The Ring

Starring…UVic’s world-leading microscope

Wed, 2012-12-12 13:02

Herring works on the installation of the STEHM. Photo: Nik West
Herring works on the installation of the STEHM. Photo: Nik West

Small has been really big at UVic ever since the Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM)—the most advanced microscope in the world—began its installation in the basement of the Bob Wright Centre in May 2012. But small has been huge for Dr. Rodney Herring, associate professor in mechanical engineering, since he began his career as a research facilitator with the Canada Space Agency years ago.


Brain to brawn: Training one leg strengthens both after stroke

Fri, 2012-12-07 11:25

A participant about to do the treadmill walking assessment, post-training. Assis
A participant about to do the treadmill walking assessment, post-training. Assisting is study co-author Katie Dragert.

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.


High-energy physics gets big jolt from supercomputing

Wed, 2012-12-05 12:06

An international team led by UVic, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan sent another mega jolt of data down the supercomputing highway in November. The researchers broke a high-energy physics record at the world’s premier supercomputing conference, the SC2012 in Salt Lake City, by transferring the equivalent of one million full-length movies per day.


Unique carnivorous sponge discovered

Wed, 2012-12-05 11:14

The recently described carnivorous "harp sponge" sponge, Chondrocladia lyra. (c)
The recently described carnivorous "harp sponge" sponge, Chondrocladia lyra. (c) 2012 MBARI

When you’ve discovered dozens of new species, it takes something more than a little unusual to spark excitement. For Henry Reiswig, UVic adjunct professor of biology, the images of a candelabra-shaped “something” was enough to snare his curiosity and turned out to be a previously unknown species of carnivorous sponge.


Students aim to send satellite into space

Wed, 2012-10-17 09:32

L-R: Shayne Casavant, Nigel Syrotuck and Justin Saukarookoff of the UVic ECOSat
L-R: Shayne Casavant, Nigel Syrotuck and Justin Saukarookoff of the UVic ECOSat team. Photo: Mitch Wright

University of Victoria students are aiming to take their engineering expertise to new heights.

The university’s extracurricular ECOSat team was one of three finalists out of 12 university teams competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, which wrapped up Sept. 29 in Ottawa with the announcement of a second offering of the competition with similar parameters.


Ottawa, BC invest $41.7 million in ONC

Thu, 2012-10-04 10:15

On Oct. 3, the federal and BC governments announced a total of $41.7 million in new funding to support the ongoing operating costs of the ONC Observatory, which is managed for UVic by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). The funding is awarded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives program, which supports a portion of the operating costs of selected big science projects across Canada.


Permafrost thaw will speed up global warming, predicts study

Thu, 2012-10-04 10:02

MacDougall in Kluane National Park Photo: Nicolas Roux
MacDougall in Kluane National Park Photo: Nicolas Roux

The thawing of permafrost in Canada’s Arctic and other northern latitudes will significantly accelerate the rate of global warming in the coming decades, predicts a new study by three researchers from the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.


How inventive is UVic?

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:46

We get top marks for inventiveness, according to a new report by The Impact Group. The report tracks the number of invention disclosures at 28 Canadian universities in 2010 to determine how adept or prolific they are at producing inventions. “Invention disclosures” refers to the requirement that researchers disclose to their institution all ideas arising from their research that may have commercial potential. Every patent begins its life as a disclosure, although most disclosures don’t get that far.


UVic ecologists form their own academic ecosystem

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:26

Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth
Student Leah Meth on part of the canopy research platform. Photo" Leah Meth

There is a strong desire for ecological knowledge at UVic, and ecologists located across campus are fulfilling the need.


Ocean Networks Canada to monitor ocean turbines in Bay of Fundy

Thu, 2012-10-04 09:13

Canada’s efforts to demonstrate world leadership in tidal energy research and technology are taking a significant step forward, as the UVic-led Ocean Networks Canada’s Centre for Enterprise and Engagement (ONCCEE) partners with researchers and industry to design and install the world’s first cabled underwater monitoring platform specifically for extreme, high-flow tide conditions.