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IDEAFEST 2012: Climate change and food security for BC

Mon, 2012-04-09 12:06

When people analyse the issue of climate change, they often consider global temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The issue of food production and protection is another concern, though. On March 6, as part of UVic’s IdeaFest, Dr. Francis Zwiers, director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and Dr. Aleck Ostry, a professor in UVic’s Department of Geography, held a public discussion about climate change in relation to food security in British Columbia—specifically in regard to water issues.

Bookstore unveils new textbook sales space

Sun, 2012-04-01 13:02

The new textbook sales area in the UVic Bookstore is now open for business
L-R Penny Draper, Jim Forbes, Solange de Almeida and Renée Rudman in the new textbook sales area

The new textbook sales area in the UVic Bookstore opened for business on March 2. The new space on the ground floor of the Campus Services Building has been redesigned to be more functional, with a flex area that can expand as needed at busy times of year. “We’ve renewed and retooled to make this the most modern bookstore in Canada, with a focus on the digital delivery of course materials,” says director of campus services Jim Forbes.

UVic names three new academic leaders and reappoints Blackstone

Thu, 2012-03-29 13:04

Three new academic leaders will take up their posts at UVic this summer, with the appointments of Dr. David Capson as dean of graduate studies, Dr. Saul Klein as dean of the Gustavson School of Business and Dr. Andrew Marton as new associate academic vice-president international.

IDEAFEST 2012: The Arab Spring: A season, or much more?

Thu, 2012-03-29 08:32

The uprisings that flared up throughout the Middle East a year ago—events known as The Arab Spring—have not only altered the political landscape of that region, they have had an impact on the entire world. This was the topic of discussion for an IDEAFEST panel of UVic scholars on March 8. The Arab Spring One Year Later: Revolution, Resolution and Resentment public forum was not just about examining transformations of the past year, however, it was also about considering possible scenarios for the future.

Making UVic a mentally healthy community

Tue, 2012-03-20 07:52

Cut-down stigmas and build-up campus community was the theme of a March 6 roundtable discussion on Creating a Mentally Healthy Campus Community: Teaching, Learning and Working at UVic. This third and final roundtable in the series “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” sponsored by the Mental Health Taskforce featured representatives from various initiatives on and off campus addressing the questions: “What is a mentally healthy community and what specific strategies are in place to support that community?”

Bob McDonald: The joy of (communicating) science

Mon, 2012-03-19 07:57

McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders
McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders

Bob McDonald, distinguished CBC science commentator and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, entertained a nearly full house at the Farquhar Auditorium on March 14 as the Axys Group Distinguished Speaker Series’ inaugural lecturer. Reflecting on the topic “Science as I’ve Seen It,” he described the advantages of being a science journalist and the freedom this has offered him in making knowledge more engaging and accessible to the public.

IDEAFEST 2012: New media remediates old media

Mon, 2012-03-12 07:49

The Faculty of Humanities went parliamentary for IdeaFest with their humourous but insightful March 7 debate about whether or not the book is dead. Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald acted as “The Speaker of the House” in the packed lecture class turned House of Commons.

UVic Eating Disorders Collaborative Clinic opens

Thu, 2012-03-08 10:16

UVic Health Services (UHS) along with Counselling Services, Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Family Development Eating Disorders Program launched a new Eating Disorders Collaborative Clinic here on campus in November 2011.

UVic one of Canada's top diversity employers

Wed, 2012-02-22 11:34

Together in diversity at the University of Victoria

UVic has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers. The winners of the 2012 competition were announced Feb. 21, recognizing 50 organizations that lead the nation in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Pursuing social justice in an institutional context

Wed, 2012-02-08 10:33

Drawing inspiration from graffiti to strategic plans, from unions to the occupy movement, panellists probed what it takes to pursue social justice in an institutional context Jan. 24 as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations: Living Social Justice.