The Ring

To Reunite To Honour To Witness: Legacy Art Gallery exhibit

Wed, 2013-04-24 14:33

Painting by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School
Painting done by Myrna Cranmer as a child at the Alberni Indian Residential School. Photo: Devin Tepleski

A unique exhibit of children’s paintings opens May 8 at the Legacy Arty Gallery, “To Reunite To Honour To Witness.” The exhibition is a collection of paintings created by children who attended the Alberni Indian residential School in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Thawing permafrost and global warming

Wed, 2013-04-10 12:49

Whiticar. Photo: Nik West
Whiticar. Photo: Nik West

Locked under the surface of Canada’s North for up to 40,000 years lies a frozen layer of permafrost. Here, organic material—the remains of plants and animals—has been deposited layer upon layer in peatlands. Covering an area of about 400,000 km2 or 37 per cent of Canada’s peatlands, this material has remained frozen since the last ice age. Dr. Michael Whiticar (earth and ocean sciences) is investigating what happens as permafrost thaws, relesaing greenhouise gases.

The social power of gaming

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:34

Photo from Games Without Frontiers. Photo: Scott Secco
Photo from Games Without Frontiers. Photo: Scott Secco

The nearly 3 billion hours per week spent playing video games across the world could be put to much better use—at least that’s the notion that was up for debate and discussion at IdeaFest’s Games Without Frontiers: The Social Power of Video Games symposium on March 9.

New unit supports research partnership functions

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:17

On April 2, the University of Victoria launched its new Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization unit (RPKM) in the Office of Research Services (ORS). Led by director Brent Sternig, formerly president and CEO of UVic Industry Partnerships (UVic IP), RPKM is a one-stop shop that will facilitate research partnerships, develop research agreements and support knowledge mobilization between UVic’s research community and valued partners in government, industry, community-based organizations and other academic institutions.

UVic archive tells Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

Tue, 2013-04-09 12:57

UVic archive project: two of its co-founders, Helga Thorson and Jason Michaud
Thorson and Michaud in April 2013

April 15, 2013 is an anniversary date of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Before that milestone, a research team of scholars, students and community members was busy collecting stories and perspectives over the previous 15 months for a unique new archival project now serving as a collection point for local life narratives of individuals who experienced the Holocaust directly.

Thousands enjoyed IdeaFest 2013

Tue, 2013-04-09 09:57

This year’s IdeaFest, the University of Victoria’s second festival celebrating some of UVic’s brightest research, brought more than 5,000 people out to explore and debate all things world-changing and creative on campus—a level of public engagement that guarantees IdeaFest will indeed be an annual spring event in Victoria.

Undergrad creates chaos machine

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:40

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 06:21

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 10:14

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:

The genetic goodness of blueberries

Wed, 2013-02-06 09:55

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.