The Ring

New research casts doubt on basic physics theory

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:42

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 15:44

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 12:00

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 10:27

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.

UVic grad changes the face of cancer research

Fri, 2012-06-08 09:10

Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence
Matthews. Photo: Valentina Lawrence

When most physicists are asked about their work, they explain with big words, abstract concepts and confusing theories. Ask Alexander “Quinn” Matthews and he’ll talk about the physics of cancer therapy and medical advances using terms that everyone can understand. Matthews is the top medical physics student to graduate from UVic in its history, and his communication skills are just one of the assets that have made him so successful.

From Québec to the deep blue sea

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:12

Gauthier on a helicopter survey of Saanich Inlet. Photo: Mary Morris
Gauthier on a helicopter survey of Saanich Inlet. Photo: Mary Morris

If humans could breathe water, Maéva Gauthier would spend weeks in the sea. Instead, the master’s graduate (earth and ocean sciences) must content herself with the robotic reach of an underwater vehicle.

Award winner “fascinated” by how the body works, but prefers people

Thu, 2012-06-07 13:10

Nathan. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Nathan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Jessica Nathan (nee Simpson) has always been fascinated by how the human body works. “When you think about it, it’s just amazing,” she says, enthusiasm ringing in her voice. The 26-year-old, who received her MSc in biology from UVic in 2011, will, at this year’s June convocation, be awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal on the basis of her overall academic excellence (she maintained a 9.0 grade point average in her graduate studies) and an outstanding thesis.

Electronic guide offers rare glimpses of deep-sea life

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:05

Bloodybelly comb jellies, sea pigs, deep sea spiders—real images and video of these and over 125 other little-known inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean—can now be viewed on an iPad. NEPTUNE Canada’s recently published Marine Life Field Guide is a “living book,” explains NEPTUNE Canada Director Dr. Kate Moran. “Not only does it show animals in their deep-sea homes, it will also be updated to add new creatures, new images and new videos as we discover them.”

NEPTUNE Canada begins installation of tsunami detection array

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:03

Rattail fish and seismometer at 1,258m. Photo: CSSF/NEPTUNE Canada
Rattail fish and seismometer at 1,258m. Photo: CSSF/NEPTUNE Canada

The installation of components of a deep-sea tsunami “antenna”—the first of its kind in the world—is one of the highlights of the current NEPTUNE Canada ocean expedition off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The star-shaped array of four ultra-sensitive bottom-pressure recorders is being positioned at the ends of new 25-km arms of powered fibre-optic cable and will, when completed, provide real-time data to Canadian scientists and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Network.

Obstacle doesn't stop top undergrad

Thu, 2012-06-07 09:09

Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Go
Short-Gershman by an image of UVic at the Explore Your World Earth Station at Google headquarters

Graduating at the top of his class must be deja vu to Jesse Short-Gershman. When he graduated from Victoria’s Claremont Secondary School in 2008—at age 15—he received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal as top student in his class. And when he receives his BSc in Mathematics from UVic this month he’ll be awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal for highest grade-point average in a bachelor’s program.