The Ring

UVic physicists bask again in Nobel glory

Wed, 2013-11-06 15:42

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 15:39

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 15:16

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.


2013 Premier’s International Scholarships

Wed, 2013-10-02 15:08

Three UVic students are among 20 BC recipients of premier’s scholarships for study abroad. Carolyn Tsao (economics/mathematics), Ryan Abbott (Hispanic studies), and Victoria More (law) will receive between $6,000 and $10,000 each in Premier’s International Scholarships from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society to support their enrolment in overseas programs.


Sociologist recognized by two scholarly societies

Wed, 2013-10-02 14:28

Chappell, Hofer and Benoit.
L–R: Chappell, Hofer and Benoit.

Six UVic researchers named to Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Science. Cecilia Benoit joins both.


A new horizon for pioneering UVic oceanographer

Wed, 2013-09-04 15:24


An ocean full of change at Ocean Networks Canada

Wed, 2013-09-04 15:08

RV Falkor
The Schmidt Ocean Institute's RV Falkor research vessel.

Having established the world’s first and largest comprehensive underwater cabled ocean observatories, Ocean Networks Canada continues to expand the scope of its activities. This summer and fall, ONC is taking part in a major cruise investigating low-oxygen zones, adding new capabilities to its Arctic node, participating in a major international trade mission and making substantial enhancements to its website.


Research aims to improve concussion diagnosis, treatment

Mon, 2013-08-26 12:27

Christie
Christie

It’s game night at the local rink and cheering parents pack the stands as young players churn up and down the ice. Every scoring chance is hailed with roars of support. The barn falls eerily silent though, as one young skater racing for a puck loses an edge and slides headlong into the boards.


Five 2013 Vanier scholarships for UVic, including a top spot

Tue, 2013-08-20 13:55

UVic PhD student and 2013 Vanier recipient Tim Personn
Tim Personn, 2013 Vanier scholar CREDIT: Photo Services

The 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced Sept. 23, 2013, and UVic PhD student Tim Personn (English) is ranked first of all social sciences and humanities recipients.


T2K experiment passes five-sigma threshold

Fri, 2013-07-19 11:59

T2K international experiment based in Japan - Credit: KEK PR office
T2K experiment. Photo: Courtesy of KEK PR office.

On July 19, 2013, the Japan-based T2K experiment announced a significant breakthrough in the study of neutrinos.