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An engaging conference June 20 to 23—Narrative Matters 2016: How Narrative Research Transforms People and Communities—will bring together international and Canadian scholars as well as local decision makers and community members to learn about the use of narrative in research; engage in dialogue about narrative practices; and learn about narrative studies in the Victoria region.
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.
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.
Two promising University of Victoria projects to help prevent spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been given a funding boost.
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.
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.
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.