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Darimont et al's new article: "hallmarks of science" missing from wildlife management

Recently published in Science Advances, UVic Geography's Chris Darimont and fellow authors make the case that the "hallmarks of science" are missing from North American wildlife management policy. Contrary to the claims of resource management companies who often defend controversial policies as adhering to science-based approaches, Darimont et al found that less than half management systems in the US and Canada meet indiicator criteria. The article's proposed evaluation framework and findings provide guidance for adopting a science-based approach to safeguard not only wildlife but also agencies from potential social, legal and political conflict. Read the full article here.

Jutta Gutberlet receives 2018 Provost's Engaged Scholar Award

Dr. Jutta Gutberlet has received the 2018 Provost's Community Engaged SCholar Award. This award celebrates the integration of outstanding UVic scholarship, teaching and community engagement. The title, Provost's Engaged Scholar, is awarded to tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars. A professor in the Department of Geography and the director of the Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL), Gutberlet's participatory and action-oriented research focuses on development challenges, including: participatory resource management, food security, sustainable livelihoods, waste governance, and qualitative research methodology. Her prior work includes teaching posts at the University of Newcastle in Australia, the coordination of an international research project between the University of Tübingen, Germany and the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. She has also worked on international development projects with the United Nations (FAO). In Gutberlet's words, "involving communities and local stakeholders in my work is important to me because it creates momentum for the research process to become an emancipatory praxis which contributes to a better understanding of everyday political, economic, and environmental realities. These processes allow communities to empower themselves to achieve greater social and environmental justice." To learn more about her research see: The 2018 Provost's Engaged Scholar Award ceremony is on Thursday March 8, 2018 from 4-6 PM at the Salal Room in the University Club. The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP ( by March 2nd. Download the event poster for more information.

3M Teaching Fellow Pamela Shaw in Maclean's

3M Teaching Fellow Pamela Shaw was profiled in Maclean's, with a focus on her career as an educator of urban planning. Shaw spent two decades working in urban planning roles across Alberta and British Columbia, but was lured back to academia by the University of Victoria’s Larry McCann, who accepted her as a Ph.D. student and quickly put her in front of a classroom, where Shaw found another passion.“Every day I have the extraordinary opportunity not only to teach, but to help students find their path—find their way to something that sets their minds alight,” she says. “What an incredible job to have! Every day, I leave the campus knowing I’ve helped students move one more notch toward their full potential.” Read the full profile in Maclean's.

Aleck Ostry Health Research Awarded CIHR Funding

Health geographer Aleck Ostry has been awarded support by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to investigate the critical health data gaps that exist for Indigenous communities in BC. “Accurate and culturally appropriate health data that is under the control and ownership of Indigenous communities is essential to determine overall health and possible changes in health,” says Ostry, “especially as these communities increasingly face difficult environmental health challenges due to climate change and industrial development.” Ostry says the CIHR grant will help develop a system of health indicators that are adapted to best fit the unique conditions faced by Indigenous people in some of BC’s most remote communities.

Wildlife politics: a numbers game

UVic conservation scientist Dr. Chris Darimont wrote an editorial piece on trophy hunting that was published in the Globe and Mail. This article accompanies a news release on the same subject entittled “Wildlife Politics” and a feature in Ring story. In a recent opinion letter published in Nature, a group of international conservation scientists with Darimont as leader author, applauded the provincial government’s ban on grizzly bear trophy hunting in BC. This comes as a positive move away from the leveraging of ‘political populations’ in government reporting.

Victoria street named for racist politician up for debate

The Times Colonist spoke to Reuben Rose-Redwood for today's front-page story in the lead-up to a public meeting taking place tonight. The event—a community discussion on the topic of whether Trutch Street should be renamed—is being sponsored by UVic's Committee for Urban Studies, with the Indigenous solidarity working group. UVic's Trutch residence was renamed earlier this year.

Geographers take aim at grizzly-bear hunting ban

Researchers in UVic Geography's Applied Conservation Lab have strong opinions about loopholes in BC's recent grizzly bear hunting ban. "Let’s face it: Grizzlies are hunted for trophies. Grizzly hunters kill to feed their egos, not their families. Additionally, and despite pre-election rhetoric, the new government is missing an opportunity to craft policy that aligns with ethics and economics."

Geography PhD creates virtual environment for coastal planning project

Today, Rob Newell will walk across the convocation stage with his PhD in Geography, the final steps in a research project that involved a lot of virtual and real-world walking. For his research, Newell applied cutting-edge technology to develop a virtual reality experience that takes visitors on a tour of Sidney Spit park, over land and underwater, using visualization tools.

Alumnus launches software to assess earthquake risk in Greater Victoria

Last week, UVic Geography alumnus Ben Kerr launched an online tool that allows local home and business owners to predict the impact of an earthquake on their property. Kerr says, "The idea is to give people more information to use when they come up with family response plans and preparedness.” The software went live on Oct 19, just in time for the Great BC Shake Out, an annual event that raises awareness about earthquake safety.

Confederate memorials and the unjust geography of memory

Reuben Rose-Redwood co-authored an opinion piece for Atlantic's CityLab on the practice of naming streets after celebrated figures and what it can symbolize for different communities. He discusses the implications of renaming spaces and toppling monuments, pointing out that they often coincide during times of change in politics or societal values.

Arctic live dive to be Canadian first

Maeva Gauthier, incoming Geography PhD student and Fish Eye Project co-founder, hosted Canada's first live broadcast dive under the Arctic Ocean. The "live dive" was organized by Maeva and Fish Eye Project co-founder Mike Irvine in partnership with the UVic-led Ocean Networks Canada, the Canada C3 expedition, as well as Ocean Wise and Polar Knowledge Canada. The dive was streamed from the north dock in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut this past Sunday.

Ken Josephson receives Social Sciences Excellence award

Geography's Ken Josephson was recently celebrated at the Faculty of Social Sciences Excellence Awards for his work with connecting communities. He received the 2017 Meritorious Staff Contributions Award for his "enthusiasm, resourcefulness, and passionate commitment to the department and the Vancouver Island community."

Coffee cup sustainability: Geography student encourages alternative options

For a UVic Sustainability Project campaign, filmmmaker and geography student Levi Hildebrand took part in a video stunt that involved having dirty coffee cups dumped on him, with the aim of drawing attention to the number of paper coffee cups that are used on campus. CBC News interviewed Hildebrand and reported that the video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on several social media sites. Read the full article at CBC News.

Why men trophy hunt: 'Showing off' and the psychology of shame

Dr. Chris Darimont co-authored an opinion piece published today in the peer-reviewed journal Biology Letters that suggests modern-day trophy hunting is actually status-seeking behaviour that can be traced back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post have picked up the story so far. Read the full articles at Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post.

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Pet Cafe

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Location: Interfaith Chapel

Victoria Symphony's MOZART AND TELEMANN

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Summer Session 2018 Registration

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Can We Measure “Impacts” to Culture? The Role of Anthropology in Canada’s Shifting Legal and Regulatory Regimes

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The Letters of Mary Butts: Connecting Voices and Mapping Stories

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Location: Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library, Lower Level, Room A003

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