The Ring

Engaged scholarship and advocacy worthy of UVic’s highest faculty award

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:19

Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.
Boyd. Photo: Susan Henderson.

If you don’t know what it means to be named a UVic Distinguished Professor, don’t fret: they’re a rare breed. The newest recipient, Dr. Susan Boyd, is only the 13th UVic professor to receive the award—the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on faculty—since its creation in 2002.

Boyd’s activist presence on substantive social justice and marginalization issues has led to a tremendous scholarly output.


SSHRC Storytellers: research impact caught on video

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:06

von Petzinger.
von Petzinger.

Two UVic graduate students have been rewarded for their creative use of video to tell the story of how their academic research is impacting the world.

Genevieve von Petzinger and Bernadette Perry are among 25 winners of the national Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) video contest Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers Challenge, involving universities across Canada. The challenge required students to distill their research into a compelling three minutes of narrated video, describing how their SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.


Three new Canada Research Chairs announced

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:06

Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Suleman. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Improving aircraft design, understanding the ocean’s critical role in climate change, and finding new ways to deal with vast amounts of medical imaging data—these are the pressing societal challenges being tackled by the University of Victoria’s three newest Canada Research Chairs.

The three UVic chairs were announced on March 28 by Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology as part of a national announcement of 59 new chairholders across the country.


New model proposed for BC water management

Tue, 2014-03-25 15:49

A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in BC
A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in BC

The provincial government has committed to a new Water Sustainability Act by early 2014, and researchers at UVic’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance say that BC has the potential to become a standout example for sustainable freshwater management and protection.


Psychology student wins UVic’s first 3MT competition

Mon, 2014-03-10 12:47

Rourke
Rourke

Research was efficiently communicated, cash was won and history was made at the university’s first-ever Three Minute Thesis competition, held on March 6 as part of UVic’s annual IdeaFest celebration.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master’s and doctoral students to give a compelling and public-friendly presentation on their thesis research—and why it matters—in a mere three minutes using only one Powerpoint slide.


The Transgender Archives at UVic: moving trans* history forward

Thu, 2014-03-06 15:31

At 320 linear feet, or 98 metres, of archival materials, books, and periodicals—representing 17 countries and spanning over a century of activism and research—The Transgender Archives at UVic are the largest in the world. From March 21 to 23, the Transgender Archives will host Moving Trans* History Forward, a three-day symposium of keynote speakers,  panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibitions devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and access of trans* history and archival materials. 


One student's grand view of the smallest things

Tue, 2014-03-04 17:01

Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.
Cell interior of a developing mouse brain. Sample credit: Patrick Nahirney.

Invisible worlds exist all around us. And UVic biology undergrad James Tyrwhitt-Drake has made it his mission to reveal the smallest of those worlds, with spectacular results.

The invisibility of microscopic creatures, much like the perceptual invisibility that comes with the speedy flapping of a hummingbird’s wings, requires special equipment to capture and appreciate. For Tyrwhitt-Drake, that equipment is the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in UVic’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.


New vice-president research named

Tue, 2014-02-18 10:05

The University of Victoria has appointed Dr. David Castle as vice-president research, effective July 1, 2014. The appointment follows an international search.


US patent for UVic process to battle cancer

Wed, 2014-02-12 16:45

van Veggel. Photo: UVic Photo Services
van Veggel. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Chemistry professor Dr. Frank van Veggel likes to work with extremely small particles and very big ideas. He’s developed a process whereby nanoparticles, each 10 times smaller than a speck of dust, could someday assist oncologists better identify and target cancerous tumours and, in some cases, eliminate the need for painful and potentially dangerous biopsies.


Festival topics run from timely to timeless

Thu, 2014-02-06 12:19

IdeaFest 2014
IdeaFest 2014

How do young people use and respond to cyber-aggression? How can the diagnosis and treatment of concussions be improved? Why are our brains better than the smartest computers for certain kinds of tasks? And why do we respond to the music of one artist over another: is it the beauty of the melody, a special harmonic sound, or something else?

Some answers to these questions–along with dozens of others–will be presented at UVic’s annual IdeaFest, from March 3 to 8.