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Engineering grad casts new light on nanoscale interactions

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:19

Zehtabi-Oskuie. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Zehtabi-Oskuie. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Researchers all over the world dream of making new discoveries in well-established fields, but engineering grad Ana Zehtabi-Oskuie’s path has gone straight to the edge of an emerging field. While studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Tehran, Zehtabi-Oskuie became intrigued by optical trapping, a method pioneered in 2009 by electrical engineering professor Dr. Reuven Gordon, a team of UVic grad students and Dr. Romain Quidant at the Europe-based Institute of Photonic Sciences.


New Trudeau Scholar seeks change for Indigenous peoples

Wed, 2014-05-28 11:32

Mills. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Mills. Credit: UVic Photo Services

UVic Law student Aaron Mills’ doctoral work, which explores conflicting legal orders and the workings of contemporary colonialism, has earned him substantial praise and cemented his position as a leading scholar on Canadian constitutionalism and Indigenous law.

Mills is a Vanier scholar and a former Ivy League Fulbright scholar. This week, he was handed yet another honour when he was named a Trudeau scholar—one of only 14 given out this year.


From drawing board to proving ground: EcoCar 2 heads to final competition

Fri, 2014-05-23 15:55

UVic’s EcoCAR 2 team of engineering students aren’t just getting hands-on experience while they study—they’re getting their hands dirty.

Since April 2011, close to 60 students in mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering, and business have been hard at work—using multi-million dollar dSPACE, Siemens and MathWorks modelling and testing tools, and a mechanic’s full suite of wrenches and ratchets—re-designing and retrofitting a GM-donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco into a next generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.


UVic shines again in international science rankings

Mon, 2014-05-05 14:45

The University of Victoria once again ranks in the top tier of universities in the world for scientific influence, according to the prestigious 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking, released in late April.

In terms of scientific impact, UVic ranks fourth overall in Canada—behind Toronto, UBC and McGill—and is the top-ranked university in the country without a medical school.


UVic is now home to new European Union Centre of Excellence

Wed, 2014-04-30 13:59

The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s leaders in European studies and is now home to one of two new European Union Centres of Excellence (EUCE) announced January 2014 by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.


UVic launches Colonial Legacies Field School, in time for South African national election

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:21

Vongani Lucky Machethe and Stephanie Tiede prepare for CBC radio interview May 7, 2014. Photos: Dr. E. Vibert.

In May 2014, a group of UVic students and two faculty members spent three weeks in South Africa for UVic’s first-ever Colonial Legacies Field School.


Solar energy mapping charts path to a greener City of Victoria

Thu, 2014-04-17 12:08

Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall.
Krasowski and the pyranometer atop City Hall. Photo: Melinda Jolley, City of Victoria

Rooftops in the downtown core are prime sun spots—and knowing where to plan future installation of solar panels to capture the most energy is a step in the right direction, agree municipal officials and UVic researchers.


Inaugural Engaged Scholar Award recipients announced

Thu, 2014-04-17 11:20

Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr
Pauly. Photo: Hélène Cyr

Congratulations to Dr. Bernie Pauly of the School of Nursing and Dr. Val Napoleon of the Faculty of Law, who have been named the inaugural recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award.

The newly created awards program is intended to support and enhance UVic’s vision for the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life, community engagement. It recognizes tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars.


Dark mysteries: UVic researchers help push the boundaries of galactic knowledge

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:57

Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).
Image: X-ray (NASA/CXC/Virginia/A.Reines et al.).

We all joke about black holes in our everyday lives when something disappears. And we know from watching Star Trek and sci-fi movies that black holes are massive cosmic phenomena not to be messed with. But what are they really? And what role do they play in the evolution of galaxies?


2014 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:09

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Whether they’re helping us understand the complexities of politics and public policy, laying the mathematical groundwork for everyday devices and processes, giving us a greater appreciation for musical expression, or helping Indigenous communities revive their endangered languages—this year’s Craigdarroch Research Award recipients are making our world a better place.