The Ring

PICS after six: a Q&A with Tom Pedersen

Wed, 2015-11-04 16:19

Pedersen holds a car charger plug located outside Campus Security.
Pedersen holds a car charger plug located outside Campus Security.

After six years as executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by the University of Victoria, climate scientist Tom Pedersen is moving on to other opportunities. “It’s been challenging at times but it’s always been fun,” says Pedersen. “I took this job because I wanted to build something, to make a difference in an area I feel passionate about. I think we’ve made some progress.”

International award salutes researcher’s science outreach activities

Fri, 2015-10-30 09:44


University of Victoria neuroscientist E. Paul Zehr remembers the precise moment when his research career shifted gears and science communications became a major part of his activities as a scholar and academic.

“It was a Friday afternoon in 2007 and I was searching Google Scholar for publication information on one of my papers,” he recalls. He was pondering how many people his work actually affected. His most cited paper at the time had about 150 citations. But what if that meant only 150 people had read it? Was that acceptable impact?

“For me, the answer was no,” he says. “I decided then and there that I wasn’t satisfied with standard measures of academic productivity and impact and instead wanted to reach larger groups more directly.”

UVic faculty bask in Royal Society of Canada spotlight

Mon, 2015-09-21 14:27

UVic researchers in the spotlight. Photos: UVic Photo Services.
UVic researchers in the spotlight. Photos: UVic Photo Services.

Canada’s academic stars to converge on Victoria

Hey Victoria, get ready to host almost 400 distinguished academic guests—the Royal Society of Canada is coming to town!

The Royal Society (RSC) is Canada’s national academy dedicated to promoting learning and research in three main streams: the arts and humanities; the social sciences; and the sciences.

Every year, the RSC holds its annual general meeting in a different Canadian city. This year, RSC fellows and college members from across the country will converge on the Victoria Conference Centre/Fairmont Empress Hotel on Nov. 26–28. The University of Victoria is the sponsor institution.

UVic osprey-cam offers a bird’s eye view

Fri, 2015-07-24 13:26

Osprey. Photo: Sarah Blackstone.

Every summer for the last 10 years, high above the University of Victoria’s athletic fields, a little family has been going about its daily business, largely unnoticed, except by photographers and curious onlookers willing to kink their necks and squint their eyes.

New CFI funding boosts major science projects

Thu, 2015-06-04 10:09

UVic's leadership and participation in several national and international big science projects been given a huge shot in the arm with the injection of $14.8 million in new funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

A Nobel-filled year for biochemistry grad

Thu, 2014-11-06 22:30


How many people can say they’ve rubbed shoulders with 37 Nobel laureates? For Michelle (Tonkin) Parker that amazing experience capped a remarkable academic career at UVic that culminates this month with a PhD in biochemistry.

Two UVic scholars help debut new national college

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:22

MacDonald. Photo: UVic Photo Services
MacDonald. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two University of Victoria researchers—a psychologist who studies how we age mentally and a computer scientist who explores new ways to sort through large amounts of information—are charter members of a new national “college” for outstanding young scholars.

New radioactivity monitoring network seeks volunteers

Wed, 2014-08-06 09:34

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 10:14

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 09:09


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.”