The Ring

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

Stajduhar
Stajduhar

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.


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.