Annual Review 2013-14

Ana Zehtabi-Oskuie in a research lab

Putting students at the forefront of discovery

Engineering grad student Ana Zehtabi-Oskuie developed a new technique to better isolate and study individual protein molecules and nanoscale interactions using optical trapping—a method pioneered in 2009 at UVic. Her breakthrough makes it possible to view and manipulate how a protein binds with a virus. This research has implications well beyond health care, and has already attracted the interest of industry partners in optics and pharmaceuticals.

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Two people in front of a construction site

Healthy, active learning

Vikes Athletics and Recreation Director Clint Hamilton and CanAssist Director Robin Syme are eager to see UVic's new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) complete.

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Jay Cullen taking ocean samples

Future-focused ocean research

Chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen is leading a new network of scientists in Canada and the US, health experts and NGOs—as well as hundreds of citizen scientists along the BC coast—to monitor low levels of ocean-borne radioactivity in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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President Jamie Cassels walking with students

Accountability

"In everything we do at the University of Victoria, our choices and actions will be guided by the goal of making the world a better place through our mission of education and research—to relentlessly pursue the goal of contributing to the lives of our students, our community and the nation through the advancement of knowledge."—UVic President Jamie Cassels

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Highlights

Active learning

People jogging with President Jamie Cassels

In pursuit of excellence, discovery and diversity—this is CARSA.

  • World-leading teaching and research facility
  • New gym will seat more than 2,000 spectators
  • CanAssist will be a cornerstone for the complex
  • LEED gold standard target
  • Scheduled for spring 2015

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World-class research

UVic oceanographer Roberta Hamme

Transformative technologies have put Canadian marine researchers and their students in the lead.

  • Global leader for pioneering Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)
  • New observatory capacities
  • Airborne oxygen, courtesy of the ocean
  • Is that a 14,000-year-old fishing weir?

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Innovation and discovery

A student in a lab with a bug

Students and faculty are laying the foundations for tomorrow through research and the experience-enriched learning environment on campus.

  • A growing array of research and award opportunities
  • Hands-on employment opportunities each year
  • Local and global partnerships

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