The Ring

Batman, Iron Man and me

Thu, 2012-02-09 08:53

Zehr. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Zehr. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The tipping point for me was a Friday afternoon five years ago. I was sitting in my office searching Google Scholar for publication information on one of my recent papers. My most heavily cited paper at the time had about 150 citations. In my scientific domain, anything over 100 was considered a very high-impact paper. But what if that number really means that only 150 people read my paper? Was 150 readers an acceptable impact?


Pursuing social justice in an institutional context

Wed, 2012-02-08 10:33

Drawing inspiration from graffiti to strategic plans, from unions to the occupy movement, panellists probed what it takes to pursue social justice in an institutional context Jan. 24 as part of the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum, Critical Conversations: Living Social Justice.


Public Administration home to new UNESCO Chair

Wed, 2012-02-01 14:55

Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren
Hall and Ugandan PhD student Bananuka Twine. Photo: Christine McLaren

The past couple of months have been quite remarkable for Budd Hall, professor of community development in the School of Public Administration. In December, he received an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University for his outstanding academic service in the area of international development and adult education. Then Hall received notice of his appointmemnt as a UNESCO Chair. 


Grad student goes undercover to infiltrate “Water Army”

Thu, 2012-01-12 09:50

L-R: Chen, Wu and Srinivasan. Photo: UVic Photo Services
L-R: Chen, Wu and Srinivasan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A virtual flood is on the rise. There’s a growing “water-army” of online posters at work who earn their name by flooding websites with fake comments and paid endorsements in an orchestrated deluge. And now a UVic graduate student wants to ensure that you don’t take a bath from their cyber confidence tricks.


Island food security means bounty for future

Wed, 2012-01-11 12:09

Image credit: Beth Ferguson

It's well past the 12 days of Christmas and holiday feasting, but as Canadians calculate the cost of December 2011, they may experience firsthand what a recent Statistics Canada report tells us about the annual inflation rate. The price of fresh vegetables is up 13.2 per cent and bread up 11.9 per cent. But it’s not just high prices or earthquakes that could shake or break the fragile links that feed Vancouver Island residents.


Higgs boson—hidden or imagined?

Wed, 2012-01-11 11:59

You can’t hear it. You certainly can’t see it. But after telltale signs this winter, the world can be more convinced that the Higgs boson might be all around us. The ATLAS team from UVic played a role in the latest announcement of another round of new data from the Large Hadron Collider.


RCMP to pilot BC bullying prevention program in rural Canada

Mon, 2012-01-09 11:49

 A new partnership between the RCMP, youth organizations and researchers from the University of Victoria will train RCMP youth officers to assist schools and rural communities in delivering a successful BC anti-bullying program where it’s never been offered before.



Undergrad class publishes book on development economics topics

Mon, 2012-01-09 11:45

Most university students don’t have their research published until they are in graduate school—not so for students in Dr. Alok Kumar’s third-year Development and Economics course. Kumar compiled his students’ research into a book—Governance, Social and Physical Infrastructure, and Development—that was recently published by Lambert Academic Publication in Germany.


A virtual journey through the Coast Salish cultural landscape

Sat, 2012-01-07 09:04

What’s at stake in treaty negotiations? What is the cultural significance of the land? As one BC First Nations group has learned, the complex language of land claims can be a key obstacle to making well-informed decisions about the treaty process.

Now, thanks to researchers and students in the University of Victoria’s anthropology and computer science departments, First Nations communities can learn about the treaty process and their traditional territories in a fun way—by playing a video game.


UVic spreading great ideas via TEDX

Tue, 2011-12-06 14:12

Several University of Victoria faculty members and students were featured at two TED events last month: TEDxVictoria and TEDxYouthDay. The first event included presentations on biological hackerspaces, rogue wave theory, and the evolution of storytelling. The second event was part of an annual series happening all around the world on Universal Children’s Day.