The Ring

Five new research chairs share passion for improving lives

Fri, 2016-02-05 17:58

Storey, one of the five new research chairs.
Storey, one of the five new research chairs.

Finding better ways to detect and treat cancer, understanding how to navigate global economies, expanding our knowledge of modern South Asia, helping us make sense of complex datasets, and improving the success of addiction treatment—these are the goals of the University of Victoria’s five newest Canada Research Chairs.

What can fish see?

Thu, 2016-02-04 14:49

Tom Iwanicki (left), Cliff Haman and John Taylor study fish.
Tom Iwanicki (left), Cliff Haman and John Taylor study fish in UVic’s Outdoor Aquatic Unit.

Artists and biologists collaborate on flatfish camouflage response study

The gap between the molecular basis of fish vision and the colour calibrations of a large-format printer may seem as wide as the space between the biology and visual arts departments, but a recent collaborative project brought the two much closer together.

New findings sharpen view on Vancouver properties in 1940s

Thu, 2016-01-28 18:53

Photo credit: Nikkei National Museum 2011.58.13

The role played by the City of Vancouver in the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s is now more clearly drawn, thanks to exhaustive work over the past two years by one of the biggest research projects in the field of humanities in Canada.

World’s only chair in transgender studies

Tue, 2016-01-19 17:06

Devor and MacAdams. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Devor and MacAdams.

A million dollar donation to establish a chair in transgender studies—the first of its kind—will make all the difference to students such as Alyx MacAdams, who self-identifies as a genderqueer and trans-masculine person.

“I am very grateful that this chair now exists, and I look forward to participating in and witnessing what happens over the next few years,” says MacAdams.

Only taste can tell

Wed, 2016-01-06 15:19

Let's Talk About Love
Let's Talk About Love

Popular culture steps into the spotlight with 2016 Southam Lecturer

When it comes to writing about popular culture, Carl Wilson’s heart will always go on. That’s partly because, as a music critic for Slate and Billboard magazines, Wilson is deeply passionate about the impact music can have on everyone’s lives; but it’s also because his book about CélineDion struck a chord that rivaled the power of love. 

Top 10 of 2015

Mon, 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.

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

Mon, 2015-11-23 16:34

Pearson at the SISCAPA lab. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Pearson at the SISCAPA lab.

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

Mon, 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

Tue, 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

Mon, 2015-11-16 14:34

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