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Trouble in paradise? MPA fails to protect sharks and rays

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:27

Photo: Genna Robustelli.

A new study led by researchers at the University of Victoria raises serious concerns about the ability of marine protected areas (MPAs) to effectively protect wide-ranging iconic species, such as sharks and rays.


UVic neuroscientists get a head start on concussion diagnosis

Wed, 2015-03-25 11:42

Christie. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Christie. Photo: UVic Photo Services

When a young person hits their head on the ice, on the field or at the pool it can cause damage to the brain. However, current assessment techniques make it difficult for medical practitioners to diagnose a concussion because the tools currently in use are subjective and difficult to interpret.

Thanks to $750,000 in new funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the BC Knowledge Development Fund and UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, two of Canada’s top brain injury experts are on the case.


IdeaFest 2015 wrap-up

Thu, 2015-03-12 10:00

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect to help us prepare for tsunamis? How can we improve our wellness as we age? How do we teach tomorrow’s business leaders to think beyond the bottom line?

These are just a few of the topics that were featured at the University of Victoria’s fourth annual IdeaFest, which ran March 2-7. More than 50 events—all free and open to the public—provided a glimpse into the world-class research and creative activity at UVic that’s having an impact on our lives and the world around us.

A wrap-up of the activities is now available online as a UVic Storify album.


Watershed moments in Indigenous law bode well for UVic law programs

Tue, 2015-03-03 17:09

The summer of 2014 was a remarkable period in Canadian legal history. Within the span of three weeks, two Supreme Court of Canada judgments involving aboriginal title and treaty rights were brought down. Together, they significantly altered fundamental elements of national governance and current plans for economic development, as well as the legal landscape relating to land and resource entitlements.


BikeMaps.org spins success across the globe

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:34

Nelson and her research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness.
Nelson and her BikeMaps.org research team distribute water bottles to raise awareness about the site.

Victoria is a cycling city with more people taking to the bike paths each day—good news for the environment and for BikeMaps.org, a project lead by UVic geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson and a team of researchers in UVic geography.

“My initial idea was to build a website where cyclists could humorously vent about bad interactions with vehicles, other bikes, pedestrians and, yes, urban deer,” says Nelson. “I started planning the project and I quickly realized it wasn’t funny. The available data on cycling safety is abysmal.”


Saying "I do" to a PhD in marriage proposals

Thu, 2015-02-05 11:08

Hoplock in the foreground with a happy couple in the background
Hoplock. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, many couples are busy buying the right gift and booking reservations for romantic dinners. And PhD student Lisa Hoplock is delving into the psychology behind successful and failed marriage proposals.


Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

Wed, 2015-02-04 19:06

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?


What's next for McKinnon?

Tue, 2015-02-03 13:47

Klimstra and Hundza conducting an exercise experiment in a lab
Klimstra and Hundza in the present Motion and Mobility Lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services

In the next few months, the Vikes will slam-dunk for the last time in McKinnon gym, Thunder will wave a fuzzy goodbye to its once-sky-blue walls, gymnasts and martial artists will take in the last of the distinctive 1975 scent of the apparatus gym and most other athletics and recreation activities will relocate to their new digs in CARSA—the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities.

When they do, the 40-year-old McKinnon building will be getting a new lease on life.


Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:07

IdeaFest 2015
IdeaFest 2015

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?


Handling old manuscripts is a hands-on proposition

Mon, 2015-01-26 17:19

When it comes to handling old manuscripts, there’s no fooling around for UVic researcher Dr. Jamie Kemp—the gloves are definitely off. Despite the lingering meme of white-glove clad researchers delicately handling archival material, Kemp says bare skin is best when it comes to the centuries-old books in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.