The Ring

UVic grad changes the face of cancer research

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:10

Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence
Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence

When most physicists are asked about their work, they explain with big words, abstract concepts and confusing theories. Ask Alexander “Quinn” Matthews and he’ll talk about the physics of cancer therapy and medical advances using terms that everyone can understand. Matthews is the top medical physics student to graduate from UVic in its history, and his communication skills are just one of the assets that have made him so successful.

From Québec to the deep blue sea

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:12

Gauthier on a helicopter survey of Saanich Inlet. Photo: Mary Morris
Gauthier on a helicopter survey of Saanich Inlet. Photo: Mary Morris

If humans could breathe water, Maéva Gauthier would spend weeks in the sea. Instead, the master’s graduate (earth and ocean sciences) must content herself with the robotic reach of an underwater vehicle.

Award winner “fascinated” by how the body works, but prefers people

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:10

Nathan. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Nathan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Jessica Nathan (nee Simpson) has always been fascinated by how the human body works. “When you think about it, it’s just amazing,” she says, enthusiasm ringing in her voice. The 26-year-old, who received her MSc in biology from UVic in 2011, will, at this year’s June convocation, be awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal on the basis of her overall academic excellence (she maintained a 9.0 grade point average in her graduate studies) and an outstanding thesis.

Electronic guide offers rare glimpses of deep-sea life

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:05

Bloodybelly comb jellies, sea pigs, deep sea spiders—real images and video of these and over 125 other little-known inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean—can now be viewed on an iPad. NEPTUNE Canada’s recently published Marine Life Field Guide is a “living book,” explains NEPTUNE Canada Director Dr. Kate Moran. “Not only does it show animals in their deep-sea homes, it will also be updated to add new creatures, new images and new videos as we discover them.”

NEPTUNE Canada begins installation of tsunami detection array

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:03

Rattail fish and seismometer at 1,258m. Photo: CSSF/NEPTUNE Canada
Rattail fish and seismometer at 1,258m. Photo: CSSF/NEPTUNE Canada

The installation of components of a deep-sea tsunami “antenna”—the first of its kind in the world—is one of the highlights of the current NEPTUNE Canada ocean expedition off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The star-shaped array of four ultra-sensitive bottom-pressure recorders is being positioned at the ends of new 25-km arms of powered fibre-optic cable and will, when completed, provide real-time data to Canadian scientists and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Network.

Obstacle doesn't stop top undergrad

Thu, 2012-06-07 09:09

Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Go
Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Google headquarters

Graduating at the top of his class must be deja vu to Jesse Short-Gershman. When he graduated from Victoria’s Claremont Secondary School in 2008—at age 15—he received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal as top student in his class. And when he receives his BSc in Mathematics from UVic this month he’ll be awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal for highest grade-point average in a bachelor’s program.

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2012

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:05

Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Passion, enthusiasm, a commitment to making a difference in our lives—these are the qualities that are shared by all winners of the Craigdarroch Research Awards, and this year’s “class” is no exception. The 2012 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievement in research at UVic, were presented at a celebration event on May 1.

Fish Sounds: What fish could tell us, if only we’d listen

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:28

Juanes. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Juanes. Photo: Robie Liscomb

While many of us are familiar with whales’ songs, one UVic researcher has focused his attention on lesser-known aquatic acoustics. Dr. Francis Juanes, a fisheries ecologist in the Department of Biology, is examining fish behavior by using his ears.

New research chairs tackle molecular basis of disease

Thu, 2012-04-19 10:01

Wulff. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Wulff. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Collaborative work by the University of Victoria’s two newest Canada Research Chairs may one day slow down the spread of influenza—especially when the next global pandemic strikes. Organic chemist Jeremy Wulff and biochemist Martin Boulanger are among a slate of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across the country that were announced on March 13 by Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology.

UVic profs tops in research productivity, impact

Thu, 2012-04-12 10:24

Drs. Colin Macleod (law, philosophy), James Tully (political science, law, Indigenous governance, philosophy) and Hari Srivastava (math and statistics, emeritus) were listed in the March 27 edition of The Globe and Mail in a list of Canada’s top researchers in terms of productivity and impact, based on the “h-index,” a measure of citations to their published works. Srivastava received second ranking in the area of mathematics and statistics and Macleod and Tully received third ranking in the areas of philosophy and law, respectively.