The Ring

New library agreement provides province-wide access to research materials

Fri, 2014-12-05 15:24

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 15:35

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 15:23


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.

UVic research centre lauded for public policy impact

Fri, 2014-11-21 12:39

Tim Stockwell has done extensive work on alcohol pricing.
Tim Stockwell and CARBC have done extensive work on alcohol pricing and public health. Photo: Gary McKinstry

A University of Victoria research centre that’s helping reshape policies to reduce alcohol-related illness, disability and death has won a national award for its work.

Groundbreaking work on Indigenous law recognized with prestigious research chair

Fri, 2014-10-17 10:17

Borrows. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Borrows. Credit: UVic Photo Services

New CRC excited about combined degree program in Indigenous and Canadian law

UVic Law professor Dr. John Borrows secured one of the most prestigious research professorships in the country when he was officially named Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law on Thursday, Oct. 16.

More “Faces” wanted for popular video series

Fri, 2014-10-10 12:30

If you’re a full-time faculty member and you haven’t yet been filmed for a Faces of UVic Research video, the project team would like to hear from you.

In each video—which is just over one minute long—a researcher gives a short and succinct summary of their work in everyday language that quickly gets to the heart of what they do and why it matters.

Vanier Scholar advancing FASD diagnostics

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:41

Fontaine. Photo: uvic photo services
Fontaine. Photo: uvic photo services

It certainly sounds novel: could a smelling test, easy enough to administer to young children, help diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

That possibility is taking shape, thanks to work done by UVic neuroscience PhD student Christine Fontaine.

Two UVic scholars help debut new national college

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:22

MacDonald. Photo: UVic Photo Services
MacDonald. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Two University of Victoria researchers—a psychologist who studies how we age mentally and a computer scientist who explores new ways to sort through large amounts of information—are charter members of a new national “college” for outstanding young scholars.

Ancient technology, meet the future of underwater archaeology

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:09

LeMaistre, Proctor, Fedje and Mackie. Photo: Patrick Shannon
LeMaistre, Proctor, Fedje and Mackie. Photo: Patrick Shannon

Using some of the newest technologies in underwater archaeology, Quentin Mackie (anthropology) and Alison Proctor (engineering) may have discovered one of the oldest archaeological finds in Canada.

Right now all they know for sure is that they’ve discovered a line of basketball-sized rocks on the seafloor. Those rocks may well add to the mounting evidence about the ingenuity of an ice age people who lived and thrived on the west coast of Canada while much of Europe was still under ice. It’s a tantalizing possibility.

UVic historian, poet earn national honour

Thu, 2014-09-11 13:18

Lilburn and Sager. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Lilburn and Sager. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Two University of Victoria scholars have joined the ranks of Canada’s academic elite.

Historian Eric Sager and poet Tim Lilburn have been elected by their peers as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their remarkable contributions to their field and to public life. The distinction is Canada’s highest academic honour.