The Ring

UVic unveils Murray and Lynda Farmer Walk of Excellence

Fri, 2015-09-11 12:54

Murray and Lynda Farmer. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Murray and Lynda Farmer. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

UVic's new Murray and Lynda Farmer Walk of Excellence celebrating Vikes’ athletics legacy officially opened Aug. 26 in the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).

Galiano Island field school breathes new life into learning

Tue, 2015-09-08 15:47

Student at field school. Photo: UVic photo services
Student at field school. Photo: UVic photo services

In July, under a blistering hot sun, 15 students and environmental studies professor Dr. Eric Higgs waited to embark on a unique learning adventure at the Galiano Island Land Conservancy Learning Centre.

During the following week, as part of the Ecological Restoration field school, the students share meals together and work intensely on group projects—off the grid, with no internet, and with the outdoor environment of the island’s District Lot 57 as their principal classroom. The lot, owned by the Galiano Island Conservancy Association, was once an active logging  and farming site. But now, it’s home to the Learning Centre, and Galiano Island residents want the land ecologically restored. That’s where the thinking, learning and labors of the students in the field school come in.

Legacy of statelessness for migrant families

Tue, 2015-09-01 16:08

Butt (second from right) at a health information session for expectant mothers in East Lombok.

Heartbreaking headlines dominate the news around the world in continuing coverage about the predicament of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Americas seeking lives in new countries. What gets less attention are challenges faced by the millions of families caught up in undocumented migration for temporary work, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. A new study by UVic researchers points to simple solutions that could have great impact.

Reclaiming a banned Saanich fishery

Tue, 2015-08-04 14:33

A scene from the 2014 sailing
A scene from the 2014 sailing

Almost a decade ago, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nick Claxton told his family he wanted to revitalize the reef net fishery, a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

His uncle advised: “You can’t just go fishing. You must first build a ceremonial net.” And so began the spiritual, cultural and educational journey that Claxton considers his life’s work. It also became his PhD dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Victoria—a research study designed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice that was nearly lost.

UVic osprey-cam offers a bird’s eye view

Fri, 2015-07-24 14:26

Osprey. Photo: Sarah Blackstone.

Every summer for the last 10 years, high above the University of Victoria’s athletic fields, a little family has been going about its daily business, largely unnoticed, except by photographers and curious onlookers willing to kink their necks and squint their eyes.

In the spirit of collaboration

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:21

Catalyst Conversations, June 2, 2015

How do Greater Victoria’s post-secondary institutions work together with municipalities to benefit the region? First, you get everyone in the same room and start the conversation.

On June 2, the presidents of Royal Roads University and Camosun College joined UVic President Jamie Cassels in welcoming more than 80 elected municipal officials, city managers and academic leaders from the three post-secondary institutions to an inaugural Catalyst Conversations forum that challenged participants to imagine how they could work together to benefit our region.

UVic sets strategic course for community engagement

Mon, 2015-06-01 23:02

In line with the university’s vision of excellence in civic engagement and community-engaged research, UVic has established a new office to integrate support of its vision across all sectors of the university with specific strategic goals.

The Office of Community University Engagement [OCUE] will build on the university’s initiatives that over the years have forged strong relationships with community organizations aimed at meaningful change on society’s economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental challenges.

New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

Update (July 6, 2016): The UVic database of Chinese Canadian Artifacts officially launches July 7 at the evening reception of an annual international conference, ISSCO 2016 in Richmond, BC, bringing together 300 scholars and researchers of the Chinese diaspora.

CanAssist technologies help people remain independent longer

Tue, 2015-05-12 14:14

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 11:35

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.