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New biodiversity app for BC central coast

From seaweeds and sea stars to wolves and eagles, a new app provides experts and amateurs with a tool to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest to help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC’s central coast. The guide for phone, computer and tablet is a collaborative project developed by UVic's Brian Starzomski and including grad studentChanda Brietzke and alumna Kelly Fretwell. Photo: Amy Hartzenberg.

BC can expect worse droughts than in past three to four centuries

Combined with the impacts of climate change and deforestation, the coastal regions of southern BC are very likely to be hit by a worse drought within the coming decades than any time in the last three to four centuries, according to a new report co-authored by recent PhD graduate Bethany Coulthard at the University of Victoria.

New sexualized violence policy to be developed

The University of Victoria will begin consultations in May to develop a separate policy on sexualized violence that will build on current policies and practices and reinforce the university’s commitment to a safe campus where sexualized violence is unacceptable.

Brain Waves at Base Camp

The Tibetan Buddhist monks at Tengboche Monastery in Nepal get a lot of visitors—from trekkers to the spiritually curious. But no one has ever made the 3,870 metre trek to measure their brainwaves. Neuroscientist with the University of Victoria’s Centre for Biomedical Research, Olav Krigolson will be traveling to the remote Himalayan monastery with portable electroencephalography devices to examine the neural characteristics of meditation in a group of about 30 monks.

PhD study on Indigenous housing

A comprehensive study of on-reserve housing by University of Victoria PhD candidate Sylvia Olsen explains for the first time the history of the Indigenous housing crisis in Canada and the persistent failures of the federal system over a span of 65 years.