The Ring

Viking Age skill-building at the Royal BC Museum

Tue, 2014-07-29 10:50

Shawn Curé plays "Hnefatafl."
Shawn Curé plays the "Hnefatafl" board game constructed by his anthropology group. Photo: Photo Services

The new "Vikings: Lives beyond the Legend" exhibition at the Royal BC Museum is providing an opportunity for some UVic anthropology students to build their knowledge of Viking culture and share in community education at the same time. Jokes about these students' "cutting edge" skills will have to wait, though. While popular culture representations of the Vikings often put axes, raiding expeditions and pointy headgear first, the wealth of the Viking culture and their complex lifeworld was much more varied. And that's just what the anthropology students are helping community audiences appreciate.


Ten thousand talks—and counting

Mon, 2014-06-09 10:14

Mohamed Ghilan
Mohamed Ghilan is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program.

More than 30 years ago, UVic established a program that, through the enthusiasm of campus volunteers, delivers expertise from every area of academic inquiry to audiences across Greater Victoria. An early example of the university’s deep commitment to community engagement and knowledge mobilization, the UVic Speakers Bureau today is Canada’s only university-wide initiative of its kind. And this May, Rosa Stewart, professor of Hispanic and Italian studies, gave the bureau’s milestone 10,000th talk: a travel piece focusing on England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.


Witness Blanket and CUVic 2014 - Q&A with Leslie Brown

Wed, 2014-05-14 10:53

A partial view of the cover page of Brown's course manual, to be included within the Witness Blanket. Logo: Francis Dick.

During CUVic 2014 opening ceremonies on the evening of May 20 at UVic, the Witness Blanket—an art installation created by Kwagiulth artist and Master Carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme) and inspired by the traditional woven blanket as a symbol of protection and comfort—was presented for the first time.


2014 CUFA-BC Academic of the Year awarded to Michael J. Prince

Fri, 2014-04-25 10:54

Prince. Photo: Marc Christensen
Prince.

Michael J. Prince, UVic's Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, received the 2014 CUFA-BC Academic of the Year Award on April 23. Visit uvic.ca/news for UVic's official announcement.


Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

Thu, 2014-04-17 13:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.
Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall. Photo: Melinda Jolley, City of Victoria

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.


Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr
Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.


Tye Landels awarded one of 10 prestigious 3M student fellowships

Tue, 2014-04-08 13:02

3M National Student Fellow Tye Landels, 3rd-yr Honours Student, Dept. of English
Landels. Photo Credit: Suzanne Ahearne.

Tye Landels (English) is one of 10 undergraduate students across Canada receiving a 3M National Student Fellowship this year. On June 18, the third-year UVic honours student will journey to Kingston, ON to receive the prestigious award -- modelled after the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowships for university professors -- at an official ceremony at Queen's University as part of an annual national teaching-and-learning conference. 


Elders’ voices find home on Google Earth: the Stz’uminus Storied Places Digital Atlas

Wed, 2014-03-26 12:13

Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.
Becker's project on display the 2014 JCURA fair.

Long before settler culture attached the names of explorers, businessmen and political leaders to the mountains, rivers and landscape we now call Vancouver Island, the traditional names used by First Nations carried a wealth of information about those places—information that anthropology student Amy Becker has been working to preserve.

Becker, recipient of a 2013-14 Jamie Cassels Undergrad Research Award (JCURA), explains “Indigenous place names are embedded in the culture, landscape, language and identities of the people who use them.”


Africa Calling: cast-off phones collected to serve people and planet

Mon, 2014-03-24 16:14

Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A red “London style” phone box is now stationed in the UVic SUB—the first of hopefully many drop off locations for the Africa Calling project.

“I hope every building on campus will have a red drop box,” says project founder, Kevin Davis. “The more unwanted phones we collect the more communities we can help in Africa.”


Hélène Cazes, Donna Greschner: Local heroes lauded at 10th anniversary of VLAs

Thu, 2014-02-27 12:23

L to R: Cazes and Greschner. Photo: Melanie Seal-Jones, Orange Frog Studios.
L to R: Cazes and Greschner.

On Feb. 26 at the Crystal Garden, over 400 guests celebrated 21 extraordinary nominees in eight award categories at a special 10th anniversary gala of the Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs).

UVic is a founding partner of the annual VLA program. This year, Dr. Hélène Cazes and Prof. Donna Greschner received the UVic award. A number of the community heroes celebrated last night are either from, or affiliated with, the university.