Research and discovery at UVic

Help from kelp

Help from kelp

Starchy crops such as corn and potatoes,or sugary plants like sugar beets and cane,currently produce the majority of commercial biofuels. But there could be another viable source, one that puts less stress on productive agricultural land—a common brown seaweed known as sugar kelp, or Saccharina latissima.

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A burning question

A burning question

E-cigarettes—they're the latest must-have accessory on the celebrity circuit, have their own slang language, and are predicted to outsell conventional cigarettes within 10 years. But what are the health implications? A UVic graduate student smokes out the facts on the health risks of e-cigarettes.

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Reel life learning

Reel life learning

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at the University of Victoria. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production.

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Lara Lauzon

Do good, feel good

Through a popular community-based course, UVic students learn first-hand how helping others changes lives, including their own. "By helping others, we start living with a little more gratitude and that is a terrific lesson for anyone," says education professor and researcher Lara Lauzon.

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About UVic knowlEDGE

UVic knowlEDGE is a series of half-page research features published in the Victoria Times Colonist, except in July and August. It is produced by University Communications + Marketing with financial support from the Vice-President Research.

Through this series we help inform the local community about the impressive range and quality of research activity at the University of Victoria, and the societal relevance and impact of this research. The series also emphasizes the critical linkage between research and teaching.

Since the inception of the UVic knowlEDGE series in 1999, more than 160 features have appeared in the Times Colonist, which has provided the space as a service to education in our community. The university gratefully acknowledges their support.

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Dr. Ray Siemens

UVic knowlEDGE is published 10 times a year—every month except July and August.

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Dr. Beverly Smith

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