The Ring

Undergrad creates chaos machine

Mon, 2013-03-11 10:40

Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright
Davis with his triple pendulum setup. Photo: Mitch Wright

Chaos intrigues Austin Davis—so much so that he’s structuring his remaining undergraduate courses around studying it. Davis was already interested in chaos theory when he was handed the assignment of mathematically modeling a complicated differential system. He chose a triple pendulum to demonstrate the chaotic system and astonished his professor, Dr. Anthony Quas (math and statistics), by going far beyond the assignment parameters and actually building the pendulum at home.


Science honours students exhibit their research

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:21

Anyone needing proof that students love learning through research had only to attend the second annual Faculty of Science Honours Fest March 1, where students vied for thousands of dollars in prize money. The Bob Wright Centre lobby buzzed with action as the 48 competitors—almost triple the number from last year—presented their research to judges, fellow students and community members.


Trustworthy information on energy issues

Fri, 2013-03-01 11:14

Whiticar with UVic students Charlotte Helston (left), Colin Etienne, and Andrew
Whiticar with UVic students Charlotte Helston (left), Colin Etienne, and Andrew Farris (right). Photo: Maria Lironi

From fuel cells to fracking, tailpipes to pipelines, debates both public and political are raging across the province over energy issues. Recognizing a need for an easily accessible, independent source of information on energy, Dr. Michael Whiticar (earth and ocean sciences) set out to create an extensive, comprehensive assemblage of unbiased information on BC energy sources, types and issues. He believes he’s accomplished that with the new website: www.energybc.ca.


The genetic goodness of blueberries

Wed, 2013-02-06 10:55

UVic plant biologist Dr. Peter Constabel, with a winter crop of blueberries. Pho
UVic plant biologist Dr. Peter Constabel, with a winter crop of blueberries. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Blueberries are one of our favourite fruits and no wonder—they’re tasty and they’re very good for us. They’re rich in antioxidants, substances that can help reduce the natural cell damage in our aging bodies that can lead to cancer, heart disease and other ailments. A research team led by UVic plant biologist Dr. Peter Constabel became the first in the world to reveal—at a molecular genetic level—how blueberries ripen and produce antioxidants known as flavonoids.


Students creating knowledge

Sat, 2013-02-02 14:17

Three of this year’s JCURA scholars (L-R): Adrienne Sanders, Ryan Nicolson and E
Three of this year’s JCURA scholars (L-R): Adrienne Sanders, Ryan Nicolson and Elaine Yan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A spark of excitement and an enthusiasm for learning were in the air of the Michel Pujol Room in the Student Union Building on Mar. 6 as this year’s Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award recipients presented their findings as part of UVic’s Ideafest.


Ukrainian teen discovers unusual hagfish-slurping seal via NEPTUNE video stream

Mon, 2013-01-28 15:22

Kirill Dudko thought he was looking at some kind of sea monster when he first watched the NEPTUNE Canada live video stream that allowed him to view the ocean floor in Barkley Canyon from his home in Donetsk, Ukraine.


CFI funds earth sciences, nanotech research

Fri, 2013-01-25 13:16

Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Brolo. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two teams of University of Victoria scientists are ready to delve into separate research frontiers—one on the leading edge of earth sciences to better understand fundamental aspects of how our planet works, the other pursuing how new nanomaterials can help create useful technological devices—thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).


Art, animals and us

Mon, 2013-01-14 13:19

Morey in her studio. Photo: Mitch Wright
Morey in her studio. Photo: Mitch Wright

Humans have a complex relationship with animals. Although animals ourselves, we humans, especially in Western cultures, often see ourselves as exceptional or “above” other species with which we share the planet. Yet those other animals are integral to virtually all aspects of our existence.


Brain to brawn: Training one leg strengthens both after stroke

Wed, 2013-01-09 11:44

A participant on the treadmill, assisted by Katie Dragert, PhD candidate and fir
A participant on the treadmill, assisted by Katie Dragert, PhD candidate and first author on the study along with Zehr.

To recover strength and ultimately perhaps the ability to walk, the best bet after a severe stroke might just be to forego working the weaker, more-affected side. It seems counter-intuitive, but high-intensity strength training on the less-affected side could have remarkable potential for helping recover mobility after a stroke, new UVic research indicates.


Rowing across the Atlantic—with UVic’s help

Wed, 2013-01-09 10:07

On an earlier row around Vancouver Island. Photo: OAR Northwest
On an earlier row around Vancouver Island. Photo: OAR Northwest

Later this month, when four men push off from Africa’s westernmost point to row across the Atlantic, they’ll give both the mundane routine and the complexity of their daily schedules over to a computer program developed at UVic. The Ocean Adventure Rowing (OAR) Northwest team, including Olympic gold medalist and UVic and Vikes alumnus Adam Kreek, will share a modified 29-foot rowboat for the Africa to the Americas 2012 trip, embarking from Dakar, Senegal for Miami, Florida—a 6,700-kilometre trip across the Atlantic expected to take 60–100 days.