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“Big data” shows UVic is leading Canada in scientific impact

Fri, 2015-05-22 17:14

Yang Shi
Engineering professor Yang Shi is one of five UVic professors identified as one of the world’s most highly cited.

A data-driven analysis of scientific publications released May 20 by a leading European research centre puts UVic first in Canada for scientific impact in two broad fields—mathematics and computer science, and physical sciences and engineering. 

The ranking, produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, also places UVic third in the country among all universities for overall scientific impact. 


New online inventory for Chinese Canadian artifacts in BC

Fri, 2015-05-15 14:13

Photo: Chinese miner and glass plate. Date: unknown. Courtesy of: Cumberland Museum and Archives.

The University of Victoria is taking a lead role this year in the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) to establish an online inventory of Chinese Canadian artifacts held by local museums.


A journey through the Andes—one blog post at a time

Thu, 2015-05-14 15:06

Dr. Ana María Peredo in front of a cactus.
Dr. Ana María Peredo. Photos courtesy of Peredo.

The UVic community knows Dr. Ana María Peredo as an award-winning professor in the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, whose research explores the role of business in fostering sustainable communities. But to the people she meets in the high Andes communities, she’s Señorita Ana María, a spirited traveler with a great respect for the people she encounters in a land that’s both familiar and foreign to her.


Digitized early map of London continues to bridge time

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:39

Map of Early Modern London - MoEML - London Metropolitan Archives Agas map
Image from MoEML. Credit: The Agas map is used by MoEML with permission from London Metropolitan Archives.

You could walk across London of the 1500s in about 20 minutes. And now, thanks to the survival of a 450-year-old woodcut map, Shakespeare’s world can also "open up to us like a Google map,” says Dr. Janelle Jenstad (English), project director of UVic’s constantly evolving Map of Early Modern London (MoEML).


Pinstripes and flippers: UVic grad student takes academia underwater

Fri, 2015-04-17 15:44

Irvine emerging from the water in his SCUBA gear on
Irvine. Photo: UVic Photo Services.


2015 Craigdarroch Research Awards celebrate the drive to make a difference

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:09

Ripping with books.
Rippin. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A historian who is increasing our understanding of Islam. An engineer and a computer scientist who are making our lives easier with new technologies. A nurse who is helping the terminally ill and their families cope. And a performing artist who inspires us to better appreciate the world around us.


A deeper understanding of the universe

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:02

Heuer at a LHC lab.
Heuer at a LHC lab. Photo: CERN.

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.


UVic centre plays key role in new "omics" network

Wed, 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

Wed, 2015-04-08 16:42

Darimont leaning against a tree.
Darimont. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

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).


Makerspaces matter

Tue, 2015-03-31 15:58

Wooden skull replica from Victorian stickpin. Images: Courtesy of Maker Lab.

The Maker Lab at UVic, housed in the Technology Enterprise Facility, is a collaborative space of new techniques and old technologies involving the invention of imaginative and often outsized revisions of objects that don’t always exist in the world. Because its research is innovative, multi-faceted and occasionally intangible, it does not easily fit a simple definition.