Dr.Aaron Devor and Alyx MacAdams

World's only Chair in Transgender Studies established at UVic

UVic sociologist Aaron Devor was announced Jan. 15 as the Chair in Transgender Studies—the first of its kind—with a donation of $1 million by the Tawani Foundation (founded and led by Lt. Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker of Chicago) to install the inaugural chair in UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences for five years.

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Ian Walker

New study warns of double whammy of weather along BC coast

A new study co-authored by UVic’s Ian Walker points to possibilities of severe flooding and erosion with El Nino and La Nina weather systems. (Photo: Walker on Calvert Island. Credit: D. Shugar, 2014, Hakai Institute)

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Tumbler Ridge, BC coal photo credit:Picture BC Initiative

New initiative to examine fossil fuel networks in Western Canada

A six-year collaborative initiative, partly funded by SSHRC and jointly led by UVic, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute, will map the networks of fossil fuel industries in Western Canada.

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Are humans unsustainable 'super predators'?

A UVic study shows how extreme human predatory behavior is responsible for widespread wildlife extinctions, shrinking fish sizes and disruptions to global food chains.

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nancy turner

UVic ethnobotanist earns national fellowship

UVic ethnobotanist and Hakai Research Chair in Ethnoecology Nancy Turner is the fourth UVic professor to be honoured with this prestigious national fellowship. As a 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow, she is recognized for her research on the crucial role plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages.

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Galiano Island field school breathes new life into learning

“The highlight of the field school for me was the hands-on learning and knowing that the project we worked on was being used for actual research for ongoing projects.” (course: ES 441, School of Environmental Studies)

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