The Ring

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.


Conference addresses telling the story of your research

Tue, 2012-04-10 14:57

Are you a faculty member or student looking for guidance on how to communicate your research more effectively with non-academic audiences such as the news media, schoolchildren and the general public?

If your answer is “yes”—or even if it’s “maybe”—there’s a conference taking place at UVic this spring that will interest you.


IDEAFEST 2012: Climate change and food security for BC

Mon, 2012-04-09 13:06

When people analyse the issue of climate change, they often consider global temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The issue of food production and protection is another concern, though. On March 6, as part of UVic’s IdeaFest, Dr. Francis Zwiers, director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and Dr. Aleck Ostry, a professor in UVic’s Department of Geography, held a public discussion about climate change in relation to food security in British Columbia—specifically in regard to water issues.


Bob McDonald: The joy of (communicating) science

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:57

McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders
McDonald prepares for his lecture. Photo: Phil Saunders

Bob McDonald, distinguished CBC science commentator and host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, entertained a nearly full house at the Farquhar Auditorium on March 14 as the Axys Group Distinguished Speaker Series’ inaugural lecturer. Reflecting on the topic “Science as I’ve Seen It,” he described the advantages of being a science journalist and the freedom this has offered him in making knowledge more engaging and accessible to the public.


Science honours students parade their research

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:46

L-R: Emma Conway describes her first-place research project to remblay, Gillis a
L-R: Emma Conway describes her first-place research project to remblay, Gillis and Lipson. Photo: Phil Saunders

A throng of people gathers around an island of poster boards in the atrium of the Bob Wright Centre. Undergraduate students are proudly discussing their research to a caravan of professors judging them on their research and the way they explain it. Welcome to HonoursFest 2012, the first annual celebration of undergraduate science research at UVic.


Travel award to Hof

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:42

Dr. Fraser Hof (chemistry), Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry, has been selected to receive one of four 2012 travel awards bestowed by the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (CNC/IUPAC). The travel awards program is highly competitive amongst the most outstanding young faculty members across Canada. The award will fund Hof’s costs to attend the International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in Durham, UK, in September 2012.


UVic biochemist wins Steacie national research award

Thu, 2012-03-08 12:28

Boraston and PhD student Melissa Cid in the lab
Boraston and PhD student Melissa Cid in the lab. Photo: NSERC

Finding molecular ways to thwart microbial infections and generate biofuels will be uppermost in the mind of University of Victoria biochemist Dr. Alisdair Boraston for the next two years. Boraston is one of six Canadian scientists to be awarded a prestigious 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, announced on Feb. 27 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.