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UVic research on Stone Age discovery

August 8, 2016 - 

New research by a team led by UVic paleoanthropologist April Nowell reveals surprisingly sophisticated adaptations by early humans living 250,000 years ago in a former oasis in Jordan.


Optical spring detects single molecules

July 27, 2016 - 

A team of engineering researchers from the University of Victoria and the University of Rochester has developed a way to detect single molecules using a light-based technology inspired by the “whispering gallery” effect.


UVic astronomers help discover new dwarf planet

July 11, 2016 - 

 An international team of astronomers including UVic researchers have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. 


New federal funding for cancer therapies

July 11, 2016 - 

A new diagnostic test to determine whether cancer patients should respond well to a specific targeted drug therapy is the goal of a project awarded funding from Genome Canada.


NNMCC acquisition and Landscapes of Injustice

June 29, 2016 - 

Family heirlooms once owned by one of the wealthiest Japanese Canadians serve as a stark reminder of a national historical injustice and will feature prominently in the UVic-led Landscapes of Injustice project.


UVic awarded $12.5 million in research funding

June 24, 2016 - 

University of Victoria researchers working in areas of critical importance to the Canadian clean energy sector in smart technology and in big data science are among projects awarded federal funding this week. 


Olympian, Indigenous leaders to get UVic honours

June 2, 2016 - 

Four Indigenous leaders and one of Canada’s most successful Olympic athletes will receive honorary degrees from the University of Victoria during spring convocation ceremonies the week of June 13. 


UVic chemist gets funding to study Zika virus

May 26, 2016 - 

Two promising University of Victoria projects to help prevent spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been given a funding boost.


UVic expands, enhances incubator services

May 11, 2016 - 

University of Victoria entrepreneurs will get additional vital support and mentorship through the relaunch of its Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs, made possible through $450,000 in funding from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.


New sexualized violence policy to be developed

April 28, 2016 - 

UVic will begin consultations in May to develop a separate policy on sexualized violence that will build on current policies and practices and reinforce the university’s commitment to a safe campus where sexualized violence is unacceptable.


Will BC electricity imports help green Alberta?

April 21, 2016 - 

New research by the 2060 Project, a joint initiative of IESVic and the UVic-led PICS, examines whether BC electricity imports are a realistic solution to Alberta's emissions reductions plan.


CUVic 2016 and TRC's Calls to Action

April 19, 2016 - 

CUVIC 2016: Reconciliation, Innovation and Transformation through Engagement will welcome 200 delegates—from across Vancouver Island and BC and as far away as Nova Scotia—to campus April 27 to 29.


The genetic rule for salmon: keep a back-up copy

April 18, 2016 - 

Salmon possess an unusual genetic feature that’s of great interest to evolutionary scientists and fisheries managers alike, as described in a UVic research article published in Nature.


UVic biochemistry student wins national fellowship

April 14, 2016 - 

A University of Victoria biochemistry student known for his passion for philanthropy and science has won the 3M National Student Fellowship, one of Canada's most prestigious awards for outstanding leadership.


El Niņo devastates coral reefs

April 13, 2016 - 

A team of marine scientists from the University of Victoria have returned from nearly a month of scuba diving on coral reefs in the middle of the equatorial Pacific Ocean where they discovered the reefs have been devastated by El Niño.


Thriving BC forests outpace pine-beetle CO2 losses

April 11, 2016 - 

Scientists have found that trees are growing faster in BC due to global warming, which counters the carbon-loss impacts of the province’s devastating mountain pine beetle outbreak.


Linda Hasenfratz honoured as 2016 DEYA

April 6, 2016 - 

Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive officer of Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company, is the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.


UVic funding to conduct world-class research

April 4, 2016 - 

Nearly $825,000 in BC funding for UVic to conduct cutting-edge research will be applied to health and life sciences, infrastructure, remote sensing, software development and transportation.


Masterminds 2016 lectures

March 31, 2016 - 

The Masterminds free public lecture series returns to UVic on Wednesday evenings in April.


WHaLE mission now underway near Tofino

March 23, 2016 - 

A mission to deepen our knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes is underway off Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, led by David Duffus, director of UVic’s Whale Research Lab.


No health benefits from moderate drinking: study

March 21, 2016 - 

A paper published today in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs provides evidence that research has over-estimated possible health benefits of alcohol and under-estimated its health risks.


Transgender leaders gather at UVic

March 9, 2016 - 

An international conference, led by the new UVic Chair in Transgender Studies Aaron Devor, will explore the history of transgender activism and crucial issues which impact the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people.


Honorary degree for reconciliation activist

March 8, 2016 - 

Mavis Gillie, an advocate for Indigenous rights and reconciliation, will be granted an honorary degree tomorrow from the University of Victoria.


Improving seniors´ home care with technology

March 3, 2016 - 

An innovative study and clinical trial led by UVic's Centre on Aging will soon allow nurses and doctors to better monitor the health of Victoria-area seniors in the comfort of their own homes.


Supporting seismic science: Early warning systems

February 29, 2016 - 

An investment of $5-million to Ocean Networks Canada aims to increase the development and use of earthquake early warning systems in BC.


Changing the culture of drinking for students

February 29, 2016 - 

A project dedicated to changing the culture of drinking and other substance use among post-secondary students has received a funding investment of $400,000 from the province, Health Minister Terry Lake announced.


UVic hosts fifth annual Ideafest, March 7-12

February 29, 2016 - 

UVic's fifth annual Ideafest runs March 7-12. A total of 50 events will provide a glimpse into the world-class research, innovation and creative activity by UVic faculty members and students.


Announcing the recipients of the 2016 VLA Awards

February 26, 2016 - 

UVic is a founding partner of the annual Victoria Leadership Awards program. Here are this year’s recipients.


UVic announces future plans for Dunsmuir Lodge

February 23, 2016 - 

The University of Victoria has an agreement for the conditional sale of Dunsmuir Lodge and 25 acres of surrounding woodland to Homewood Health of Guelph, ON.


Champion of hands-on science given award

February 11, 2016 - 

In recognition of his exceptional teaching and education leadership, UVic professor David Blades was awarded a 2016 3M National Teaching Fellowship.


New Canada Research Chairs

February 9, 2016 - 

University of Victoria’s five newest Canada Research Chair were announced by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, as part of a national announcement of new chairholders across the country.


Celebrating 10 years of pioneering ocean science

February 1, 2016 - 

UVic's Ocean Networks Canada celebrates 10 years of pioneering science.


Co-op reaches 75,000 placement milestone

February 1, 2016 - 

Dynamic, hands-on learning opportunities are a pillar of the UVic student experience. Forty years after launching one of Canada’s largest co-operative education programs, UVic has reached the milestone of 75,000 co-op placements.


Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 VLAs

January 27, 2016 - 

The 2016 VLAs will be awarded Feb. 25 at the 12th annual gala, with the Lifetime Achievement award announced in advance. UVic is a founding partner of the annual awards showcasing the accomplishments of local community heroes.


Chair in Transgender Studies

January 15, 2016 - 

UVic sociologist Aaron Devor was announced Jan. 15 as the Chair in Transgender Studies—the first of its kind—with a donation of $1 million by the Tawani Foundation.


UVic Diversity Research Forum

January 6, 2016 - 

The goal of UVic's annual Diversity Research Forum is to explore and discuss how research benefits social justice. This year’s theme is “Critical Conversations: Reconciliation and Resurgence.”