The Ring

Half a million women lean in for web event

2014-03-06 15:49

Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch. Photo: UVic photo services

Nearly 150 people (mostly women) gathered Feb. 19 at UVic to take part in a Take The Lead live-stream webcast, to address gender challenges to achieving success in the workplace. Take The Lead, a new US-based organization that works to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions, drew half a million web-linked participants to its launch event worldwide. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Sybil Verch of the Raymond James Group sponsored the local evening.


The Transgender Archives at UVic: moving trans* history forward

2014-03-06 15:31

At 320 linear feet, or 98 metres, of archival materials, books, and periodicals—representing 17 countries and spanning over a century of activism and research—The Transgender Archives at UVic are the largest in the world. From March 21 to 23, the Transgender Archives will host Moving Trans* History Forward, a three-day symposium of keynote speakers,  panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibitions devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and access of trans* history and archival materials. 


One student's grand view of the smallest things

2014-03-04 17:01

Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.

Invisible worlds exist all around us. And UVic biology undergrad James Tyrwhitt-Drake has made it his mission to reveal the smallest of those worlds, with spectacular results.

The invisibility of microscopic creatures, much like the perceptual invisibility that comes with the speedy flapping of a hummingbird’s wings, requires special equipment to capture and appreciate. For Tyrwhitt-Drake, that equipment is the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in UVic’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.


Hélène Cazes, Donna Greschner: Local heroes lauded at 10th anniversary of VLAs

2014-02-27 12:23

L to R: Cazes and Greschner. Photo: Melanie Seal-Jones, Orange Frog Studios.

On Feb. 26 at the Crystal Garden, over 400 guests celebrated 21 extraordinary nominees in eight award categories at a special 10th anniversary gala of the Victoria Leadership Awards (VLAs).

UVic is a founding partner of the annual VLA program. This year, Dr. Hélène Cazes and Prof. Donna Greschner received the UVic award. A number of the community heroes celebrated last night are either from, or affiliated with, the university.


Teck named 2013 UVic Co-op Employer of the Year

2014-02-27 09:40

It takes a very special co-op employer to stand out from the nearly 1,000 employer organizations that hired UVic co-op students in 2013, since each and every organization has provided outstanding learning opportunities to our amazing co-op students. So it’s with great excitement that Co-op and Career has named Teck, Canada’s largest diversified resource company, as our 2013 UVic Co-op Employer of the Year.


2014 QS subject rankings highlight UVic’s international reputation

2014-02-26 15:20

UVic ranks among the top 200 institutions worldwide in six key academic fields, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject released on Feb. 26. In addition to the six highlighted subject areas, the QS rankings also suggest that UVic’s rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution. The department of English language and literature ranked in the top 100. In total, UVic was ranked as having world-class performance in 22 of the 30 subject areas QS considers.


Celebration of exceptional staff

2014-02-19 12:49

The LCIT team from EPHE received the Team Award for Innovation

The celebration of this year's President’s Distinguished Service Award recipients, hosted by President Jamie Cassels, took place on Feb. 20 at the University Club. Reeta Tremblay, UVic’s vice-president academic and provost, and Kane Kilbey, associate vice-president human resources, made presentations before the announcement of this year’s recipients.


New vice-president research named

2014-02-18 10:05

The University of Victoria has appointed Dr. David Castle as vice-president research, effective July 1, 2014. The appointment follows an international search.


Gold for UVic in international sustainability rating system

2014-02-13 10:25

The new Campus Bike Centre, LEED Gold buildings, staff and student sustainability action teams, recycling and composting programs... UVic's committment to sustainability has resulted in a gold rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


US patent for UVic process to battle cancer

2014-02-12 16:45

van Veggel. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Chemistry professor Dr. Frank van Veggel likes to work with extremely small particles and very big ideas. He’s developed a process whereby nanoparticles, each 10 times smaller than a speck of dust, could someday assist oncologists better identify and target cancerous tumours and, in some cases, eliminate the need for painful and potentially dangerous biopsies.