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Prof’s rare book collection celebrated

Mon, 2012-04-23 09:57

Karl Köster and Dr. Janelle Jenstad inspect a 1526 Latin Bible, part of UVic's P
Karl Köster and Dr. Janelle Jenstad inspect a 1526 Latin Bible, part of UVic's Pat Köster collection. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Local bibliophiles got a special opportunity to celebrate, inspect and actually handle a large variety of remarkable volumes at a special exhibition from the Dr. Pat Köster Book Collection in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room in the McPherson Library–Mearns Centre for Learning on April 19.


New research chairs tackle molecular basis of disease

Thu, 2012-04-19 10:01

Wulff. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Wulff. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Collaborative work by the University of Victoria’s two newest Canada Research Chairs may one day slow down the spread of influenza—especially when the next global pandemic strikes. Organic chemist Jeremy Wulff and biochemist Martin Boulanger are among a slate of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across the country that were announced on March 13 by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology.


Symbols speak eloquently of living-with-dying

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:46

Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in
Image from the exhibition "Symbols of Living In-between." Poem is reproduced in article, below.

For many, living with a life-threatening illness is unimaginable. How does one garner the optimism and endurance needed to continue living while the end of life approaches? To help shed light on the experiences of people living with the uncertainties of serious illness, 32 people diagnosed with cancer, chronic kidney disease or HIV/AIDS joined forces with a group of nurse researchers to share stories and ideas about living with dying.


IDEAFEST 2012: Climate change and food security for BC

Mon, 2012-04-09 13:06

When people analyse the issue of climate change, they often consider global temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The issue of food production and protection is another concern, though. On March 6, as part of UVic’s IdeaFest, Dr. Francis Zwiers, director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and Dr. Aleck Ostry, a professor in UVic’s Department of Geography, held a public discussion about climate change in relation to food security in British Columbia—specifically in regard to water issues.


IDEAFEST 2012: The Arab Spring: A season, or much more?

Thu, 2012-03-29 09:32

The uprisings that flared up throughout the Middle East a year ago—events known as The Arab Spring—have not only altered the political landscape of that region, they have had an impact on the entire world. This was the topic of discussion for an IDEAFEST panel of UVic scholars on March 8. The Arab Spring One Year Later: Revolution, Resolution and Resentment public forum was not just about examining transformations of the past year, however, it was also about considering possible scenarios for the future.


Bob McDonald: The joy of (communicating) science

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:57

McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders
McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders

Bob McDonald, distinguished CBC science commentator and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, entertained a nearly full house at the Farquhar Auditorium on March 14 as the Axys Group Distinguished Speaker Series’ inaugural lecturer. Reflecting on the topic “Science as I’ve Seen It,” he described the advantages of being a science journalist and the freedom this has offered him in making knowledge more engaging and accessible to the public.


IDEAFEST 2012: New media remediates old media

Mon, 2012-03-12 08:49

The Faculty of Humanities went parliamentary for IdeaFest with their humourous but insightful March 7 debate about whether or not the book is dead. Dean of Humanities Dr. John Archibald acted as “The Speaker of the House” in the packed lecture class turned House of Commons.


IDEAFEST 2012: From Occupy Wall Street to the People’s Assembly of Victoria

Fri, 2012-03-09 15:27

Reported by Rachel Goldsworthy, Coordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business


Science honours students parade their research

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:46

L-R: Emma Conway describes her first-place research project to remblay, Gillis a
L-R: Emma Conway describes her first-place research project to remblay, Gillis and Lipson. Photo: Phil Saunders

A throng of people gathers around an island of poster boards in the atrium of the Bob Wright Centre. Undergraduate students are proudly discussing their research to a caravan of professors judging them on their research and the way they explain it. Welcome to HonoursFest 2012, the first annual celebration of undergraduate science research at UVic.


UVic biochemist wins Steacie national research award

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:28

Boraston and PhD student Melissa Cid in the lab
Boraston and PhD student Melissa Cid in the lab. Photo: NSERC

Finding molecular ways to thwart microbial infections and generate biofuels will be uppermost in the mind of University of Victoria biochemist Dr. Alisdair Boraston for the next two years. Boraston is one of six Canadian scientists to be awarded a prestigious 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, announced on Feb. 27 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.