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UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 16:34

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.


In this engineering course, people skills are a design solution

Tue, 2013-12-03 13:22

Students in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.
Teamwork required. Jayaram Subramaniam (TA), Timothy Salomonsson and Todd Schmid in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.

Aspiring engineers at the University of Victoria are getting something most of their peers across Canada aren’t—hands-on experience from real-world professionals in their first year of post-secondary education.


Advocating in the community interest

Fri, 2013-10-25 11:51

More than 35 years after it began operating in the downtown core, the UVic Law Centre continues to improve access to justice in the community, moving to shared space with the new Victoria Justice Access Centre in the Victoria courthouse late last month.


Wet lab lights a spark for learning

Wed, 2013-10-02 15:16

Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug.
Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug. Photo: Kim Westad

Brett Landine suspects he was not alone in experiencing the low mood that settled in after his second year on campus.

Even so, the outgoing Comox student, who came to the University of Victoria with the quiet hope of becoming a physician, continued to hit the books. He wanted good marks and was willing to work for them, but school became filled with stress and tension.


French course takes Tour de France to new level

Wed, 2013-06-19 09:07

De Rosnay racing in Victoria's Bastion Square Grand Prix 2013
Emile Fromet de Rosay (on left) in Victoria's Bastion Square GP 2013. PHOTO: Brad Head at zedwheels.com

Enrolment for courses which immediately captivate the interest of students can be as smooth as coasting downhill in the Pyrenees. This is what assistant professor Dr. Emile Fromet de Rosnay was hoping, and has witnessed firsthand, for his new online course starting five days before the Tour de France, now in its 100th year.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”


Undergrad creates chaos machine

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:40

Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright
Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright

Chaos intrigues Austin Davis—so much so that he’s structuring his remaining undergraduate courses around studying it. Davis was already interested in chaos theory when he was handed the assignment of mathematically modeling a complicated differential system. He chose a triple pendulum to demonstrate the chaotic system and astonished his professor, Dr. Anthony Quas (math and statistics), by going far beyond the assignment parameters and actually building the pendulum at home.


Science honours students exhibit their research

Fri, 2013-03-08 06:21

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 09:43

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 10:38

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.