The Ring

Lululemon founder named UVic's Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year

Fri, 2012-01-27 16:16

Chip Wilson and May (Hao) Cheung
Chip Wilson and May (Hao) Cheung

Chip Wilson, founder and chair of the board of directors of yoga-wear giant Lululemon Athletica, has been named UVic’s Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Island food security means bounty for future

Wed, 2012-01-11 13:09

Image credit: Beth Ferguson

It's well past the 12 days of Christmas and holiday feasting, but as Canadians calculate the cost of December 2011, they may experience firsthand what a recent Statistics Canada report tells us about the annual inflation rate. The price of fresh vegetables is up 13.2 per cent and bread up 11.9 per cent. But it’s not just high prices or earthquakes that could shake or break the fragile links that feed Vancouver Island residents.

RCMP to pilot BC bullying prevention program in rural Canada

Mon, 2012-01-09 12:49

 A new partnership between the RCMP, youth organizations and researchers from the University of Victoria will train RCMP youth officers to assist schools and rural communities in delivering a successful BC anti-bullying program where it’s never been offered before.

Students help local organizations improve energy efficiency

Mon, 2012-01-09 12:36

Last term, I was a member of one of six teams including UVic students who participated in the CRD’s Ready, Set, Solve Challenge. The Challenge paired students from local post-secondary institutions with local organizations to help solve small—but real—energy efficiency and climate-related challenges.

A virtual journey through the Coast Salish cultural landscape

Sat, 2012-01-07 10:04

What’s at stake in treaty negotiations? What is the cultural significance of the land? As one BC First Nations group has learned, the complex language of land claims can be a key obstacle to making well-informed decisions about the treaty process.

Now, thanks to researchers and students in the University of Victoria’s anthropology and computer science departments, First Nations communities can learn about the treaty process and their traditional territories in a fun way—by playing a video game.

Local students benefit from after-school outreach

Tue, 2012-01-03 14:38

Just over two years ago UVic’s Faculty of Education learned that an anonymous graduate of Victoria College, a former teacher, had left the faculty an estate worth $700,000. The only instructions—spend it to enhance the education of children.

UVic spreading great ideas via TEDX

Tue, 2011-12-06 15:12

Several University of Victoria faculty members and students were featured at two TED events last month: TEDxVictoria and TEDxYouthDay. The first event included presentations on biological hackerspaces, rogue wave theory, and the evolution of storytelling. The second event was part of an annual series happening all around the world on Universal Children’s Day.

Val Napoleon appointed Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:49

Dr. Val Napoleon is joining the Faculty of Law in January 2012 to become its Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance.

High school students investigate UVic “crime scene”

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:45

High school students  examine a real human skull to determine the person’s gende
High school students examine a real human skull to determine the person’s gender. Photo: Heather Stewart

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26, a group of local high school students were duct-taped into white Tyvek coveralls and got down and dirty sifting through leaf litter along a UVic chip trail investigating a simulated crime scene.

It was all part of a Forensic Anthropology Day free educational experience organized by the Department of Anthropology and Let’s Talk Science, a national outreach organization that supports educators teaching science to children and youth.

Claiming the rights to the city

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:41


On Nov. 17, the David Lam Auditorium was packed with students and community members eager to hear Dr. Warren Magnusson (political science) deliver a lecture entitled “Occupy Victoria: Seeing Like a City” sponsored by UVic’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy. With Occupy Victoria participants facing an injunction to end their occupation of Centennial Square, the lecture provided political theory to contextualize the social movement.