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Canada's academic stars are coming to Victoria

Eight UVic faculty members are being honoured for their impact in areas vital to Canada and the world.

The force is with UVic Star Wars expert

When it comes to the original Star Wars trilogy, the force is definitely with University of Victoria PhD candidate David Christopher. An instructor of cinema and cultural theory in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, he is not only developing a course on Star Wars which he hopes to debut at UVic in 2016, but he also played the role of Darth Vader at his own Star Wars-themed wedding.

Expert on McKenzie Interchange design concepts

Dr. Scott Iverson of the University of Victoria's Faculty of Engineering, who has expertise in sustainable transportation systems engineering, is available to media to discuss the design options unveiled by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure yesterday as potential improvements to the McKenzie Interchange.

Canada's academic stars to converge on Victoria

Royal Society of Canada scientists, scholars and artists from across the country will converge on the Fairmont Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria on Nov. 26-28 for the society’s annual general meeting.

Critical time for BC's new water law

BC’s new Water Sustainability Act will not successfully protect the province’s freshwater resources unless the right regulations and resources are in place to make the law fully functional, says an analysis by the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance.

UVic-based technology set to revolutionize standard blood tests

With the current system for disease diagnosis, each biomarker test—which refers to measurements in the blood of specific proteins associated with specific diseases—requires large, separate blood draws. Now, UVic biochemists Terry Pearson and Washington DC-based Leigh Anderson, along with their start-up company SISCAPA Assay Technologies Inc., have developed a technique that can measure more than 25 different biomarkers at once in just one drop of dried blood.

Study is first to map Earth's hidden groundwater

The first data-driven estimate of the Earth’s total supply of groundwater shows that less than six per cent of groundwater in the upper two kilometers of the Earth’s landmass is renewable within a human lifetime. The study, in Nature Geoscience, is led by Dr. Tom Gleeson with co-authors at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Calgary and the University of Göttingen. With the growing global demand for water—especially in light of climate change—this study provides important information to water managers and policy developers as well as scientists from fields such as hydrology, atmospheric science, geochemistry and oceanography to better manage groundwater resources in a sustainable way.

New initiative to examine fossil fuel networks in Western Canada

A new six-year research and public engagement initiative, partly funded by SSHRC and jointly led by UVic, the CCPA and the Parkland Institute, will map the networks of fossil fuel industries in Western Canada.

Unique gap identified in treating city's most vulnerable citizens

People with hepatitis C who inject drugs are some of society’s most vulnerable citizens and also the most challenging to medically treat. Better outcomes are achieved, however, when social barriers are addressed in step with medical treatment, concludes a study conducted by the University of Victoria and a Victoria inner-city health clinic.