The Ring

Celebration of exceptional staff

Wed, 2014-02-19 12:49

The LCIT team from EPHE received the Team Award for Innovation
Laboratory Coordination and Instructional Team, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

The celebration of this year's President’s Distinguished Service Award recipients, hosted by President Jamie Cassels, took place on Feb. 20 at the University Club. Reeta Tremblay, UVic’s vice-president academic and provost, and Kane Kilbey, associate vice-president human resources, made presentations before the announcement of this year’s recipients.


US patent for UVic process to battle cancer

Wed, 2014-02-12 16:45

van Veggel. Photo: UVic Photo Services
van Veggel. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Chemistry professor Dr. Frank van Veggel likes to work with extremely small particles and very big ideas. He’s developed a process whereby nanoparticles, each 10 times smaller than a speck of dust, could someday assist oncologists better identify and target cancerous tumours and, in some cases, eliminate the need for painful and potentially dangerous biopsies.


Student chemistry symposium builds skills, confidence and elemental connections

Thu, 2014-02-06 16:41

The exchange of ideas at major conferences is a chief driving force of scientific progress. Conferences and symposiums provide opportunities to share one’s work with the global scientific community, to learn about and be inspired by emerging research and, perhaps most importantly, to network with other scientists.

On Jan. 30, the UVic Department of Chemistry hosted the Chemical Institute of Canada’s 2014 Vancouver Island Section Student Symposium—a regional symposium offering a scaled-down conference experience to student researchers without the financial hurdles of registration fees and travel.


Verena Tunnicliffe honored by Vancouver Aquarium

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:06

This month, Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (earth and ocean sciences) will receive the 2014 Murray A. Newman Award for Significant Achievement in Aquatic Research and Conservation from the Vancouver Aquarium. The award goes to leading researchers and conservationists who have made invaluable contributions to understanding and conserving ecosystems in western North America.


Online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change

Thu, 2014-01-23 17:59

It all began with a request from government. Could the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by UVic, come up with an informative yet engaging way to explain the complicated science behind global warming? As a result, world-leading climate scientists—who were fortuitously based in Victoria—got together to create the first free, interactive online course in PICS’s Climate Insights 101 series, Climate Science Basics, which was launched by then-Environment Minister Terry Lake in August 2011.


Co-op Students of the Year announced

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:38

Rittenburg (at left) with friends.
Rittenburg (at left) with friends.

They may study disparate subjects, but Connor Bildfell, Angus Rittenburg, and Ross Prager have something in common: they’ve all been named UVic Co-op Student of the Year by their respective co-op programs.


Michael Roney to head Canada's Institute of Particle Physics

Thu, 2014-01-09 16:56

Dr. Michael Roney (physics and astronomy) is the new director of the Institute of Particle Physics, which promotes Canadian excellence in particle physics research and education. The institute is the focal point for particle physics activities in Canada and a point of contact for partners in labs and universities around the world.


Bullfrog research takes big leap forward

Tue, 2014-01-07 14:48

Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill
Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill

Bullfrogs—to most of us they’re just big, green, bug-eyed critters that hop and croak and (usually) make us laugh. They’re also invasive in some regions, including southern Vancouver Island.

But to scientists studying environmental health, bullfrogs are an ideal “sentinel” species for monitoring the effects of pollutants such as pesticides, drugs and industrial effluents.


Passion for public health propels UVic student to Oxford

Wed, 2013-12-11 12:51

Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services

British Columbia’s winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious student scholarship for 2014 is a 21-year-old biochemistry student from the University of Victoria.


An intertidal explorer

Thu, 2013-11-07 14:56

Fox aboard the Raincoast Conservation Foundation research vessel.
Fox aboard the Raincoast Conservation Foundation research vessel.

Growing up surrounded by the unique ecosystems that make up the West Coast can shape what kids want to be when they grow up. But even though Caroline Fox grew up in Lantzville, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, she says the path that led her to marine biology–and the PhD she receives in this Fall’s convocation–was not entirely deliberate.