VIU Nursing Professor Receives $10,000 Reach Award

September 10, 2018

Dr. Shannon Dames is investigating how self-compassion development can boost resilience in healthcare workers and address toxic work environments  Vancouver Island University (VIU) Nursing Professor Dr. Shannon Dames and a multidisciplinary team from Island Health are collaborating to develop curriculum that will emphasize the importance of promoting self-compassion among healthcare... Read more


VIU Launches Regional Air Quality Mapping Pilot Project in Alberni Valley

July 26, 2018

Applied Environmental Research Lab’s research vehicle hits the streets in August Researchers with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL) are trolling the streets this summer in the name of science. Faculty, researchers and students involved with the lab have a new world-class research vehicle, and with the co-operation of community partners in... Read more


VIU Library Takes Role in Preserving Regional History

May 23, 2018

Newspaper archives to be digitized at VIU Who are we without our stories? It is in sharing our stories – our history – that we build our connection to community. Ben Hyman, University Librarian at Vancouver Island University (VIU), hopes to strengthen residents’ connections to their community by making the stories of Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley's early history easily accessible to the... Read more


VIU Geography Students Research Barriers to Bio-Diesel Use

May 11, 2018

Research used to increase awareness of bio-diesel as an alternative to fossil fuels What stops a person from adopting a change in their business operations, and what factors could convince them to make that change? Students in Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professor Dr. Matthew Bowes’ upper-level Cultural Geography class are attempting to answer these questions as part of his latest... Read more


VIU's Research Week Showcases Student and Faculty Scholarly Activities

April 5, 2018

Members of the public invited to attend research events Research projects big and small are changing the world as we know it, either by expanding knowledge into unknown realms, offering creative solutions for regional issues or building on existing theories. Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty and students are showcasing their projects during the University’s First Annual Research Week,... Read more


Scientist Uses Television Signals to Send Internet Data to Remote Locations

March 16, 2018

VIU partnering with Pixelstream Communications to field test technology What if you could turn the world’s television infrastructure into a system that can broadcast data that people access on the Internet? It could help people in remote communities gain access to information they might not otherwise be able to obtain, says Frank LoPinto, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Physics instructor... Read more


Lunch and Learn Series Allows Researchers to Share Insights With Community

February 5, 2018

VIU’s Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office presentations explore diverse topics Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Bring Your Lunch and Learn series delves into diverse research topics this semester, including Canadian art, the video game industry and the total solar eclipse of 2017. Lunch and Learn sessions run on Tuesdays at VIU’s Nanaimo Campus from noon to 1 pm in Building... Read more


VIU Offers Brown Bag Education Opportunities

October 10, 2017

Lunch & Learn Series aims to highlight research, scholarly and creative activity at Vancouver Island University Crises happen, usually when we least expect it. People don’t want to think about a catastrophic event, however being prepared is the best defence when an emergency arises, says Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, a VIU recreation and tourism instructor. One of the best ways to arm yourself is... Read more


VIU Alumnus Tracking Migration Habits of Canada Geese

September 26, 2017

Public participation is crucial for the success of the VIU Canada Goose Project While some Canada geese in the Nanaimo area are frequent flyers others are homebodies. Stew Pearce, a VIU alumnus, has been monitoring the migration habits of Canada geese through the VIU Canada Goose Project, which he started as part of his undergraduate research. He is now working under contract with the City of... Read more


VIU Professor Receives $115,000 Discovery Grant

September 15, 2017

Dr. Dan Baker, a VIU Fish Physiologist, is researching how increasing temperatures in North American rivers are affecting sturgeon and salmonids Just one day of intense hot weather could raise water temperatures enough to devastate an entire population of white sturgeon and salmonid eggs and larvae, says Dr. Dan Baker, a VIU Fish Physiologist. But how hot is too hot? That is a question Baker is... Read more


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