The Ring

Ukrainian teen discovers unusual hagfish-slurping seal via NEPTUNE video stream

Mon, 2013-01-28 15:22

Kirill Dudko thought he was looking at some kind of sea monster when he first watched the NEPTUNE Canada live video stream that allowed him to view the ocean floor in Barkley Canyon from his home in Donetsk, Ukraine.

CFI funds earth sciences, nanotech research

Fri, 2013-01-25 13:16

Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two teams of University of Victoria scientists are ready to delve into separate research frontiers—one on the leading edge of earth sciences to better understand fundamental aspects of how our planet works, the other pursuing how new nanomaterials can help create useful technological devices—thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Ring around Andromeda challenges galactic ideas

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:14


A surprising discovery about dwarf galaxies orbiting the much larger Andromeda galaxy suggests that conventional ideas regarding the formation of galaxies like our own Milky Way are missing something fundamental. In a paper published Jan. 3 in the prestigious journal Nature, an international team of astronomers including two University of Victoria professors describes the discovery that almost half of the 30 dwarf galaxies orbiting Andromeda do so in an enormous plane more than a million light years in diameter, but only 30,000 light years thick.

High-energy physics gets big jolt from supercomputing

Wed, 2012-12-05 12:06

An international team led by UVic, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan sent another mega jolt of data down the supercomputing highway in November. The researchers broke a high-energy physics record at the world’s premier supercomputing conference, the SC2012 in Salt Lake City, by transferring the equivalent of one million full-length movies per day.

Weaver elected AAAS Fellow

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:57

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Dr. Andrew Weaver (earth and ocean sciences) for distinguished contributions to our understanding of the role of ocean circulation in climate and for his commitment to educating the public about climate change. Weaver joins four other UVic faculty AAAS Fellows: Drs. Harvey Buckmaster (adjunct) and J. Anthony Burke (emeritus) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth, Lansdowne Professor in Applied Cognitive Science (curriculum and instruction); and Dr. Hari Srivastava (emeritus, mathematics).

Unique carnivorous sponge discovered

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:14

The recently described carnivorous "harp sponge" sponge, Chondrocladia lyra. (c)
The recently described carnivorous "harp sponge" sponge, Chondrocladia lyra. (c) 2012 MBARI

When you’ve discovered dozens of new species, it takes something more than a little unusual to spark excitement. For Henry Reiswig, UVic adjunct professor of biology, the images of a candelabra-shaped “something” was enough to snare his curiosity and turned out to be a previously unknown species of carnivorous sponge.

More honours for Srivastava

Fri, 2012-11-09 10:02

A four-day International Dedication Congress in Honour of Dr. Hari M. Srivastava (professor emeritus, mathematics and statistics) was held in August 2012 under the auspices of Uludağ University at Görükle (Bursa) in Turkey. It was attended by some 250 mathematical, physical, statistical and engineering scientists from all over the world, including Canada. The duly refereed proceedings of this International Dedication Congress will appear in special issues of four scientific research journals published by Springer-Verlag.

Love of the ocean takes grad far

Wed, 2012-11-07 11:05

Pretty on Arctic research cruise
Pretty on Arctic research cruise

Most students—including Rhiannon Pretty—come to UVic for an education and a few years focused on something they truly love, but it’s not every undergraduate that ends up with a pair of seasoned sea legs to match their degree.

Permafrost thaw will speed up global warming, predicts study

Thu, 2012-10-04 10:02

MacDougall in Kluane National Park Photo: Nicolas Roux
MacDougall in Kluane National Park Photo: Nicolas Roux

The thawing of permafrost in Canada’s Arctic and other northern latitudes will significantly accelerate the rate of global warming in the coming decades, predicts a new study by three researchers from the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Student reservists receive Jubilee medals

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:51

L-R: Ryan and Hargrove with their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. Pho
L-R: Ryan and Hargrove with their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Van Akker

Two University of Victoria students were recently recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their community contributions. Ryan Flagg and Nicholas Hargrove are both members at HMCS Malahat, the Royal Canadian Navy’s reserve division in Victoria, as well as undergraduate students at UVic. They received their medals Sept. 15.