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UVic ECOSat team's winning satellite design could be the next big thing in space travel

2014-07-04 16:48

Cass Hussmann and Devin Pelletier make refinements to their satellite

It looks like a tiny black office tower with an antenna, but when this unassuming shoebox-sized nano-satellite is launched 800 kilometres into space, the University of Victoria engineering students who built and designed it will be experimenting with what might just be the next big thing in space travel: diamagnetic propulsion.


Coastal wolves disagree on diet, splitting the species

2014-06-16 11:42

Coastal wolf. Photo: Chris Darimont

The waggish joke that wolves are “Canada’s newest marine mammal” is a lot closer to truth than jest—an insight suggested by Indigenous knowledge and confirmed in a study co-authored by Dr. Chris Darimont, of UVic’s geography department.

The study, published this month in the scientific journal BMC Ecology, provides genetic evidence that BC’s mainland wolves and coastal wolves appear to be genetically distinct. And news media around the world are paying attention: in addition to Canadian coverage in The Globe and Mail, National Post and CTV, the story has also been broadcast—with video of wolves fishing for salmon—on BBC News in the UK.


Keeping you behind the wheel—safely

2014-06-16 10:09

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.”


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Ten thousand talks—and counting

More than 30 years ago, UVic established a program that, through the enthusiasm of campus volunteers, delivers expertise from every area of academic inquiry to audiences across Greater Victoria. An early example of the university’s deep commitment to community engagement and knowledge mobilization, the UVic Speakers Bureau today is Canada’s only university-wide initiative of its kind. And this May, Rosa Stewart, professor of Hispanic and Italian studies, gave the bureau’s milestone 10,000th talk: a travel piece focusing on England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Grad pics go social

Academic leadership updates for Summer 2014

Four academic leaders will take new posts on campus this summer, with the appointments of Dr. Catherine Krull as dean of social sciences, Dr. Ralf St. Clair as dean of education, Dr. Bruce Wright as head of medical sciences and Dr. Robina Thomas as the inaugural director of Indigenous academic and community engagement.

Honoris Causa times two

A pair of Victorians­—Pauline Rafferty and David Black—will receive honorary degrees at Spring Convocation ceremonies in recognition of their outstanding leadership and public service.

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