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Bob McDonald: The joy of (communicating) science

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:57

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 08:49

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 11:16

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 12:34

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 11:33

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.

Celebrating exceptional staff

Wed, 2012-02-08 10:59

Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Stone. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Three individuals and one innovative team have received President’s Distinguished Service Awards for their outstanding contribution to the betterment of the university and its community. This year, the Team Award for Innovation was presented to the WITS Programs Team (psychology). The individual award winners are: Leah Stone (enrolment services), First Five Years: Outstanding Contribution; David Nelles (earth and ocean sciences), Award for Outstanding Service; and Diana Walton (nursing), Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Writing contest reflects diversity

Fri, 2012-01-27 15:33

Coming out, homelessness, mental wellness, child labour… entries in the 2011 Diversity Writing Contest left few stones unturned on the themes of diversity, equity and inclusion. Congratulations to the winning writers, who were recognized during the opening reception of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum on Jan. 23 in First Peoples House.

Rolling out the welcome mat

Thu, 2012-01-05 12:36

Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor at the newly opened
Welcome Centre Receptionist Cheryl Lawrence helps a visitor. Photo: UVic Photo Services

“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome” are not just words in the popular song “Cabaret,” but part of the everyday vocabulary and philosophy for staff at who have rolled out the welcome mat at UVic’s newly opened Welcome Centre.

Located on the first floor of the University Centre next to the cafeteria, the new centre promises to be a “one stop shop” of information for prospective and current students, staff, faculty and visitors to campus.

Vikes win fifth national title in men's soccer

Mon, 2011-11-14 13:25

Men's soccer team celebrate championship
Men's soccer team celebrate championship

The Vikes men’s soccer team won their fifth CIS national title in school history with a 3–1 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in front of 3,023 fans at Centennial Stadium Nov. 13.

UVic's men's soccer teams have now won five national titles including banners in 2004, 1996, 1987 and 1975.

Awards honour four UVic legacies

Fri, 2011-11-04 11:04


Chief Justice of BC Lance Finch will be among four members of the university community to be honoured this month at the annual UVic Legacy Awards. Finch will be recognized alongside Dr. Gary MacGillivray (mathematics and statistics), Vikes Soccer supporter George Smith, and Dr. Andreas Antoniou, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. An estimated crowd of 500 university supporters will gather at the Victoria Conference Centre on the evening of Nov. 22 for the awards celebration.