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

Thu, 2015-06-04 14:05


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. 

Arctic research propels ecologist into the ranks of Fulbright Scholars

Thu, 2015-06-04 13:56


Ecologist and ethnobiologist Dr. Trevor Lantz (environmental studies) has been named a Fulbright Scholar by the Fulbright Arctic Initiative for his Arctic ecosystems research. Lantz studies the rate and causes of Arctic environmental change and its consequences for northern communities. Using a combination of field studies, remote sensing, and collaboration with knowledgeable hunters and trappers, he will examine the vulnerability of Arctic coastlands to storm surges. His fieldwork will be conducted in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories while collaboration with other Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars will be in Nunavut and Finland. 

New CFI funding boosts major science projects

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:09

UVic's leadership and participation in several national and international big science projects been given a huge shot in the arm with the injection of $14.8 million in new funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

Thu, 2015-06-04 10:03

Screenshot of The Franklin Mystery website home page.
The Franklin Mystery website.

Locating the sunken Erebus has sharpened some of the mystery surrounding the failed expedition—and reinforced Indigenous accounts of the tragedy

UVic sets strategic course for community engagement

Mon, 2015-06-01 23:02

In line with the university’s vision of excellence in civic engagement and community-engaged research, UVic has established a new office to integrate support of its vision across all sectors of the university with specific strategic goals.

The Office of Community University Engagement [OCUE] will build on the university’s initiatives that over the years have forged strong relationships with community organizations aimed at meaningful change on society’s economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental challenges.

UVic gets top marks for sustainability in Princeton Review's annual Guide to Green Colleges

Thu, 2015-05-28 16:40

The University of Victoria was given a perfect score in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges, an annual publication spotlighting campuses in the US and Canada with exceptional commitment to sustainability in their policies, initiatives and academic programs. 

“Big data” shows UVic is leading Canada in scientific impact

Fri, 2015-05-22 17:14

Yang Shi
Engineering professor Yang Shi is one of five UVic professors identified as one of the world’s most highly cited.

A data-driven analysis of scientific publications released May 20 by a leading European research centre puts UVic first in Canada for scientific impact in two broad fields—mathematics and computer science, and physical sciences and engineering. 

The ranking, produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, also places UVic third in the country among all universities for overall scientific impact. 

New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

The University of Victoria is taking a lead role this year in the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) to establish an online inventory of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by BC museums.

A journey through the Andes—one blog post at a time

Thu, 2015-05-14 15:06

Dr. Ana María Peredo in front of a cactus.
Dr. Ana María Peredo. Photos courtesy of Peredo.

The UVic community knows Dr. Ana María Peredo as an award-winning professor in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, whose research explores the role of business in fostering sustainable communities. But to the people she meets in the high Andes communities, she’s Señorita Ana María, a spirited traveler with a great respect for the people she encounters in a land that’s both familiar and foreign to her.

Digitized early map of London continues to bridge time

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:39

Map of Early Modern London - MoEML - London Metropolitan Archives Agas map
Image from MoEML. Credit: The Agas map is used by MoEML with permission from London Metropolitan Archives.

You could walk across London of the 1500s in about 20 minutes. And now, thanks to the survival of a 450-year-old woodcut map, Shakespeare’s world can also "open up to us like a Google map,” says Dr. Janelle Jenstad (English), project director of UVic’s constantly evolving Map of Early Modern London (MoEML).