The Ring

Expert Q&A on Shakespeare and 400th anniversary

Thu, 2016-04-14 10:28

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Professor Emeritus Michael Best—an early trailblazer who launched Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) in 1996 even before the world-wide web totally swept the globe—explains the lasting impact of Shakespeare’s oeuvre and why people remain enamoured with the Bard of Avon.

UVic is a leader in the fields of Shakespearean study, Renaissance literature and digital humanities, and its English language and literatures programs are ranked in the top 200 in the world by the QS Subject Rankings.

Subsea glider peers into secret lives of BC whales

Mon, 2016-04-11 12:25

Migrating gray whales. Credit: R. Burnham.
Migrating gray whales surface close to where the glider was deployed.

Majestic and mysterious, whales continue to fascinate researchers and nature lovers, but how whales live in the ocean’s depths is largely unknown. Now, the University of Victoria is on a mission to deepen our knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes.

Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements by listening to and recording their sounds along the shelf break in Clayoquot Canyon.

Traditional plant expert Nancy Turner wins prestigious Canada Prize

Mon, 2016-04-11 11:30

Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist Nancy Turner is a long-time champion of Indigenous traditional knowledge and a world expert on traditional plant use. Her book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, was announced the winner of the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, on Monday, April 11th.

2016 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Wed, 2016-04-06 12:24

Tunnicliffe. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

An ocean explorer striving to preserve fragile marine ecosystems. A physicist unlocking the secrets of the universe. An oceanographer who makes science open and accessible to everyone. A writer who helps us interpret the trials and tribulations of modern life. And two engineers and an entrepreneur who came up with a brilliant idea and ran with it.

UVic scientist leads new open-access chemistry journal

Tue, 2016-03-29 12:11


When the new international chemistry journal ACS Omega launches this summer, a longtime University of Victoria chemist will be steering its direction.

2016 Provost’s Engaged Scholar recipients announced

Tue, 2016-03-15 09:40

Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Dr. Jessica Ball (child and youth care) and Dr. John Lutz (history) have been named the 2016 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. This is the third year for the annual awards program, which celebrates the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life community engagement. It recognizes tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars.

Changing the culture of campus drinking

Wed, 2016-03-02 16:19

A project dedicated to changing the culture of drinking and other substance use among post-secondary students received a funding investment of $400,000 from the province this Feb.

Co-led by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division, Changing the Culture of Substance Use (CCSU) is a long-term project that’s helping 11 campuses across BC access evidence about alcohol and substance use, assess the cultures on their campuses, decide on—and test—ways to influence their campus cultures, develop tools, and share those tools and experiences with other campuses.

Funding allows ONC to expand earthquake detection network

Tue, 2016-03-01 13:48

ONC earthquake button
Photo: Province of British Columbia

The BC government is investing $5 million in Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to advance the development and use of earthquake early warning systems in BC.

What raccoons can teach us about the value of fear

Thu, 2016-02-25 10:45

Raccoon. Photo: Michael Clinchy.
Raccoon. Photo: Michael Clinchy.

It’s long been known that animals living without fear of predation will thrive and reproduce faster. Think rabbits and deer. What hadn’t been demonstrated is that fear of large carnivores—or lack of it—has ripple effects on the whole web of life.

Social app helps children on the autism spectrum

Tue, 2016-02-23 12:21

The newly released Let’s Face It 2.0, a scrapbook app developed by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Autism Research Technology Education (CARTE) and now available free on iTunes, is a powerful educational tool for learning faces and recognizing emotions of the important people in the lives of children on the autism spectrum.

“It is a selfie culture and I hope our app will be adopted by anyone who finds it useful,” says CARTE director and UVic psychology professor Jim Tanaka. “Parents and educators can create their own storybook from people and objects in their children’s lives.”