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New radioactivity monitoring network seeks volunteers

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:34

Oceanographer Jay Cullen collecting water
Oceanographer Jay Cullen. Photo: Diana Nethercott

Ever since the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there’s been widespread concern along the coast of western North America about the potential danger of low-level radioactivity from that event crossing the Pacific Ocean.


International project maps salmon genome

Thu, 2014-07-31 11:14

Dr. Ben Koop at his computer
Dr. Ben Koop. Photo: Diana Nethercott

New genetic database holds huge potential for fisheries science and conservation

Salmon—they’re tasty and nutritious to eat, many livelihoods depend on them and they’re crucial to the health of coastal ecosystems.

Turns out they’re also a goldmine of information for geneticists and molecular biologists.


Keeping you behind the wheel—safely

Mon, 2014-06-16 10:09

Tuokko
Tuokko

Enhanced safety and quality of life are goals of pan-Canadian study on older drivers

Tests currently used by doctors to assess a senior’s ability to keep driving need to be improved, a long-term study of older drivers is revealing.

“The currently available guidelines for physicians are not doing a very good job of identifying people at risk,” says Dr. Holly Tuokko, a psychologist with UVic’s Centre on Aging. “We need a better set of tools.”


Dark mysteries: UVic researchers help push the boundaries of galactic knowledge

Thu, 2014-04-17 11:57

Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).
Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).

We all joke about black holes in our everyday lives when something disappears. And we know from watching Star Trek and sci-fi movies that black holes are massive cosmic phenomena not to be messed with. But what are they really? And what role do they play in the evolution of galaxies?


2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 11:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.


Three new Canada Research Chairs announced

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:06

Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Improving aircraft design, understanding the ocean’s critical role in climate change, and finding new ways to deal with vast amounts of medical imaging data—these are the pressing societal challenges being tackled by the University of Victoria’s three newest Canada Research Chairs.

The three UVic chairs were announced on March 28 by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology as part of a national announcement of 59 new chairholders across the country.


Psychology student wins UVic’s first 3MT competition

Mon, 2014-03-10 12:47

Rourke
Rourke

Research was efficiently communicated, cash was won and history was made at the university’s first-ever Three Minute Thesis competition, held on March 6 as part of UVic’s annual IdeaFest celebration.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master’s and doctoral students to give a compelling and public-friendly presentation on their thesis research—and why it matters—in a mere three minutes using only one Powerpoint slide.


Passion for public health propels UVic student to Oxford

Wed, 2013-12-11 12:51

Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services

British Columbia’s winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious student scholarship for 2014 is a 21-year-old biochemistry student from the University of Victoria.


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.


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.