The Ring

Top 10 of 2015

2015-12-14 17:18

As UVic welcomes the start of another great year, we are also celebrating all the memorable moments and compelling stories of 2015.


UVic signs student agreements with College of the Rockies

2015-12-14 10:59

Administrators signing documents

The University of Victoria has signed two agreements with the College of the Rockies (COTR) on guaranteed student admissions.


Within reach

2015-12-07 16:00

The Victoria hand. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Compassion and technology combine to make better replacement limbs.

     From the autumn 2015 UVic Torch Alumni Magazine.
     Michelle Wright, BSc ’99


Gift from Sisters of St. Ann builds UVic Youth in Care award

2015-12-03 14:25

Sister Marie Zarowny of the Sisters of St. Ann and Lilia Zaharieva.

Tuition waivers for up to 15 students each year for those from government care

Lilia Zaharieva whispers her question with genuine awe. “They gave how much?” she asks, hearing about the $2-million donation from the Sisters of St. Ann earmarked for the University of Victoria’s Youth in Care award. As a recipient herself, she knows firsthand the life-altering significance of such generosity. 

“What an amazing gift to give,” she says. “What fantastic help.”


Just one drop: UVic-based technology set to revolutionize standard blood tests

2015-11-23 16:34

Pearson at the SISCAPA lab. Credit: UVic Photo Services

A small six-person team of scientists and lab technicians are leading a global revolution in medical diagnostics—from right here, in Victoria.

Healthy or not, all of us at some time have been subjected to one of the most common forms of medial diagnostics—the dreaded blood test. But what if there was a way to avoid this uncomfortable process?


UVic physicists share in $3 million Breakthrough Prize

2015-11-23 16:17

A team of UVic researchers shared in one of the world’s most lucrative science awards this November.

The $3 million 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to five international experiments, including more than 1,300 individual scientists, “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.” Eight current and former Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre (VISPA) members are among the laureates.     


The force is with fine arts PhD student

2015-11-17 15:33

The force is definitely with UVic PhD candidate David Christopher (art history & cultural studies). One might even say it is his destiny. And when Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens hits theatres next month, you can count on Christopher to be in line for the new movie.


A closer look at the fossil fuel industry

2015-11-16 14:34

Coal extraction in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Photo: Picture BC

Who is steering fossil fuel extraction in Western Canada and what influence do they wield?  

These central questions are driving a six-year research and public engagement initiative, Mapping the Power of the Carbon-Extractive Corporate Resource Sector, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project brings together researchers, civil society organizations and Indigenous participants to study the oil, gas and coal industries in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 


What does "sustainable" mean when it comes to BC’s freshwater?

2015-11-16 13:27

New research on the future of BC’s most important resource from the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

With the replacement of its over a century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014, British Columbia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize its freshwater legislation and usher in a new era of water stewardship. The Water Sustainability Act has many promising features that can better protect the province’s freshwater resources. Yet full implementation of the new act hinges on passing critical supporting regulations that will provide the necessary details to make the act fully functional. 


Mapping the Earth’s hidden groundwater

2015-11-16 11:24

Groundwater: it’s one of the planet’s most exploited, most precious natural resources. It ranges in age from months to millions of years old. Around the world, there’s increasing demand to know how much we have and how long before it’s tapped out.