The Ring

A closer look at the fossil fuel industry

Mon, 2015-11-16 14:34

Coal extraction in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Photo: Picture BC
Coal extraction in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Photo: Picture BC

Who is steering fossil fuel extraction in Western Canada and what influence do they wield?  

These central questions are driving a six-year research and public engagement initiative, Mapping the Power of the Carbon-Extractive Corporate Resource Sector, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project brings together researchers, civil society organizations and Indigenous participants to study the oil, gas and coal industries in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 


What does "sustainable" mean when it comes to BC’s freshwater?

Mon, 2015-11-16 13:27

New research on the future of BC’s most important resource from the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

With the replacement of its over a century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014, British Columbia has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernize its freshwater legislation and usher in a new era of water stewardship. The Water Sustainability Act has many promising features that can better protect the province’s freshwater resources. Yet full implementation of the new act hinges on passing critical supporting regulations that will provide the necessary details to make the act fully functional. 


Mapping the Earth’s hidden groundwater

Mon, 2015-11-16 11:24

Groundwater: it’s one of the planet’s most exploited, most precious natural resources. It ranges in age from months to millions of years old. Around the world, there’s increasing demand to know how much we have and how long before it’s tapped out.


UVic makes the grade in new global ranking

Fri, 2015-11-06 15:29

The University of Victoria has scored an “A” across all research areas in the global U-Multirank study, released Nov. 5, which provides quality metrics on a range of attributes important to prospective students and those interested in universities.


Canada's academic stars to converge on Victoria

Thu, 2015-11-05 17:48

Hey Victoria, get ready to host almost 400 distinguished academic guests— the Royal Society of Canada is coming to town!

The Royal Society (RSC) is Canada’s national academy dedicated to promoting learning and research in three main streams: the arts and humanities; the social sciences; and the sciences.


Astronomy research centre capitalizes on Victoria’s star power

Wed, 2015-11-04 17:37

Grad student Masen Lamb and ARC Director Kim Venn. Credit: UVic Photo Services.
Grad student Masen Lamb and ARC Director Kim Venn.

Adaptive optics system among research projects that put UVic at the head of major international collaborations 

Today, Canadian astronomy expertise—and leadership in international “big science” projects like the $1.6-billion Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT)—is securing valuable research time for Canadian scientists at these new facilities while also drawing millions of dollars of high-tech contracts to BC. 


PICS after six: a Q&A with Tom Pedersen

Wed, 2015-11-04 17:19

Pedersen holds a car charger plug located outside Campus Security.
Pedersen holds a car charger plug located outside Campus Security.

After six years as executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by the University of Victoria, climate scientist Tom Pedersen is moving on to other opportunities. “It’s been challenging at times but it’s always been fun,” says Pedersen. “I took this job because I wanted to build something, to make a difference in an area I feel passionate about. I think we’ve made some progress.”


Leading environmental scientist to head climate solutions institute

Wed, 2015-11-04 17:12

Seitzinger. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Seitzinger

Following a comprehensive international search, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions enters a new leadership era. 

A renowned scientist who is an international leader in investigating the causes of environmental change is the new executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) based at UVic.


International award salutes researcher’s science outreach activities

Fri, 2015-10-30 10:44

Zehr
Zehr

University of Victoria neuroscientist E. Paul Zehr remembers the precise moment when his research career shifted gears and science communications became a major part of his activities as a scholar and academic.

“It was a Friday afternoon in 2007 and I was searching Google Scholar for publication information on one of my papers,” he recalls. He was pondering how many people his work actually affected. His most cited paper at the time had about 150 citations. But what if that meant only 150 people had read it? Was that acceptable impact?

“For me, the answer was no,” he says. “I decided then and there that I wasn’t satisfied with standard measures of academic productivity and impact and instead wanted to reach larger groups more directly.”


Unique ethnohistory field school well into its second decade

Thu, 2015-10-29 16:22

Student Jesse Robertson and Matsqui elder Joan Silver (right). Photo: Tenille Campbell.

The only ethnohistory field school in Canada to offer a firsthand learning opportunity involving traditional knowledges of oral history and research of historical documents has been immersing graduate students every second spring since 1998 deep within the Stó:lō community in BC.