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UVic shines again in international science rankings

Mon, 2014-05-05 14:45

The University of Victoria once again ranks in the top tier of universities in the world for scientific influence, according to the prestigious 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, released in late April.

In terms of scientific impact, UVic ranks fourth overall in Canada—behind Toronto, UBC and McGill—and is the top-ranked university in the country without a medical school.


UVic is now home to new European Union Centre of Excellence

Wed, 2014-04-30 13:59

The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s leaders in European studies and is now home to one of two new European Union Centres of Excellence (EUCE) announced January 2014 by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.


UVic launches Colonial Legacies Field School, in time for South African national election

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:21

Vongani Lucky Machethe and Stephanie Tiede prepare for CBC radio interview May 7, 2014. Photos: Dr. E. Vibert.

In May 2014, a group of UVic students and two faculty members spent three weeks in South Africa for UVic’s first-ever Colonial Legacies Field School.


Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.
Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall. Photo: Melinda Jolley, City of Victoria

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.


Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 11:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr
Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.


Dark mysteries: UVic researchers help push the boundaries of galactic knowledge

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:57

Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).
Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).

We all joke about black holes in our everyday lives when something disappears. And we know from watching Star Trek and sci-fi movies that black holes are massive cosmic phenomena not to be messed with. But what are they really? And what role do they play in the evolution of galaxies?


2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.


Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.
Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.


SSHRC Storytellers: research impact caught on video

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:06

von Petzinger.
von Petzinger.

Two UVic graduate students have been rewarded for their creative use of video to tell the story of how their academic research is impacting the world.

Genevieve von Petzinger and Bernadette Perry are among 25 winners of the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers Challenge, involving universities across Canada. The challenge required students to distill their research into a compelling three minutes of narrated video, describing how their SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.


Three new Canada Research Chairs announced

Fri, 2014-03-28 11:06

Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Improving aircraft design, understanding the ocean’s critical role in climate change, and finding new ways to deal with vast amounts of medical imaging data—these are the pressing societal challenges being tackled by the University of Victoria’s three newest Canada Research Chairs.

The three UVic chairs were announced on March 28 by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology as part of a national announcement of 59 new chairholders across the country.