The Ring

Gaming? Dog walking? Whatever it takes to get off the couch

Thu, 2011-02-03 09:18

Photo of Rhodes

Bikes, video games, dogs—UVic behavioural psychologist Ryan Rhodes has studied a variety of motivations to get people off the couch and into a more active lifestyle.

BC commits $13.3 million to UVic ocean research

Wed, 2011-01-19 13:21

UVic's new research ship
UVic's new research ship. Photo: UVic Communications

The BC government has committed $13.3 million to two UVic-led ocean research projects for monitoring some of the province’s most critical marine waterways and the health of our oceans, Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong announced on Jan. 18. The university will use part of the funding provided by the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund to refit the former Coast Guard vessel Tsekoa II for ocean research. An additional $4.4 million from the fund will finance expansion of the VENUS coastal network, part of the University of Victoria's Ocean Networks Canada Observatory. Media release and backgrounder.

New device allows everyone to rack 'em up

Mon, 2011-01-10 11:01

Photo of Spelt and Livingstone using device
L-R: Lane and CanAssist Director Livingstone

When the University of Victoria’s CanAssist team held its Christmas party in 2008, everyone had a great time shooting pool—everyone except Dan Spelt, a research assistant in CanAssist’s software lab who has cerebral palsy and is unable to hold a billiard cue. CanAssist develops and delivers innovative technologies and services to improve the quality of life for those with special needs. That night, Darcy Lane, CanAssist’s manager of hardware, said that someday the team would create a device that would enable Dan to play pool.

New chair will help UVic students succeed in East Asia

Thu, 2011-01-06 12:40

Students at UVic will be better prepared to do business in East Asia thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from Stephen Jarislowsky, founder and CEO of the Montréal-based investment company, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

UVic biomedical engineer “outsmarts” HIV

Wed, 2011-01-05 11:20

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Willerth. Photo: Robie Liscomb

New groundbreaking research by University of Victoria biomedical engineer Stephanie Willerth has significantly advanced the understanding of HIV and how to treat it. Experts estimate that 38 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV and 4.1 million more are diagnosed each year. In order to design effective long-term treatments, scientists need to learn more about how the virus mutates and develops resistance to medications.

Life’s a ball (a reef ball)

Wed, 2011-01-05 11:03

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Mucciarelli and reef ball with octopus. Photo: Scott Stevenson

For most Victoria residents, the city’s iconic Ogden Point breakwater is a place to take a stroll, enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps see a seal or passing pod of killer whales. But there’s a lot more going on there, although most of us can’t see it. Below the waterline, the breakwater’s enormous granite blocks are a beacon for a remarkable variety of sea life. That’s why Ogden Point is such a popular destination for scuba divers. And that’s why it’s the site of a unique research project led by Valerie Mucciarelli, a UVic graduate student in environmental studies.

CORE support for special education needs

Wed, 2011-01-05 09:11

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Roberts works with student Theresa Smith in the CORE after-school tutoring program. Photo: Crystal Bergeron

While most of us were snuggled up opening gifts in front of the fire this holiday season, the Faculty of Education was the lucky recipient of perhaps one of the greatest gifts of all: the opportunity to give back to the community.

With a generous bequest from an anonymous donor, the faculty will launch the Centre for Outreach Education (CORE) on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in its new home in the MacLaurin building.

Purchase of rare manuscript facsimile enhances study of Islamic art

Mon, 2011-01-03 11:29

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Milwright and student Natalie Gilson examine facsimile manuscript. Photo: Robie Liscomb

UVic in the News for 2010

Fri, 2010-12-24 13:03

Scanning the inky depths of the Pacific, providing a blueprint for Indigenous student post-secondary success, interpreting geometric signs in prehistoric cave art in Europe, and helping to outsmart a viral scourge of the modern era are just four of the many reasons the University of Victoria was featured in the news for 2010.

Here are the top ten stories—from December 2010 through to the beginning of the year.

LE,NONET a blueprint for Indigenous student success

Mon, 2010-12-06 12:05

Members of the LE,NONET Project (L-R): Jeff Reading, Chris Lalonde, Lianne Charlie, Maxine Matilpi, Trevor Good.

If UVic's First Peoples House represents the current focal point for Aboriginal programs and initiatives on campus, then the results of the LE,NONET Project—announced in the distinctive building on Nov. 10—represent the future.