Culinary arts and microbiology students in the lab

VIU Media Highlights: November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

Seaweed product research, Christmas magic & sustainable packaging 📦 November is a busy month at VIU. Students are showcasing projects they have been working on all semester, and we have a lineup of community-focused events and campaigns.  Top stories VIU students pitch seaweed products to... Read more

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Using technology to support Indigenous data sovereignty

September 28, 2022

Dr. Shanna Lorenz, VIU’s 2022 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, is working with Indigenous communities on a data gathering app.       Dr. Shanna Lorenz’s research is supporting Indigenous data sovereignty thanks to a digital app called Our Data Indigenous, which she... Read more

Burn scars on peatlands in Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia.

Severe fire activity declines in Equatorial Asia

September 28, 2022

Research led by VIU’s Dr. Sean Sloan finds wildfire activity less severe today than in early 2000s, particularly in managed landscapes. Fires have become less severe in Equatorial Asia, potentially marking a new chapter for this tropical epicentre of burning, drought and related carbon emissions,... Read more

Kelly Black looks off to the horizon with a mountain in the distance.

5 Questions with Kelly Black

September 27, 2022

Kelly Black, a Vancouver Island University Adjunct History Professor, received the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award from the BC Historical Federation this June. The article, “Explaining Settlers to Ourselves: Rethinking interpretive narratives at heritage sites” was published in the spring... Read more

Serene Kerpan head and shoulders with greenery behind her

Alum of the Month: Dr. Serene Kerpan

September 24, 2022

When Dr. Serene Kerpan returned to Vancouver Island University this fall to teach and conduct research in the Kinesiology program, she was joining professors who had mentored her when she was a student at VIU years ago. Kerpan graduated from VIU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double... Read more

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VIU research projects receive funding boost

September 21, 2022

BC government invests in three projects with conservation and resource management themes. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to receive funding from the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) to support three faculty-driven research projects. Tri-kingdom eco-evolutionary dynamics and... Read more

Trevor Michalchuk and Lily Eggert, wearing high visibility vests, while standing in front of the Mass Specmobile.

VIU researchers measure methane at Alberni Valley Landfill

August 17, 2022

Student researchers gain valuable hands-on experiences while helping to fight climate change. Methane is more potent than carbon dioxide and reducing or eliminating emissions is a critical step to help fight climate change.  Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are working with the ... Read more

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VIU Adjunct Professor’s research seeks to improve perinatal, neonatal services in Nunavut village

July 25, 2022

Dr. Patricia Johnston has been awarded a $500K grant from the Canadian Institute of Health research for her project. ­­ Vancouver Island University (VIU) Adjunct Professor and Sessional Instructor of Social Work Dr. Patricia Johnston has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Canadian Institute of... Read more

Picture of VIU Professor Aggie Weighill and two members of her research team

How did COVID-19 affect recreation programing in the Yukon?

July 14, 2022

A research project aims to develop a more resilient, post-pandemic model of recreation delivery in the territory. How COVID-19 impacted people in rural and remote communities, and the role that recreation can play in pandemic recovery, are the focus of research being conducted by Vancouver Island... Read more

An aerial photo of the Nanaimo tramway.

VIU students create community exhibit at Nanaimo Museum

June 15, 2022

Exhibit, which explores the history behind some of city’s more unusual street names, runs until June 25. Nanaimo is home to many streets with less-than-common names, such as Dingle Bingle Hill Road and Bergen Op Zoom Drive.  Between January and April, students in two upper-level history courses at... Read more