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VIU researcher developing better tools to detect and manage bacterial infections in salmon

March 27, 2023

Dr. Spencer Russell is pursuing his research with the help of NSERC and Mitacs grants. Dr. Spencer Russell is working to understand and manage bacterial infections in salmon.  Russell, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Fisheries and Aquaculture Associate Professor, is researching Tenacibaculum.... Read more

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Alum of the month: Trevor Ballantyne

March 24, 2023

When Trevor Ballyntine was growing up, graduating from high school seemed like a stretch – never mind university. Now Trevor, who graduated from VIU’s Liberal Studies program last spring, is on his way to becoming a lawyer. He recently had the opportunity to meet Justice Russell Brown of the... Read more

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Alum of the Month: Drew Milne

March 15, 2023

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Drew Milne explored the great outdoors whenever he got the chance, so it’s not surprising he gravitated towards a career as a BC Conservation Officer. Last fall, the provincial government recognized him for his excellent service in this role with the Conservation... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 15, 2023

March 15, 2023

Featured in this issue:  World Water Day experts Planning for more age-friendly communities Tuition waiver program for former youth in care expanded Indigenous Speakers Series Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts World Water Day on March 22 is about accelerating change... Read more

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VIU researcher examining pelvic health histories to help address gaps and inequities in care

March 15, 2023

Dr. Whitney Wood received more than half a million dollars from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to pursue her study. Studies on women’s health tend to focus on reproduction. Vancouver Island University (VIU) researcher Dr. Whitney Wood believes this has led to gaps and inequities in care... Read more

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Access to post-secondary education expanded for former youth in care

March 14, 2023

Former youth in care in BC of all ages will now have their tuition waived for post-secondary education, as government takes action to remove age requirements for the Tuition Waiver Program for Former Youth in Care and make it available for a lifetime.   Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary... Read more

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Indigenous speaker shares story of fight for the return of traditional lands

March 9, 2023

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), a Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson, will deliver the keynote address at VIU’s Indigenous Speakers Series event on March 20. Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn) grew up without knowledge of his culture or history. His parents, both residential school survivors, did not... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: March 2, 2023

March 2, 2023

Pyschedelic research, International Women's Day, sustainable development week and more. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  Featured experts VIU experts on International Women's Day March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about... Read more

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VIU Culinary Instructor receives gold certification in Japanese cooking

March 2, 2023

Only a small number of chefs worldwide have this particular designation. VIU Culinary Arts Instructor Avi Sternberg is joining a small number of chefs from around the world who have successfully navigated a rigorous certification process to get his skills in Japanese cooking recognized. Sternberg... Read more

VIU Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Program Chair Shannon Dames with VIU Elder-in-Residence C-tasi:a Geraldine Manson standing outside in front of totem poles and smiling at the camera

VIU launches collaborative psychedelic research centre

March 2, 2023

The first of its kind in Canada, the centre will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives together for research, treatment and program development. A new psychedelic research centre at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives together to co-... Read more

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