UVic research challenges modern tectonic theory

Some 250-million-years ago, our planet was a very different place indeed, with the continents we know today clustered together in one large supercontinent known as Pangea. But what processes were involved in the construction of Earth’s most recent and renowned supercontinent? A new study led by recent PhD grad, Jessica Shaw, raises some questions about the geological processes involved and challenges a major tenant of modern plate tectonic theory.

Cafe Scientifique: Astronomy in bars

If you found yourself sitting across the bar from one of the world’s leading astronomers, what would you ask? According to UofT Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dr. Roberto Abraham, imbibing astronomers are asked the following top five questions: 1. Since the Big Bang created the Universe, what was happening before the Big Bang? 2. If the Universe is expanding, what is it expanding into? 3. If the Universe is expanding, then am I getting bigger? 4. Where did the Big Bang occur? 5. How do I know you're not totally full of "crap" when answering these questions? Abraham promises he can give a pretty good answer to 3.5 of these 5 questions - to find out which, come to Café Scientifique at Herman’s Jazz Club this October.

The power of proteins

As Proteomics Centre director, Christoph Borchers heads research that can be applied to everything from developing more insect-resistant forests to identifying environmental problems, such as oil leaks, before they cause massive damage. Borchers' work was highlighted this month in UVic's KnowlEDGE feature in the Times Colonist. 

Canada funds significant contribution to the Thirty Meter Telescope

The federal government recently approved Canada's $243M contribution to become a full partner in the international Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to built on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. UVic astronomers, and in particular several adjunct faculty based at NRC Herzberg in Saanich, are deeply involved in many technical aspects of this endeavour.