The Ring

Undergraduate research on the way to medical school

Tue, 2013-06-04 15:39


As a child, Daniel Moller’s curiosity about the world and how things work led him to take apart old computers and radios.

“I’ve always had a pretty big drive to understand how things work,” says the former Stelly’s Secondary School student. “When I first took a biology class I realized there was this whole other aspect with the human body, which is an incredibly complex, interconnected machine and I wanted to understand how that all fit together, too.”

From Metchosin to UVic, and on to Oxford

Tue, 2013-06-04 15:16

Nathan West in his new lab at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital
Nathan West in his new lab at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Governor General’s Gold Medal: Dr. Nathan West, biochemistry and microbiology

Growing up in rural Metchosin, Nathan West's interest in biology and nature came from walking out the back door.  Play dates were in the woods. For pocket money, West raised chickens and sold their eggs to local bakeries and neighbours.

His boyhood interest in science carried on through high school at Belmont Secondary, and expanded to include human biology as well.

For the love of science

Mon, 2013-06-03 11:42


UVic’s first neuroscience program graduate moved to Victoria to study – and she intends to stay.

Anna Patten found UVic’s graduate program in neuroscience, which will confer its first degree to her this June, through love. Not just love of science – but for the young Canadian man she met while working in a British pub.

2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Fri, 2013-05-03 10:07

Dr. Pauline van den Driessche
Dr. Pauline van den Driessche

Passion, energy and a commitment to making the world a little bit better tomorrow for everyone—these are the qualities that are shared by each and every recipient of a Craigdarroch Research Award over the past decade, and this year’s slate of recipients is no exception. The 2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievements in research at UVic, were presented at a reception event on May 2.

Thawing permafrost and global warming

Wed, 2013-04-10 12:49

Whiticar. Photo: Nik West
Whiticar. Photo: Nik West

Locked under the surface of Canada’s North for up to 40,000 years lies a frozen layer of permafrost. Here, organic material—the remains of plants and animals—has been deposited layer upon layer in peatlands. Covering an area of about 400,000 km2 or 37 per cent of Canada’s peatlands, this material has remained frozen since the last ice age. Dr. Michael Whiticar (earth and ocean sciences) is investigating what happens as permafrost thaws, relesaing greenhouise gases.

Convocation volunteers: Helping to the highest degree

Wed, 2013-04-10 09:52

L-R: Harrington, Morrison, Lu. Photo: UVic Photo Services
L-R: Harrington, Morrison, Lu. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Convocation. It’s the culmination of years of discipline, dedication and effort for the thousands of UVic students receiving their academic credentials each June and November. And ensuring that the ceremony goes smoothly and memorably for the students, their families and friends depends upon the efforts of hundreds of convocation volunteers.

More honours for Srivastava

Mon, 2013-03-11 11:07

Dr. Hari M. Srivastava (professor emeritus, mathematics and statistics) was one of four in the discipline of physical sciences who were honoured as Fellows of the International Academy of Physical Sciences at a special felicitation ceremony on Dec. 10, 2012, at the inaugural session of the five-day International Conference of the Academy, which was held at the Rajamangala University of Technology in Thanyaburi (Thailand) on December 9–13.

Undergrad creates chaos machine

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:40

Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright
Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright

Chaos intrigues Austin Davis—so much so that he’s structuring his remaining undergraduate courses around studying it. Davis was already interested in chaos theory when he was handed the assignment of mathematically modeling a complicated differential system. He chose a triple pendulum to demonstrate the chaotic system and astonished his professor, Dr. Anthony Quas (math and statistics), by going far beyond the assignment parameters and actually building the pendulum at home.

Science honours students exhibit their research

Fri, 2013-03-08 06:21

Anyone needing proof that students love learning through research had only to attend the second annual Faculty of Science Honours Fest March 1, where students vied for thousands of dollars in prize money. The Bob Wright Centre lobby buzzed with action as the 48 competitors—almost triple the number from last year—presented their research to judges, fellow students and community members.

New uses for worldwide submarine cable system?

Fri, 2013-03-08 06:18

In December, Dr. Chris Barnes (SEOS, emeritus) was appointed chair of a new Joint Task Force (JTF) established by three United Nations agencies that is investigating the potential of using submarine telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning.