The Ring

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.


New research on long history of same-sex unions in US

Mon, 2015-03-30 15:30

Cleves.

The Supreme Court of the United States is set to hear arguments on April 28 in a landmark case on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. One month ahead of the ruling, timely new research by UVic historian Dr. Rachel Hope Cleves is affording critical insights and historical context for the cresting debate on civil rights and full equality of marriage in the US, where same-sex marriage is already legal in nearly 40 states.


Trouble in paradise? MPA fails to protect sharks and rays

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:27

Photo: Genna Robustelli.

A new study led by researchers at the University of Victoria raises serious concerns about the ability of marine protected areas (MPAs) to effectively protect wide-ranging iconic species, such as sharks and rays.


UVic neuroscientists get a head start on concussion diagnosis

Wed, 2015-03-25 11:42

Christie. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Christie. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When a young person hits their head on the ice, on the field or at the pool it can cause damage to the brain. However, current assessment techniques make it difficult for medical practitioners to diagnose a concussion because the tools currently in use are subjective and difficult to interpret.

Thanks to $750,000 in new funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the BC Knowledge Development Fund and UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, two of Canada’s top brain injury experts are on the case.


IdeaFest 2015 wrap-up

Thu, 2015-03-12 10:00

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect to help us prepare for tsunamis? How can we improve our wellness as we age? How do we teach tomorrow’s business leaders to think beyond the bottom line?

These are just a few of the topics that were featured at the University of Victoria’s fourth annual IdeaFest, which ran March 2-7. More than 50 events—all free and open to the public—provided a glimpse into the world-class research and creative activity at UVic that’s having an impact on our lives and the world around us.

A wrap-up of the activities is now available online as a UVic Storify album.


Watershed moments in Indigenous law bode well for UVic law programs

Tue, 2015-03-03 17:09

The summer of 2014 was a remarkable period in Canadian legal history. Within the span of three weeks, two Supreme Court of Canada judgments involving aboriginal title and treaty rights were brought down. Together, they significantly altered fundamental elements of national governance and current plans for economic development, as well as the legal landscape relating to land and resource entitlements.


BikeMaps.org spins success across the globe

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.
Nelson and her BikeMaps.org research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness about the site.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for BikeMaps.org, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”