The Ring

Craigdarroch Research Awards 2011

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:20

Antoniou. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The 2011 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which recognize research excellence at UVic in six categories of achievement, were presented at a celebration event on May 3. “Our university continues to be ranked nationally and internationally as a top research institution because of the talent, creativity and passion of our faculty and students,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “The accomplishments of these award recipients exemplify that excellence and clearly demonstrate how new knowledge is being applied to improve the world around us.”

UVic-led project assesses potential for wave energy

Wed, 2011-05-11 13:10

Buckham. Photo: Nik West

Anyone who has visited the West Coast of Vancouver Island has seen the relentless power of the waves that crash onto our rocky shoreline. But exactly how much power is there in each wave? That’s the question that Dr. Brad Buckham, a UVic mechanical engineer and primary investigator on the West Coast Wave Collaboration Project, is working to answer.

Strengthening support for end-of-life caregivers

Wed, 2011-05-11 10:45

Stajduhar. Photo: Ted Kuzemski

If you had a terminal illness, where would you choose to die? If you’re like most Canadians, you would choose to be at home. But while a quiet, peaceful death at home is the gold standard for patients, it may not be so good for their family members.

Grad student discovers pages from an 1856 BC marriage register

Mon, 2011-05-09 11:10

Fairweather with the document she discovered
Fairweather with the document she discovered. Photo: Robie Liscomb

This past March, I made a little discovery while doing primary source research for a detailed bibliography and history of the book graduate course Old Books in New Libraries. Offered by the French department and taught by Dr Hélène Cazes, this class met in UVic Special Collections. We explored the history and mechanics of book printing, as well as how to write bibliographical notices. We got to spend our time digging through treasures from the library vault, with ancient and unique books brought up by the cartload for us to examine.

Leadership appointments made in OVPR

Tue, 2011-05-03 11:12

There’s been a reorganization of responsibilities in the senior ranks of the Office of the Vice-President Research. Effective May 1, Dr. Michael Miller began a five-year term as associate vice-president research (AVPR) and Dr. Rachael Scarth assumed the non-academic position of associate vice-president research operations (AVPRO). Both had been serving in an acting capacity since September, 2010.

Virtual UVic researchers to go “on call”

Thu, 2011-04-28 12:21

UVic is participating in a pilot program for the BC Year of Science known as Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC). VROC links researchers with BC students in Grades 5–12 through video conferencing. The goal is to help teachers communicate scientific discovery and academic research to their students by connecting them—in real-time—with scientists, researchers and experts within the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health.

Undergraduate research showcase

Thu, 2011-04-07 10:15

On Tuesday, April 5th the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Fair took place in the Student Union Building. This was the second year for the event, showcasing 76 students’ original research. Mary Sanseverino, computer science faculty and interim director of the Learning and Teaching Centre, was the master of ceremonies for the official program. The attendees were greeted by Butch Dick, elder-in-training from the Songhees Nation, with a welcome and traditional song.

UVic’s ocean observatory helps BC prepare for The Big One

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:50

Dr. Mairi Best, associate director of science, NEPTUNE Canada
Dr. Mairi Best, associate director of science, NEPTUNE Canada. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When the 9.0 earthquake struck Japan on March 11, UVic’s world-leading marine observatory helped BC residents know what to expect when the tsunami hit our shores. Now, scientists are using the data to improve our understanding of how earthquakes near and far affect the BC coast.

From IDC to UIP--Mobilizing the knowledge of students and faculty members

Mon, 2011-04-04 10:49

UVic’s industry liaison office is changing its name, reflecting the evolution of its role. As of April 15, the Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC) will be known as UVic Industry Partnerships (UIP). “This change reflects an evolution in the role and focus of IDC towards creating opportunities for our students and faculty; opportunities that will mobilize their specialized knowledge for the benefit of the province and Canada,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research and chair of the IDC Board of Directors.

Student creates a new way of looking at earthquakes

Sat, 2011-04-02 00:00

If you’re curious about the history of earthquakes you may want to check out an interactive map created by UVic doctoral student Lars Grammel (computer science). By using an online visualization toolkit “Choosel” that he created for his PhD research, Grammel has produced an online map that plots all of the earthquakes since 1900 in which a thousand or more people have been killed.