The Ring

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.


Proteomics pioneer to chair Genome BC-McGill collaboration

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:38

Dr. Christoph Borchers, director of the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre, has been jointly appointed as the Proteomics Chair for the Jewish General Hospital at McGill University in Montreal. Borchers is an expert in the use of mass spectrometry to study the structure and function of proteins. At the UVic centre, Borchers directs a research program that applies proteomics technologies to areas such as medical diagnostics, drug development, forestry and alternative fuels.


UVic VP receives national recognition

Tue, 2014-06-17 10:40

University of Victoria Vice President External Relations Carmen Charette has been named this year’s recipient of the national Walter Hitschfeld Award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators.

The prestigious award is presented to “an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on the enhancement of the research environment in Canada.” Previous Hitschfeld winners include David Strangway, former president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto and UBC, and Arthur Carty, former national science advisor to the prime minister and former president of the National Research Council.


UVic well-represented in Victoria honorary citizen awards

Mon, 2014-06-09 13:35

Of 12 people recognized on May 29 with City of Victoria Honorary Citizen awards, five have strong connections to UVic. Congratulations to Murray and Lynda Farmer; Kathy and Ken Shields; and Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe.
 


UVic Aero team wins third in national student UAV competition

Mon, 2014-06-02 13:38

2014 UVic Aero team
2014 UVic Aero team

The UVic AERO Team—40 mechanical, electrical, and computer and software engineering undergrads who design, build and fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones—came away from this year’s national student unmanned aerial systems competition with a third place win in the operational phase category.


Entrepreneurial education nets Brent Mainprize two awards

Fri, 2014-05-30 16:12

Dr. Brent Mainprize, a professor at the Gustavson School of Business, came up a winner twice in the past month.

Most recently, Mainprize garnered a 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn. Mainprize is one of only five winners nationally.


Writing MFA wins emerging writer award

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:36

Erin Frances Fisher, graduating this month with an MFA in Writing, was announced on May 27 as the winner of the 20th annual Writers’ Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her $5,000-winning short story, “Girl,” was selected from a field of 133 blind submissions and described by jurors “as vast and satisfying as a great novel . . . [she] is a writer you will see again.” (Also in the top-three finalists: former writing student Leah Jane Essau.)


International co-op partnership recognized with Global Best Award

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:28

UVic Co-op and Career’s international CANEU-COOP exchange program has been named a Global Best Award winner by the International education business Partnership Network (IPN).