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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.

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.

Are BC electricity imports a realistic solution to Alberta's emissions reduction plan?

Recent proposals to use BC hydropower as a substitute for coal power in Alberta should be viewed in the context of new research showing that in the long-term, BC has little energy to spare, and that any substitute power would in fact be originating from the US. The research was released today by the 2060 Project, a joint initiative of the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems and the UVic-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

CUVIC 2016 to highlight UVic and community responses to TRC's Calls to Action

First Nations chiefs, Indigenous community leaders, residential school survivors, community members, faculty and students will gather on campus April 27 to 29 to explore how the university and broader communities are heeding the TRC’s Calls to Action on child welfare, education, health, justice, and language and culture. CUVIC 2016 will welcome 200 delegates—from across Vancouver Island and BC and as far away as Nova Scotia.