Author Archives: Danice Szabo

Direct Messaging: Warning Labels on Alcohol

December 12, 2019 | UVic News

Researchers from the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction in Ottawa (the Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms project) are working on a pilot project in the Yukon. Together they are studying changes in consumer drinking patterns and knowledge of health risks after warning labels are affixed to alcohol containers. The results from the pilot were so well received that the project findings became:

[an]… international media story, with articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Media outlets in Ireland, a country that was debating cancer warning labels on alcohol containers around the same time, were frequently referencing the Yukon study…

Both Tim Stockwell (UVic’s CISUR director) and Kate Vallance who participated in the study have also published open access articles that are available in the University of Victoria’s institutional repository, UVicSpace. We encourage you to visit UVicSpace to browse and read the important work of both Stockwell and Vallance.

Cross-cultural research uses information literacy instruction

June 7, 2019| UVic News

UVic libraries is proud to share a UVic News article that highlights the work of two UVic librarian researchers;

Through focus groups with students and workshops for academic Indian librarians, [Aditi] Gupta and [Rebecca] Raworth [retired] discovered that one of the biggest barriers that Indian librarians encounter is the absence of information literacy instruction in Indian library schools. The pair demonstrated that by developing IL competencies in librarians through active-learning workshops, they were making an impact on librarians’ ability to provide IL[information literacy] instruction to students at their own institutions.

Interested in information systems and library work? Please visit UVicSpace to read more work from Aditi Gupta and Rebecca Raworth.

All-Electric BC Transport

October 30, 2019 | UVic News

“If all vehicles in British Columbia were powered by electricity instead of liquid fuels by 2055, BC would need to more than double its electricity generation capacity to meet forecasted energy demand—and the move could prove surprisingly cost-effective.

The finding comes from a team of University of Victoria researchers with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and will be published in the November issue of Applied Energy.”

The Applied Energy article co-author, Curran Crawford, also has several of his open access papers in UVicSpace.

Are you looking for more open access works along the same line as Crawford’s work? UVicSpace allows you to search by subject! Visit our home page and select the right hand ‘Browse’ menu then select the ‘Subjects’ option. To get you started try typing in the following search terms to the ‘Browsing by Subject’ search :

  • renewable energy
  • renewable integration
  • electricity markets
  • wind energy

UVicSpace is an open access learning and research repository for published and unpublished digital scholarly works by the UVic community and its partners.

Victoria Hand Project helps amputees and kids in Canada and US

December 3, 2019 | UVic News

A University of Victoria initiative that provides 3D-printed prosthetic hands to amputees in seven developing countries around the world will now be able to extend its reach to help people in underserved and remote communities in Canada and the US. 

This initiative led by Nick Dechev, UVic professor of mechanical engineering and executive director of the Victoria Hand Project (VHP), received a $1-million award by the 2019 TD Ready Challenge. UVic was one of ten 2019 grantees announced on December 3, 2019.

Interested in reading more about Nick Dechev’s exciting work? Follow this link to read his papers in UVicSpace, UVic’s institutional repository.

Congratulations to everyone at the Victoria Hand Project!

Research on Safer Water

December 12, 2019 | UVic News

Jody Paterson for UVicNews reports that:

In UVic’s Department of Civil Engineering… [Heather Buckley] and [Caetano] Dorea share an interest in extracting resources from water. Dorea is exploring how to extract phosphorous from waste water, which would both get rid of an environmental contaminant and recycle a non-renewable resource. Buckley is exploring ways to extract valuable metals from mining effluent, which she hopes could lead to a reduction in mining activities.

UVic’s Research and Learning Repository, UVicSpace, contains recent open access publications of both Dorea and Buckley’s vital research that you can read now by following the links provided here, here and here.


Are you UVic faculty or researcher?

We’re here to help! Email us a list of your publications (or CV containing the list) or any items you would like added to UVicSpace by contacting us at .

Project Management in the Year 2020

UVic’s Dr. Thomas Froese co-authored a paper which was published in the Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers titled ‘Project Management in the Year 2020’, that…

 …describes the results of a survey that examines speculations about how information technology will be used to support project management 20 years from now in the year 2020.

Now, after roughly 20 years of technological advances in both project management and our quotidian lives, everyone is sure to still find this paper a thought-provoking read.

Dr. Froese, a Professor in UVic’s Civil Engineering department, has over 50 papers that you can freely access by visiting UVicSpace, the University of Victoria’s institutional repository.

To find more on information technology and project management in UVicSpace you can search the repository by subject, title as well as author.


The UVic Libraries copyright and scholarly communications team wish everyone all the best for 2020!

Year in Review – Top 10 UVicSpace Downloads

January 7, 2019

Are you curious about what items in UVicSpace garnered the most eyeballs this year? We sure were. In keeping with end of year retrospectives, here are the top 10 accessed articles in UVicSpace for 2019.

Top 10 UVicSpace downloads for 2019

(From 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-17)

Downloads           Title
32022 Global corruption : Law, theory & practice   (stats)
27699 PLC Programming for A Water Level Control System: Design and System Implementation   (stats)
18359 Inspiring the adult music learner: focus on adult cello beginners   (stats)
18096 The Benefits of Risky Play and Adult Influence in Children’s Risky Play   (stats)
13876 Project-based learning through the eyes of teachers and students: Investigating opinions of PBL in adult ESL   (stats)
12944 Gender, the brain and education: do boys and girls learn differently?   (stats)
12584 Indigenous ways of learning, being and teaching : implications for new teachers to First Nations schools   (stats)
11018 Dams in the Tigris Euphrates river basins   (stats)
10956 The black prairies: history, subjectivity, writing   (stats)
9602 Dialogic Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the Primary Grades   (stats)

To keep the ball rolling here are more reviews and reflections on the year that was in scholarly publishing; check out the CARL newsletters, Academica Group’s Top Ten, the Michael Geist blog and be sure to visit The Scholarly Kitchen and The Chronicle of Higher Education websites too.

The copyright and scholarly communications team would like to wish readers and contributors to UVicSpace a great year!


The forgotten and vital secret beneath our feet

December 9, 2019 | UVic News

A University of Victoria hydrologist is one of an international group of scientists and experts who are calling for action to protect global groundwater resources—which make up 99 per cent of the Earth’s liquid freshwater.

Tom Gleeson is lead author of a Nature Correspondence statement published this week [December 9, 2019], that says we are not doing enough to protect and manage global groundwater resources from contamination, salinization, depletion and neglect. Inaction, they say, will result in long-term effects on the planet’s drinking water, food production, and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

To read more of Tom Gleeson’s important and timely work we invite you to visit UVicSpace where over 20 of his papers can be readily accessed