VIU Master of Community Planning Program Launches Academic Journal

December 4, 2018

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Master of Community Planning program now has its own peer-reviewed academic journal. Future Plans, an online academic journal accepting submissions from students, professional planners, consultants and researchers across Canada, published its first edition in late November. Featured authors in the inaugural edition include VIU students, a VIU professor and a... Read more


VIU Student Investigates How to Help Cities Better Prepare for Natural Disasters

November 28, 2018

Can community planning play a role in creating more resilient communities that are better able to withstand natural disasters? Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master of Community Planning student Lainy Nowak says without a doubt. She is investigating ways in which governments can plan cities to better withstand slow-moving environmental issues such as climate change and fast-moving natural... 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


VIU Launches Nanaimo-focused Remembrance Day Project

October 29, 2018

For 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, nearly 200 names of Nanaimo soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars will be displayed in prominent locations across the city. Nanaimo Remembers is a unique video memorial project that displays details about the fallen soldiers listed on the Dallas Square Cenotaph downtown. Spearheaded by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Marketing,... Read more


VIU Research a Breakthrough in Opioid Overdose Harm Reduction

October 29, 2018

Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are zeroing in on a drug-testing method that could dramatically slow a burgeoning epidemic of opioid overdoses and potentially save countless lives. Led by Dr. Chris Gill, a VIU Chemistry professor and Co-Director of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL), the research uses mass spectrometry-based methods to overcome key... Read more


Gender Historians Bring International Research Journal to VIU

October 15, 2018

The world’s leading journal on the history of gender relations is now basing its North American editorial operations out of Vancouver Island University (VIU). VIU History Professors Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Dr. Katharine Rollwagen and Dr. Cathryn Spence made a successful bid to become the North American co-editors of Gender & History, a well-respected international journal that publishes... Read more


VIU Professor and Master’s Student Collaborate to Develop Vancouver Island's Water Budget

October 3, 2018

In resource-rich Canada, people often assume our water supply is limitless but between contamination and overuse, we have to wonder: how much water is really available? Vancouver Island University (VIU) Geography Professor Dr. Alan Gilchrist and Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications student, Tim Sivak, have partnered with the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource... Read more


Lunch Series Looks to Satisfy Appetites for Information

October 3, 2018

An upcoming series of talks at Vancouver Island University (VIU) promises to put the lunch hour to good use satisfying appetites for intriguing information. The purpose of the Lunch and Learn series is to build a culture of knowledge sharing at VIU — whether it’s original research, scholarship or other creative activity — in a supportive, non-formal setting, says organizer Tanis Dagert, VIU... Read more


VIU attends UArctic Council Meeting and Congress in Oulu and Helsinki, Finland

September 26, 2018

Vancouver Island University attends UArctic Council Meeting and Congress in Oulu and Helsinki, Finland As an Arctic Nation, Canada is a significant member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic). UArctic was created in 2002, and VIU has been a member institution since 2007. Since 2010, and through the North2North (N2N) student mobility program, VIU has hosted 20 students from... Read more


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


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