Author Archives: ameliaritchie

Orphaned baby bears and shrinking habitat due to wildfires

February 15, 2024 | The Hamilton Spectator via UVic News

Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smelters, BC, have an overwhelming number of orphaned black bears in their care this spring. Environmental conditions caused by climate change have led to an increase in human-bear interactions, and an increase in orphaned bears. UVic’s Dr. Chris Darimont shared his expertise on why bears are more frequently entering human-dominated spaces and bears are being found with hunter-caused injuries. Dr. Darimont and Northern Lights will be partnering on a project to collar and study 30 bears’ rehabilitation back into their natural environment.

Dr. Darimont is an interdisciplinary researcher, Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science, and Geography Professor at UVic.  If you are interested in learning more from this exciting researcher, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to check out UVicSpace, our open access institutional repository. Twenty-three of Dr. Darimont’s publications are freely available there!

Spider webs catch more than prey. They’re also jam-packed with animal DNA

February 7, 2024 | via UVic News

Innovations in the field of environmental DNA (eDNA) have determined that traces of vertebrate DNA can be collected from soil, water, plants, and even air. Scientists in Australia have now added spider webs to that list. Collecting DNA from first an animal sanctuary in Perth and then the Perth Zoo, these scientists have gathered valuable research that will advance this emerging field of study.

UVic’s Dr. Mark Louie Lopez applauds the cleverness of using spider webs to collect eDNA. This method is quicker than others (such as collecting from blood-sucking creatures), and it addresses some barriers that make eDNA detection difficult (such as confounding organic inhibitors). He stresses, though, that eDNA cannot give a full picture of biological diversity.

Dr. Lopez is a University of Victoria researcher with the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology’s C. Helbing Lab, as well as an iTrackDNA and Liber Ero postdoctoral fellow. To learn more from this exciting scholar, please visit the University of Victoria’s open access institutional repository UVicSpace, where one of Dr. Lopez’s publications is available.

Should You Sleep With Your Best Friend on Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2024 | Psychology Today via UVic News

Reiterating the findings of a 2021 article by UVic’s Danu Anthony Stinson and the University of Manitoba’s Lisa B. Hoplock and Jessica J. Cameron, a recent Psychology Today article shares that the Western ‘dating script’ does not adequately take into consideration the multiple paths to initiating a romantic relationship. The friends-to-lovers pathway, the article(s) emphasize, is particularly overlooked in relationship science. By ignoring this pathway and instead focusing on the sparks of attraction that come from viewing someone’s dating profile, academics perpetuate a heterosexist understanding of dating.

Dr. Danu Anthony Stinson – the lead author of the referenced 2021 article from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science – is a Professor in UVic’s Department of Psychology. Her areas of interest include social psychology, interpersonal relationships and the self. If you are interested in learning more from Dr. Stinson about close relationships, gender (mis)measurement, and singlehood, please visit UVicSpace, the university’s open access institutional repository.

Open Education Resources (OER) Showcase Event

In celebration of Open Education Week 2024University of Victoria Libraries, BCcampus, and Open Education Week 2024 logos.

Please join UVic Libraries, ePublishing Services on Thursday, March 7, from 1:00pm-2:30pm PST, for our Open Educational Resources (OER) Showcase! This event, which is in celebration of Open Education Week 2024, is a panel discussion between UVic authors who have created open textbooks. After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion over some light refreshments. This is a hybrid event, taking place in the Digital Scholarship Commons and over Zoom. All are welcome!

We are thrilled to have Dr. Rosalie Starzomski, Natalie Boldt, and Dr. Lijun Zhang joining us as panelists!

Dr. Rosalie Starzomski is Professor Emeritus at the School of Nursing. Her open textbook – co-written with Dr. Janet Storch and Dr. Patricia Rodney – is titled Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice, 3rd Edition. It is available for download via UVicSpace (the university’s institutional repository).

Natalie Boldt, a co-author of Why Write? A Guide for Students in Canada 2nd Edition will also be joining us as a panelist. Natalie is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and a member of the Centre for Academic Communication team.

Dr. Lijun Zhang is Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics.  Dr. Zhang adapted an OpenStax Textbook for the UVic undergraduate course ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics.

The panelists will address topics such as:

  • why they chose to go open with their textbook,
  • rewards and challenges of the process,
  • technical aspects of the book’s production,
  • feedback received during the process (e.g., from students and colleagues),
  • what it was like collaborating with UVic Libraries,
  • group dynamics and production workflows,
  • advice they would give to authors contemplating creating open textbooks,
  • and more!

The event will also be an opportunity to launch UVic Libraries’ OER by Discipline Directory, a curated collection of OER resources for the UVic community.

Please contact for more information.

Event Information

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, PST

Location: This is a hybrid event, taking place in the Digital Scholarship Commons, UVic Libraries, and on Zoom

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided

Registration: via LibCal

Scheduled major upgrade impacting institutional repository

We will be carrying out a scheduled major upgrade of the institutional repository (UVicSpace) beginning noon, Friday February 16, 2024 and ending Friday, February 23, 2024.

As a result, UVicSpace will not be available for students to submit their thesis or dissertation. Staff and faculty will also not be able to submit manuscripts to their assigned collections.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact us at if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime.

Prominent Nuu-chah-nulth artist George Clutesi has a career retrospective exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery

January 19, 2024 | The Vancouver Sun via UVic News

The George Clutesi: ḥašaḥʔap / ʔaapḥii / ʕc̓ik / ḥaaʔaksuqƛ / ʔiiḥmisʔap exhibit is now open at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. This retrospective on Clutesi’s artistic and cultural influence – which is still underappreciated – will run at the Bill Reid gallery until January 19th, 2025. Clutesi was an artist, novelist, and educator from the Tseshaht First Nation. He passed away in 1988.

This exhibit was put together by members of the University of Victoria Visual Story Lab (based in the Department of Anthropology). Two of these individuals, Dr. Andrea Walsh and Dr. Jennifer Robinson, have open access publications freely available on UVicSpace, the University of Victoria’s institutional repository.

Alongside working with the Visual Story Lab, Dr. Walsh a visual anthropologist, Associate Professor in Anthropology, and Smyth Chair in Arts & engagement at the University of Victoria. Dr. Robinson is a post-doctoral fellow in the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and Adjunct Faculty Member in Anthropology.

Bombardier Unveils University of Victoria as First Announced Academic Partnership in the Pan-Canadian EcoJet Research Project; UVic and Bombardier partner on developing lower-emission planes; ‘Pushing the envelope’: Collaboration between UVic and Bombardier looking to make jet aviation more sustainable

January 24, 2024 | Yahoo! Finance via UVic News; January 25, 2024 | Vancouver is Awesome via UVic News; January 31, 2024 | CTV News Vancouver Island via UVic News

Canadian aircraft manufacturing company Bombardier and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) have enjoyed a decades-long partnership. Alongside British Columbia’s SME Quaternion Aerospace, the companies are collaborating on the EcoJet Research Project; a sustainability-focused multi-year initiative aiming to decrease flight emissions by up to 50%. Flight testing for blended-wing design prototype aircrafts began in 2017 and is now continuing with 18-foot-wide vehicles.

CfAR is responsible for development, testing and data analysis of the prototype.

Dr. Afzal Suleman, founder and director of CfAR, shares that the Centre’s innovative work with Bombardier is a significant example of the profound legacy that their students and researchers are having on the future of aviation.

Dr. Suleman is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVic whose area of expertise lies in multidisciplinary design optimization and computational and experimental mechanics in aerospace technology. The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at UVic Libraries is proud to share that seventeen of Dr. Suleman’s publications are available in our open access institutional repository, UVicSpace!

Construction d’un laboratoire “de pointe” à Vancouver pour lutter contre le cancer

January 30, 2024 | CBC Radio-Canada via UVic News

A new cyclotron and radiopharmacy laboratory is currently being installed on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. The lab, whose goal is to help the fight against cancer in British Columbia, is supported by a $21 million dollar investment from the province as part of its ten-year cancer plan.

In a recent CBC Radio-Canada article about the lab, UVic’s Dr. Damien Contandriopoulos is quoted lauding the investment as a good medium-term care solution for B.C.’s cancer patients. Dr. Contandriopoulos explains that the new lab, however, will not have much effect on patients’ short-term care needs. This is because, initially, a series of delays in the health care process mean that patients end up waiting for care.

A Professor in the University of Victoria’s School of Nursing, Dr. Contandriopoulos’ research focuses primarily on health policy-making processes, evidence-based decision making, and nurse-intensive models of healthcare delivery. Are you interested in learning more about these and other topics from this important UVic scholar? The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office encourages you to visit UVicSpace, our open access institutional repository, where nine of Dr. Contandriopoulos’ publications are freely available.