The Ring

Science honours students exhibit their research

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:21

Anyone needing proof that students love learning through research had only to attend the second annual Faculty of Science Honours Fest March 1, where students vied for thousands of dollars in prize money. The Bob Wright Centre lobby buzzed with action as the 48 competitors—almost triple the number from last year—presented their research to judges, fellow students and community members.

Listening Without Borders

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:43

Csaba rehearsing the UVic Orchestra. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Csaba rehearsing the UVic Orchestra. Photo: UVic Photo Services

If you think a piece of music sounds the same when played by different orchestras around the world, you’re not listening internationally. Which, in a musical nutshell, is exactly what School of Music professor Ajtony Csaba had in mind when he approached UVic’s Learning Without Borders Program (LWB), which supports internationalization of the curriculum.

Great teaching in Alumni Week spotlight

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:38

Lepp. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lepp. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two educational leaders who are respected for their proven abilities to inspire and challenge students will receive the prestigious Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching at an awards celebration during Alumni Week, which runs Feb. 3–9 this year Dr. Annalee Lepp (women’s studies) is this year’s recipient of the Harry Hickman Award (faculty category) and Dr. Alex van Netten (physics) will receive the Gilian Sherwin Award (instructors category) from the UVic Alumni Association.

Two UVic courses turn to Tolkien’s world in time for new Hobbit movie

Tue, 2012-12-04 14:56


The opening date for screening the first installment of Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit trilogy is Dec. 14, including in Victoria. Two new courses in UVic’s Faculty of Humanities take a closer look at Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth and the imaginative world and languages crafted decades ago by British linguist, writer and Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien.

Celebrating excellence in teaching

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:31


At Fall Convocation the university honours the outstanding talent, dedication and creativity of the faculty members and other teaching staff who provide such a high quality of education to our students.

“We are extremely proud of the recipients of this year’s awards for excellence in teaching,” says Vice-President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay. “On behalf of the university, I would like to congratulate and express our deep appreciation of these outstanding teachers who contribute so much to the lives of their students and to the value of a UVic education.”

UVic ecologists form their own academic ecosystem

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:26

Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth
Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth

There is a strong desire for ecological knowledge at UVic, and ecologists located across campus are fulfilling the need.

Writing prof plugs into Tech & Society program

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:06

Jackson 2Bears (left) and David Leach will bring their cultural insights to the
Jackson 2Bears (left) and David Leach will bring their cultural insights to the Tech and Society minor Photo: John Threlfall

Considering how technology has impacted the publishing world, it’s no surprise that Department of Writing professor David Leach has been named the new director of the Technology and Society program. “Because it’s an interdisciplinary minor, we almost need a ringmaster who’s not necessarily an expert in every area but is comfortable making those connections,” says Leach. “My journalistic background helps, having seen how digital technologies transformed the music industry and is currently transforming journalism and publishing.”

Bearing witness—UVic’s Holocaust field school

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:59

Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson
Barracks at Auschwitz. Photo: Tristan Swainson

A dozen participants of UVic’s second annual I-witness Holocaust field school project are now eyewitnesses to the sights, memories and history of the Holocaust. One of those is UVic alumna Dawn Smith (Nuu-chah-nulth from Ehattesaht; Coast Salish from Tsawout).

Making historical sense of census data

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:49

Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Sager. Photo: UVic Photo Services

What can data stored in a bunker under the Clearihue building in the early part of this century tell us about life 100 years ago? Dr. Eric Sager (history) has devoted his own life to exploring such questions and on Apr. 11, he received a career achievement award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations (CUFA) of BC in recognition of this work, marking a special personal milestone in his own history.

The spirit of aloha: Indigenous Governance exchange

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:58

IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson i
IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson in front row at left)

Having never been to Hawai’i before, I had a typical vision of the tropical paradise: sandy beaches lined with palm trees, a coconut drink decorated with a miniature umbrella in hand, the occasional hula dancer in sight, and a plethora of tourists. This distant, magical place seemed breathtakingly beautiful, but it also seemed a little too conventional for my liking. But when the opportunity came for me to complete an elective course in Hawai’i, I jumped at the chance not knowing that a transformative, life-changing experience awaited me.