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Vikes Championship Breakfast makes debut in CARSA

Over 650 supporters filled the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) performance gym on Sept. 29 to celebrate the 8th Annual Vikes Championship Breakfast. The event raised over $445,000 this year for Vikes student-athlete scholarships, pushing the eight-year total to over $3.3 million. Photo: APShutter.com.

UVic students, alumni make a difference through volunteering

Over 250 University of Victoria students and alumni will fan out across the region on Saturday, Oct. 3 to volunteer in 19 local organizations as part of Project Serve Day.

Pot's bad rap as a gateway drug disputed: study

Cannabis’ reputation as a gateway drug may be turning over a new leaf, according to a study by researchers at the University of Victoria and UBC. The findings suggest that cannabis can be a safer substitute for potentially more dangerous drugs like prescription opiates, alcohol and illicit substances and that for some people, it might even be an "exit drug" to addiction.

New SSHRC-funded study on ethics of big data

What are the social and political consequences of surveillance and big data collection? International privacy expert Colin Bennett brings UVic into a new study led by Queen’s University on the ethics and implications of surveillance and big data in Canada.

Retrofit loans, done differently, mean energy efficient homes plus jobs for BC

A streamlined form of borrowing that enables homeowners to repay the cost of energy retrofits via their electricity bills would, in time, save British Columbia four terawatt hours in energy use plus make homes a lot cheaper to run, according to a new study from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria.

El Nino and La Nina pose double whammy for BC coast

As storm season approaches, BC coastal communities need to prepare for the possibility of extreme flooding and erosion that come with both El Nino and La Nina weather systems, according to a new study published on Sept. 21. Researchers from 13 different institutions including Ian Walker of UVic’s geography department analyzed wave, water level and shoreline response data to identify the impacts.

"Living, breathing" mannequins now part of curriculum for Vancouver Island health students

Health care learners in Greater Victoria will gain crucial clinical and interprofessional skills treating life-like mannequins that breathe, talk, cough and moan in pain at a new simulation centre opening Sept. 17 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow

UVic ethnobotanist Dr. Nancy Turner—a long-time champion of Indigenous traditional knowledge who has spent more than four decades exploring the human relationship to our natural environment—was announced Sept. 17 as one of five 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellows. This prestigious national award honours her career-long devotion to understanding and communicating the crucial role that plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages.