The Ring

Doctoral student wins coveted national award to research Nuu-chah-nulth legal framework

Mon, 2011-06-13 11:47

Mack.
Mack. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Johnny Mack, a PhD candidate in UVic’s Graduate Program in Law and Society, is one of 14 doctoral students across Canada who has received a prestigious three-year scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
This is the second year in a row and the fourth time in six years that a UVic student has received this honour. The $180,000 award will assist Mack in investigating how traditional socio-political and legal frameworks of the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island could be reformed to better reflect the realities and issues their communities face today.


Journal provides research outlet for undergrads

Mon, 2011-06-06 09:51

UVic undergraduate students no longer have to wait until they’re in graduate school to publish their research. The Arbutus Review, an online interdisciplinary research journal published through the UVic library, gives undergrads an outlet for their scholarship.


Counsellling grads the 'bridge' between Aboriginal and Western healing

Thu, 2011-06-02 16:23

For years, Lorna Williams had heard about and seen certified counsellors arriving in First Nations communities without the proper preparation and knowledge to work effectively and respectfully with their Aboriginal clients. In frustration, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning searched for a better way to educate counsellors in both Indigenous and Western approaches to emotional and psychological healing. The result was the UVic-developed master’s program in counselling for Aboriginal communities—the first of its kind in the country—and 15 of the inaugural program graduates receive their degrees this month.


Grad student discovers pages from an 1856 BC marriage register

Mon, 2011-05-09 11:10

Fairweather with the document she discovered
Fairweather with the document she discovered. Photo: Robie Liscomb

This past March, I made a little discovery while doing primary source research for a detailed bibliography and history of the book graduate course Old Books in New Libraries. Offered by the French department and taught by Dr Hélène Cazes, this class met in UVic Special Collections. We explored the history and mechanics of book printing, as well as how to write bibliographical notices. We got to spend our time digging through treasures from the library vault, with ancient and unique books brought up by the cartload for us to examine.


Undergraduate research showcase

Thu, 2011-04-07 10:15

On Tuesday, April 5th the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Fair took place in the Student Union Building. This was the second year for the event, showcasing 76 students’ original research. Mary Sanseverino, computer science faculty and interim director of the Learning and Teaching Centre, was the master of ceremonies for the official program. The attendees were greeted by Butch Dick, elder-in-training from the Songhees Nation, with a welcome and traditional song.


Globe and Mail editor-in-chief visits student journalists

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:34

L-R: Stackhouse, Karstens-Smith, Karas.
L-R: Stackhouse, Karstens-Smith, Karas. Photo: UVic Photo Services

As young journalists we often hear that we’re stepping out into an industry that is rapidly changing, perhaps even dying. Sometimes, however, the outlook we receive is a little bit sunnier, as was the case when John Stackhouse, editor-in-chief for the Globe and Mail, visited The Martlet on March 31.


UVic Japanese students organize and respond with support

Tue, 2011-04-05 13:20

Students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota.
Child and Youth Care students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota. Photo: Christine McLaren

The waters have receded and the tremors have diminished in Japan, but amidst unstable nuclear reactors and the rubble of a starkly redefined landscape, communities begin to face the challenge of rebuilding and coping with the loss. Here at UVic, separated by an ocean of uncertainty, we watch and wait, wondering how this disaster will affect us all. For two Japanese students in the School of Child and Youth Care, watching was not enough.


Discovering sweet suite music

Wed, 2011-03-30 11:35

Music Discoveries 2011 - Final Performance
Music Discoveries 2011 - Final Performance. Photo: Astrid Sidaway-Wolf

What do you get when you combine a handful of enthusiastic UVic music education students, 65 talented middle-school students and a few dedicated professional musical clinicians and performers?  Sweet, “suite” music, of course.


UVic seeks feedback on non-academic student misconduct policy

Mon, 2011-03-28 09:53

UVic is in the process of seeking feedback for a new policy on non-academic student misconduct. If the proposed policy receives widespread support, the university hopes to implement it before classes start in the fall.


UVic Law launches new Environmental Law and Sustainability Program

Wed, 2011-03-09 10:30

Hakai Beach Institute, where UVic Law students will take courses
Hakai Beach Institute, where UVic Law students will take courses

Law students at the University of Victoria will soon be able to participate in a new Environmental Law and Sustainability Program, thanks to a $2.75-million grant from the Quadra Island-based Tula Foundation. The non-profit organization is dedicated to environmental sustainability, public service, research and teaching. UVic has also signed an innovative affiliation agreement with the foundation’s Hakai Beach Institute to develop future research and learning opportunities for UVic students.