The Ring

Entrepreurship program breeds success

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:10

Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science
Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear

When musician, author and broadcaster Jann Arden wanted to tap into social media to boost exposure for her new book Falling Backwards, she turned to YUPIQ, a Victoria-based company that sprung directly from research by UVic Master’s in Engineering students Logan Volkers, Will Fraser, Torben Werner and Jeff Crowe. The relationship meant Arden was able to access 24 times more people, which is significant given Arden’s established national presence as an entertainer.


2012 Victoria Leadership Award Recipients

Wed, 2012-02-22 09:50

UVic climate science expert and Canada Research Chair Dr. Andrew Weaver and Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, dean of UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development, are this year's recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards. They were two of 29 nominees celebrated at an annual gala event for the Victoria Leadership Awards at the Fairmont Empress on Feb. 21, 2012.


Ted Grant photos take us behind the scenes with Island Medical Program students

Thu, 2012-02-09 10:58

Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm
Grant, showing some of his medical photographs. Photo: Arnold LIm

His most famous photo is of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sliding down a banister. But of all he’s shot in 60 years as a photographer, Ted Grant’s favourite work is the photo series he has done of doctors and nurses at work.


Public Administration home to new UNESCO Chair

Wed, 2012-02-01 15:55

Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren
Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren

The past couple of months have been quite remarkable for Budd Hall, professor of community development in the School of Public Administration. In December, he received an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University for his outstanding academic service in the area of international development and adult education. Then Hall received notice of his appointmemnt as a UNESCO Chair. 


Change starts here: UVic and the United Way

Tue, 2012-01-31 11:50

Thank you, UVic community! The final fundraising tally for the 2011 UVic United Way campaign came in at $271,165, with a cool $36,641 raised at on-campus events from July through December. The campaign also welcomed 62 new donors.


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.