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.

Un bar sans alcool ouvre ses portes dans le Grand Vancouver

January 18, 2024 | CBC Radio-Canada via UVic News

On February 3, 2024, a non-alcoholic bar will open in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The business, called Beeves, will be the first of its kind in Metro Vancouver, and will provide customers with a place to try non-alcoholic beverages before they purchase them. Despite some skepticism towards these types of drinks, CBC Radio-Canada’s Monia Blanchet writes, they are increasing in popularity amongst younger generations.

UVic’s Dr. Adam Sherk – a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) – is quoted in the article saying that many younger people are beginning to question society’s relationship with alcohol. Dr. Sherk is excited to see non-alcoholic bars attract more and more customers.

Are you interested in learning about Dr. Sherk’s research with CISUR? The Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications is happy to share that four of Dr. Sherk’s publications are available to read freely on our institutional repository, UVicSpace. UVicSpace is an open access learning and research repository for published and unpublished digital scholarly works by the UVic community and its partners.

B.C. restricting cell phone use in schools

February 3, 2024 |Global News via UVic News

B. C. premier David Eby announced on Friday Jan. 26 that the government would start restricting the use of cell phones in classrooms across the province. The policy, to be enacted in time for the new school year, is an effort to help protect students from possible online threats.

In a sit-down with Global News, Dr. Ulrich Mueller, a psychology professor from the University of Victoria, linked this new policy to his recent study that examined the connection between children with cell phone addictions with displaying increased symptoms of ADHD.

Dr. Meuller explained how middle-school aged children that have cell phone addictions, or who are more compelled to check their phones throughout the day, are at risk of displaying increased ADHD symptoms. He also expressed that while banning cell phones in schools might be a good start, “it won’t resolve all the issues.” This was due in part to the study finding that 90% of students’ screen time was taking place at home.

Dr. Mueller is a professor and researcher at UVic, whose areas of expertise lie in lifespan development, cognition, and brain sciences. If you would like to find out more information on Dr. Mueller’s research into the impact of cell phone addictions on children’s development of ADHD symptoms, the research article can be found through the University of Victoria’s institutional repository, UVicSpace!

UVic and Bombardier partner on developing lower-emission planes

January 25, 2024 | Vancouver is Awesome via UVic News

A partnership between the Canadian aircraft manufacturing company Bombardier and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) has resulted in an exciting protype that could help reduce aircraft emissions. The prototype has blended-wing technology, meaning that it faces less in-air resistance and uses less fuel.

Bombardier’s long partnership with the Centre for Aerospace Research has resulted in Vancouver Island becoming a top destination for Canadian aerospace research and development, explains Dr. Mina Hoorfar, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Victoria. Partnerships with government agencies, international organizations, and local businesses have all been a part of CfAR’s success.

Dr. Hoorfar’s area of expertise lies in the advancement of surface science and microfluidic technologies. If you are interested in learning more from this innovative scholar and leader, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to head to our institutional repository, UVicSpace, where five of Dr. Hoorfar’s publications are freely available.

David Eby veut faire de Prince George une plaque tournante de l’hydrogène

January 17, 2024 | CBC Radio-Canada via UVic News

British Columbia Premier David Eby has proposed a clean hydrogen project in Prince George, BC, that could reduce C02 emissions by 700,000 tons. Hydrogen has been an area of focus for the province for two decades, and was the center of a 2021 clean development strategy.

As UVic’s Dr. Christina Hoicka explains, hydrogen can produce heat at levels comparable to that of fossil fuels, making it an attractive option for companies looking to reduce their carbon levels.

Dr. Hoicka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. One of her research areas is renewable energy transformations, making her an important voice in the conversation about BC’s hydrogen project plans. If you are interested in learning more from this important researcher, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to visit our open access institutional repository, UVicSpace. Dr. Hoicka has multiple publications available there!

B.C. scientists racing to understand singing fish

January 15, 2024 | Victoria Times Colonist via UVic News

Underwater soundscapes – or the sounds fish make – are a widely misunderstood and understudied area of research. Luckily, there are an increasing number of scientists, particularly in British Columbia and at the University of Victoria, who are reigniting interest in this field of study. One of these scholars is Dr. Rodney Rountree, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at UVic.

Dr. Rountree is popularly monikered as ‘The Fish Listener’ due to his decades of committed research in this area. Dr. Rountree, who is based in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has traveled all over the world collecting data on fish sounds. He is also one of the creators of the FishSounds online database.

Some of Dr. Rountree’s research, particularly on how anthropogenic noise is affecting fish soundscapes, is available to be read on UVic’s open access institutional repository, UVicSpace. The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at UVic Libraries encourages you to check it out!

Climate Noise and Climate Change

January 12, 2024 | CBC Radio One via UVic News

There is a difference between climate noise (or weather) and a climate change signal – and identifying this difference requires a lot of analysis. This is something that the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria does a lot, says Dr. Charles Curry, Lead of the Consortium’s Regional Climate Impacts research theme.

The study of weather extremes and global mean temperatures are just some of Dr. Curry’s research interests. He also investigates the hydrological cycle in Western North America, dynamical downscaling, climate modelling, and infrastructure design. Dr. Curry’s research has been published in journals such as Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, Geophysical Research Letters, and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Some of Dr. Curry’s research also has a permanent, stable home on UVicSpace, UVic’s learning and research digital repository. Please browse Dr. Curry’s publications there to read more from this important researcher!