The Ring

Changing the culture of campus drinking

Wed, 2016-03-02 16:19

A project dedicated to changing the culture of drinking and other substance use among post-secondary students received a funding investment of $400,000 from the province this Feb.

Co-led by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division, Changing the Culture of Substance Use (CCSU) is a long-term project that’s helping 11 campuses across BC access evidence about alcohol and substance use, assess the cultures on their campuses, decide on—and test—ways to influence their campus cultures, develop tools, and share those tools and experiences with other campuses.

Funding allows ONC to expand earthquake detection network

Tue, 2016-03-01 13:48

ONC earthquake button
Photo: Province of British Columbia

The BC government is investing $5 million in Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to advance the development and use of earthquake early warning systems in BC.

What raccoons can teach us about the value of fear

Thu, 2016-02-25 10:45

Raccoon. Photo: Michael Clinchy.
Raccoon. Photo: Michael Clinchy.

It’s long been known that animals living without fear of predation will thrive and reproduce faster. Think rabbits and deer. What hadn’t been demonstrated is that fear of large carnivores—or lack of it—has ripple effects on the whole web of life.

Social app helps children on the autism spectrum

Tue, 2016-02-23 12:21

The newly released Let’s Face It 2.0, a scrapbook app developed by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Autism Research Technology Education (CARTE) and now available free on iTunes, is a powerful educational tool for learning faces and recognizing emotions of the important people in the lives of children on the autism spectrum.

“It is a selfie culture and I hope our app will be adopted by anyone who finds it useful,” says CARTE director and UVic psychology professor Jim Tanaka. “Parents and educators can create their own storybook from people and objects in their children’s lives.”

Changing coasts, mapped by kites and balloons

Tue, 2016-02-23 11:24

Balloon mapping Cadboro Beach. Credit: T. Sharpe
Balloon mapping Cadboro Beach. Credit: T. Sharpe

Heavy rain did not deter 25 undergraduate geography students from their hands-on learning course on beach dynamics and coastal erosion this February. Using new digital mapping technologies including terrestrial laser scanning (ground based LiDAR), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), kites and balloons, the students captured high-resolution imagery of Cadboro Beach.

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.