The Ring

A deeper understanding of the universe

2015-04-08 17:02

Heuer at a LHC lab.

CERN Director General Dr. Rolf Heuer to give inaugural Alan Astbury Public Lecture on April 27.

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator came back online this month after a two-year hiatus. Already credited with the discovery of the Higgs boson (or “God particle”), the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the CERN facility at Geneva, Switzerland, holds the key to discovering the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter, and much more.

As excitement is re-ignited about the LHC, UVic welcomes Dr. Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN, to the campus for a public talk on the collider’s potential.


Family Centre marks 20 years

2015-04-08 16:56

Occupying a modest, two-bedroom suite within the Family Housing complex on Lam Circle, the UVic Family Centre was intended as a family health unit. Twenty years later, it has evolved into something much more, says director Elizabeth Quong, “and that’s a good thing.”


Awards honour great teachers, TAs

2015-04-08 16:50

Two outstanding classroom leaders who are known for their dedication and innovation to the teaching process have been given Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching.


UVic centre plays key role in new "omics" network

2015-04-08 16:47

UVic leadership in genomics and proteomics research took another big leap forward late last month with the announcement of a new national Genomics Innovation Network (GIN).

The $15.5-million network is made up of 10 nodes, each of which is receiving core operational funding from Genome Canada, with matching funds from various public and private sector partners.


Outspoken conservationist recognized by BC faculty association

2015-04-08 16:42

Darimont leaning against a tree.

UVic wildlife expert Dr. Chris Darimont—a research pioneer on BC’s coastal wolves and bears, and a passionate advocate for science-based conservation policy—is this year’s winner of the Distinguished Academics Early in Career award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA-BC).


Student's community engagement recognized with national award

2015-04-08 15:07

UVic student Navarana Smith has been named as one of 10 Canadian undergraduates to win a 2015 3M National Student Fellowship, celebrating outstanding student leadership.


Opening day excitement builds for CARSA

2015-04-07 13:05

Seven years ago, the potential users of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) sat down with members of UVic’s Facilities Management to discuss what they imagined the new facility would look like and do. Now the 17,700-square-metre building is ready to open on May 1 and Vikes Recreation Health and Fitness Programmer Amy Allen can’t wait.

“I’m so done with imagining, let’s just get in there,” she says enthusiastically. “It’s breathtaking. It just has so much going for it.”


2015/16 budget framework approved

2015-04-07 12:47

The University of Victoria's Board of Governors has approved a $338-million balanced operating budget for 2015/16 that focuses on student support and areas of enrolment growth.


Learning the language of assistance

2015-04-02 17:09

Students at the bake sale.

Gerry Luton knows the value of hands-on learning—especially when absorbing something as difficult to grasp as a new language. For the past 27 years Luton has been teaching English to international students through UVic’s English Language Centre (ELC)—and his students find success extends far beyond cue cards, language tapes and textbooks.


UVic a top diversity employer, 2015

2015-04-02 16:18

The University of Victoria has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the fourth year in a row. The winners of the 2015 competition were announced Mar. 31, recognizing 65 organizations across the country for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and retain employees from diverse communities.