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New hospital simulation centre enhances health students' learning

Thu, 2015-09-17 14:01

Students and staff from the School of Nursing at the new centre.
Students and staff from the School of Nursing at the new centre.

The tension in the operating room was palpable as the patient’s heart rate skyrocketed unexpectedly during surgery on her fractured ankle. Julie, the 19-year-old soccer player under local anaesthetic, worriedly asked what was wrong. The medical and nursing team reassured her as they quickly assessed and took action to stabilize her condition.

Despite its location in the Royal Jubilee Hospital, this was not a typical operating room. Nor was Julie a typical patient; she’s actually a life-like mannequin. Both are part of the new $2.9-million Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning, a partnership between UVic’s School of Nursing, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Island Health.


30 Leo Award nominations this year, 26 from writing faculty and alumni

Thu, 2015-06-04 12:54

Need proof of the impact of the Department of Writing‘s film production courses? Just look to last month’s 2015 Leo Award nominations, where films by writing faculty and alumni received a combined 26 nominations for five productions—an impressive number for a university that doesn’t technically even have a film production program.


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. 


Awards honour great teachers, TAs

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:50

Blades. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Two outstanding classroom leaders who are known for their dedication and innovation to the teaching process have been given Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching.


Outspoken conservationist recognized by BC faculty association

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:42

Darimont leaning against a tree.
Darimont. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

UVic wildlife expert Dr. Chris Darimont—a research pioneer on BC’s coastal wolves and bears, and a passionate advocate for science-based conservation policy—is this year’s winner of the Distinguished Academics Early in Career award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA-BC).


UVic Law’s 40th anniversary: a legal education of quality and commitment

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:52

2015 is a banner year for UVic Law: its 40th anniversary. We often think of UVic Law as a young faculty, but it has now delivered four decades of first-class legal education.  

On March 6 and 7, the faculty will celebrate this milestone with a series of events for alumni, faculty, students and friends. It is a time to take stock. What kind of law school is UVic? What distinctive contributions has it made to Canadian legal education over the last 40 years? Or, to put the question with a little more edge: Would British Columbia, would Canada, be any different if UVic Law had not been founded?


Watershed moments in Indigenous law bode well for UVic law programs

Tue, 2015-03-03 17:09

The summer of 2014 was a remarkable period in Canadian legal history. Within the span of three weeks, two Supreme Court of Canada judgments involving aboriginal title and treaty rights were brought down. Together, they significantly altered fundamental elements of national governance and current plans for economic development, as well as the legal landscape relating to land and resource entitlements.


National symposium addresses methods and new horizons in theatre education

Thu, 2015-02-26 15:58

Alexandrowicz with students. Photo: John Threlfall
Alexandrowicz with students. Photo: John Threlfall

Canadian drama instructors gather at UVic to make sure they're giving students far more than just their next few lines.

If you’ve ever seen actors at work—on stage, on screen, on the street or on television—you’ve seen the results of the kind of pedagogy happening daily in the Department of Theatre. But now a first-of-its-kind national symposium co-organized by theatre professor Conrad Alexandrowicz is questioning and examining traditional acting methods, as it addresses what’s been described as “the crisis of actor training in Canada.”


Passion for social change recognized with national teaching award

Mon, 2015-02-23 17:32

Yoon. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Yoon. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Child and Youth Care professor Jin-Sun Yoon wins prestigious national teaching award.

“I’m an accidental academic; I never planned to be here,” says Jin-Sun Yoon, teaching professor with the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care (CYC). Yoon's path to professorship has been paved with the same whole-person commitment that has led her to become recognized for her transformative teaching career—selected as one of 10 university educators across Canada to receive this year’s prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.


UVic filmmaker brings trans issues to the Victoria Film Festival

Wed, 2015-02-04 19:12

Filmmaker Maureen Bradley on set with a camera crew
Filmmaker Maureen Bradley. Photo: Arnold Lim

After 25 years of queer activism, writing professor and filmmaker Maureen Bradley is still changing the world—she’s just having more fun doing it now, thanks to her debut feature film, Two 4 One. Billed as the first transgendered romantic comedy, Two 4 One offers a bittersweet look at a couple in an unimaginable predicament: after an ill-advised one-night stand, Miriam and Adam both wind up pregnant.