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Air Quality Improves Across the Province During the COVID-19 Crisis

May 26, 2020

Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers see a dramatic decrease in air pollution levels due to reduced car and plane traffic.Restrictions imposed to help save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to less people driving and flying, which has created a rare opportunity for Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers and students to study the impacts of automobile and plane... Read more


VIU Alumna Hannah McSorley shares her enthusiasm about being a researcher in the field of environmental science.

Alum of the Month: Hannah McSorley

January 14, 2020

It’s been a few years since Hannah McSorley graduated from Vancouver Island University, but her connections to the institution remain strong. Thanks to a research background in environmental analytical chemistry which she gained while still a student at VIU, as well as significant field experience in hydrology, McSorley is working for the university’s Coastal Hydrology Research Lab as an analyst... Read more


VIU Researchers Awarded $25,000 in Health Canada's Drug Checking Technology Challenge

VIU Researchers Awarded $25,000 In Health Canada's Drug Checking Technology Challenge

April 25, 2019

VIU researchers developing a breakthrough opioid drug testing system using new equipment provided by Thermo Fisher Scientific – were declared semi-finalists in Health Canada’s Drug Checking Technology Challenge.   Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) developing a drug-testing system that could one day save lives are getting some much-needed help from Health Canada and a... Read more


Innovative Chemistry Major Now Being Offered at VIU

Innovative Chemistry Major Now Being Offered at VIU

April 10, 2019

The emerging disciplines of green chemistry and analytical chemistry are just two of several unique aspects of the new Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemistry degree program being offered at VIU this fall.  Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award holder Misha Zvekic is excited to be among the first to graduate with Vancouver... Read more


World-Class VIU Research Vehicle Will Monitor Air Quality in Nanaimo this Winter

November 19, 2018

Researchers with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL), in co-operation with community partners are conducting a Regional Air Quality Mapping Pilot Project in the Central Island region. The Mobile Mass Spectrometry Lab, a.k.a. the Mass Specmobile, is the only one of its kind in Canada.  The high-tech innovations onboard allow researchers to... Read more


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