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May 21, 2013

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SSHRC videos by UVic students

Young academics are encouraged more and more to use video and social media to tell their stories. Now four University of Victoria student teams are among 25 winners of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers involving universities across Canada.

  • Alison James-Lomax (MA graduate, Dept. of Political Science) demonstrates how international development organizations are responding to funding challenges.
  • Anita Girvan (PhD candidate, Dept. of English, political science inter-disciplinary focus) explores the promises and risks of the carbon footprint as metaphor.
  • Jana Millar-Usiskin (M.A. graduate, Dept. of English) and fellow graduate students Adele Barclay, Alex Christie, Arthur Hain, Katie Tanigawa, Mikka Jacobsen, Nina Belojevic and Shaun MacPherson are part of a new digital humanities lab at UVic and have focused their story on early 20th century Vancouver Island poet Audrey Alexandra Brown whose work has historically been overlooked.
  • Stuart McAlister, Cassandra Paterson and Yianni Pappas-Acreman (Juris Doctor candidates, Faculty of Law) examines Prof. Jeremy Webber’s research on parallel legal systems, showing the value of a multitude of perspectives.

The videos were unveiled in a cascade from coast to coast starting April 2 in Newfoundland and ending today with the four UVic videos ahead of Congress 2013 next month. UVic and Ryerson were the only universities with four winners each.

During Congress 2013, the UVic students will join the other winners in an exclusive research communications workshop and three-minute storytellers pitch at the heart of an expo event space. They will compete for a chance at five spots on a trip to Montreal this October for the international social sciences forum. In addition to these opportunities, the SSHRC video contest includes a prize of $3,000 per team.

For more on the students: www.uvic.ca/ring

View all four videos

To view all videos: www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/storytellers

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  Media Contacts:

Alison James-Lomax (Social Sciences) on cell at 250-661-5196 or alisonj@uvic.ca
Anita Girvan (Humanities) at 250-472-4990 or agirvan@uvic.ca
Jana Millar-Usiskin (Humanities) by email only at janamu@uvic.ca
Stuart McAlister (Law) by email at stuartmc@uvic.ca
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

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Innovative research earns support

Researchers and students at the University of Victoria will receive nearly $10 million in federal government grants and scholarships through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

“This significant support from NSERC will help make UVic’s already tremendous scientific and engineering research even better. Our faculty continue to succeed in a highly competitive funding environment thanks to the excellence of their research,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic's Vice-President Research. “The innovative projects undertaken at UVic are creating new knowledge and opportunities and casting new light on some of today's most pressing issues and challenges. We are proud of our researchers and delighted to receive this support to advance that important work.”

The total funding for UVic from NSERC’s 2013 Discovery Grants and scholarship competitions includes $8.37 million over the next five years for 53 research initiatives and $1.4 million for graduate and post-graduate scholarships or postdoctoral fellowships.

Projects supported include: biochemist Dr. Caren Helbing’s investigation into how contaminants are affecting environmental and human health; mechanical engineer Dr. Sadik Dost’s work to develop high-quality semiconducting crystals required for advanced electronic devices; and geographer Dr. David Atkinson’s new project on the Columbia Icefield in the Rockies, examining how daily weather affects snowpack structure, which is important for avalanche and water resources issues.

UVic is widely recognized as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Two major world university rankings recently cast a glowing light on UVic—the Leiden rankings show that UVic is Canada’s most intensive environment for international research collaboration, and the QS subject area rankings put UVic in the world's top 200 universities in five fields. Information about UVic‘s performance in other national and international rankings, including the Times Higher Education, Maclean’s and Re$earch Infosource, is available at http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/facts-reports/ranking/index.php.

More information on today's announcement is available from NSERC.

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  Media Contacts:

Mitch Wright (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or mwwright@uvic.ca

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