November / December 2016

No vacancy

A new report on homelessness in Vancouver, co-authored by a UVic researcher, says unaffordability is driving people onto the streets, creating backlogs in shelters and preventing others from entering services like addiction recovery. More
 
Supported by the Union Gospel Mission

Hold that drink

You might want to keep your Movember moustache away from alcohol, suggests a new study from UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC. It provides compelling evidence of a significant link between alcohol and prostate cancer, even at low levels of consumption. More
 
Supported by NIH, National Drug Research Institute (Australia)

Newest addition

New advances in medical imaging, new technologies and materials for industry, and fresh insights into the fundamental nature of matter are the expected outcomes of ARIEL, Canada’s newest addition to the world of international accelerator science. More
 
Supported by CFI, BCKDF, governments of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta, NRC

Extreme thinking

UVic climate statistician Francis Zwiers, recently listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s highly cited researchers, studies the use of weather data and computer models to definitively link extreme weather events to human-caused climate change. More
 
PCIC is supported by an endowment from the Government of BC and directly by stakeholders and users

Something fishy

Less than a quarter of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy and the status of almost half is unknown, according to a report co-authored by a UVic biologist. The report outlines how overfishing and decades of poor management have severely depleted fish populations. More
 
Commissioned by Oceana Canada

Trusted brands

What is the most trusted brand in Canada? Find out in UVic’s 2016 Gustavson Brand Trust Index, which ranks 276 national companies and brands subdivided into 27 industry sectors based on a survey measuring level of trust by consumers. More

Heating up

If Earth’s remaining untapped fossil fuel resources are all burned, average global temperatures will rise between 6.4°C and 9.5°C, with the Arctic warming by up to 19.5°C, warns a study led by a UVic PhD student and published in Nature Climate Change. More
 
Supported by NSERC

Leaving a mark

UVic researchers have refined a way to detect the presence of invasive or endangered species in water or soil using the DNA that every organism leaves behind. Early detection is essential for eradication of invasive species, and helps guide protection and remediation for species at risk. More
 
Supported by NSERC
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BCKDF = BC Knowledge Development Fund
CFI = Canada Foundation for Innovation
NIH = National Institutes of Health (US)
NRC = National Research Council
NSERC = Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
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