Research

VIU Researchers Aim to Develop Improved Mapping Methods For Canada's North

January 15, 2019

A Vancouver Island University (VIU) research project will provide a unique opportunity to examine the glacial landscape of Canada’s North, leading to new mapping methods that will help people identify sources of sand, gravel or minerals.  Canada’s North is rich in natural resources and a major driver of economic growth in the region. Large mineral deposits could include diamonds, gold,... 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’S MABRRI Researches the Importance of the French Creek Estuary Area

December 5, 2018

As communities continue to expand on Vancouver Island, creating a balance between development and natural spaces is even more crucial to ensure the protection of the environment and wildlife.  The Friends of French Creek Conservation Society (FFCCS) sought out the expertise of VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) to help support their efforts to... Read more


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


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