The Ring

Ocean engineer to head NEPTUNE Canada

Wed, 2011-07-13 11:11


he new director of the NEPTUNE Canada ocean network is Dr. Kate Moran, a world-renowned ocean engineer who is completing a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC. Moran starts her five-year term with NEPTUNE Canada in September. She succeeds founding director Dr. Chris Barnes, who retired on June 30.

Government funding boost for assistive technology projects

Wed, 2011-07-13 11:05

BC Premier Christy Clark and CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior
BC Premier Christy Clark looks on as CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior demonstrates CanConnect technology.

On June 27, BC Premier Christy Clark visited campus and announced a $3.5-million grant from the Ministry of Health for two innovative projects involving technology that will help seniors and people with disabilities remain as independent as possible. One partner in the projects is CanAssist, a University of Victoria organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting the independence of those with disabilities.

Ray Siemens on the digital humanities and the future of the book

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:10

Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces
Siemens. Photo: UVic Photo Servces

What do new reading technologies, such as the e-book, mean for the future of the humanities? Dr. Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, posed this question at the University Club on June 28, as the guest speaker at the UVic Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting.

UVic research offers new promise for future treatments of genetic diseases

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:00

Choy. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Choy. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Dr. Francis Choy and his team at the UVic’s Centre for Biomedical Research are investigating three rare, inherited diseases that affect young children and for which there are, as yet, no affordable and reliable treatments. All three diseases—Gaucher disease, Sanfilippo syndrome and glycine encephalopathy—involve the inability to produce certain enzymes necessary for intracellular structures called lysosomes and mitochondria to digest and eliminate used material.

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.