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Postdoc Opportunities in Climate at UVic

We are seeking two engaged, enthusiastic individuals for postdoctoral research positions investigating the fate of Canada’s coastal oceans over the next century. The postdocs will work collaboratively to (1) produce regional ocean models of Canada’s coastlines (using ROMS and CICE), and (2) assess how these coastal oceans will respond to a warming climate by subjecting this regional ocean model to downscaled global climate model projections (using WRF).

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University of Victoria Women’s Rugby vs Semifinals

Atelier sur la sécurité linguistique

Paint Your Love – Community Art Project

What's your personal definition of love? How has love impacted your life? Paint your love! This short-term drop-in project is open to everyone, regardless of their background or artistic ability. Afree lunch will be provided.

Paint Your Love - Community Art Project (Free Lunch)

Chemistry seminar: Xuanhe Zhao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Soft Materials Innovation for Health and Sustainability

Xuanhe Zhao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Seminar on Zoom only
Meeting ID: 836 5724 0884
Password: 379943


Polymers and water are the major components that constitute most living species on the earth, ranging from animals, plants, and fungi to bacteria. Polymers are also pervasive and indispensable inalmost every aspect of our daily life, ranging from food, clothing, housing, and healthcare to transportation, communication, and entertainment. Furthermore, over 6% of global electricity generatedfrom coal is used to make plastics, and microplastics are already ubiquitous in global biosphere. Intrigued by their ubiquity and impacts, MIT Zhao Lab is focused on the study and development of softmaterials and systems mainly constituted of polymers and water. In this talk, I will first discuss a general strategy to design new soft materials that possess extreme physical, chemical, andbiological properties – via bioinspired and rational design of unconventional polymer networks. Then I will illustrate the impacts of soft materials innovation on health and sustainability withexamples including soft robots ​that treat strokes under remote control and wearable devices that image deep organs over days. I will propose two challenges in fundamental science and technology:

  • Can we image the full human body over days to months continuously?
  • Can we edit the full human body with micro-robots minimally invasively?

I will conclude the talk with a vision for the future development and impacts of soft materials and systems – aided by and synergized with modern technologies such as artificial intelligence,synthetic biology, and precision medicine.

New perspectives on reconstructing locomotion in Australopithecus africanus

Anthropology Colloquium Series

Explore Life, Faith & Meaning

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith as an introduction.