The Ring

Writing student named Youth Poet Laureate

Thu, 2013-01-03 16:38

Department of Writing student Aysia Law has been named the City of Victoria’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate—a first not only for Victoria, but also in Canada. Law, who won UVic’s 2011 Diversity Writing Contest, will be performing her work at a number of events throughout 2013 and receives a $1,500 honorarium, plus $1,000 to develop and complete a major project that engages youth through poetry. “She's such a passionate and dedicated writer with a great sense of humour and a natural instinct for language,” say Lee Henderson, one of Law’s writing professors. “She’s the perfect choice as our first public voice for the city's young poets.” Law will perform the first poem in her new position for Victoria City Council at City Hall on Jan.17.

Visiting Audain Professor Nicholas Galanin wins $50,000

Tue, 2012-12-18 14:58

Nicholas Galanin, the 2012 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest with the Department of Visual Arts, has won a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from the United States Artists organization. The Sitka-born Galanin is a multi-disciplinary Tlingit/Aleut artist whose teaching term with UVic ran throughout fall 2012. While his fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category, the USA news release admits that Galanin’s work—which tends to defy categorization—“might also be described simply as contemporary art with Native themes.” A visual artist and musician, he creates multimedia pieces that often involve computers, video, photo manipulation or sculpture in a variety of forms. Like previous Audain Professors Rebecca Belmore and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Galanin will present an exhibit of new work in the Audain Gallery—in September 2013.

Napoleon to teach at peacebuilding school

Fri, 2012-12-07 11:08

Val Napoleon has been selected to teach a one-week intensive course as part of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an annual summer program of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Napoleon, who was appointed the Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance in UVic’s law faculty in January 2012, will teach “Human Rights and Indigenous Legal Traditions” in the 2013 program’s first session June 17–21. The CSOP aims to educate on peace and justice issues and encourage discussion in a collaborative environment.

Points now patrons of First Peoples House

Wed, 2012-12-05 12:09

On Nov. 14, during an honouring ceremony at UVic's First Peoples House, President David Turpin announced that Steven Point, OC, and Ms. Gwendolyn Point have agreed to serve as Patrons of First Peoples House. They were acknowledged for their many contributions, including their outstanding support and honorary patronage of First Peoples House during their vice-regal term. “We are honoured that they will continue their relationship with the First Peoples House through their presence at special events and that they will remain engaged with our university and provide guidance and consultation as we work to enhance the profile of Indigenous education at UVic and in the broader community,” says Turpin.

Rankin elected MP

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:58

Murray Rankin (law) won a tight Nov. 26 byelection race for Member of Parliament for Victoria against Green candidate Donald Galloway (law). Conservative Dale Gann (VITP) came third and Liberal Paul Summerville (Gustavson School of Business) fourth.

Weaver elected AAAS Fellow

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:57

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Dr. Andrew Weaver (earth and ocean sciences) for distinguished contributions to our understanding of the role of ocean circulation in climate and for his commitment to educating the public about climate change. Weaver joins four other UVic faculty AAAS Fellows: Drs. Harvey Buckmaster (adjunct) and J. Anthony Burke (emeritus) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth, Lansdowne Professor in Applied Cognitive Science (curriculum and instruction); and Dr. Hari Srivastava (emeritus, mathematics).

Jessica Ball receives Aboriginal child care award

Wed, 2012-11-28 11:20

Jessica Ball, School of Child and Youth Care professor, received the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society’s Perry Shawana Award which is presented to an individual whose leadership, commitment, advocacy, policy-making, research or volunteerism has demonstrated support for high quality child development environments for BC’s First Nations children.  

Andre Kushniruk honoured by CHIA

Wed, 2012-11-21 14:55

Andre Kushniruk, School of Health Information Science professor, is the recipient of the 2012 CHIA (Canadian Health Informatics Award) for Leadership in the Field of Health Informatics.  

MGB gets international ed award

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:09

The Master of Global Business (MGB) program at the UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business has received the Outstanding Program Award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

Sanseverino profiled

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:08

In a profile in the Vancouver Sun, Mary Sanseverino (computer science) makes an argument that computer science is the new English. Sanseverino wants her students to know the extent to which computer science is used today. She is also a key player in UVic’s Women in Engineering and Computer Science group, which addresses the gender disparity within the sciences. Profile article: