The Ring

UVic physicists bask again in Nobel glory

Wed, 2013-11-06 16:42

UVic's Michel Lefebvre ATLAS cavern (2007). Photo credit: Brigitte Vachon.
UVic's Michel Lefebvre ATLAS cavern (2007). Photo credit: Brigitte Vachon.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva is relatively quiet right now, because the giant underground machine is offline until 2015. Of course, scientists would be quick to point out that even when protons are streaming through the circular tunnel, the subatomic collisions of trillions of particles would still not be audible.

The excitement over the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle was deafening last summer. And now, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to two of the original theorists—Francois Englert and Peter Higgs—who helped predict this particular aspect of quantum physics. Two decades ago, the original UVic group brought Canadians into the international LHC project and its hunt for the Higgs.


WWI and Victoria: A city goes to war

Mon, 2013-11-04 11:35

The Empress Hotel opened its doors in 1908, less than 10 years before the start of World War One (1914-1918). Can you imagine the scenes over teacups in the recently built hotel when news of war broke out? Did the Inner Harbour look much different then, when Victoria residents strolling along the water first heard news their country was going to war?


Could seaweed be an eco-fuel?

Thu, 2013-10-17 16:13

Philippsen with a handful of seaweed. Photo: Mitch Wright
Philippsen with a handful of seaweed.

It’s already a popular ingredient for soups, sushi and even some cosmetics, but seaweed might also become a viable source of fuel to help power vehicles.


Open Doors (Nov. 9-18, 2013)

Fri, 2013-10-11 21:48

AUCC Open Doors 2013: UVic & Victoria / Logo: AUCC / Photo: UVic Photo Services
Open Doors: UVic & Victoria

Open Doors, Open Knowledge is an annual initiative sponsored by the Association for Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) to showcase a series of university-community events held every November.  Open Doors


Sociologist recognized by two scholarly societies

Wed, 2013-10-02 15:28

Chappell, Hofer and Benoit.
L–R: Chappell, Hofer and Benoit.

Six UVic researchers named to Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Science. Cecilia Benoit joins both.


Scaling CARSA

Wed, 2013-10-02 14:55

Vikes Director Clint Hamilton, Sept. 2013, CARSA construction in background. IMAGE: UVic Photo Services

What will take thousands of pairs of hands to climb? Imagine an 18-metre tower, rising up near UVic’s McKinnon Building. In less than two years, community members can belt into harnesses and scale UVic’s new climbing wall themselves.


An ocean full of change at Ocean Networks Canada

Wed, 2013-09-04 16:08

RV Falkor
The Schmidt Ocean Institute's RV Falkor research vessel.

Having established the world’s first and largest comprehensive underwater cabled ocean observatories, Ocean Networks Canada continues to expand the scope of its activities. This summer and fall, ONC is taking part in a major cruise investigating low-oxygen zones, adding new capabilities to its Arctic node, participating in a major international trade mission and making substantial enhancements to its website.


Research aims to improve concussion diagnosis, treatment

Mon, 2013-08-26 13:27

Christie
Christie

It’s game night at the local rink and cheering parents pack the stands as young players churn up and down the ice. Every scoring chance is hailed with roars of support. The barn falls eerily silent though, as one young skater racing for a puck loses an edge and slides headlong into the boards.


CARBC research shows how province can improve alcohol-related policies

Mon, 2013-08-26 13:19

British Columbia comes in second among Canadian provinces for policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related harms and costs, but the impressive ranking belies the fact even the national leaders are nowhere near achieving an ideal score.


Five 2013 Vanier scholarships for UVic, including a top spot

Tue, 2013-08-20 14:55

UVic PhD student and 2013 Vanier recipient Tim Personn
Tim Personn, 2013 Vanier scholar CREDIT: Photo Services

The 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships were announced Sept. 23, 2013, and UVic PhD student Tim Personn (English) is ranked first of all social sciences and humanities recipients.