The Ring

What's next for McKinnon?

Tue, 2015-02-03 13:47

Klimstra and Hundza conducting an exercise experiment in a lab
Klimstra and Hundza in the present Motion and Mobility Lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services

In the next few months, the Vikes will slam-dunk for the last time in McKinnon gym, Thunder will wave a fuzzy goodbye to its once-sky-blue walls, gymnasts and martial artists will take in the last of the distinctive 1975 scent of the apparatus gym and most other athletics and recreation activities will relocate to their new digs in CARSA—the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities.

When they do, the 40-year-old McKinnon building will be getting a new lease on life.

Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:07

IdeaFest 2015
IdeaFest 2015

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?

Handling old manuscripts is a hands-on proposition

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:19

When it comes to handling old manuscripts, there’s no fooling around for UVic researcher Dr. Jamie Kemp—the gloves are definitely off. Despite the lingering meme of white-glove clad researchers delicately handling archival material, Kemp says bare skin is best when it comes to the centuries-old books in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

New UVic-led physics facility will attract the world's scientists

Thu, 2015-01-08 11:33

Karlen, inside the new ARIEL facility.
Karlen, inside the new ARIEL facility. Photo: Jeff Vinnick.

Creating cutting-edge technology isn’t that different from learning to play a musical instrument, building a car from scratch or even writing a sports slogan—you just do it.

The facts of life

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:54

Roberts shows two children her Facts of Life app on her iPad.
Roberts shows Madeleine and Owen Brookes the “Facts of Life” app on her iPad. Photo: Photo Services.

Any parent with a computer in the house knows the warnings—keep the device in a central place, like a kitchen, so children can surf the internet under the supervision of an adult.

Calling all couch potatoes

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:07

Kaushal, right, with lab coordinator Alison Quinlan. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Kaushal, right, with lab coordinator Alison Quinlan. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

New Year's resolutions to exercise more are as predictable as post-holiday leftovers, bloated credit card statements and pine needles embedded in the carpet. But while the joint goal of getting fit and losing weight is generally the most popular of resolutions, it is also the one most commonly broken.

UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2014

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:53

As UVic welcomes the start of another great year, we also celebrate the many memorable moments and compelling stories of 2014.

New library agreement provides province-wide access to research materials

Fri, 2014-12-05 16:24

Thanks to a groundbreaking agreement with one of North America’s leading sources of historical information, people and classrooms across the province now have unprecedented access to a wealth of archival materials spanning several centuries.

Federal government announces $1.5 billion research fund

Thu, 2014-12-04 16:35

The University of Victoria welcomes today’s announcement of the federal government’s new Canada First Research Excellence Fund that will provide $1.5 billion to Canada’s universities to excel globally.

Listening to the “voice” of proteins

Thu, 2014-11-27 16:23


When UVic engineering professor Dr. Reuven Gordon describes the biomedical engineering technique of listening to and recording the “voice” of proteins, it sounds a lot like a modern take on Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss’s children’s story of an elephant who hears a voice calling from a microscopic dust speck.

“Everything small has resonances. Everything has a voice,” Gordon says of the protein molecules measuring a single nanometer in size—the building blocks of life that are a million times smaller than an ant and emit sound at a frequency a million times higher than the human ear can hear.