The Ring

Learning a language is about more than just words

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:45

A summer dance in front of Cadboro Commons. Photo: Suzanne Ahearne.

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.


UVic launches Colonial Legacies Field School, in time for South African national election

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:21

Vongani Lucky Machethe and Stephanie Tiede prepare for CBC radio interview May 7, 2014. Photos: Dr. E. Vibert.

In May 2014, a group of UVic students and two faculty members spent three weeks in South Africa for UVic’s first-ever Colonial Legacies Field School.


Tye Landels awarded one of 10 prestigious 3M student fellowships

Tue, 2014-04-08 13:02

3M National Student Fellow Tye Landels, 3rd-yr Honours Student, Dept. of English
Landels. Photo Credit: Suzanne Ahearne.

Tye Landels (English) is one of 10 undergraduate students across Canada receiving a 3M National Student Fellowship this year. On June 18, the third-year UVic honours student will journey to Kingston, ON to receive the prestigious award -- modelled after the long-standing 3M National Teaching Fellowships for university professors -- at an official ceremony at Queen's University as part of an annual national teaching-and-learning conference. 


One student's grand view of the smallest things

Tue, 2014-03-04 17:01

Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.
Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.

Invisible worlds exist all around us. And UVic biology undergrad James Tyrwhitt-Drake has made it his mission to reveal the smallest of those worlds, with spectacular results.

The invisibility of microscopic creatures, much like the perceptual invisibility that comes with the speedy flapping of a hummingbird’s wings, requires special equipment to capture and appreciate. For Tyrwhitt-Drake, that equipment is the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in UVic’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.


Student chemistry symposium builds skills, confidence and elemental connections

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:41

The exchange of ideas at major conferences is a chief driving force of scientific progress. Conferences and symposiums provide opportunities to share one’s work with the global scientific community, to learn about and be inspired by emerging research and, perhaps most importantly, to network with other scientists.

On Jan. 30, the UVic Department of Chemistry hosted the Chemical Institute of Canada’s 2014 Vancouver Island Section Student Symposium—a regional symposium offering a scaled-down conference experience to student researchers without the financial hurdles of registration fees and travel.


Film production class makes for reel-life learning

Mon, 2014-01-27 16:59

Bradley and UVic digital media technician Daniel Hogg. PHOTO: Nik West
Bradley and UVic digital media technician Daniel Hogg. PHOTO: Nik West
UVic film production class takes experiential learning to a whole new level

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at the University of Victoria. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production.


Yes, actually–it is rocket science!

Wed, 2014-01-08 10:45

Evans, Moffatt and Pearson
L-R: Evans, Moffatt and Pearson. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Engineering students take first prize in international competition

For three mechanical engineering students with a passion for aerospace, what could be better than a Do-It-Yourself rocket-design competition? 

Winning it, of course. 


The impact of one French tweet

Mon, 2013-12-23 17:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all
The tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 17:34

Dylan Collins, UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services
Dylan Collins is the most recent Top Story of 2013 and UVic's latest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services

As UVic looks ahead to 2014, the university is also celebrating a year of compelling news about UVic's people, projects, ideas and research.

Seaweed, dwarf galaxies and an iPad app for ‘the birds and the bees’ are some of the many captivating subjects for stories about UVic over the past 12 months. Here are just 10.


Passion for public health propels UVic student to Oxford

Wed, 2013-12-11 12:51

Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services

British Columbia’s winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious student scholarship for 2014 is a 21-year-old biochemistry student from the University of Victoria.