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Ames Family Foundation Donates $10,000 to CARTE

The Ames Family Foundation generously donated $10,000 in support of CARTE Academy, a day camp program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) run by the Centre for Autism Research, Technology and Education (CARTE) at the University of Victoria. CARTE, headed by professor of psychology Dr. Jim Tanaka, is dedicated to enhancing the social and emotional skills of children and adults with ASD. Through their funding for CARTE Academy, the Ames Family Foundation is creating a fun, educational, and inclusive space for children with ASD, in addition to supporting the delivery of workshops for parents and caregivers of children with ASD. We extend our sincere thanks to the Ames Family Foundation!

Bonnie Leadbeater: Recipient of the 2017 Dr. Noni MacDonald Award.

Bonnie Leadbeater's article “Frequent marijuana use and driving risk behaviours in Canadian youth”, published in the March 2017 issue of Paediatrics & Child Health is the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Noni MacDonald Award. The Dr. Noni MacDonald Award, established in 2004, is given annually in honour of the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health. The award recognizes an author(s) whose article, published in the journal during the nomination year, has positively affected paediatrics, such as by raising awareness of an issue, presenting new scientific research, or instigating or potentially instigating change.

Justin Karr Receives Prestigious Award

It is with great pleasure that I share this news for your news feeds, Facebook and websites. My graduate student Justin Karr, has received an award from a prestigious journal in our field, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, as part of their Second Annual TCN/AACN Student Project Competition. He recently published in TCN journal one of the pieces from his dissertation:

Erica Woodin, Catherine Costigan: Assertive Community Treatment

Two more city police officers OK’d for social-behaviour team Following the report conducted by Catherine Costigan and Erica Woodin, members of UVic's Psychology department, on the integration of police officers into Victoria's Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, the municipality has approved further funding for additional police officers to join the initiative. ACT teams are made up of outreach workers, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and addiction specialists, who work together to support clients who live with substance use and mental illness. TC UVic News

Robert Gifford: Ideafest | Apathy about climate change

Is apathy about climate change the greatest threat to the planet? Today's Times Colonist featured Wednesday's upcoming Ideafest event "Is apathy about climate change the greatest threat to the planet?" The article included an interview with two of the event's panelists, Chris Bone (Geography) and Robert Gifford (Psychology). TC

Catherine Costigan: Police work benefits the vulnerable

The Times Colonist spoke to Catherine Costigan following yesterday's release of a report co-authored with Erica Woodin which focused on integrating police officers into Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. ACT teams are made up of outreach workers, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and addiction specialists that serve clients living with complex mental health and substance use issues. TC UVic News

Jim Tanaka Receives Engaged Scholar Award

Please join us in congratulating Jim Tanaka for receiving the prestigious Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. Well done and well deserved, Jim. The award celebrates the integration of outstanding UVic scholarship, teaching and community engagement. The 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.

Congratulations Donor Award Recipients

Congratulations Donor Award Recipients Kari Duerksen – Howard E. Petch Scholarship Kari Duerksen – Norma Wilson Graduate Scholarship Simen Hagen – Norma Wilson Graduate Scholarship Emily Duggan – Norma Wilson Graduate Scholarship Lisa Gou – R. B. May Scholarship Lisa Gou – Mrs. Annie Greskiw Graduate Award Chantel May – The Arthur Lester Benton Award Jeremy Viczko – W. H. Gaddes Scholarship Julie Prud’homme – The Robert, David & Douglas Vickery Graduate Award Drew Halliday – Dr. Robert Michael Peet Graduate Scholarship Justin Karr – John & Myrtle Tilley Graduate Scholarship Emanuela Yeung – Albert Hung Chao Hong Scholarship

What can you do with your degree?

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Seats available in PSYC 451C: Decision Making

Deciding on a 400-level PSYC class for the Fall term? Choose PSYC 451C: Decision Making. We will explore exciting recent advances in understanding the mind and brain of how we decide. Topics will range from the role of emotion to how we deal with uncertainty, from moral decisions to addiction, from self-control to free will. Mon/Thurs from 11:30 am to 12:50 pm with Prof. Krawitz. Choice is central to the human experience, enrol today!

Jim Tanaka: Craigdarroch Award

Congratulations to Jim Tanaka for being awarded the Craigdarroch award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization. The award recognizes Jim’s work with families, educators, and community professionals to develop innovative, fun and low-cost technologies (computer games and apps) for improving face-recognition skills in children with autism. For a photo that shows Jim accepting the award at the REACH awards (Recognizing Research & Teaching Excellence) ceremony at Royal BC Museum, May 25, 2017 go here:

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Sooke Dance Studio Show A: Back to the Future

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Sooke Dance Studio Show B: Back to the Future

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Columbia River Treaty Symposium

Reynolds Band Year End Concert 2018

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Campus Alumni Sail Into Summer Social

English Conversation Cafe: Summer Edition

Duration: 1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. , every Thursday afternoon till Jun.28th
Location: University Centre Welcome Centre Presentation Room 104

Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Lobby of the Interfaith Chapel - parking lot #6