Current faculty and staff

Terry Pearson in a lab

A single drop of blood

A team of researchers based at UVic is poised to revolutionize medical diagnostics with new, less-invasive methods that can be applied to a variety of diseases and wellness monitoring.

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Student climbing up the tower in CARSA

Power up the Tower for United Way

On Thursday, Nov. 26 between 12 and 4 p.m. drop in to cheer on UVic faculty and administrators as they power their way up the Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre wall in support of United Way Greater Victoria. Make a pledge for a climber or donate at the event – you might win a prize!

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RSC winners standing by the ocean

UVic researchers in the RSC spotlight

Whether they're improving cancer treatments, motivating us to exercise, exploring the cosmos, or helping us better understand ourselves through the arts or philosophical discourse, the eight UVic faculty members in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) spotlight this month exemplify vital impact.

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Underwood outside of the First Peoples House

Day in the Life: Shauna Underwood

At HSD's Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC), Underwood works within the only faculty-based centre of its kind on campus with a large Indigenous student cohort, faculty and relevant programs.

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First Peoples House on the UVic campus

UVic's response to TRC recommendations

UVic is drawing inspiration from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report to renew our commitment to contributing to reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples and working towards the goal of closing the educational achievement gap.

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Reaching for the stars

UVic know-how is helping world astronomers peer more clearly into the cosmos.

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Current faculty and staff



UVic's response to the international refugee crisis

UVic has joined the international effort to ease the mounting crisis for the tens of millions of refugees—more than four million from Syria alone—who have been forced from their homelands because of conflict and insecurity.


New CanAssist technologies ease anxieties related to dementia

CanAssist at the University of Victoria—which develops innovative assistive technologies—is now ready to field test two new devices to ease some of the pressure on many Canadian families as they care for those living with dementia and to help those living with the progressive condition remain in their own homes for as long as safely possible.

The force is with UVic Star Wars expert

When it comes to the original Star Wars trilogy, the force is definitely with University of Victoria PhD candidate David Christopher. An instructor of cinema and cultural theory in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, he is not only developing a course on Star Wars which he hopes to debut at UVic in 2016, but he also played the role of Darth Vader at his own Star Wars-themed wedding.

Expert on McKenzie Interchange design concepts

Dr. Scott Iverson of the University of Victoria's Faculty of Engineering, who has expertise in sustainable transportation systems engineering, is available to media to discuss the design options unveiled by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure yesterday as potential improvements to the McKenzie Interchange.

Canada's academic stars to converge on Victoria

Royal Society of Canada scientists, scholars and artists from across the country will converge on the Fairmont Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria on Nov. 26-28 for the society’s annual general meeting.

Critical time for BC's new water law

BC’s new Water Sustainability Act will not successfully protect the province’s freshwater resources unless the right regulations and resources are in place to make the law fully functional, says an analysis by the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.

UVic-based technology set to revolutionize standard blood tests

With the current system for disease diagnosis, each biomarker test—which refers to measurements in the blood of specific proteins associated with specific diseases—requires large, separate blood draws. Now, UVic biochemists Terry Pearson and Washington DC-based Leigh Anderson, along with their start-up company SISCAPA Assay Technologies Inc., have developed a technique that can measure more than 25 different biomarkers at once in just one drop of dried blood.

Study is first to map Earth's hidden groundwater

The first data-driven estimate of the Earth’s total supply of groundwater shows that less than six per cent of groundwater in the upper two kilometers of the Earth’s landmass is renewable within a human lifetime. The study, in Nature Geoscience, is led by Dr. Tom Gleeson with co-authors at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Calgary and the University of Göttingen. With the growing global demand for water—especially in light of climate change—this study provides important information to water managers and policy developers as well as scientists from fields such as hydrology, atmospheric science, geochemistry and oceanography to better manage groundwater resources in a sustainable way.

New initiative to examine fossil fuel networks in Western Canada

A new six-year research and public engagement initiative, partly funded by SSHRC and jointly led by UVic, the CCPA and the Parkland Institute, will map the networks of fossil fuel industries in Western Canada.

Unique gap identified in treating city's most vulnerable citizens

People with hepatitis C who inject drugs are some of society’s most vulnerable citizens and also the most challenging to medically treat. Better outcomes are achieved, however, when social barriers are addressed in step with medical treatment, concludes a study conducted by the University of Victoria and a Victoria inner-city health clinic.