The Ring

UVic research takes aim at an aggressive form of prostate cancer

Mon, 2011-07-11 11:14

Hof. Photo: Nik West
Hof. Photo: Nik West

Fraser Hof is on the hunt for ways to stop a killer. No, he’s not a policeman or a crime scene investigator. But he is a detective of sorts.
Hof is a medicinal chemist at the University of Victoria and he’s hot on the trail of a molecule in our bodies that, when accidentally activated, can lead to a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer. His mission is to find a way to neutralize it.

Antimatter matters: T2K, TRIUMF, VISPA, ATLAS, ARIEL & more

Fri, 2011-07-08 16:05

UVic/T2K team working on one of 3 Time Projection Chambers in Japan.
UVic/T2K team working on one of 3 Time Projection Chambers in Japan. Photo credit: KEK PR office

Try to imagine holding one trillion subatomic particles between two cupped hands.

The elaborate choreography of subatomic particles would of course be invisible to the naked eye, but for years now, UVic experts have been tracking the complexities of this very elusive behavior using sophisticated equipment. In recent months, their research has brought us even closer to holding the answers to the beginnings of the universe and its building blocks.

United Way and UVic: Building a strong and caring community

Tue, 2011-07-05 08:32

The United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) has announced more than $95,000 in funding to support four initiatives undertaken at UVic.

“The work that we are doing with UVic is ground breaking, and other universities and United Way programs across Canada are looking at this partnership as a blueprint for establishing partnerships with universities” says UWGV Director of Community Investment and Collaboration Chris Poirier-Skelton.

$1.25-million grant “dream come true” for renowned ethnobotanist

Mon, 2011-06-13 12:40

Nancy Turner with UVic President David Turpin at Hakai Beach.
Nancy Turner with UVic President David Turpin at Hakai Beach. Photo: Beth Doman.

University of Victoria ethnobotanist Nancy Turner has devoted her academic career to researching the pivotal role plant resources play in Aboriginal cultures and languages. She’s won accolades for her work from around the world but a $1.25 million grant from the Quadra Island-based Tula Foundation gives Turner the opportunity to study and conduct research in traditional West Coast Aboriginal territories to strengthen her knowledge even further.


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.