The Ring

New centre helps UVic design green vehicles

Fri, 2010-10-01 00:00

A photo of Lynne Yelich and Jeff Waldner.
Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Jeff Waldner. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Wouldn't it be great to own a car or truck that is environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and affordable, rather than the pollution-causing gas guzzler that most of us own? Well, that vehicle could soon be a reality thanks, in part, to research being done by University of Victoria engineering students and faculty.

Leading climatologist heads UVic Consortium

Wed, 2010-09-22 10:12

Zwiers sitting on a beach
Zwiers. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

One of Canada’s leading climate researchers has returned to the University of Victoria to head a consortium that promotes collaborative research on the physical impacts of climate change on Pacific North America. Dr. Francis Zwiers, an internationally recognized expert on climate variability and change, began his term as president and CEO of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) on Sept. 1, 2010.

New "Research at UVic" website now online

Mon, 2010-09-13 10:22

Research at the University of Victoria has a new online presence. In late August, the new and improved "Research at UVic" website was launched at

Grad research aids coalition on homelessness

Mon, 2010-09-13 10:00

Photo of Roger Girouard, Tyrone Austen, Bernie Pauly.
L-R: Roger Girouard, Tyrone Austen, Bernie Pauly. Photo: Christine McLaren.

When Health Information Science grad student Tyrone Austen went looking for a master's thesis topic, he wanted to do something that would have impact and make a difference close to home. "I wanted to work on a project that would provide immediate benefits to the community and improve efforts to address homelessness," says recent master's graduate Austen.

Maiden voyage of international scientific program

Mon, 2010-09-13 09:51

Photo of purple sea lioy
Purple sea lily. Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010

The robot lands on the seafloor with a gentle thud. As its camera slowly swings around, we see a black basalt floor stretching into the darkness. Hundreds of meters above, the ship bobs in the calm waters off Indonesia as its control room bustles with activity. When the first creature pops into view, a new voice chimes in.

Theatre prof receives nation's highest academic honour

Sun, 2010-09-12 12:01

Photo of Mary Kerr
Mary Kerr. Photo: Jo-Ann Richards.

As a child, Mary Kerr (theatre) spent many hours at her mother's Winnipeg dance studio watching the magic of the stage. "They had footlights where we put the shows on, and I used to sit in the audience at the end of the evening and look at the empty stage. It was my mother who taught me all the worlds that could be created there."

Up in space, down here on campus

Sun, 2010-09-12 11:25

The new fall term is a season for stellar happenings at UVic, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy has a special space reserved for everyone. The nation's biggest on-campus telescope was hoisted into place July 2010 on the roof of the Bob Wright Centre and will be available for public viewing every Wed. night from 8 till 10 p.m. from Oct. 6 to Apr. 27 (except for Dec. holiday).

UVic gets new eye in the sky

Thu, 2010-07-01 19:56

Photo of telescope
Telescope parts being installed. Photo: Valerie Shore

The telescope installed this month on the roof of UVic’s new science building is the largest telescope located on a university campus in Canada.

Grad student working to improve HIV testing

Thu, 2010-07-01 18:15

Photo of Grace

Daniel Grace is making a difference in the lives of people living with and vulnerable to HIV in BC. A doctoral student and sessional instructor in the department of sociology, he is researching new HIV testing methods among gay men in BC.

A bitter pill to swallow

Thu, 2010-07-01 17:30

Photo of Stephenson.
Stephenson. Photo: Arnold Lim.

How many pills do you pop daily to keep healthy? With pharmacies full of vitamins and supplements, and prescription and non-prescription drugs for everything that ails you, the number can add up quickly. And that’s a big problem, especially for seniors. If you’re taking more than a single medication or supplement, you’re at risk of having what is called an Adverse Drug Reaction, or ADR.