Announcements and events

Response to 751

Our hearts go out to the Cowessess First Nation and all Indigenous Peoples across Canada. The 751 unmarked graves found at a former Residential School in Saskatchewan is a devastating confirmation of profound loss that Indigenous communities have long known to be the truth, and it affects all of us deeply.

Response to Kamloops Indian Residential School news

With heavy hearts, we share the recent news that the remains of 215 children were found in an unmarked, mass grave on the site of the former Kamloops Residential School. All of us from the Dean’s office want to express our profound feelings of grief and anger at this injustice, and to send our love and support to all Indigenous people as they grapple with this news.

New Frontiers in Research funding

This year, New Frontiers in Research Funds (NFRF) in Exploration will support three innovative and interdisciplinary research projects in the Faculty of Science. Projects include a novel approach to generating the entangled photons necessary for quantum technology, a pharmaceutical lab-on-a-chip that mimics the blood-brain barrier and the development of artificial intelligence capable of synthesizing new materials.

Biology alumna wins BC Business award

Alumna Julie Angus, MSc Biology 2001, has been named the 2020 BC Business Women of the Year – Innovator award. A scientist, adventurer, boat designer, and entrepreneur, Angus cofounded Open Ocean Robotics, a cleantech business that collects ocean data using wind and solar powered autonomous boats, providing real time information to protect oceans and offer solutions to maritime challenges.

Microbiologist recognized for scientific excellence

Caroline Cameron (Biochemistry & Microbiology) has received the Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence, as part of the 2019 LifeSciences BC Awards, for her work using advanced technologies to study the pathogen that causes syphilis. Cameron is one of the world’s leading experts on this sexually- and vertically-transmitted infection that has seen an alarming global resurgence in recent years, including within B.C.

2019 Honours Fest Winners

Last month, thirty-six Honours students throughout the Faculty of Science presented their research at the eighth annual Honours Fest, a conference-style poster session that showcases outstanding undergraduate research. Honours Fest is the culmination of two semesters of grueling research, and an opportunity for students to show what has been occupying their time and brainpower.

Sculpture revitalized thanks to donor

For nine years local sculptor Maarten Schaddelee’s work has been on display on the first floor of the Bob Wright Building, providing intrigue and inspiration to the UVic community. That is until last year when one of the two pieces was accidentally bumped and damaged. Now reinforced and restored, both are back on display in the Bob Wright Centre - a building dedicated to the ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences thanks to the artist.

Massive galaxy cluster discovery

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.