The Ring

Dangerous yet delicate: Grizzly bears are a key indicator of BC's ecological health

Thu, 2014-01-09 15:14

A grizzly bear takes a dip in a glacier-fed pool. Photo: Raincoast.org
A grizzly bear takes a dip in a glacier-fed pool. Photo: Raincoast.org

Though polar bears have become symbolic as a species put at risk by climate change, UVic research shows why the grizzly bear may be a better indicator of BC’s ecological health.


Bullfrog research takes big leap forward

Tue, 2014-01-07 13:48

Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill
Bullfrog. Photo: Dennis Churchill

Bullfrogs—to most of us they’re just big, green, bug-eyed critters that hop and croak and (usually) make us laugh. They’re also invasive in some regions, including southern Vancouver Island.

But to scientists studying environmental health, bullfrogs are an ideal “sentinel” species for monitoring the effects of pollutants such as pesticides, drugs and industrial effluents.


The impact of one French tweet

Mon, 2013-12-23 16:32

@lexico400 Le Robert and the tweet that started it all
The tweet that started it all

Visibilité. The word itself appears on the 1,873th page of the French dictionary Le Grand Robert (12th edition). It can mean “impact” or revealing things clearly. It is also what Dr. Catherine Caws, chair of the UVic French department, achieved with the class of FRAN400: Advanced Studies in French Linguistics: on Sept. 10, the Le Robert editors—without paper or ink and entirely online—reached out impromptu to retweet about the course and to find out more. Now that’s visibility.


UVic in the News: Top 10 of 2013

Thu, 2013-12-19 16:34

Dylan Collins, UVic’s newest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services
Dylan Collins is the most recent Top Story of 2013 and UVic's latest Rhodes Scholar. Credit: Photo Services

As UVic looks ahead to 2014, the university is also celebrating a year of compelling news about UVic's people, projects, ideas and research.

Seaweed, dwarf galaxies and an iPad app for ‘the birds and the bees’ are some of the many captivating subjects for stories about UVic over the past 12 months. Here are just 10.


Partnership recognized for reductions in bullying

Mon, 2013-12-09 17:02

A WITS educational program at Westmont school. Photo: UVic Photo Services
A WITS educational program at Westmont school.

As co-creator of the anti-bullying program, WITS, (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater has worked tirelessly with community partners, police officers, school staff and administrators, and parents to protect children from peer violence and victimization. On December 2, 2013 Leadbeater was presented with the CIHR Partnership Award by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her leadership of the WITS programs.


Sedins bring a rare style of leadership to hockey games

Tue, 2013-11-26 10:49

Alex Burrows and the Sedins. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks
Alex Burrows and the Sedins. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks

University of Victoria academic Carolyn Crippen scored a coup Vancouver hockey writers dream of—a lengthy, exclusive interview with NHL superstars Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Crippen, an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, conducted the fall 2011 interview as part of a three-year case study of the leadership attributes of the twins. The results are in a paper published today in the leading online physical and health education periodical PHEnex.


The lasting value of "sense of place"

Tue, 2013-11-26 10:34

May Sam and Nick Stanger. Photo: Mitch Wright
May Sam and Nick Stanger.

People often have a place that holds special meaning for them. Whether it’s somewhere childhood memories were made or a serene spot that soothes their soul, place can have a profound impact on people’s lives.


Canada faces gaps in ocean science research

Fri, 2013-11-08 14:31

Canada’s ocean science research has gaps in vision, collaboration and information at the same time that the world’s oceans are under stress from unprecedented change and increased pressure from a growing population, a national report concludes.


UVic physicists bask again in Nobel glory

Wed, 2013-11-06 15:42

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 10:35

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?