The Ring

Reclaiming a banned Saanich fishery

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:33

A scene from the 2014 sailing
A scene from the 2014 sailing

Almost a decade ago, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nick Claxton told his family he wanted to revitalize the reef net fishery, a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

His uncle advised: “You can’t just go fishing. You must first build a ceremonial net.” And so began the spiritual, cultural and educational journey that Claxton considers his life’s work. It also became his PhD dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Victoria—a research study designed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice that was nearly lost.


Island Health grants fuel UVic research

Tue, 2015-07-28 10:24

Improving dementia care, stroke recovery and cancer support services are among the goals of eight newly funded projects involving University of Victoria health researchers.

Each of the projects is receiving $15,000 from Island Health through its new Collaborative Research Grant Competition, which aims to strengthen ties between the health agency (formerly known as the Vancouver Island Health Authority, or VIHA) and its academic partners. 


UVic aerospace centre flies high with funding boost

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:13

Centre director Afzal Suleman in the research and development lab.
Centre director Afzal Suleman in the research and development lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Forest fire management will be one of the applications of new technology being developed by University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) which received new funding from Western Economic Diversification this month.


The roots of Canadian ecology

Tue, 2015-07-07 11:26

Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special C
Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Ian McTaggart Cowan archive a living legacy for contemporary research    

The launch of a digitization project and a new archive are a providing a powerful combination of resources for ecological researchers, on and off campus. The Ian McTaggart Cowan archive, recently donated by the Cowan family to UVic Special Collections and University Archives, contains materials from McTaggart Cowan’s remarkable 75-year career as one of Canada’s foremost wildlife biologists and conservationists.  


ONC know-how reaches into Hudson Bay

Tue, 2015-07-07 09:42

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is partnering with the University of Manitoba to develop, install and maintain the cabled estuary observatory component of a new Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) in Hudson Bay.


The footprints of human settlement on the BC coast could be 13,000 years old

Mon, 2015-06-29 15:02

L-R: Fedje and McLaren at the dig site. Credit: Joanne McSporran
L-R: Fedje and McLaren at the dig site. Credit: Joanne McSporran

Family gatherings around a fire pit—an ancient custom that’s still with us today—may have been practiced as long as 13,000 years ago along BC's central coast. Footprints from what appear to be a man, woman and child circling a hearth were discovered last month below the tideline.


Trudeau scholar examines youth and empathy in Canada

Fri, 2015-06-12 13:49

Nelems. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Nelems. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? The University of Victoria’s Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of a prestigious three-year scholarship announced today from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.


Looking good, 900 years later: Pamplona Bible manuscript dated back to 12th century

Fri, 2015-06-12 11:13

Detail from the Amiens Bible
Detail from the Amiens Bible

The age of a manuscript fragment from the Sandra Mattia Collection in UVic Libraries’ Special Collections—depicting Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac—has been re-assessed, making the fragment among the oldest manuscript fragments in the collection.


Designing Prague: Theatre professor, students participate in Prague Quadrennial

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:13

The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry
The Turn of the Screw set at the Belfry

When it comes to stage design, the Prague Quadrennial is as good as it gets—and this year, a pair of Department of Theatre alumni will help represent Canada. “It’s the Venice Biennalie of stage design,” says theatre professor Allan Stichbury. “It’s the top in terms of recognizing stage design in the world.”


The Aesthetics of Anarchy: Allan Antliff chosen to examine Clyfford Still archives

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:05

Antliff
Antliff

Being the first to gain access to an archive is the kind of research opportunity most academics dream of—and it’s how art history and visual studies professor Allan Antliff will be spending his summer. 

Antliff was recently announced as the inaugural Research Fellow in Residence at the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center in Denver, Colorado. Named for the famed American painter—whom Antliff describes as “a leading artist in the abstract expressionist movement”—the position at the CSM represents a rare opportunity.