The Ring

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.

Children’s residential school art portrays a truth

Tue, 2012-05-01 11:36

L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George
L-R: Robina Thomas, Sulsa’meeth (Deb George), Andrea Walsh, Tousilum (Ron George), Joyce Underwood. Photo: Gary McKinistry

Human faces, landscapes, cultural stories, wildlife and abstract shapes are just some of the depictions found in a collection of children’s art created during the years 1958-60 at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Each piece of art tells a story about a child who did not have a voice.

JCURA: A cornucopia of undergrad research

Tue, 2012-04-24 14:23

Visual arts student Elyse Portal demonstrates her project. Photo: Patrick Craib.
Visual arts student Elyse Portal demonstrates her project. Photo: Patrick Craib.

The Michele Pujol room in the Student Union Building was brimming with enthusiasm on April 10 as up-and-coming young scholars showcased their original research projects at the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards Fair. Established in 2009, the JCURA program encourages the development of strong academic relationships by funding collaborative research projects between faculty and undergraduates, giving promising students an appetite for original research in the process. This year there were 99 JCURA scholars, supervised by 87 faculty members, across 41 departments and schools.

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.