The Ring

Paul Stokes appointed BCNET chair

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:20

UVic Chief Information Officer Paul Stokes has been appointed as the interim chair of the BCNET Board of Directors. BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared information technology services organization serving the needs of British Columbia's higher education and research institutions.

Valerie King named ACM Fellow

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:17

Dr. Valerie King (computer science) has been named a 2014 ACM Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for her contributions to randomized algorithms, especially dynamic graph algorithms and fault tolerant distributed computing. Her work in randomized algorithms allows networked computers, working together to solve a problem, to recognize invading malware so that they can ignore the information sent by bad computers and continue to coordinate with the good ones. The association recognizes ACM members’ creativity and commitment to the study of computer science.

Alumna receives GG Literary Award for Poetry

Tue, 2015-01-13 17:44

Department of Writing alumna Arleen Paré (BFA/MFA) received the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry for her newest book, Lake of Two Mountains, last November.

Andrew Weaver elected as American Geophysical Union fellow

Tue, 2015-01-13 17:38

Student team wins electric vehicle competition

Mon, 2014-11-03 11:50

A UVic team has won the Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) annual competition that challenges combined teams of engineering and business students to come up with a plan to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Canada. Ten teams from across Canada had one week to assess an issue and conduct research, with 5 teams chosen to make a 10-minute presentation at the EMC Conference in Vancouver. This year’s challenge was to write a five-year technical and business plan to position Canada as a leading nation in per capita sales of electric vehicles.

Excellence in Nursing award for Stajduhar

Mon, 2014-10-27 16:22


Dr. Kelli Stajduhar (UVic School of Nursing and Centre on Aging) is the recipient of a 2014 Excellence in Nursing Research award from the College of Registered Nurses of BC for her clinically-focused research on end-of-life and palliative care and her contributions as a research facilitator, mentor and communicator.

Jack Hodgins' writing nets major Royal Society medal

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:40

Retired professor Jack Hodgins (writing) is the winner of the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal. The award noted that Hodgins is “internationally acclaimed for his achievements in both the novel and short story forms, admired for the complex morality of his subjects, as well as his structural and linguistic ability” and that his “imaginative fiction masterfully explores the history, the people and the places of the coast of British Columbia.” Hodgins has also received the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Prize, and the Order of Canada. 

Rutherford Medal for UVic astrophysicist Sara Ellison

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:36

Sara Ellison (physics and astronomy) has been awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada for her outstanding work in astrophysics. Ellison leads several international research programs that are using the world’s leading telescopes to understand how galaxies form and evolve. Her research has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and includes numerous high-impact discoveries in the field of extragalactic observational astronomy.

McPherson named ATLAS deputy spokesperson

Tue, 2014-10-14 12:23

Rob McPherson (physics and astronomy) has been named deputy spokesperson of the ATLAS experiment, a 3,000-strong international scientific collaboration that built and manages one of two particle detectors at the CERN Large Hadron Collider on the French-Swiss border. The new position effectively makes McPherson the vice-president of ATLAS, working with the spokesperson to oversee detector and computing operations and manage relationships with funding agencies. The UVic ATLAS team designed and built several crucial components of the detector, which made scientific history by discovering the elusive Higgs boson particle in 2012.

Giles named Distinguished Fellow of NZ association of economists

Thu, 2014-09-04 13:32

Dr. David Giles (economics) was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists. The award was made at the 2014 Conference of the Association, in Auckland, New Zealand, where Giles also presented the invited A.W.H. Phillips Memorial Lecture. Dr. Giles is only the 13th economist to be named a Distinguished Fellow of the NZAE in its 55-year history.