The Ring

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.

Latin lives for local high school students

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:35

L-R: Rowe with Latin Club members and Mt. Doug students Lam and Aiyana Skye
L-R: Rowe with Latin Club members and Mt. Doug students Lam and Aiyana Skye

Not many high school students think of learning Latin as a way impress girls, but for Alexander Lam, it’s as good a reason as any. Lam is a member of the Victoria High School Latin Club. Founded by Dr. Gregory Rowe and taught by Rowe and Dr. Cedric Littlewood (Greek and Roman studies), the Latin Club is comprised of enthusiastic students largely from Esquimalt High and Mt. Douglas High School, and is sponsored by UVic’s Department of Greek and Roman Studies. Now in its second year, the Latin Club appeals to students who love learning.

UVic formalizes research agreement with City of Victoria

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:21

By signing an official protocol of cooperation last month, the University of Victoria and the City of Victoria have formalized their mutual interest in research of benefit to both entities.

Gold—good for development, toxic for children

Thu, 2011-10-06 12:00

100g of mercury ($30) for amalgamating gold, with young teen panning in the background. Photo: Kevin Telmer 2011 Nigeria

For nearly two decades, UVic geochemist Dr. Kevin Telmer (earth and ocean sciences) has been working with small-scale and artisanal gold miners, whose practices can expose people and communities around the world to toxic levels of mercury and lead even while the rare metal itself means better livelihoods, healthier lives, and a chance at a more prosperous future for the miners and their families.

Hope drying up for Iraqi marshlands

Thu, 2011-10-06 11:55

Marsh dwellers in a mashoof in once-lush wetlands.
Ancient culture and livelihoods may no longer be sustainable in the marshlands. Photo: courtesy of CIMI (Iraq)

A woman milks a water buffalo on a floating island near homes made from reeds. This image of a simple yet sustainable life in the southern Iraqi marshes—an image formed by Wilfred Thesiger’s classic text The Marsh Arabs—is vastly different from the present reality. The University of Victoria’s Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative (CIMI) wrapped up last year, but it is still not clear whether the traditional way of living will be anything more in future than descriptions of old photos or lives lived on the marshland margins.

Student Refugee Program changes lives at UVic

Thu, 2011-10-06 10:44

L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl
L-R: Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle and Hanna Godalle Photo: Sasha Gronsdahl

The arrivals area of the Victoria International Airport is generally a pretty quiet place. So this August, when it was filled with UVic students holding brightly coloured signs in Swahili, it was clear they were celebrating an important occasion. The welcoming committee was there to greet Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle, and Hanna Godalle to Canada. The three students were sponsored to come to Canada and study at UVic through the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.