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Energy retrofit plan could benefit BC

Thu, 2015-10-22 11:10

Co-authors Williamson and Wan
Co-authors Williamson and Wan

A team of UVIc MBA graduates are urging the government to consider an energy retrofit plan for BC homes and buildings, that they say will result in cheaper power bills, less CO2 emissions and more than 1,000 new jobs for the province.

The new report—Cheaper Power Bills, More Jobs, Less CO2 : How On-Bill Financing Done Right can be a Quick Win for British Columbia—was released September 29 by the UVic-based Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The thesis research—conducted by former UVic Gustavon School of Business MBA students Seref Efe, Inam ur Raheem, Tingting Wan and Carter Williamson—analyzed 30 OBF programs in Canada, the US and the UK.


When every second counts...

Wed, 2015-10-14 12:25

Scientists the world over can’t yet reliably predict an earthquake. But they’re making technological advances to rapidly detect an earthquake just as it begins to happen.

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has teamed up with UVic electrical engineering students to demonstrate how ONC earthquake notification technology and a student-designed alert system can provide vital seconds to help people make important decisions—before the shaking starts.


A growing appreciation for Indigenous knowledge

Thu, 2015-10-01 15:34

Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Trudeau Foundation award supports Nancy Turner’s lifelong study of traditional plant use    

A long-time champion of Indigenous knowledge, UVic ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist Nancy Turner has devoted her career to understanding and communicating the crucial role that plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages, especially with respect to land use, rights and title. To support this important work the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation has awarded Turner a $225,000 fellowship over the next three years.


Coastal climate crunch: BC beaches could be battered by both El Niño and La Niña

Thu, 2015-10-01 10:36

Walker on Calvert Island. Credit: D. Shugar, 2014, Hakai Institute
Walker on Calvert Island. Credit: D. Shugar, 2014, Hakai Institute

Pacific research shows that extreme weather patterns—both hot and cold—could mean accelerated erosion in BC.

As storm season approaches, BC coastal communities need to prepare for the possibility of extreme flooding and erosion that come with both El Niño and La Niña weather systems, according to new trans-Pacific research published in Nature Geoscience.


UVic faculty bask in Royal Society of Canada spotlight

Mon, 2015-09-21 14:27

UVic researchers in the spotlight. Photos: UVic Photo Services.
UVic researchers in the spotlight. Photos: UVic Photo Services.

Canada’s academic stars to converge on Victoria

Hey Victoria, get ready to host almost 400 distinguished academic guests—the Royal Society of Canada is coming to town!

The Royal Society (RSC) is Canada’s national academy dedicated to promoting learning and research in three main streams: the arts and humanities; the social sciences; and the sciences.

Every year, the RSC holds its annual general meeting in a different Canadian city. This year, RSC fellows and college members from across the country will converge on the Victoria Conference Centre/Fairmont Empress Hotel on Nov. 26–28. The University of Victoria is the sponsor institution.


Global child health scholar joins UVic

Wed, 2015-09-09 13:08

Vaghri. Credit: UVic Photo Services

An academic leader in global child health and human rights research, who is developing a child rights global monitoring platform that will be tested in New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and BC, has joined UVic as a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Dr. Ziba Vaghri, of the School of Public Health and Social Policy, has more than 15 years of extensive research, international experience, significant awards, and a global network of researchers and practitioners all set on creating a seamless UN-endorsed, rights-based system to measure global child health and development. 

Vaghri’s current work plan could position BC and Canada as leaders in global child health and human rights research. For the past eight years, Vaghri worked with a team of experts serving the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC). They developed a monitoring tool for children younger than nine and led pilot tests in Tanzania, Chile, and will soon do the same in Canada.


Holocaust education in a time of transition

Thu, 2015-09-03 10:58

l-r: Schallié, Thorson, van Noord. Credit: Photo Services.

What will the Holocaust mean to new generations in the 21st century? This summer, the world saw shocking film footage of Edward VIII in 1933 teaching the Nazi salute to the Queen as a young girl in the same year Hitler came to power in Germany, with subsequent international media coverage putting pressure on the royal family to open its archives and also raising important questions about a real risk of losing the educational legacies of the 1940s.

As home to the I-witness Holocaust Field School (the first of its kind for undergraduate students at a Canadian university) and the UVic Holocaust Archive, UVic hosted a global gathering early this month to explore Holocaust education as a means to tackle contemporary issues of hatred, racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, xenophobia, ethnic conflict and genocide.


Legacy of statelessness for migrant families

Tue, 2015-09-01 15:08

Butt (second from right) at a health information session for expectant mothers in East Lombok.

Heartbreaking headlines dominate the news around the world in continuing coverage about the predicament of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Americas seeking lives in new countries. What gets less attention are challenges faced by the millions of families caught up in undocumented migration for temporary work, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. A new study by UVic researchers points to simple solutions that could have great impact.


The beast within: how humans evolved into super predators

Thu, 2015-08-20 09:31

Rope trawl for midwater trawling. Photo: crew and officers of NOAA ship Miller F
Rope trawl for midwater trawling. Photo: crew and officers of NOAA ship Miller Freeman

You need not look far to find the world’s “super predator,” a term used by UVic scientists to describe how human dominance has bred an unrelenting predacious global culture that threatens nature’s balance.

Research published in the Aug. 21 edition of the journal Science by a team led by Dr. Chris Darimont, the Hakai-Raincoast professor of geography at the University of Victoria, shows how extreme human predatory behavior is responsible for widespread wildlife extinctions, shrinking fish sizes and disruptions to global food chains. 


Reclaiming a banned Saanich fishery

Tue, 2015-08-04 13:33

A scene from the 2014 sailing
A scene from the 2014 sailing

Almost a decade ago, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nick Claxton told his family he wanted to revitalize the reef net fishery, a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

His uncle advised: “You can’t just go fishing. You must first build a ceremonial net.” And so began the spiritual, cultural and educational journey that Claxton considers his life’s work. It also became his PhD dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Victoria—a research study designed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice that was nearly lost.