The Ring

UVic’s Higgs detectives

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:04

The ATLAS calorimeter at the LHC. Photo: ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN
The ATLAS calorimeter at the LHC. Photo: ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN

On July 4, the triumphant cheering from scientists and armchair cosmologists was thunderous in response to the announcement of the latest results in physicists' search for the elusive Higgs boson. And a large group of UVic researchers who have had significant involvement in the experiments had good reason to join in the celebrations.

Hoffman receives Order of Canada

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:04

Paul Hoffman (Earth & ocean sciences, adjunct) was named an officer of the Order of Canada on June 29 for advancing the field of geology, notably through his landmark research on the Precambrian period of Earth’s history.

Moran appointed president, CEO of ONC

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:03

On July 1, internationally renowned ocean engineer Kate Moran began a five-year term as president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), the UVic organization that manages the world-leading VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada subsea networks. She succeeded founding president and CEO Dr. Martin Taylor, who retired on June 30. Moran joined UVic in 2011 as director of NEPTUNE Canada. Prior to that she was assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.

Weaver appointed Lansdowne Professor

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:00

Dr. Andrew Weaver (Earth & ocean sciences) has been appointed Lansdowne Professor in the Faculty of Science for a five-year term. Weaver is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and one of the world’s leading researchers in climate and ocean dynamics and arguably the top mathematical paleoclimatologist in the world. He is regarded as Canada’s leading expert in climate change and has achieved great distinction for his scholarly contributions. He was a lead author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2nd, 3rd and 4th scientific assessments, and is also a lead author in the upcoming 5th scientific assessment.

Vanier scholarships for five UVic students

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:53

Five UVic PhD students received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships this year, the highest number so far. The Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship program attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Each scholarship is worth $50,000 per year for three years.

New UVic students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:52


Schulich Leader Scholarships have awarded two University of Victoria undergraduate students each a $60,000 four-year entrance scholarship—the largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based scholarship of its kind in Canada. Jennifer Borchert, a graduate of Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon, BC, and Aliya Khan of Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver are two of 40 students from 20 Canadian universities receiving the scholarship.

New research casts doubt on basic physics theory

Wed, 2012-07-11 07:42

It may not have the same sex appeal as the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, but there’s another related news story that recently rocked the particle physics world. And it too has a strong University of Victoria connection.

Global attention on Higgs detectives

Mon, 2012-07-09 14:44

No one heard it. It wasn’t as if lightning had zipped around the subterranean tunnel near Geneva. But the triumphant cheering was thunderous on July 4 after CERN officially confirmed the latest ATLAS results. Global media attention was immediate.

World’s most advanced microscope is here

Fri, 2012-06-08 11:00

Dr. Rodney Herring with the STEHM shortly after delivery to UVic
Dr. Rodney Herring with the STEHM shortly after delivery to UVic

The University of Victoria is now home to the most powerful microscope ever built. On May 22, the 7-tonne, 4.5-metre tall Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM) arrived on campus in 22 pieces. The next day, four large pieces were lowered into a special room in the basement of the Bob Wright Centre, where the microscope is now being assembled.

Jubilee medal winner sets sights high

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:27

Hildebrand. Photo: Robie Liscomb
Hildebrand. Photo: Robie Liscomb

Kevin Hildebrand was initially drawn to the study of physics at Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack because his teacher made it “fun and interesting.” But he was also attracted by the challenge of being “the best at the hardest,” and physics was the “hardest.” His hard work was rewarded when he received the Governor General’s Bronze award for being at the top of his high-school graduating class.