The Ring

Helping computers, listeners and musicians get along better

Mon, 2010-12-06 12:48

Tzanetakis. Photo: Diana Nethercott.

Computers can store thousands of tunes but can they sense when you want to shuffle from hip-hop to experimental jazz? Bringing computers to this next level is part of the research of University of Victoria's latest Canada Research Chair, computer scientist Dr. George Tzanetakis.

Krebs receives UVic's highest academic honour

Thu, 2010-11-18 11:31

A photo of Harald Krebs
Krebs. Photo: Maria Lironi

He's the type of prof who bakes his students cookies, just because he likes to bake. He's also a prof whom students thank after his lectures because they enjoy his classes. And while music theory isn't every student's bag, UVic music professor and head of theory Harald Krebs makes it engaging and fun.

Archaeologist wins Royal Society medal

Thu, 2010-11-18 11:02

Photo of Oleson
Oleson plays the rababah in a tent in Humayma, Jordon. Photo: Robbyn Gordon Lanning

A curiosity about the ancient world has taken University of Victoria archaeologist John Oleson from excavating the high Jordanian desert to harnessing the power of a nuclear submarine to scan the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. His dedication to learning more about life millennia ago has earned him many academic honours, and recently the Royal Society of Canada added one more—the 2010 Pierre Chauveau Medal for distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities other than Canadian literature and history.

Ottawa creates new fund for big science

Mon, 2010-11-01 00:00

Big science projects in Canada—such as the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatories—now have a clear pathway to stable, predictable and long-term operating funding.

New tool measures environmental impact of fish farming

Mon, 2010-11-01 00:00

Despite the many challenges facing salmon aquaculture in Canada, its environmental record gets a passing grade compared to salmon farming activities in other parts of the world.

PICS fellowships spur climate research and action

Mon, 2010-11-01 00:00

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), hosted and led by UVic, recently announced 16 new graduate fellowships, collectively worth $684,000 over the next three years, to spur climate change innovation, mitigation and adaptation in BC.

UVic shines in research rankings

Mon, 2010-11-01 00:00

The University of Victoria is one of Canada's top research universities—and keeps on proving it.

Joining the fight against cancer

Sat, 2010-10-30 19:26

A photo of Tran at the US National Institutes of Health.
Tran doing postdoctoral work at the US National Institutes of Health.

Eric Tran has known since high school that he wanted to use science to improve people's lives. Now, as the first student to complete the doctoral program in cancer immunology at the BC Cancer Agency's Deeley Research Centre (DRC), he's in a position to do just that. Tran has recently begun postdoctoral work at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, with Dr. Steven Rosenberg, an internationally recognized leader in T-cell therapy of cancer.

NEPTUNE Canada successfully wires deep subsea volcanic region

Fri, 2010-10-08 11:31

Photo of Best and Pautet
Expedition co-chiefs Best, left, and Pautet. PHOTO: UVic Communications

Where on Earth can you find a volcanically active mountain range with sharp, glass-like rocks, deep fissures and rocky pinnacles spewing plumes of super-heated corrosive minerals and gases? At Endeavour Ridge, 300 km off the BC coast and 2.3 km below the ocean surface.

Subatomic records smashed to smithereens

Fri, 2010-10-01 00:00

Earlier this year, if you had stood with one foot on either side of the French-Swiss border, you wouldn't have felt it. But deep underground, another world record was broken in the field of particle physics, and this summer more than 1,000 particle physicists gathered in Paris to hear the latest results.