The Ring

Bullfrog research takes big leap forward

2014-01-07 14:48

Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill

Bullfrogs—to most of us they’re just big, green, bug-eyed critters that hop and croak and (usually) make us laugh. They’re also invasive in some regions, including southern Vancouver Island.

But to scientists studying environmental health, bullfrogs are an ideal “sentinel” species for monitoring the effects of pollutants such as pesticides, drugs and industrial effluents.


Critical conversations the norm at diversity conference

2013-12-24 10:26

Provost's Diversity Research Forum logo


The impact of one French tweet

2013-12-23 17:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


University Centre Caf gets a makeover

2013-12-20 15:18

Mystic Market artist's rendering

The University Centre Cafeteria closed its doors on Dec. 13 to facilitate a major renovation and expansion. The eight-month project will see a shift from a cafeteria-style model to a market-style concept where food is freshly prepared before the customer. The new facility, to be named Mystic Market, will set a new standard in campus dining, creating a unique, West Coast dining experience for students, staff, faculty and visitors. The facility will introduce nine self-branded dining concepts to appeal to the diverse tastes of the campus community.


UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

2013-12-19 17:34

Dylan Collins, UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services

As UVic looks ahead to 2014, the university is also celebrating a year of compelling news about UVic's people, projects, ideas and research.

Seaweed, dwarf galaxies and an iPad app for ‘the birds and the bees’ are some of the many captivating subjects for stories about UVic over the past 12 months. Here are just 10.


Passion for public health propels UVic student to Oxford

2013-12-11 12:51

Collins. Photo: UVic Photo Services

British Columbia’s winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious student scholarship for 2014 is a 21-year-old biochemistry student from the University of Victoria.


Partnership recognized for reductions in bullying

2013-12-09 18:02

A WITS educational program at Westmont school. Photo: UVic Photo Services

As co-creator of the anti-bullying program, WITS, (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater has worked tirelessly with community partners, police officers, school staff and administrators, and parents to protect children from peer violence and victimization. On December 2, 2013 Leadbeater was presented with the CIHR Partnership Award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her leadership of the WITS programs.


In this engineering course, people skills are a design solution

2013-12-03 14:22

Students in ENGR 110 Design and Communication.

Aspiring engineers at the University of Victoria are getting something most of their peers across Canada aren’t—hands-on experience from real-world professionals in their first year of post-secondary education.


Sedins bring a rare style of leadership to hockey games

2013-11-26 11:49

Alex Burrows and the Sedins. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks

University of Victoria academic Carolyn Crippen scored a coup Vancouver hockey writers dream of—a lengthy, exclusive interview with NHL superstars Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Crippen, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, conducted the fall 2011 interview as part of a three-year case study of the leadership attributes of the twins. The results are in a paper published today in the leading online physical and health education periodical PHEnex.


The lasting value of "sense of place"

2013-11-26 11:34

May Sam and Nick Stanger. Photo: Mitch Wright

People often have a place that holds special meaning for them. Whether it’s somewhere childhood memories were made or a serene spot that soothes their soul, place can have a profound impact on people’s lives.