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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.

School is vital link for youth in foster care

In BC, fewer than 50 per cent of youth leaving foster care graduate high school by their 19th birthday. Yet a new study by researchers with the University of Victoria’s School of Social Work found that 75 per cent of youth from foster care reported feeling connected to school, with several citing it as “the constant” in their lives when home or care was unstable or unsafe.

WITS gets top marks

The UVic-led victimization prevention program for children—Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help (WITS)—received top marks earlier in May from Dalhousie University researchers, taking first place when compared to six other international bullying prevention programs.

UVic chemist gets funding to study Zika virus

Two promising University of Victoria projects to help prevent spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been given a funding boost.

Profound warming predicted with high cumulative emissions

If the Earth’s remaining untapped fossil-fuel resources are burned—the equivalent of five trillion tonnes of carbon emissions—the average global temperature is predicted to increase by between 6.4°C and 9.5°C, with Arctic temperatures warming between 14.7°C and 19.5°C, according to a paper published May 23 in Nature Climate Change. The strong warming increase is considerably larger than previously anticipated. Lead author is Katarzyna Tokarska, a PhD student studying climate change and analysis at UVic's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Experts on Trans Mountain pipeline

University of Victoria experts Chris Tollefson (Hakai Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability/Faculty of Law) and James Lawson (Political Science) are available to media to discuss the National Energy Board’s recommendation to conditionally approve the twinning of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

New program builds Indigenous governance skills

Informed by community need and inspired by Calls for Action stemming from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration is offering a new diploma program in Indigenous Community Development and Governance.

Cave art expert a 2016 NatGeo Emerging Explorer

Exploring the meaning behind the geometric symbols on cave walls launched the research career of Genevieve von Petzinger, University of Victoria PhD candidate in anthropology, and won her recognition with a 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer award. She is one of a group of 13 individuals from around the globe whose unconventional thinking and innovations are changing the world for the better, the National Geographic Society announced today.