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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.


Visual arts award includes solo exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario

Thu, 2015-10-29 12:02

Meigs. Photo: Nik West

Seven months after being named one of eight recipients of the Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts, Department of Visual Arts professor Sandra Meigs has been announced as the winner of the $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO for 2015. In addition to the cash award, the prize comes with a solo exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a further $10,000 towards a publication on Meigs’ work.


Back from the grave: Maker Lab brings spooky 19th century skull to life

Thu, 2015-10-29 11:50

Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.
Early Wearable Kit, courtesy of the Maker Lab in UVic Humanities.

Just in time for Hallowe'en, the Maker Lab in the Humanities at the University of Victoria launched its first Kit for Cultural History, which reinvents a skull stick-pin from the 1860s. The kit is a tangible example of how the Maker Lab combines cultural research with digital fabrication and also of today’s thriving maker movement which involves DIY approaches. Unveiled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the kit features the cravat pin introduced by French engineer Gustave Trouvé at an 1867 exhibition in Paris and now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.


Energy retrofit plan could benefit BC

Thu, 2015-10-22 12:10

Co-authors Williamson and Wan
Co-authors Williamson and Wan

A team of UVIc MBA graduates are urging the government to consider an energy retrofit plan for BC homes and buildings, that they say will result in cheaper power bills, less CO2 emissions and more than 1,000 new jobs for the province.

The new report—Cheaper Power Bills, More Jobs, Less CO2 : How On-Bill Financing Done Right can be a Quick Win for British Columbia—was released September 29 by the UVic-based Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The thesis research—conducted by former UVic Gustavon School of Business MBA students Seref Efe, Inam ur Raheem, Tingting Wan and Carter Williamson—analyzed 30 OBF programs in Canada, the US and the UK.


When every second counts...

Wed, 2015-10-14 13:25

Scientists the world over can’t yet reliably predict an earthquake. But they’re making technological advances to rapidly detect an earthquake just as it begins to happen.

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has teamed up with UVic electrical engineering students to demonstrate how ONC earthquake notification technology and a student-designed alert system can provide vital seconds to help people make important decisions—before the shaking starts.


A growing appreciation for Indigenous knowledge

Thu, 2015-10-01 16:34

Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Trudeau Foundation award supports Nancy Turner’s lifelong study of traditional plant use    

A long-time champion of Indigenous knowledge, UVic ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist Nancy Turner has devoted her career to understanding and communicating the crucial role that plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages, especially with respect to land use, rights and title. To support this important work the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation has awarded Turner a $225,000 fellowship over the next three years.