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UVic-produced unmanned air vehicles to boost BC aerospace industry

Mon, 2012-09-10 10:00

Suleman (left) and Richards with UAV. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Suleman (left) and Richards with UAV. Photo: UVic Photo Services

UVic is helping to position Vancouver Island at the leading edge of an emerging aerospace industry here in British Columbia.

Thanks to a $671,500 grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada, UVic’s new Centre for Aerospace Research near Victoria International Airport will be producing an airframe fleet or “family” of UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) from the ground up—including conceptualization, design, manufacture, testing, operation and monitoring.


UVic’s Higgs detectives

Wed, 2012-07-11 11:04

The ATLAS calorimeter at the LHC. Photo: ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN
The ATLAS calorimeter at the LHC. Photo: ATLAS Experiment © 2012 CERN

On July 4, the triumphant cheering from scientists and armchair cosmologists was thunderous in response to the announcement of the latest results in physicists' search for the elusive Higgs boson. And a large group of UVic researchers who have had significant involvement in the experiments had good reason to join in the celebrations.


MVP makes modernism new (again)

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:24

Ross, with sketch of Joyce. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Ross, with sketch of Joyce. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Related update, June 13, 2013: Celebrating a Ulysses discovery for Bloomsday

Dr. Stephen Ross (English), co-director of UVic’s recently unveiled Modernist Versions Project (MVP), thinks James Joyce—if he’d lived in this century—would have tweeted incessantly but probably about flatulence or something similarly irreverent, and Virginia Woolf would have been “too much of an elitist” to bother. A fellow MVP co-director, Jentery Sayers (English), kindly disagrees: “I like to imagine Woolf live-tweeting British Labour Party conferences with not a little cynicism.”


Mega-events like the Olympics leave behind much more than fond memories

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:47

Bennett. Photo: Nik West
Bennett. Photo: Nik West

When the world comes to town for a “mega event”—like the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver or the upcoming Olympics in London—the pressure for increased security is intense. Everyone wants to make sure that nothing goes wrong.


New research casts doubt on basic physics theory

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:42

It may not have the same sex appeal as the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, but there’s another related news story that recently rocked the particle physics world. And it too has a strong University of Victoria connection.


Green research ship project delayed

Wed, 2012-07-11 08:40

The University of Victoria has deferred plans to develop a plug-in hybrid “green ship” powered by electricity, hydrogen fuel cells and low-emission diesel fuel.


From discovery to market—with the help of UVic Industry Partnerships

Tue, 2012-07-10 11:53

L-R: Traore and Dr. Youssef Nakkabi, a senior scientist at Plurilock.
L-R: Traore and Dr. Youssef Nakkabi, a senior scientist and programmer at Plurilock. Photo: UVic hoto Services

Eureka! You’ve discovered it. Now what? You could publish your discovery; that’s what your academic supervisor and colleagues might suggest. You could also try to commercialize your discovery, which can sometimes result in a delay in publication if you need to protect your idea through a patent.


Apps help revitalize Aboriginal languages

Tue, 2012-07-10 10:12

Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen of the Yati Dictionary app
Programmer Chris Coey's face is reflected on a screen showing the Yati Dictionary App

For millennia, Aboriginal words have been passed along orally from generation to generation. Now, on iPads and iPhones, speakers and learners of the Tłįchǫ language can hear and see over 1,300 words and phrases with sounds, pictures and the voices of elders.


Global attention on Higgs detectives

Mon, 2012-07-09 15:44

No one heard it. It wasn’t as if lightning had zipped around the subterranean tunnel near Geneva. But the triumphant cheering was thunderous on July 4 after CERN officially confirmed the latest ATLAS results. Global media attention was immediate.


Growing a clean-tech “ecosystem”

Tue, 2012-06-26 12:07

Zietsma
Zietsma

To create a viable and vibrant clean-tech sector in British Columbia, firms, public and non-profit sector organizations and interested individuals must work together to form an ecosystem of support for clean-tech policy and practice changes, says Dr. Charlene Zietsma of the Gustavson School of Business.