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Fuel cell-powered studies

Wed, 2015-11-04 15:32

Franca
Franca

Co-ops confirm international student’s career choice in engineering

When Anaïssia Franca transferred to UVic after the second year of her engineering science program in France, communicating was her biggest challenge. 

“I had a good understanding of English—but trying to contribute my ideas in group projects when you’re the only woman and there’s a language barrier? That was very hard,” she says. 


Unique ethnohistory field school well into its second decade

Thu, 2015-10-29 16:22

Student Jesse Robertson and Matsqui elder Joan Silver (right). Photo: Tenille Campbell.

The only ethnohistory field school in Canada to offer a firsthand learning opportunity involving traditional knowledges of oral history and research of historical documents has been immersing graduate students every second spring since 1998 deep within the Stó:lō community in BC.


Back from the grave: Maker Lab brings spooky 19th century skull to life

Thu, 2015-10-29 11:50

Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.
Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.

Just in time for Hallowe'en, the Maker Lab in the Humanities at the University of Victoria launched its first Kit for Cultural History, which reinvents a skull stick-pin from the 1860s. The kit is a tangible example of how the Maker Lab combines cultural research with digital fabrication and also of today’s thriving maker movement which involves DIY approaches. Unveiled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the kit features the cravat pin introduced by French engineer Gustave Trouvé at an 1867 exhibition in Paris and now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.


A chance to be the change we want to see

Thu, 2015-10-08 11:47

Beliveau, Winn and Manouchehrinia in Switzerland.
Beliveau, Winn and Manouchehrinia in Switzerland.

In an early preview of the challenges world leaders face when negotiating international agreements on climate change (such as this December’s UN meeting in Paris), two UVic students and a business professor got to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime—travelling to Switzerland to attend the Model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. This annual international event is hosted by leading business graduate students and professors across Europe and provides the opportunity for scholars studying climate change to engage in mock climate negotiations. These mock negotiations were an opportunity to engage in debate, to strategize towards fulfilling an assigned country’s interests and, as a collective, to negotiate a best-draft resolution to climate challenges facing the global community.


Engineering co-op students build tree-planting robot to help fight deforestation

Thu, 2015-10-08 11:36

Birch and Rhodes with a tree-planting prototype.
Birch and Rhodes with a tree-planting prototype.

Many students spend their summers tromping through slash-piles and battling blackflies to replant Canada’s forests. Two UVic engineering undergrads took a different approach: they designed and built a tree-planting robot with the idea of supplementing the humans’ hard work. 

“TreeRover” is the brainchild of third-year electrical engineering students Nick Birch and Tyler Rhodes. Through an entrepreneurial co-op work term, they formed their own company—Iota Enterprises—to build their robot prototype in Rhodes’ Saanich backyard.


Going places in an era of global connectivity

Tue, 2015-10-06 09:21

New funding rolled out by President Jamie Cassels has increased support for UVic students to engage in rich and meaningful learning experiences well beyond the campus.


Study of Syrian artifacts offer different viewpoints on a troubled region

Thu, 2015-10-01 16:53

Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Thre
Milwright in Special Collections with shards and manuscripts. Credit: John Threlfall

Protecting and learning from Middle Eastern antiquities

When news broke in August that Syrian archaeologist Khaleed al-Asaad had been killed by ISIS for trying to protect his country’s cultural legacy from destruction and looting, it sent a chill through the heart of Art History and Visual Studies professor Marcus Milwright. An archaeologist and professor of Islamic art and architecture, Milwright has worked extensively in Syria—including the ancient city of Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site for which Khaleed al-Asaad was the head of antiquities.


Field lessons in Scandanavian sustainability

Thu, 2015-10-01 10:08

HafenCity development in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: HafenCity.com
HafenCity development in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: HafenCity.com

Northern Europe is famous for sustainability—from cycling in Copenhagen, Iceland’s geothermal riches, and offshore wind farms in the North Sea to Germany’s investments in mass solar power. This spring, 28 UVic geography students headed to Europe to study those sustainability efforts and more. Their month-long field school took them to Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands brought them together with community leaders, planners, developers, scholars and others to examine Scandanavian efforts to address the daunting ecological and social challenges facing contemporary societies.


New hospital simulation centre enhances health students' learning

Thu, 2015-09-17 14:01

Students and staff from the School of Nursing at the new centre.
Students and staff from the School of Nursing at the new centre.

The tension in the operating room was palpable as the patient’s heart rate skyrocketed unexpectedly during surgery on her fractured ankle. Julie, the 19-year-old soccer player under local anaesthetic, worriedly asked what was wrong. The medical and nursing team reassured her as they quickly assessed and took action to stabilize her condition.

Despite its location in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, this was not a typical operating room. Nor was Julie a typical patient; she’s actually a life-like mannequin. Both are part of the new $2.9-million Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, a partnership between UVic’s School of Nursing, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Island Health.


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.