Research

Headshot of Dr. Andrew Loudon

VIU researcher examining how microbes could protect frogs and Pacific oysters from diseases

November 22, 2023

Dr. Andrew Loudon received a $165,000 NSERC Discovery Grant to pursue his research. Dr. Andrew Loudon is working to protect the Columbia spotted frog from a deadly disease and breed a more disease-resistant and resilient Pacific oyster. The Vancouver Island University (VIU) microbiology professor’s... Read more


Culinary arts students serve their seaweed creations to attendees during Urchin Tank, 2022.

VIU students showcase innovative seafood creations during Urchin Tank

November 20, 2023

What: Urchin Tank – Seaweed Challenge When: Friday, November 24, 5 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Urchin Tank is back this fall with five new student teams competing to see who has created the best fermented seaweed... Read more


Stephen Davies sits at his computer with a digitized letter on the screen

Putting a human face to the Canadian war experience

November 7, 2023

Expert commentary with Dr. Stephen Davies, Director of the Canadian Letters and Images Project Vancouver Island University History Professor Dr. Stephen Davies is founder of the Canadian Letters and Images Project, an online, digital archive of Canadian wartime letters and related materials. He... Read more


Dr. Stephen Davies sits in front of his computer, which displays a digitized letter

VIU News & Experts: November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023

In this issue of VIU News & Experts:  Telling the stories of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice Conflict resolution expertise President and vice-chancellor re-appointed VIU experts in the news Celebrating diversity through movement at WorldVIU Days Putting a human face to war VIU... Read more


A crowded festival scene with tents and a bouncy castle

VIU News & Experts: October 19, 2023

October 19, 2023

Supernatural tales, life-changing research and short-term rental rules 📖 VIU's Nanaimo campus is going to be a busy place this Saturday as we host our first-ever community festival. DiscoverFest includes live music, an artisan market, science demos, expert talks, campus tours, activities for kids... Read more


Sharon Karsten standing and smiling with her arms crossed in front of a blurred background of greenery

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


Kyle Duncan leans against a white railing.

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