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“Frosty genes” technology awarded US patent

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:18

Duplantis and Nano. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Duplantis and Nano. Credit: UVic Photo Services

The most effective vaccines against disease are those that expose our immune systems to live pathogens. But how do we do that without causing the very disease we’re trying to avoid?


UVic well-represented in Victoria honorary citizen awards

Mon, 2014-06-09 12:35

Of 12 people recognized on May 29 with City of Victoria Honorary Citizen awards, five have strong connections to UVic. Congratulations to Murray and Lynda Farmer; Kathy and Ken Shields; and Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe.
 


Getting “smart” under the sea

Thu, 2014-06-05 13:29

Smart Oceans BC system map
Smart Oceans BC system map

UVic’s world-leading Ocean Networks Canada embarks on a bold new phase of ocean monitoring.

 

The British Columbia coast is about to become the “smartest” on the planet.

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, is partnering with Western Economic Diversification Canada and IBM Canada on a three-year multimillion dollar project known as Smart Oceans BC.

Smart Oceans BC builds on the know-how and proven technologies of VENUS and NEPTUNE—the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories—to develop and install a series of mini-observatories, high-frequency radars, and automated vessel information systems at key points along the BC coast.


Getting smart, in the water

Thu, 2014-06-05 12:00

The BC coast is about to become the “smartest” on the planet. UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is partnering with Western Economic Diversification Canada and IBM Canada on a three-year multimillion dollar project known as Smart Oceans BC. The project builds on the know-how and technologies of VENUS and NEPTUNE—the world’s most advanced ocean observatories—to develop and install a series of mini-observatories, high-frequency radars, and automated vessel information systems at key points along the BC coast. ONC has already pioneered Smart Ocean Systems on VENUS and NEPTUNE, and on a mini-observatory in Nunavut. “Smart Oceans takes these proven technologies to a whole new level,” says Dr. Kate Moran, ONC president and CEO.


Far from her comfort zone, grad grows and shines

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:16

Ren
Ren

As recipient of the Jubilee Medal for the Faculty of Science, Liyuan (Leslie) Ren is finishing top of her faculty. Despite earning a near-perfect 9.0 grade average, for Ren, the university experience was about more than just academics.

“It was a pretty challenging last five years,” she admits with a smile. “I wasn’t even aware there was an award, so I’m actually pleasantly surprised!”

After completing high school in her native China, Ren was determined to move to Canada, learn English and get a university education. She chose UVic for the climate, beauty and size, and because it was a research-based university. “It was the best decision I ever made,” she says confidently.


Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.


Convocation medals and awards, Spring 2014

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:36

Congratulations and best wishes to all convocating students. Read more about Spring Convocation 2014.


 

Governor-General's Gold Medal (best Doctoral thesis)
Dr. Andrew Pon
PhD, Department of Physics & Astronomy


Dark mysteries: UVic researchers help push the boundaries of galactic knowledge

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:57

Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).
Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).

We all joke about black holes in our everyday lives when something disappears. And we know from watching Star Trek and sci-fi movies that black holes are massive cosmic phenomena not to be messed with. But what are they really? And what role do they play in the evolution of galaxies?


2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.


Student mathematician wins NSERC's André Hamer Prize

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:25

Christopher van Bommel, a master’s student in mathematics and statistics, has won an NSERC 2013 André Hamer Postgraduate Prize from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Valued at $10,000 each, the prize is awarded to five of the most outstanding candidates in NSERC’s master’s and doctoral scholarship competitions.