update session.

Environmental Studies at 40: learning and growing a greener campus

2014-10-02 10:28

James Rowe leads a class at Tl’eches, Discovery Island.

From the very first plans for the Gordon Head campus, natural features have been valued as a defining force in UVic’s learning environment. And the Environmental Studies program, starting small with a single course in 1975, has grown substantially — not just alongside, but as a driver of green initiatives that have helped transform the campus into an internationally recognized leader in sustainability.

Many of the practices that helped UVic become the only Canadian university to make the Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honour Roll sprouted from Environmental Studies course projects, student initiatives and partnerships across the institution.

Vanier Scholar advancing FASD diagnostics

2014-10-01 16:41

Fontaine. Photo: uvic photo services

It certainly sounds novel: could a smelling test, easy enough to administer to young children, help diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

That possibility is taking shape, thanks to work done by UVic neuroscience PhD student Christine Fontaine.

New HSD centre to support Indigenous student success

2014-10-01 16:32

CYC students Mavis David, Marie Morris, Joseph Thomas and Shauna Underwood.

Shauna Underwood remembers all too well what it was like to be an Indigenous student at UVic—trying to do well in her studies while also being a single parent of three children and having cultural responsibilities in her community.

“I felt like I didn’t have anyone to go to. There were individual instructors who were great, but they are not always on campus or available,” said Underwood, now the Indigenous advisor at the newly opened Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC) in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Two UVic scholars help debut new national college

2014-10-01 16:22

MacDonald. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two University of Victoria researchers—a psychologist who studies how we age mentally and a computer scientist who explores new ways to sort through large amounts of information—are charter members of a new national “college” for outstanding young scholars.

Ancient technology, meet the future of underwater archaeology

2014-10-01 16:09

LeMaistre, Proctor, Fedje and Mackie. Photo: Patrick Shannon

Using some of the newest technologies in underwater archaeology, Quentin Mackie (anthropology) and Alison Proctor (engineering) may have discovered one of the oldest archaeological finds in Canada.

Right now all they know for sure is that they’ve discovered a line of basketball-sized rocks on the seafloor. Those rocks may well add to the mounting evidence about the ingenuity of an ice age people who lived and thrived on the west coast of Canada while much of Europe was still under ice. It’s a tantalizing possibility.

History mystery central to First World War exhibit

2014-09-29 14:25

Milwright and Heather Dean, UVic's associate director of Special Collections.

It’s a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition.

When Dr. Marcus Milwright, of UVic's recently renamed Art History and Visual Studies department, began planning his upcoming exhibit The Arts of World War I, he knew there was one item in the university library that he just had to use: a beautiful two-volume leather diary set illustrated with watercolours and pen-and-ink drawings of life during wartime. There’s only one problem: he has no idea to whom it actually belonged.

India field school spotlights intergenerational theatre

2014-09-24 15:31

The buildings may have been repaired, but two key segments of the population in the southeastern coastal region of India are still struggling to overcome the effects of the 2006 tsunami: seniors and rural youth. Now, a new UVic field school hopes to bring a sense of joy to these marginalized people by creating India’s first intergenerational theatre company. 

Unite to Change with United Way

2014-09-19 10:40

Supports of the 2013 United Way campaign cheering by a sign

It’s that time of year again. United Way Greater Victoria’s annual fundraising campaign is underway and this year the charitable organization has set its fundraising goal at $6 million. United Way counts on the support of the Greater Victoria community to reach its goal each year.

Give yourself a Ringside seat for great UVic news

2014-09-16 12:00

There’s a new way to discover great stories from around campus. Ringside is a news stream that gathers content from the Ring, Vikes, research items such as KnowlEDGE and stories from major media outlets. It’s best viewed on tablets, phones and other touch devices, but the feed is available for web browsers as well.