The Ring

The roots of Canadian ecology

Tue, 2015-07-07 12:26

Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special C
Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Ian McTaggart Cowan archive a living legacy for contemporary research    

The launch of a digitization project and a new archive are a providing a powerful combination of resources for ecological researchers, on and off campus. The Ian McTaggart Cowan archive, recently donated by the Cowan family to UVic Special Collections and University Archives, contains materials from McTaggart Cowan’s remarkable 75-year career as one of Canada’s foremost wildlife biologists and conservationists.  

ONC know-how reaches into Hudson Bay

Tue, 2015-07-07 10:42

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is partnering with the University of Manitoba to develop, install and maintain the cabled estuary observatory component of a new Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) in Hudson Bay.

The footprints of human settlement on the BC coast could be 13,000 years old

Mon, 2015-06-29 16:02

L-R: Fedje and McLaren at the dig site. Credit: Joanne McSporran
L-R: Fedje and McLaren at the dig site. Credit: Joanne McSporran

Family gatherings around a fire pit—an ancient custom that’s still with us today—may have been practiced as long as 13,000 years ago along BC's central coast. Footprints from what appear to be a man, woman and child circling a hearth were discovered last month below the tideline.

Trudeau scholar examines youth and empathy in Canada

Fri, 2015-06-12 14:49

Nelems. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Nelems. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? The University of Victoria’s Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of a prestigious three-year scholarship announced today from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.

Looking good, 900 years later: Pamplona Bible manuscript dated back to 12th century

Fri, 2015-06-12 12:13

Detail from the Amiens Bible
Detail from the Amiens Bible

The age of a manuscript fragment from the Sandra Mattia Collection in UVic Libraries’ Special Collections—depicting Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac—has been re-assessed, making the fragment among the oldest manuscript fragments in the collection.

Designing Prague: Theatre professor, students participate in Prague Quadrennial

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:13

The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry
The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry

When it comes to stage design, the Prague Quadrennial is as good as it gets—and this year, a pair of Department of Theatre alumni will help represent Canada. “It’s the Venice Biennalie of stage design,” says theatre professor Allan Stichbury. “It’s the top in terms of recognizing stage design in the world.”

The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Allan Antliff chosen to examine Clyfford Still archives

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:05


Being the first to gain access to an archive is the kind of research opportunity most academics dream of—and it’s how art history and visual studies professor Allan Antliff will be spending his summer. 

Antliff was recently announced as the inaugural Research Fellow in Residence at the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center in Denver, Colorado. Named for the famed American painter—whom Antliff describes as “a leading artist in the abstract expressionist movement”—the position at the CSM represents a rare opportunity. 

Arctic research propels ecologist into the ranks of Fulbright Scholars

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:56


Ecologist and ethnobiologist Dr. Trevor Lantz (environmental studies) has been named a Fulbright Scholar by the Fulbright Arctic Initiative for his Arctic ecosystems research. Lantz studies the rate and causes of Arctic environmental change and its consequences for northern communities. Using a combination of field studies, remote sensing, and collaboration with knowledgeable hunters and trappers, he will examine the vulnerability of Arctic coastlands to storm surges. His fieldwork will be conducted in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories while collaboration with other Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars will be in Nunavut and Finland. 

New CFI funding boosts major science projects

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:09

UVic's leadership and participation in several national and international big science projects been given a huge shot in the arm with the injection of $14.8 million in new funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

Thu, 2015-06-04 10:03

Screenshot of The Franklin Mystery website home page.
The Franklin Mystery website.

Locating the sunken Erebus has sharpened some of the mystery surrounding the failed expedition—and reinforced Indigenous accounts of the tragedy