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CanAssist technologies help people remain independent longer

Tue, 2015-05-12 13:14

Nathanael Kuipers using assistive technology
CanAssist software developer Nathanael Kuipers and an assistive technology known as the "wandering deterrent system."

Thousands of British Columbians living with dementia and other challenging conditions will benefit from innovative new technologies being developed by CanAssist at the University of Victoria.


More than just a smile: community dental clinics lead to recognition for social work professor

Tue, 2015-05-05 10:35

Sydney Adair, clinic administrator, and Wallace at the Cool Aid dental clinic.
Sydney Adair, clinic administrator, and Wallace at the Cool Aid dental clinic. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Social work professor Bruce Wallace, with the UVic Faculty of Human and Social Development, is the recent recipient of a BC Dental Association award of merit. Also a researcher and advocate, Wallace has invested the lion’s share of his academic career to improving access to dental care for those with low or no incomes. 


UVic fundraising recognized by United Way

Thu, 2015-04-30 15:59

UVic representatives at the UW Spirit Awards
UVic representatives at the UW Spirit Awards

On Apr. 21, at the United Way Spirit Awards luncheon at the Empress Hotel, UVic’s 2014 UW fundraising campaign was recognized with two awards: the Leadership Giving Award and the Post Secondary Challenge.


New educational kit supports early childhood activities with Métis themes

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:50

The objects look simple. Hand-sized swatches of organza. Coloured paper. A star-shaped hole punch. A blanket and rolled socks. But the meaning they hold can be transformative.

The educational kit of supplies and a colourful booklet of activities uses Métis history to engage young children in physical activities, literacy and art, helping build cultural awareness as well as healthy lifelong habits.


2015 Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award recipients

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:43

Marshall
Marshall

Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater (psychology) and Dr. Anne Marshall (education) have been named the 2015 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award.


BikeMaps.org spins success across the globe

Thu, 2015-02-05 10:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.
Nelson and her BikeMaps.org research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness about the site.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for BikeMaps.org, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”


A curriculum of care at Our Place

Wed, 2015-02-04 17:48

Nursing student Yana Vashuk standing in front of Our Place, downtown Victoria
Nursing student Yana Vashuk. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two UVic collaborations serving vulnerable populations provide learning opportunities for students

Many people across Greater Victoria volunteer to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable people. UVic collaborations in nursing and business go a step further, shaping learning experiences in the spirit of service.


Virtually here: UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:12

Christian Vandendorpe, UVic's first Honorary Resident Wikipedian, in NZ.
Rotorua, NZ last fall. Photo, courtesy of Vandendorpe.

Christian Vandendorpe is UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian.

A widely respected scholar of semiotics, former magazine editor and author of From Papyrus to Hypertext (2009), Dr. Vandendorpe can also be considered a doctor of Wikipedia—in returning the “pulse” and vigour to Wikipedia pages with his sharp editorial interventions.


FOXY peer leader thrilled by Arctic Inspiration award

Thu, 2015-01-15 11:29

FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award.
FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award. Photo: Fred Cattroll/Arctic Net

Makenzie Zouboules, third-year UVic honours political science and writing co-op student, is something of a celebrity in her hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Last month, along with FOXY co-founders Candice Lys and Nancy MacNeill, Zouboules accepted a $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with northern youth. Originally part of Lys’ PhD dissertation on public health promotion, FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a participatory research project aimed at talking with young people about sexual health, sexuality and relationships across the three northern Canadian territories.


Two of UVic's Emily Carr paintings take centre stage in UK exhibit

Tue, 2014-12-23 10:50

Happiness (1939, oil on paper).
Happiness (1939, oil on paper).

Emily Carr’s talent and legacy are currently on display in a London art museum—in the first UK exhibit dedicated to the artist and west coast icon now dubbed “Canada’s very own van Gogh” by a British newspaper—including two works loaned from the collection of UVic Legacy Art Galleries.