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UVic nurtures clean energy partnerships with China

Thu, 2010-07-01 16:30

Photo of IESVic researchers in China
L-R: Dong, Sui, Wild, Crawford, Buckham and Djilali.

In June, a team of University of Victoria researchers travelled to China to share insights with Chinese colleagues on emerging clean energy technologies.


Governor General visits UVic researchers on children's rights

Thu, 2010-07-01 14:30

Photo of Governor General visiting campus
L-R: Smith, Jean, Turpin. PHOTO: Geoff Howe

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, visited campus on June 11. She met with researchers associated with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), based in the UVic Centre for Global Studies, whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world.


UVic leads consortium to build powerful electron accelerator

Thu, 2010-07-01 14:00

Illustration of e-linac
Illustration of e-linac. Phto: SESY Hamburg

The University of Victoria is playing a leading role in a major expansion at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. On June 22, BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced a $30.7-million provincial investment in TRIUMF to support ARIEL (Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory), a $62.9-million facility that will allow TRIUMF to broaden its research in particle and nuclear physics, and materials science. It will also develop the technology to advance Canada’s supply of medical isotopes.


National award supports grad student’s research on coastal communities

Tue, 2010-06-01 14:00

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Bennett at Race Rocks Marine Protected Area. Gary McKinstry photo.

Nathan Bennett, a PhD candidate in geography, is one of 15 grad students this year receiving a highly coveted $180,000 doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. As a 2010 Trudeau Scholar, Bennett will investigate a question that affects lake- and ocean-going communities across the globe: how do coastal communities thrive alongside protected marine parks?


New funding boosts forest and climate research and training

Tue, 2010-06-01 14:00

Photo of Dr. Peter Constabel
Constabel Photo: UVic Photo Services

How forests interact with climate change—and are impacted by it—is the focus of a new six-year, $1.6-million research and training program in UVic’s Centre for Forest Biology. The program is one of 20 projects on various topics that are being funded across the country under the CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) initiative, administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.


Vanier Scholarship will fund student’s research on youth and global justice

Tue, 2010-06-01 14:00

Photo of Manda Roddick
Roddick Photo: Robie Liscomb

Manda Roddick, winner of a 2010 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, has a renewed sense of hope in today’s youth. Hope is propelling this PhD candidate in sociology to explore the deeper questions around youth international volunteer work and global social justice.


It’s common knowledge in communities

Tue, 2010-06-01 14:00

Picture of Dr. Lorna Williams
Williams. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Common knowledge—according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary—is shared by, coming from, or done by, more than one person. Turn the two words back to front, and multitudinous forms of knowledge find a new base: “knowledge commons” is a term used by community-based researchers for a shared conceptual space which emphasizes the learning that comes from or is done by communities and supports intersections of collaborative thought and traditional wisdoms.


Craigdarroch Research Awards 2010

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

A picture of Terry Pearson
Pearson. Photo: Arnold Lim Photography

The 2010 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which recognize research excellence at UVic in six categories of achievement, were presented at a celebration event on April 27. This year featured presentation of the inaugural award for excellence in artistic expression, acknowledging a significant body of work that furthers our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.


Valuing the “relentless quest for knowledge”

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

A picture of Lucinda Chodan
Times Colonist editor in chief Lucinda Chodan discusses a news story with senior news editor Phillip Jang. PHOTO: Darren Stone

Aeronautical design. The relationship between literature and religion. Semiconductor crystal growth. Those disparate topics—and their impassioned advocates at the university—are among the dozens of fascinating subjects I have encountered as a member of the selection committee of the Craigdarroch Research Awards.


Looking at health across the lifespan and the disciplines

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

A picture of Dr. Michael Hayes
Hayes Photo: UVic Photo Services

UVic does a lot of health education and research. It’s diverse, interdisciplinary and it’s a huge task to coordinate. Enter UVic’s inaugural director of health education and research, and chair of the Health Education and Research Council (HERC), Dr. Michael Hayes.