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Food For Thought and Thoughts About Food

December 20, 2007 - 

Discover more about chocolate by participating in the UVic's Division of Continuing Studies course “Chocolate—Food of the Gods,” which is featured on page 48 of the division’s January to July 2008 Calendar.

Ottawa, UVic Partner on Remote Sensing

December 14, 2007 - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a memorandum of understanding providing for contribution agreements of up to $2.25 million with the University of Victoria for advanced remote sensing research.

Shared Crack Pipes May Spread Hepatitis C Virus

December 12, 2007 - A new study by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) suggests that the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) could possibly be passed on between crack smokers who share pipes.

The Battle Of The Beers

December 10, 2007 - 

UVic Study Reveals Drinkers Can’t Tell the Difference. When it comes to drinking, young males can’t tell the difference between low alcohol and regular strength beer. That’s according to a study by the University of Victoria’s C

UVic Biochemist Stares Down Superbug

November 30, 2007 - University of Victoria biochemist Dr. Alisdair Boraston has discovered something new about a nasty superbug—a discovery that could lead to new drugs to combat it.

UVic Student Wins Environmental Prize

November 19, 2007 - For three years University of Victoria mechanical engineering PhD student Aimy Ming Jii Bazylak has shared her enthusiasm for fuel cell research by speaking in the community and talking to school students.

UVic Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

November 15, 2007 - A former Vikes rugby MVP, a runner who became synonymous with the spirit of the Victoria Commonwealth Games, and an Olympic field hockey goalie will be inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame when the University of Victoria presents the Legacy Awards.

UVic Researchers Help Revitalize Port Alberni

November 14, 2007 - How do you pump life back into a fading economy? That’s just one of the issues researchers from UVic, as well as officials and residents from the Port Alberni community, will discuss during the forum on Nov. 24 in Port Alberni.

Teachers In The Spotlight At UVic Legacy Awards

November 8, 2007 - A political scientist who helps students experience first-hand the challenges of international diplomacy and a veteran law professor who has devoted his career to a student-staffed legal service are this year’s recipients of the UVic Alumni Awards.

NEPTUNE Completes First Phase of Installation

November 7, 2007 - The first phase of the new NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatory is being completed today off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Distinguished Alumni to be Honoured at Awards

November 6, 2007 - Three University of Victoria alumni who have achieved national prominence in their business endeavours will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards at the annual Legacy Awards dinner on Nov. 20 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Canada's Vets Face Transition To Civilian Life

November 5, 2007 - The majority of Canadian veterans find the transition from military to civilian life difficult according to the preliminary results of a survey conducted by the University of Victoria in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion.

Honorary Degree For 3 at UVic's Fall Convocation

October 31, 2007 - A Conservationist and former federal cabinet minister, a renowned marine scientist and influential landscape design architect will receive UVic honorary degrees at Fall Convocation.

UVic Student Wins Aboriginal Writing Challenge

October 29, 2007 - UVic writing student Kerissa Dickie’s powerful tale of life of a young girl at a residential school put her in the winner’s seat of The Aboriginal Writing Challenge—a short story contest for young Aboriginal Canadians.

UVic Research Is Still Best In The West

October 26, 2007 - The University of Victoria continues to lead all other comprehensive universities in Western Canada in terms of research effort, according to the 2007 ranking of the country’s top research universities by Research Infosource.

UVic Leads Way in Switch to 100 % Recycled Paper

October 23, 2007 - The University of Victoria is marking International Campus Sustainability Day October 24 by announcing it will switch all its bond paper supplies to 100 per cent post-consumer waste content beginning January 1, 2008.

World's 1st Research Conference on Social Economy

October 18, 2007 - Changing how business is done is at the forefront of a four-day conference next week in Victoria, hosted by the University of Victoria’s BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS).

Leading The Way: Victoria's Inspiration

October 18, 2007 - Nominations Begin for 2008 Victoria’s Leadership Awards. Do you know of someone who is making a significant difference in our city as an inspiring community leader or mentor? This is your opportunity to recognize that local hero!

UVic Students Trade Up In Entre-Palooza! Challenge

October 16, 2007 - UVic business students have teamed up with a new UVic Innovation Centre for Students to launch Entre-Palooza!, an entrepreneurship challenge that is sending undergrad students out in the Victoria community to trade goods & services for items of increa

Anti-Drug Plan Fails To Address Harm Reduction

October 4, 2007 - Researchers at the University of Victoria-based Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) are disappointed that the new $64-million anti-drug plan.

Saanich Seniors Have a Say in Age-Friendly Cities

October 1, 2007 - An international guide that sets out a vision for age-friendly communities around the world was released today, along with $500,000 provincial funding to enhance age-friendly planning, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services.

Senior Volunteers Add Value

September 27, 2007 - Two seniors who have spent decades improving the lives of others in the capital region are the recipients of the University of Victoria Centre on Aging’s 2007 Valued Elder Recognition Award (VERA).

UVic Conference is 'Beyond Climate-Neutral' Plan

September 26, 2007 - Common Energy, an independent non-profit society at the University of Victoria, is holding its fourth conference, Going Beyond Climate-Neutral, on October 12 to 14.

Class Assignment = Al Gore Tickets

September 20, 2007 - Instead of writing about their summer vacation, three fourth-year University of Victoria geography students wrote about why they wanted to see and hear Al Gore on Sept. 29—and scored tickets from their geography instructor Lisa Kadonaga.

Vancouver Foundation Climate Change Group

September 7, 2007 - The Vancouver Foundation has granted Common Energy, a climate change action group with members at the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia, $20,000 to create a provincial action network.

Smoking Policy Changes At UVic

September 6, 2007 - Effective September 1, 2007, the University of Victoria is improving air quality and reducing the effects of second-hand smoke on campus by prohibiting smoking within 10 metres of buildings and structures.

Student Entrepreneurs Cash In

September 6, 2007 - A game promoting healthy eating and tools for customized podcasts were among the winning ideas from student entrepreneurs in this year’s IDC Challenge.

UVic VP Research To Head New Ocean Board

August 27, 2007 - After completing nine years as the University of Victoria’s vice-president research, Martin Taylor has been appointed president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a new, not-for-profit organization.

Final Mysteries Selected For History Website

August 27, 2007 - The final three mysteries of the University of Victoria-based Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project have been selected by a national competition, so student sleuths will have a 12 whodunits with which to hone their historical skills.

NEPTUNE Canada Installation Ready To Begin

August 22, 2007 - After several years of planning and design, NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional cabled ocean observatory, is ready for installation off the coast of British Columbia.

Pay Parking Fees Change at UVic September 1

August 13, 2007 - Effective September 1, 2007, the University of Victoria will begin charging for parking in all campus parking lots on evenings and Saturdays. There is no charge for parking on Sundays.

Tech Grant Assists People With Disabilities

July 16, 2007 - The Province is funding a $750,000 one-time grant to the University of Victoria’s CanAssist team to build individualized technology for persons with disabilities, announced Employment and Income Assistance Minister Claude Richmond.

Indigenous Youth Get A Taste Of Campus Life

July 10, 2007 - Twenty-six Indigenous youth from communities across British Columbia will experience the University of Victoria up close this week during UVic’s fourth annual Indigenous Student Mini-University Camp. The camp runs from July 9-13 and introduces B.C.

UVic Law Professor Elected As New RSC Fellow

July 9, 2007 - University of Victoria law professor John Borrows has been named the university’s newest Fellow of the RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, membership in which is considered the country’s highest academic honour.

New Downtown Art Gallery and Cafe Opens

July 3, 2007 - The Legacy Art Gallery and Café, a new gallery and meeting place in downtown Victoria, is the result of collaboration between UVic and Heritage Realty Properties Ltd., made possible by the generosity of well-known local benefactor Michael Williams.

Construction to Close Part of Ring Road July/Aug.

June 28, 2007 - Four new buildings are under construction at the University of Victoria this summer, which means some detours will be in effect on campus.

Bob Wright's Oak Bay Marine Group Donates $11 Mil

June 21, 2007 - The University of Victoria is honoured to announce an unprecedented gift of $11 million by Bob Wright, President and CEO, Oak Bay Marine Group of Companies, towards the support of ocean, earth and atmospheric research and education at the UVic.

UVic Opens New Community-Based Research Office

June 19, 2007 - University-community partnerships in Canada took a major step forward today with the official launch of an Office of Community-Based Research (OCBR) at UVic. The office is the first university-wide initiative of its kind.

Common Energy Releases Progress Report

June 12, 2007 - Going beyond climate neutral will see UVic act as a catalyst in the development of a sustainable city and surrounding region.

UVic Students Profit By Being Frugal and Green

May 31, 2007 - What would you do with $5 and 10 days and the task of starting a profitable business? That’s what students in the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Business face each year in the Peter Thomas Innovation Project.

In Profile: UVic's Class of 2007

May 31, 2007 - Years of effort and determination culminate next week for more than 3,100 University of Victoria students at spring convocation ceremonies. The twice-daily ceremonies begin Tuesday and conclude next Friday in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Eac

UVic Gets Its Place Among The Stars

May 31, 2007 - Looking for directions to UVic? No sweat. Hop on a space shuttle and head for the middle of an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. A mere 416 million km from Earth you’ll find a 3.5-km chunk of rock hurtling away from the sun. Welcome to UVic.

UVic's 2007 Convocation Medalists

May 31, 2007 - This year’s medalists, in graduate and undergraduate studies, possess exemplary grade point averages and many of them display remarkable promise in their chosen areas of research. The university will confer 3,143 degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Alum & Professor Awarded Canada Research Chair

May 29, 2007 - A University of Victoria engineering professor is bringing triple prestige to the university by not only being a UVic alumnus and professor, but also the recipient of its 34th Canada Research Chair.

UVic to Award Five Honorary Degrees at Convocation

May 17, 2007 - Leaders in public service, the arts, human rights and the environment will receive honorary degrees from the University of Victoria when spring convocation ceremonies take place June 5–8 in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.

New Mysteries for Historical Sleuths

May 16, 2007 - History sleuths searching for the true location of Vinland, the lush settlement of Viking sagas, can now do more than study online archeological, historical and climactic clues; that’s part of the latest installments of the Great Unsolved Mysteries

Children Should Have Say in Custody Cases

May 16, 2007 - Giving children a voice in court involving their custody and access benefits both the youngsters and the judges hearing the cases and can contribute to earlier settlements or shorter trials. That’s according to an evaluation of the pilot practice.

UVic Signs New Deal in China

May 11, 2007 - UVic President David Turpin was in China May 8 to meet with the Chinese Education Minister to sign an agreement with the China Scholarship Council that gives UVic preferred status in receiving top graduate students from leading Chinese universities.

How Global Crisis Can Be Good For Us

May 8, 2007 - Is humanity headed on a course toward catastrophe? And if so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? Find out on Saturday, May 19 when Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, presents the 2007 Aspreva Lecture at the University of Victoria.

UVic Makes Ocean History Off Vancouver

May 8, 2007 - The VENUS project, led by the UVic, is the world’s most advanced cabled seafloor observatory. The Strait of Georgia leg will support studies on long-term ocean change; tides, currents and mixing; fish and marine mammal movements; seafloor ecology.

New Study in Moderate Drinking

April 30, 2007 - An international research team, co-led by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) based at the University of Victoria, is reporting that approximately 2,800 premature Canadian deaths in one year were caused by “low risk” alcohol use.

UVic Names New Vice-President Research

April 30, 2007 - Dr. Howard Brunt, who served as UVic’s associate vice-president research from 1999 to 2004, is returning to lead the university’s research enterprise for the next five years, effective Sept. 1, 2007.

Grads Give $2.25 Million to UVic to Research Aging

April 26, 2007 - A $2.25 million gift from two University of Victoria graduates ensures UVic is at the forefront of national research on the process of aging.

UVic Salutes its Research Stars of 2007

April 25, 2007 - A protein chemist, two organic chemists, a climatologist, and an interdisciplinary team of more than 70 people are winners of the 2007 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour research excellence at the University of Victoria.

Outstanding Students Recognized

April 23, 2007 - Eight UVic students who excel both in and out of the classroom are recipients of this year’s Blue and Gold awards. The students were honoured for their remarkable volunteer contributions to the university and/or the Greater Victoria.

Caregivers of Seniors with Mental Illnesses Study

April 18, 2007 - What does it take to look after an elderly person who has a mental illness? The answer may come from a team of researchers at the University of Victoria, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Medical Research Foundation.

Researchers Help Those Facing Barriers to Learning

April 17, 2007 - Participants in an on line research study on human perception will not only help two University of Victoria psychologists, they’ll also generate funds to support UNI 102—a course for people facing barriers to a post-secondary education.

UVic Experts Answer Earth Day Quiz

April 17, 2007 - April 22 is Earth Day, an international day to held each year to promote awareness of environmental issues. You can get the answers to these questions and discuss environmental issues with the following UVic experts.

UVic Plant Sale, Finnerty Garden Tours in May

April 16, 2007 - This year’s edition of the ever-popular University of Victoria Plant Sale in support of Finnerty Gardens will be on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the university’s McKinnon Gym. Garden tours will be offered on Mother's Day.

UVic MBA's Know How to Pick'em

April 13, 2007 - In a tough fight that saw 3 universities battle it out right to the closing bell, the stock portfolio put together by a team of University of Victoria MBA students held strong and claimed first prize in the annual National Post MBA Portfolio Competition.

Disabled Immigrants Face Barriers to Canadian Jobs

April 11, 2007 - Canadian employers are missing out on a “huge pool of talent” by passing over highly qualified disabled immigrants says a University of Victoria researcher. and PhD student, Abebe Abay Teklu.

UVic Business Professor Named Ascendant Scholar

April 5, 2007 - UVic's Dr. Ana Maria Peredo has earned the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.

Conference Focuses on Hockey

April 4, 2007 - From April 19–21, men and women from around the world will gather at Victoria’s Grand Pacific Hotel for “Canada and the League of Hockey Nations."

Second IPCC Climate Change Report Assesses Impacts

April 3, 2007 - On April 6 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release their report, it will present a comprehensive picture of the future impact of climate change, the Earth’s vulnerabilities and how it is adapting to these changes.

UVic Law Students to Compete Against World's Best

April 2, 2007 - Two University of Victoria law students are off to Australia this week to test their outstanding communication skills and legal knowledge against law students from around the world.

UVic Climatologist Named BC's Top Academic

April 2, 2007 - The efforts of a UVic climatologist to understand the science of climate and weather—and communicate it to students, policy-makers and general public—have won him a top provincial award. Dr. Andrew Weaver has been named Academic of the Year.

UVic Budget Framework Focuses on Future Growth

March 27, 2007 - UVic’s Board of Governors today approved a 2007/08 budget framework that provides increased resources for the growth of quality undergraduate and graduate student programs, student recruitment, student financial aid and library resources.

Kids Dying From Drugs

March 27, 2007 - A third of deaths among young people in developed countries are caused by alcohol and illicit drugs. That, according to a new paper—coauthored by UVic psychologist and CARBC director Dr. Tim Stockwell - published in the medical journal The Lance.

UVic Helps Islanders Cope With Disease

March 26, 2007 - If you live on Vancouver Island and have a chronic disease, you can get some free help from the University of Victoria.

Benefactor's Memory Honoured at Tribute Concert

March 22, 2007 - A daughter’s musical tribute to her late father will be part of the program when the UVic Don Wright Symphonic Winds present a special concert in honour of their benefactor on April 3 at 8:30 p.m. in the University Centre Farquar Auditorium.

UVic Seniors Study Debunks Caregiver Myth

March 20, 2007 - University of Victoria seniors’ expert, Neena Chappell, has good news for governments preparing to cope with the demands of an aging population — most caregivers for seniors living in their own homes are doing just fine.

Federal Budget Analysis

March 19, 2007 - The following University of Victoria faculty members are willing to discuss the 2007 federal budget:  Dr. Dennis Pilon, Dr. Elisabeth Gugl, Dr. Mark Colgate.

UVic Engineering Takes National Competition Prize

March 16, 2007 - The University of Victoria’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design Team (AUVic) is the winner of two national engineering awards.

Cure for the Couch Potato?

March 15, 2007 - How do you keep budding couch potatoes off the sofa? University of Victoria engineering students may have the answer, with their unique design that allows video game enthusiasts to exercise while playing video games.

Groundbreaking Theatre Comes to Victoria

March 12, 2007 - Three-time cancer survivor, Jonna Tamases, bring her groundbreaking live theatre performance to Victoria. Tamases has turned her experience into a funny, uplifting performance that conveys a message of power and joy.

Finding Dawn Documentary Premieres at UVic

March 9, 2007 - In the past 30 years, an estimated 500 Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. Seeking to put a human face on this national tragedy, Métis filmmaker and UVic faculty member Christine Welsh, made Finding Dawn.

AbeBooks Links Victoria to Dusseldorf

March 8, 2007 - The University of Victoria’s Faculty of Business Co-op and Career Centre and AbeBooks.com—the Internet’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare, and out-of-print books—are teaming up to give students a unique international co-oper

NATO Needs to Change Course in Afghanistan

March 1, 2007 - A new study released today by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. The study, prepared by Gordon Smith, Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria with a small team of experts from across Canada.

UVic's Faculty of Business Joins Elite Group

February 28, 2007 - The University of Victoria’s Faculty of Business has today been awarded the EQUIS Quality label, an achievement that places it among the top tier business schools in the world.

New Honour for Renowned UVic Ethnobotanist

February 26, 2007 - What patterns of ecological knowledge lie buried in the traditional ways that Indigenous peoples perceive, use and care for the natural resources around them?

Provincial Budget Analysis

February 15, 2007 - The following University of Victoria faculty members are willing to discuss the 2007/08 provincial budget:

UVic Honours David Black

February 14, 2007 - David Black, who established Black Press as Canada’s largest privately-owned newspaper company, is the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award (DEYA), presented by the UVic's faculty of business board of advisors.

UVic Survey Documents Ex-Soldiers' Struggles

February 14, 2007 - A survey being conducted by University of Victoria education professor Tim Black and the Royal Canadian Legion aims to shed light on the painful struggles of some Canadian veterans trying to come to terms with civilian life.

Harnessing High Tech for Better Health Care

February 12, 2007 - There is a  need for better health care information systems to provide improved and cost-effective services and patient quality of life, it's one of the most critical issues facing national and international health care systems.

Are We Fishing Out The Oceans?

February 12, 2007 - Many of us are increasingly aware that something is amiss with how we interact with the oceans, especially through destructive fisheries. How bad is it? How did it get to this point? And what can we do about it?

Student's Foundation Offers Hope and Renewal

February 7, 2007 - The future of the traditional Incan weavers of Peru’s Patakancha valley is brighter due to a foundation established by third-year University of Victoria student.

Demystifying the IPCC Climate Change Report

January 30, 2007 - What global climate changes can we expect in the coming decades, and especially over the next century? What might the ecological, physical and socio-economic consequences be of these changes? And what can governments and the rest of us do about it?

UVic Hires Head for New Indigenous Affairs Office

January 30, 2007 - UVic has appointed Frances (Fran) Hunt-Jinnouchi as the first Director of its new Office of Indigenous Affairs. Both the office and position are unique among BC universities and reinforce UVic’s strong commitment to Indigenous education.

Honouring Community Leadership

January 24, 2007 - Citizens who have shown exceptional leadership in the community were honoured today with Victoria’s Leadership Awards.

Creating Public Spaces People Want

January 23, 2007 - What makes a public place successful? How can the combination of architecture, land use and design be used to engage people in their communities? An upcoming lecture and day-long workshop is being offered by UVic's cultural resource management program.

Conference Seeks Common Ground on Climate Crisis

January 22, 2007 - Is it possible to create home-grown solutions to the complex challenges of the climate crisis? Common Energy, an emerging network of students, faculty and regional partners centered at UVic, hopes to accomplish that at the upcoming Conference on Feb 5.

New Magnets Attract International Attention

January 17, 2007 - Researchers at the University of Victoria have discovered new lightweight magnets that could be used in making everything from extra-thin magnetic computer memory to ultra-light spacecraft parts.

Chancellor Honoured as Community Leader

January 15, 2007 - Prominent lawyer, community volunteer and University of Victoria Chancellor Ronald Lou-Poy has been named recipient of the 2007 Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award.

Strategize Your Way to Fitness Success

January 9, 2007 - Are you keeping your new year fitness resolutions? No matter how determined you are to exercise, lose weight and get fit, the key to success depends on having the right strategies to overcome obstacles.

Ring in a Multicultural Start to the Year

January 8, 2007 - Learn a new culture, a new language and a new point of view in 2007. Many of the courses in the new 2007 UVic continuing studies calendar.

Religions' Response to Genetically Modified Food

January 8, 2007 - What will be the impact of globally marketed genetically modified (GM) foods on the cultural practices and spiritual teachings of Indigenous peoples relating to their food production and consumption?

Chronic Disease Self-Help Program Goes on the Road

January 8, 2007 - More communities on Vancouver Island and throughout British Columbia will benefit from an expanded series of free University of Victoria courses that empower people with chronic diseases to take charge of their personal health.