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Robert Gifford: Getting Ready for the Big One

The Big One: Getting Ready for North America's Next Major Quake (The Walrus) The Walrus magazine examines the root causes of people's indifference and general lack of interest in natural disaster preparedness. Robert Gifford discusses the "dragons of inaction" and how these psychological barriers prevent us from making better environmental choices.

Robert Gifford: Are you willing to make needed changes?

Climate change a key issue in federal election, but are you willing to make the changes needed? (CHEK News) CHEK News reports on how political parties plan to address Canada's climate-related challenges. Robert Gifford comments on the country's carbon emission targets and the role each and every one of us must play to achieve them. Additional coverage: Experts on federal election (UVic News)

Robert Gifford: Eco-Grief

'Ecological grief is very real' and it can impact mental health of Canadian youth (Global News) Global News reports on the prevalence of climate anxiety among eco-advocates and Canada's youth. Robert Gifford comments on its impacts on mental health and how we can support one another while taking action against the climate crisis.

Danu Stinson: romantic potential?

How to tell if your friendship could have romantic potential (Metro UK) Coverage continues on new UVic research by Danu Stinson exploring how romantic relationships begin and the factors that influence attraction. This research was also covered by a number of other Canadian and US radio and news outlets. Additional coverage: Most Romantic Couples Started Out as Friends, Study Finds (Health Day)

Frederick Grouzet: How to avoid social anxiety

Déconfinement : comment éviter l'anxiété sociale? (CBC Radio-Canada) As the world gradually reopens, many people are feeling anxious about socializing in public after more than a year of pandemic-induced isolation. Radio-Canada's "Boulevard du Pacifique" speaks with Frederick Grouzet about how people can manage and overcome the social anxiety of returning to pre-pandemic life.

Jim Tanaka: Why people of colour are misidentified so often

Why people of colour are misidentified so often (BBC) BBC News has published an extensive feature on the psychology behind misidentification of people of colour, particularly in work environments. This article asks why, when being confused with someone else can happen to anyone, does it happen more often in majority-white spaces to people of colour? Among several leading experts, BBC News has turned to Jim Tanaka for expert comment on facial recognition and automatic categorizations.

Sarah Macoun: Video games help brain function?

Can video games help improve brain function? (CTV Vancouver Island) Coverage continues about Dino Island, the video game created for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. CTV Vancouver Island speaks with Sarah Macoun for insight into the research and development process of this new hybrid learning tool. Additional coverage: Dino Island improves memory and brain function (UVic News)

Sarah Macoun: R&D on Dino Island

Dino Island (CFAX Radio) Sarah Macoun joins CFAX Radio to discuss UVic's research and development of Dino Island, a new age-appropriate video game and learning tool designed to improve the brain function and cognitive performance of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Additional coverage: Surrey links to 'Dino Island' game, aimed at kids with neuro-developmental disabilities (Surrey Now-Leader)

Sara Macoun: Improving Brain Function

Game changer: Video game could help improve brain function for children with disabilities (Times Colonist) The Times Colonist speaks with Sarah Macoun about a new video game project, Dino Island, designed to improve the attention and working memory of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. A team at UVic, building on years of study, have partnered with the private sector to create this project.

Frederick Grouzet: How People Cope

The new normal: Don't expect a return to pre-pandemic life, experts say (Times Colonist) The Times Colonist is turning to experts for comment on pandemic fatigue and the new normal. Saul Klein sheds light on the shifting global economic landscape and how businesses are adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19 while Frederick Grouzet explains how people cope differently to significant life changes and uncertainties.

Bonnie Leadbeater: Hateful Comments

'Your parents would be ashamed'; Horgan sounds off on harassers who have threatened Dr. Henry (CHEK News) CHEK News reports on Premier John Horgan's response to people who have uttered threats and made violent threats toward provincial health officer Bonnie Henry. Professor emerita Bonnie Leadbeater explains the psychology behind these hateful comments and notes that people who resort to violence should be legally accountable for their actions.

Catherine Costigan: Get Outside!

New survey shows spending time outdoors is imperative for Canadian's mental health (CHEK News) A new survey by the Nature Conservancy of Canada found that more people are turning to public parks and green spaces as a way to relieve stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. CHEK News spoke to Catherine Costigan for insight into the mental health benefits of outdoor exercise.

Brianna Turner: Suicide Prevention Barriers

Calls for changes, barriers at Goldstream Trestle after Langford teen's death (Victoria News) Victoria News reports on the growing calls for safety improvements at Goldstream Trestle in Langford following the latest incident of youth suicide in the area. Brianna Turner comments on the complex nature of mental health illnesses and the effectiveness of suicide prevention barriers.

Frederick Grouzet: Finding ways to Thrive in Pandemic

Pandemic stress can lead to impaired decision-making, breaking of health orders: expert (Times Colonist) A front-page article in the Times Colonist includes insights from Olav Krigolson and Frederick Grouzet about the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Krigolson comments on how coronavirus-related stress impairs people's ability to make good decisions, while Grouzet reveals how some people are finding ways to thrive amidst global uncertainty. Victoria hotline offers sounds to inspire joy and calm during pandemic (Times Colonist) Another local media outlet also turned to Grouzet for comment on the new community hotline launched by Victoria's Artist in Residence program to provide music therapy and guided meditation for people struggling with coronavirus-related stress.

Brianna Turner: It's OK not to feel OK

It's OK not to feel OK during the holidays and pandemic: Psychologist (CTV Vancouver Island) CTV News turns to Brianna Turner for insights into the mental health implications of COVID-19, especially on the impacts of isolation measures during the holiday season. Turner outlines the importance of maintaining social connections during times of stress and uncertainty.

Frederick Grouzet: Anxious about the U.S. election?

Anxious about the U.S. election? You're not alone (Times Colonist) For a front-page story in the Times Colonist, Frederick Grouzet and Oliver Schmidtke break-down the Canadians' growing sense of unease over the possible outcome of the US presidential election. Grouzet explains how most Canadians are struggling with their lack of influence or control over an outcome that will greatly impact them. Schmidtke discusses Canadians' concern about the instability and direction of democracy in the US. Additional coverage: Experts on US presidential election (UVic News)

Helia Sehatpour: Need a green recovery from Covid

I am a graduate student in the psychology department and recently wrote an op-ed on the need for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, which was published in the following two news outlets: • The Georgia Straight - Vancouver: https://www.straight.com/news/helia-sehatpour-no-more-time-to-waste-on-climate-crisis • NOW Magazine - NOW Toronto: https://nowtoronto.com/news/op-ed-no-more-time-to-waste-on-the-climate-crisis

Bonnie Leadbeater: Wildfires add to stress during pandemic

Wildfires add to stress during COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island (CHEK News) CHEK News spoke to experts Bonnie Leadbeater and David Atkinson about various implications of the smoke drifting to Vancouver from the California and Washington wildfires. Atkinson explains how environmental shifts are leading to more extreme dry seasons and greater impacts, and Leadbeater discusses how air quality issues are compounding mental health strains.

Paterson, Turner: Impact of pandemic on mental health

UVic researchers study impact of global pandemic on mental health (Times Colonist) UVic researchers are leading the Canadian portion of an international collaborative research project examining the global impact of COVID-19 on mental health. Theone Paterson shares some key elements of the Canadian aspect of the survey study which is being co-led by Brianna Turner. Additional coverage: Expert Q&A on COVID-19 and mental health impacts (UVic News)

Stephen Lindsay: Conspiracy Theory

The Destructive Conspiracy Theory That Victoria Unleashed Upon the World (The Capital) The Capital, a local news source edited by former National Post reporter Tristin Hopper, explores the historical impact of harmful conspiracy theories and specifically focuses on the story of Michelle Proby. Stephen Lindsay comments on the nature and weaknesses of memory and how these can contribute to the creation of false memories.

Theone Paterson, Brianna Turner on CFAX

International mental health research (CFAX Radio) Theone Paterson joins CFAX Radio to talk about a new international collaborative research project which examines the global impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. Paterson comments on the Canadian aspect of the survey study which is being co-led by Brianna Turner. Additional coverage: Expert Q&A on COVID-19 and mental health impacts (UVic News)

Bonnie Leadbeater: We could handle this better

'We could handle this better': expert says B.C. needs to beef up COVID-19 message to youth (CHEK News) Following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases for BC's youth aged 20 to 29, CHEK News spoke to Bonnie Leadbeater who says that blaming young people for being careless is not the right approach. Leadbeater urges the province to direct more specifically applicable health guideline messaging towards youth.

Robert Gifford: Will COVID-19 Help Climate Change

The New Reality: Will COVID-19 help flatten the curve on climate change? (Global News) Environmental experts argue that the COVID-19 pandemic may actually save lives by improving air quality around the world. Robert Gifford says this global disruption provides governments and the public with a unique opportunity to address the climate crisis.

Jim Tanaka: Video Game Environments for Autism

Student developers aim to create a game for children on autism spectrum (Washington Post) A Montreal-based entertainment company has partnered with aspiring student developers to create a game for children living with autism. Jim Tanaka says video games provide environments that are more stable and predictable than the real world for those on the spectrum of autism.

Robert Gifford: Dragons of Inaction

Les « dragons de l'inaction », ces obstacles psychologiques à la lutte pour le climat (Radio-Canada) Radio-Canada features an interview with Robert Gifford about the "dragons of inaction" a term he coined to reference the psychological barriers of climate change. Gifford also discusses what COVID-19 can teach us about our collective capacity for change and other topics from the new podcast miniseries "Scales of Change: A field guide to the Dragons of Climate Inaction" from Future Ecologies. Additional coverage: Scales of Change: Q&A with creators of new climate action podcast (UVic News)

Catherine Costigan: Made in BC Approach Working

'Made in B.C.' approach appears to be working during pandemic (CHEK News) BC's response to COVID-19 has proven to be effective and the province plans to maintain a slower approach to reopening. Catherine Costigan believes people are able to maintain safety protocols for extended periods of time when given credible evidence and a good rationale.

Bob Gifford: Don't Blame the Covidiots

Don't blame the COVIDIOTS, blame the messengers: Why some people don't take the pandemic warnings seriously (National Post) Some Canadians are still not taking the pandemic warnings seriously. Robert Gifford says human brains are wired towards optimism. This front-page article in today's National Post also appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Province and in more than 30 other publications

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Samosa sale for the World Partnership Walk

Do you love samosas? Why not treat your tastebuds while supporting the World Partnership Walk, a global initiative led by theAga Khan Foundation Canada to fight poverty and improve the quality of life for millions in Africa and Asia.

This year, the walk is being supported by UVic's Office of Global Engagement and we're hoping to maintain our position as the top Canadian post-secondary fundraising team again this year.

Eric Metcalfe: Pop Anthropology

Pop Anthropologyis an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe's oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist's honorary doctorate from UVic (UVic DFA 2021, BFA1970).

Qw’an Qw’anakwal - To Come Together

Qw'an Qw'anakwal - To Come Togetheris the 10th anniversary celebration of the Visiting Artist Program hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria featuring newworks by the participating artists.

Ungasittuq - Something that is Far Away

A project by Barry Pottle. Ungasittuqis an exploration of distance, space, acceptance and pushing boundaries.

Go ENG Girl! For Victoria-area girls in Grade 7-12

Invite the girl or young woman you know to attend this half-day event, which will provide information, hands-on activities and encouragement to those interested in exploring engineering as anacademic path and career.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

UVic's Phoenix Theatre presents Dead Man's Cell Phonewritten by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Fran Gebhard.

Student Composers Concert: Part 1

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