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Listening to the “voice” of proteins

When UVic engineering professor Dr. Reuven Gordon describes the biomedical engineering technique of listening to and recording the “voice” of proteins, it sounds a lot like a modern take on Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss’s children’s story of an elephant who hears a voice calling from a microscopic dust speck.

“Everything small has resonances. Everything has a voice,” Gordon says of the protein molecules measuring a single nanometer in size—the building blocks of life that are a million times smaller than an ant and emit sound at a frequency a million times higher than the human ear can hear.

UVic United Way campaign: Final push toward fundraising goal

Though the temperature may be dropping outside, the UVic United Way thermometers are only getting hotter, with the 2014 campaign 88 per cent of the way to the $250,000 goal. There is still time to make a gift to United Way Greater Victoria and support your community. Information about donating online is available at www.uvic.ca/unitedway/donate.

UVic research centre lauded for public policy impact

A University of Victoria research centre that’s helping reshape policies to reduce alcohol-related illness, disability and death has won a national award for its work.

Graduating with a provincial contract

For recent grad Darcie Scollard (English), the co-operative education program has made her future a lot less daunting—and helped her pocket a contract with the provincial government to carry her into post-grad life.

“As a humanities student, I was particularly worried about life after university,” Scollard says. “Since I became a co-op student, a lot of stress around finding a job after graduation has been lifted off my shoulders.”

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