The Ring

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.


Congratulations, Fall 2013 grads!

Thu, 2013-11-07 11:17

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation, which stretches across four ceremonies conducted during Nov. 12 and 13, the University of Victoria will award degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,251 students.


Honorary Degrees Span Literature and Science

Wed, 2013-11-06 17:36

Lane
Lane

The university will award two honorary degrees during Fall Convocation Ceremonies in recognition of the exceptional achievements of poet Patrick Lane and chemist George Whitesides.


UVic physicists bask again in Nobel glory

Wed, 2013-11-06 16:42

UVic's Michel Lefebvre ATLAS cavern (2007). Photo credit: Brigitte Vachon.
UVic's Michel Lefebvre ATLAS cavern (2007). Photo credit: Brigitte Vachon.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva is relatively quiet right now, because the giant underground machine is offline until 2015. Of course, scientists would be quick to point out that even when protons are streaming through the circular tunnel, the subatomic collisions of trillions of particles would still not be audible.

The excitement over the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle was deafening last summer. And now, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two of the original theorists—Francois Englert and Peter Higgs—who helped predict this particular aspect of quantum physics. Two decades ago, the original UVic group brought Canadians into the international LHC project and its hunt for the Higgs.


Day in the life: Elaine Humphrey

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:39

Humphrey.  Photo: UVic photo services
Humphrey. Photo: UVic photo services

Down in the basement of the Bob Wright Centre, in a room within a room that cannot be disturbed by traffic from nearby Ring Road or the infinitesimally small particle showers of the sun, the diminutive and engaging Dr. Elaine Humphrey is entrusted with the care and operation of the most powerful microscope in the world.


Wet lab lights a spark for learning

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:16

Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug.
Landine in lab with an Australian stick bug. Photo: Kim Westad

Brett Landine suspects he was not alone in experiencing the low mood that settled in after his second year on campus.

Even so, the outgoing Comox student, who came to the University of Victoria with the quiet hope of becoming a physician, continued to hit the books. He wanted good marks and was willing to work for them, but school became filled with stress and tension.