Announcements and events

Massive galaxy cluster discovery sheds new light on how the largest structures in our universe are formed

A team of researchers from institutions including University of Victoria, the National Research Council of Canada, Dalhousie University, and the Flatiron Institute, have discovered a cluster of galaxies assembling very differently and more quickly than current models would predict. Calculations indicate that the astronomers are witnessing the assembly of one of the most massive structures in the present-day universe.

Statement on the death of a chemistry student

The university and the Faculty of Science is deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our community. On the weekend, it was reported that a young man died while surfing in Tofino. Friends and relatives identified him as Nijin John, a UVic graduate student in chemistry. Our hearts go out to the family of Nijin John and friends at this very difficult time.

Improving drug delivery

Four Canadian universities. Eight researchers. One goal: improve the way therapeutic drugs are delivered in the human body while diversifying the skillset of a new generation of researchers to build on that work in the academic and private sectors. The University of Victoria’s Department of Chemistry is leading a collaborative of universities in BC, Ontario and Quebec in a six-year project to deepen research knowledge and train skilled personnel in the area of drug delivery. The Polymer Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery (PoND) project is funded through a $1.65 million grant from the CREATE program, an initiative of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Yesterday’s hottest summers are tomorrow’s new norm

Climatologist Francis Zwiers, who is an Honourary Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, co-authored a study confirming that sweltering summers as gauged by a long-standing measurement of human heat tolerance have become at least 70 times more likely over the past four decades. By 2050, virtually every summer will be hotter than any experienced to date.

Doctoral candidate presents in Ottawa on early concussion diagnosis

A UVic chemist is in Ottawa this week to talk to parliamentarians and senior government officials about her innovative approach to early concussion diagnosis. Doctoral candidate Armita Dash is one of three early career researchers chosen to be part of a Universities Canada delegation. The trip is part of an effort by Universities Canada to emphasize the importance of funding fundamental science by providing examples of research that matter to Canadians and people around the world.

UVic researcher participates in observation of neutron star collision

A University of Victoria doctoral student visiting an observatory in Chile unexpectedly became a participant in the observation of the first recorded gravitational wave signature caused by a neutron star collision – a discovery that is transformational to our understanding of the universe.

CFI leadership grants strengthen Science research

Three UVic Science projects receiving a total of $663, 000 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leadership Fund, announced today as part of a federal investment of more than $52 million in new infrastructure projects at universities across Canada. These grants allow a select number of researchers from around the country to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities.

Interview with Art Olin

Art Olin, a University of Victoria adjunct professor, has over 40 years of experience working at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. For the past 10 years, he has been part of an international collaboration investigating the secrets of antimatter–an elusive substance that may hold the answers to unsolved problems in physics related to the formation of the universe. As part of the ALPHA Project, Olin has helped develop software and instrumentation used to create and detect the antimatter atoms.

Julia Baum co-authors report on science funding in Canada

Analysis on the state of fundamental research funding — co-led by Julia Baum from the Department of Biology — was recently released. The report found that 40% of Canadian scientists changed the direction of their research program in the past 10 years — usually away from basic science. The story was picked up by the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Nature, and Science and mentioned in the National Observer.

Co-op graduate "gets his hands dirty" preserving BC's natural world

Although the biology student formally graduates this June, he began working full-time as a wildlife biologist with LGL Limited Environmental Research Associates in Sidney just two days after his final exam in May. “It’s been a bit of a blur,” he says. “I’ve had to pinch myself that I’m already working.”

UVic chemist partners with tech firm to clean up industrial wastewater

The discharge of ammonia from industrial wastewater is an increasing concern for regulatory authorities because of the threat it poses to aquatic ecosystems. Now, a University of Victoria chemist and a Vancouver-based technology firm are teaming up to find a solution using innovative nanomaterial technologies.

Indigenous culture and passion for science connect through co-op work term

Microbiology co-op student Levana Mastrangelo is doing her part to make a difference in local Indigenous communities. She recently completed a co-operative education (co-op) work term with the Aboriginal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Outreach Program, where she became a liaison between UVic’s Science Venture and Indigenous youth on Vancouver Island.

English Conversation Cafe: Summer Edition

Duration: 1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. , every Thursday afternoon till Jun.28th
Location: University Centre Welcome Centre Presentation Room 104

Spirit Walk- Walking Meditations

Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Location: Lobby of the Interfaith Chapel - parking lot #6

Mount Douglas Recognition Ceremony

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Reynolds Recognition Ceremony

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Sooke Dance Studio Show A: Back to the Future

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Sooke Dance Studio Show B: Back to the Future

Location: Farquhar Auditorium

Columbia River Treaty Symposium