The Ring

Cells of hope: Stephanie Willerth's stem cell research

Wed, 2012-05-09 12:10

Willerth and undergraduate assistant Kathleen Kolehmainen (in background).  Phot
Willerth and undergraduate assistant Kathleen Kolehmainen (in background). Photo: UVic Photo Services

When Stephanie Willerth was five years old she asked her parents for one of two things for Christmas—a chemistry set or a pair of tickets to a college bowl football game. “It wasn’t much of a choice since bowl tickets are pretty pricey, so they gave me the chemistry set,” says Willerth, who at 31 now has a much bigger “chemistry set”—a research lab at the University of Victoria.

Making historical sense of census data

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:49

Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services

What can data stored in a bunker under the Clearihue building in the early part of this century tell us about life 100 years ago? Dr. Eric Sager (history) has devoted his own life to exploring such questions and on Apr. 11, he received a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) of BC in recognition of this work, marking a special personal milestone in his own history.

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2012

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:05

Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Passion, enthusiasm, a commitment to making a difference in our lives—these are the qualities that are shared by all winners of the Craigdarroch Research Awards, and this year’s “class” is no exception. The 2012 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievement in research at UVic, were presented at a celebration event on May 1.

IdeaFest 2012 an 'unquestionable success'

Tue, 2012-05-08 11:07

IdeaFest 2012, the University of Victoria’s first ever week-long celebration of all things research and creativity, was a triumph by all accounts, bringing out hundreds of festival participants each day to tackle more than 30 ideas in every corner of campus.

Behind the accent: UVic research gives immigrant youth a voice

Mon, 2012-05-07 14:05

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be an immigrant to Victoria? University of Victoria medical anthropology PhD candidate Sarah Fletcher and her team of immigrant youth research assistants are giving us a good idea. Since October 2011, they have been conducting research on the experiences of immigrant youth in Victoria. Their project, Navigating Multiple Worlds, explores how immigrant youth experience the transition from one country and way of life to another, as well as how they deal with and use the language of stress in everyday life.

Course pairs up grad students and BC ministry and everyone benefits

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:44

Nine students brought their graduate program to life this past spring by adding a crash course in knowledge mobilization to their schedules. GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Dr. Gord Miller, (child and youth care). The program paired graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them.

The progression of a polyphonic poem

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:36

Lilburn. Photo: John Threlfall
Lilburn. Photo: John Threlfall

Dr. Tim Lilburn (writing) knows a thing or two about writing poems. He also knows something about writing books of poems. In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Lilburn has published two books of essays and nine books of poetry. He launched his most recent book, Assiniboia, across Canada in March.

Fish Sounds: What fish could tell us, if only we’d listen

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:28

Juanes. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Juanes. Photo: Robie Liscomb

While many of us are familiar with whales’ songs, one UVic researcher has focused his attention on lesser-known aquatic acoustics. Dr. Francis Juanes, a fisheries ecologist in the Department of Biology, is examining fish behavior by using his ears.

Meet the “Faces of UVic Research”

Mon, 2012-05-07 10:51

Who are our faculty researchers? What do they study? And how is their work relevant to our lives? Find out in the newly launched Faces of UVic Research video series in which individual faculty researchers give a short and succinct “elevator pitch” on their work—in everyday language—that quickly gets to the heart of what they do and why it matters.

Grad student wins prestigious Canadian book award

Fri, 2012-05-04 10:10

Photo of Jarvis

On May 1, School of Public Administration doctoral candidate Mark Jarvis was awarded the prestigious Donner Prize for his co-authored book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government. Administered by the Donner Foundation, the Donner Prize is an annual award for the best public policy book by a Canadian.