The Ring

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.


Retirees spark discussion with Masterminds Lectures

Tue, 2011-03-29 12:37

Learn about ethics in health care, art in the High Arctic, and the secrets of the ocean floor as UVic’s 2011 Masterminds Lecture Series continues.


Linguist’s legacy lives on at the Smithsonian

Wed, 2011-03-23 10:36

Rare and valuable research materials generated by the late UVic linguistics professor Geoffrey O’Grady will be available to future generations of scholars, thanks to the interest of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which will serve as their repository. O’Grady, who died in December 2008, taught at UVic for nearly 30 years and was widely regarded as a pioneer and leading scholar in Australian Aboriginal languages.


New centre focuses on early childhood research

Wed, 2011-03-09 11:53

What does it take to raise a healthy and happy child? That’s just one of the questions the 60 faculty members and 50 grad students who make up UVic’s new Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CECRP) strive to answer.


Media attention rains on UVic climatologist

Tue, 2011-03-08 11:26

Photo of Zwiers
Zwiers. Photo: UVic Photo Services

There was something ironic about the deluge of media attention that followed the release last month of a new study linking an increase in the intensity of extreme precipitation events to human-induced global warming. At the centre of the media flurry was UVic climatologist Dr. Francis Zwiers, one of the paper’s co-authors, who suddenly became one of the most sought-after climate experts on the planet.