Research

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VIU researcher using community-engaged approach to BC’s toxic drug crisis

September 19, 2023

Dr. Sharon Karsten received a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar award that will support her in her work. In the midst of BC’s ongoing, toxic drug crisis, a researcher at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is using an arts-based, community-engaged approach to help people “come together in new... Read more


VIU expert spotlight

VIU News & Experts: September 6

September 6, 2023

As a new school year begins, educators are looking at how AI tools like Chat GPT will change teaching and learning. Also in this issue:  Climate action experts Should cellphones be allowed in the classroom?  How a VIU prof's research could change cancer treatments Featured experts Cellphones and... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: August 28, 2023

August 28, 2023

Wildfires, drought and climate anxiety experts 🌍 From August 29 to September 1, VIU is hosting its annual RockVIU new student orientation, a series of events designed to get students connected with services, each other and faculty. VIU is expecting more than 800 students to join in the fun. A great... Read more


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VIU professor develops imaging technology to take a deeper look at tumour metabolism

August 28, 2023

Dr. Kyle Duncan is part of an innovative cancer research team that received funding from the Terry Fox Research Institute. A team of researchers is leading an innovative project that will give clues to the origin and behaviour of cancer. The Terry Fox Research Institute is awarding $2.4 million to... Read more


Brian Timmer wears a SCUBA suit while swimming surrounded by kelp.

Alum of the Month: Brian Timmer

July 31, 2023

As a SCUBA instructor at Sundown Diving, Brian Timmer swam amongst the kelp forests in the waters of Nanoose Bay. During heatwaves in 2014 and 2015, he witnessed those kelp forests disappear.   A few years later while attending Vancouver Island University, he worked for the Mount Arrowsmith... Read more


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What is climate anxiety?

July 28, 2023

Expert Q&A with environmental psychologist Dr. Lindsay McCunn VIU Psychology Professor Dr. Lindsay McCunn Dr. Lindsay McCunn is a VIU Psychology Professor and the Director of VIU’s Environmental Psychology Research Lab. In her role as chair of the environmental psychology section of the... Read more


Dr. Aggie Weighill

How are extreme weather events affecting tourism across Canada?

July 24, 2023

As Canadians grapple with floods and wildfire smoke amidst the height of the summer travel season, VIU Recreation and Tourism Professor Dr. Aggie Weighill recently spoke on CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup about how extreme weather events are affecting tourism across Canada this year.  Listen here... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: June 9, 2023

June 9, 2023

New "fast ferry" for Nanaimo, Oceans Day and more In this edition of VIU News & Experts:  What a new downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo ferry will mean for the region. Interest rate hikes and what they mean for home buyers/owners. World Oceans Day experts. VIU gets $1 million for... Read more


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5 Questions with Melissa Huggan

May 31, 2023

Dr. Melissa Huggan, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Math Professor, received the 2022 Kirkman Medal from the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA). The award recognizes excellent research by fellows or associate fellows of the ICA early in their research careers.  “She is a... Read more


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Vancouver Island University welcomes award-winning foot and ankle researcher

May 24, 2023

Dr. Michael Asmussen received a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar award to bring his research to VIU. “You need to improve your stability” is one of the most common pieces of advice offered by clinicians to people recovering from an injury resulting from a fall. Despite this, researchers are... Read more