The Ring

IESVIC helps Canada and China develop renewable energy solutions

Mon, 2011-06-13 11:51

IESVic's Zuomin Dong meets with clean energy researcher from China.
IESVic's Zuomin Dong, right, meets with clean energy researcher from China. Photo: Armando Tura.

Last month, UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) hosted the second annual Canada-China Clean Energy Workshop where 55 leading energy system researchers from across Canada and China got to know each other and explore collaborative research opportunities.

Doctoral student wins coveted national award to research Nuu-chah-nulth legal framework

Mon, 2011-06-13 11:47

Mack. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Johnny Mack, a PhD candidate in UVic’s Graduate Program in Law and Society, is one of 14 doctoral students across Canada who has received a prestigious three-year scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
This is the second year in a row and the fourth time in six years that a UVic student has received this honour. The $180,000 award will assist Mack in investigating how traditional socio-political and legal frameworks of the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island could be reformed to better reflect the realities and issues their communities face today.

New UVic centre focuses on cyber-security and privacy

Mon, 2011-06-13 11:46

Neville. Photo: Maria Lironi.

Reliable, safe and secure—that’s what we expect from our information technology systems. Yet every day we hear stories of cyber-attacks and privacy breaches. A new UVic centre aims to change that by conducting advanced research on cyber-security and privacy of IT systems.

Trawler damages part of NEPTUNE Canada network

Mon, 2011-06-13 11:38

A small portion of the NEPTUNE Canada ocean network suffered a setback earlier this year when some of the instruments at the Barkley Canyon site were accidentally snagged by a trawler. “Despite best efforts to avoid it, this kind of incident is unfortunate but a calculated risk of conducting research on this ocean frontier,” says Dr. Martin Taylor, president of Ocean Networks Canada, the network’s managing organization.

UVic awarded $2.6 million to improve access to anti-bullying program

Thu, 2011-06-09 09:26

The Public Health Agency of Canada today announced a $2.6-million grant supporting children’s mental health through research about and improved online access to the WITS program (Walk away – Ignore – Talk it out – Seek help), developed by UVic psychologist Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater.

World’s most precise microscope coming to UVic

Wed, 2011-06-08 12:01

A new microscope that views the subatomic universe, being built for UVic by Hitachi High-Technologies to the design of Dr. Rodney Herring (mechanical engineering), is expected to arrive on campus in December. The Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM) will use an electron beam and holography techniques to observe materials at a resolution as small as one-fiftieth the size of an atom. It will give researchers in a wide variety of fields an unprecedented look into the subatomic universe.

UVic cave art scholar named TEDGlobal Fellow 2011

Wed, 2011-06-08 10:46

Von Petzinger.
Von Petzinger. Photo: Sol Kauffman.

University of Victoria PhD candidate Genevieve von Petzinger is the only Canadian on the distinguished list of 20 new international fellows at the TEDGlobal Conference 2011 next month in Edinburgh, Scotland. Von Petzinger earned international media attention last year with her discovery of ancient geometric signs from the Ice Age. As a master’s student in UVic’s Department of Anthropology, von Petzinger cracked a startling symbolic code carved on prehistoric cave walls. She has compiled a database of 5,000 geometric shapes, lines and squiggles from 146 Ice Age caves in France and her work has garnered global attention.

Journal provides research outlet for undergrads

Mon, 2011-06-06 09:51

UVic undergraduate students no longer have to wait until they’re in graduate school to publish their research. The Arbutus Review, an online interdisciplinary research journal published through the UVic library, gives undergrads an outlet for their scholarship.

"Ride to Live" benefits UVic researchers

Fri, 2011-05-13 15:39

Hof (left) and Herring discuss their prostate cancer research with members of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

Motorcycles and medicinal chemistry may not seem to have much in common, but without one, there would not be research in the other. Last year the Victoria-based Prostate Centre raised nearly $90,000 through its Ride to Live, a motorcycle ride throughout  southern Vancouver Island. Of that, $43,000 was given to UVic researchers who are part of the fight against prostate cancer.

Don’t blame seniors for soaring health costs

Wed, 2011-05-11 14:00

Chappell. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Grim predictions that our rapidly aging society will act like a “grey tsunami” to overwhelm and bankrupt our health care system aren’t accurate, according to UVic’s Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology Neena Chappell and Marcus Hollander, president of Victoria-based Hollander Analytical Services.