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Coastal Communities Buoyed by New Fish-Health Lab

January 14, 2019

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training News Release Communities dependent on fisheries are getting help in protecting British Columbia's fish stocks through the new, provincially funded Centre for Innovation in Fish Health at Vancouver Island University (VIU). “Our coastal communities depend on healthy fish stocks for their economic, social and spiritual well-being. For too long... Read more


VIU Graduate Student Researches How Libraries Impact People's Quality of Life

January 7, 2019

The value of public libraries goes well beyond the multitude of books lining the shelves.  Assessing the role that libraries play in contributing to community completeness and increasing? quality of life, and how this can, in turn, help marginalized urban groups is what Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master of Community Planning student Dylan Thiessen aims to determine.  Thiessen... Read more


VIU QES Scholar Proves All Dreams Can Be Possible

November 20, 2018

It has been a long journey for Avryl Brophy to realize she could achieve academically.  “I grew up in foster care since I was 12 years old,” she says. “I never saw the opportunity as a youth that post-secondary education was in my future.” With a little courage and perseverance, Brophy changed that narrative. A single mother of two teenage boys, Brophy returned to the classroom in her... Read more


What is Happening to the Children?

October 17, 2018

By Aly Winks People who experience childhood trauma often describe the event as life-changing, and rarely for the better. Research suggests that early intervention after such events can make all the difference in a young person’s life. That’s where VIU Child and Youth Care students and faculty hope to make an impact.   British Columbia is currently in the middle of a medical health crisis... Read more


Research @VIU: The Messages in the Medium

October 17, 2018

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having significant impacts on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year. Project three of five. Historians can tell a lot about how people were thinking, feeling and living during a certain time period by... Read more


Research @VIU: Cultural Geography Students Investigate Perceptions of Bio-Diesel

October 17, 2018

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having significant impacts on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year. Project four of five.  What stops a person from adopting a change in their business operations, and what factors could convince... Read more


Research @VIU: Homemade Tourism: The Artisan Economy

October 17, 2018

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having significant impacts on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year. Project five of five.  From microbrews and ciders to handmade jewelry and pottery, the re-emergence of the artisan economy... Read more


Research @VIU: Working Where the Devil Dances

October 17, 2018

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having significant impacts on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year. Project two of five.  Firefighting can be an intense, stressful job. Of the 14,000 people who do this important, life-saving... Read more


Research @VIU: Helping Salmon and Sturgeon Survive Rising River Temperatures

October 17, 2018

Every year, faculty and students at VIU go out into communities to participate in research that is having significant impacts on the region as well as giving students important experiential learning opportunities. Here are a few projects they engaged in this year - project one of five.    Climate change is having devastating effects on species around the world. In North America, where... Read more


VIU Professor Receives NSERC Discovery Grant for Endangered Species Research

October 9, 2018

What consequences are there to a species when it is on the brink of extinction, then re-populated through captive breeding? This question is one Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology Professor Dr. Jamie Gorrell is at the forefront of discovering an answer to through his research with the Island marmot population.    “By studying the success of reintroductions we will learn how... Read more


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