Media Highlights: October 4-18, 2021

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October 20, 2021 - 4:45pm

VIU students and employees in the news. 

Top 10 News Stories

  1. Time Magazine: How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine. The Roots to Thrive program co-developed by VIU Nursing Professor Dr. Shannon Dames is mentioned. Reach: 64.6 million.
  2. Good Word News (and four others): How Hungry Sea Otters Affect Seagrass Sex Life. This story is based on the same study mentioned in the National Geographic Magazine story below. Reach: 26 million.
  3. National Geographic: How Sea Otters Help Protect Underwater Meadows. Dr. Jane Watson, Biology Professor Emeritus, and alum Dr. Erin Foster, co-authored the study this article is based on. Reach: 10.5 million.
  4. Ancient Origins.net: First Nation K’omoks Advanced Fishing Traps Revealed in British Columbia. VIU alum Nancy Greene started investigating this while she was still an Anthropology student. She now works as a professional archaeologist. Reach: 1.93 million.
  5. Castanet: Chef Behind Penticton’s Twisted Chopsticks Restaurant Shares Immigrant Experiences and Journey. Restaurant owner Harold Cruz is a Culinary Arts alum. Reach: 1.44 million.
  6. Hamilton Spectator (reposted by Yahoo News and AP): Memorial Fund Aims to Continue the Good Work of Late Fort St. John Conservation Officer. Tristan Montjoy was a Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection alum. His girlfriend, Michaela Rhees, another alum of the program, is spearheading a fundraising initiative to set up a memorial fund through the VIU Foundation. Reach: 806,000.
  7. Times Colonist: Safety Audits Show Some Nanaimo Residents Don’t Feel Safe Downtown. VIU Criminology students worked with RCMP and others to do these audits. Reach: 744,000.
  8. BC Local News: VIU Theatre Students Return to the Stage with Modern Shakespeare Adaptation. The department’s fall production is A Drama Class’ Dream. Reach: 178,000.
  9. BC Local News: Comox Valley Big Band Seeking New Members. Greg Bush, a Jazz Studies Professor, is one of the members. Reach: 178,000.
  10. Nanaimo Bulletin: Vancouver Island University Community Radio Station Celebrates 20th Anniversary. Reach: 174,000.

VIU News

  1. VIU News: VIU Researcher Investigating Impact of Plastic Pollution on Deep-Sea Organisms. Story picked up by Environment JournalWater Canada, and Education News Canada.
  2. VIU News: The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook. Story picked up by Nation Talk.
  3. VIU News: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series Confronts the Housing Crisis. Story picked up by Oceanside News and Targeted News Service (behind a paywall).
  4. VIU Community Classroom: Portal’s Portfolio Live Reading Series Shifts to YouTube.
  5. VIU Blog: Battling Racism and Discrimination with Art: VIU Kinesiology Student Elise Cole Shares Her Story.

Top-performing Broadcast Story

  • A CBC broadcast story about the safety audits that VIU Criminology students were involved with, alongside the RCMP and others, reached 86,000 people.

VIU Student Pulse

    • Most-clicked link: VIU bursaries – instructions for applying.

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