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Royal Society of Canada elects four UVic researchers

September 10, 2019 | UVic News

The University of Victoria’s Copyright and Scholarly Communications department congratulates four UVic researchers for their recent election to the Royal Society of Canada.

‘Professors Robert Gifford (psychology and environmental studies) and James Tanaka (psychology) are elected new fellows, while Rachel Cleves (history) and Chris Darimont (geography) join as new members to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.’

Both James Tanaka and Chris Darimont have open access objects (video, poster & articles) that can be accessed in UVic’s institutional repository, UVicSpace. Check out their work in UVicSpace by following the links here, here (Tanaka) and here (Darimont).


Interested in adding your work to UVicSpace? Follow this link to get started.

REACH Awards

October 3, 2019 | UVic News

2019 marks the third year that the University of Victoria has formally recognized its scholars for their extraordinary contributions with the REACH Awards.  UVic President Jamie Cassels describes the award as a way to “… celebrate teaching and research excellence at the University of Victoria.”

UVic’s Copyright & Scholarly Communications office encourages you to peruse the open access works of some of this year’s REACH Award recipients by visiting their pages in UVic’s institutional repository, UVicSpace (listed below).

For more information on how to nominate someone for a REACH Award visit UVic’s Research webpage.

The UVic Copyright & Scholarly Communications team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the award recipients and to also extend a big thank you to UVic scholars and the work that you do!

New augmented reality game for French-language learners

August 7, 2019| UVic News

Bernadette Perry, a PhD student at the University of Victoria showcased her augmented reality video game Explorez during the Department of French and Faculty of Humanities April 29, 2019 forum French for the Future—Français pour l’avenir. Explorez was created to….

‘…reinforce their language skills while exploring the UVic campus… [while data collected from participants will allow her to] observe how the students interacted with each other using Explorez—and how collaborative learning takes place.

If you are interested in reading more about Perry’s work with new and emerging digital education technologies, please read her open access content in UVicSpace.

Expand your search for open access content on this topic, by using the subject search terms ‘gamification’ & ‘augmented reality’ in UVicSpace.

Points to the Past

From the BC Electronic Library Network

Nearly 200 million free, searchable resources for research, teaching and lifelong learning for every British Columbian


Points to the Past is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources, made up of nearly 200 million pages of digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more. Researchers are free to explore a vast range of resources through Points to the Past, including Eighteenth Century and Nineteenth Century Collections Online, esteemed periodicals such as the Economist and the Financial Times, and digitized materials from the Smithsonian Institution.

All British Columbians enjoy barrier-free access to this collection. Gale Primary Sources uses geo-authentication, meaning anyone in BC with an Internet-connected device can access these resources with no need to log in or authenticate. You can access the entire collection through this website or through your library’s digital resources.

Points to the Past is available thanks to a unique agreement established between Gale and BC’s three largest universities: the University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library. This unprecedented initiative will further research, teaching, and lifelong learning in British Columbia.

The Alchemy of Astonishment by Will Weigler

Each year UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting their breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal, and professional interests. A list of these works is available here.

Combining theory with application, The Alchemy of Astonishment: Engaging the Power of Theatre by Will Weigler is a new book that anyone can use to powerfully express the stories they want to tell through theatre.

About the Book

When stage director Will Weigler analyzed nearly 100 stories from people about their most unforgettable experiences at the theatre, he realized that even though the plays were very different, they all had one thing in common. After discovering just what it was that made them so astonishing, he turned the results of his research into a vocabulary of staging strategies that anyone can access to powerfully express the stories they want to tell through theatre. Combining theory with application, “The Alchemy of Astonishment” is a useful resource for scholars, educators, students, theatregoers, and theatre artists of every kind. For those who facilitate devised theatre with communities, this book and its supplementary deck of teaching cards offer professional artists and the people with whom they work a shared language that will allow them to meet as equitable partners in the creative co-authorship and staging of dynamic and compelling plays.

The Alchemy of Astonishment is available for sale from the UVic Bookstore.

About the Author

Will Weigler has been an Applied Theatre director, teacher, and playwright for over twenty-five years. He is the author of several books including Strategies for Playbuilding: Helping Groups Translate Issues into Theatre, From the Heart: How 100 Canadians Created an Unconventional Theatre Performance about Reconciliation, and Laughing Allowed! – A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience. Will completed his PhD in Applied Theatre here at the University of Victoria.

Praise for the Book

“With this book and its supplementary deck of teaching cards, Will offers direct access to creating… images [of magnificence] on stage. Beautifully observed and meticulously explained, community performers and trained professionals will treasure it.” – Richard Owen Geer, PhD, Community Performance Director

“Reading along, I experienced something of the feeling of being let in on a magician’s secret knowledge, and also the pleasure of engaging with a vivid storyteller who enables the reader to see and feel as well as hear what is being told. I can imagine so many uses for this book as a teaching aid, an inspirational instruction manual for artists, even a creative spur for sermons, speeches, and conversations having nothing much to do with theatre.” – From the foreword by Arlene Goldbard