The Ring

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.


UVic ecologists form their own academic ecosystem

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:26

Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth
Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth

There is a strong desire for ecological knowledge at UVic, and ecologists located across campus are fulfilling the need.


Day in the life: Neil Honkanen

Fri, 2012-09-21 12:01

Honkanen. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Honkanen. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy Electronics Shop is Neil Honkanen’s dream job. “Where else could you design computer-controlled cable testers for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (where they believe they have discovered the elusive Higgs Boson) one day and help an honours student design a brain-wave simulator the next?” he asks. “Working with sharp, young students every day, I know that the future is in good hands.”


UVic’s Higgs detectives

Wed, 2012-07-11 11:04

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 09:04

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.