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Award honours psychology pioneer Mateer

Fri, 2011-02-25 10:27

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Mateer. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Acclaimed clinical neuropsychology professor and University of Victoria administrator Dr. Catherine Mateer is the inaugural recipient of a new award from the BC Psychological Association, created in her name—the Catherine Mateer Scientist-Practitioner Award.

Mateer is widely known for her groundbreaking work in the area of cognitive rehabilitation for survivors of head trauma.

Bullied teens have higher chance of becoming depressed adults

Tue, 2011-02-22 12:36

Teens who are repeatedly bullied report depression and anxiety into young adulthood. That is just one of the conclusions found in new research by UVic psychology PhD grad, Rachel Yeung. A high degree of emotional support from parents and friends can reduce the impact of emotional problems experienced by victimized teens.

Human activity linked to extreme precipitation: UVic researcher

Thu, 2011-02-17 10:17

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Zwiers. Photo: UVic Photo Services

A new study co-authored by Francis Zwiers, the director of UVic’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, suggests that human-induced global warming may be responsible for the increases in heavy precipitation that have been observed over much of the Northern Hemisphere including North America and Eurasia over the past several decades.

Whatever it takes to get off the couch

Thu, 2011-02-10 12:48

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Bikes, video games, dogs—UVic behavioural psychologist Ryan Rhodes has studied a variety of motivations to get people off the couch and into a more active lifestyle. He and fellow researchers have examined whether owning a dog motivates people to maintain a regular walking schedule and has demonstrated that using computer game bikes to power the gaming progress is another effective way to entice people to stick to an exercise regime.

Gaming? Dog walking? Whatever it takes to get off the couch

Thu, 2011-02-03 09:18

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Bikes, video games, dogs—UVic behavioural psychologist Ryan Rhodes has studied a variety of motivations to get people off the couch and into a more active lifestyle.

BC commits $13.3 million to UVic ocean research

Wed, 2011-01-19 13:21

UVic's new research ship
UVic's new research ship. Photo: UVic Communications

The BC government has committed $13.3 million to two UVic-led ocean research projects for monitoring some of the province’s most critical marine waterways and the health of our oceans, Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong announced on Jan. 18. The university will use part of the funding provided by the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund to refit the former Coast Guard vessel Tsekoa II for ocean research. An additional $4.4 million from the fund will finance expansion of the VENUS coastal network, part of the University of Victoria's Ocean Networks Canada Observatory. Media release and backgrounder.

New device allows everyone to rack 'em up

Mon, 2011-01-10 11:01

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L-R: Lane and CanAssist Director Livingstone

When the University of Victoria’s CanAssist team held its Christmas party in 2008, everyone had a great time shooting pool—everyone except Dan Spelt, a research assistant in CanAssist’s software lab who has cerebral palsy and is unable to hold a billiard cue. CanAssist develops and delivers innovative technologies and services to improve the quality of life for those with special needs. That night, Darcy Lane, CanAssist’s manager of hardware, said that someday the team would create a device that would enable Dan to play pool.

New chair will help UVic students succeed in East Asia

Thu, 2011-01-06 12:40

Students at UVic will be better prepared to do business in East Asia thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from Stephen Jarislowsky, founder and CEO of the Montréal-based investment company, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.

UVic biomedical engineer “outsmarts” HIV

Wed, 2011-01-05 11:20

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Willerth. Photo: Robie Liscomb

New groundbreaking research by University of Victoria biomedical engineer Stephanie Willerth has significantly advanced the understanding of HIV and how to treat it. Experts estimate that 38 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV and 4.1 million more are diagnosed each year. In order to design effective long-term treatments, scientists need to learn more about how the virus mutates and develops resistance to medications.

Life’s a ball (a reef ball)

Wed, 2011-01-05 11:03

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Mucciarelli and reef ball with octopus. Photo: Scott Stevenson

For most Victoria residents, the city’s iconic Ogden Point breakwater is a place to take a stroll, enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps see a seal or passing pod of killer whales. But there’s a lot more going on there, although most of us can’t see it. Below the waterline, the breakwater’s enormous granite blocks are a beacon for a remarkable variety of sea life. That’s why Ogden Point is such a popular destination for scuba divers. And that’s why it’s the site of a unique research project led by Valerie Mucciarelli, a UVic graduate student in environmental studies.