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VIU Media Highlights: Top 24 of 2020 | News | Vancouver Island University | Canada – Vancouver Island University News

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January 5, 2021 – 10:45am

Happy New Year!

For the first edition of the 2021 Media Highlights report, we wanted to take a look at some VIU-related stories that made an impact in the media last year. We were planning on doing a top 20 of 2020, but couldn’t stop there – from an extraordinary archaeological find, to chow mein sandwiches, to bald eagle footage, ancient brews and setting up your home work space, VIU employees and students were featured in articles read by millions across the globe in 2020. 

  1. New York Times: How a Human Cousin Adapted to a Changing Climate (profiling VIU Anthropology student Samantha Good’s find while on an excavation site in South Africa). Reach: 135 million. 
  2. Medium.com: 9 Ways That Corona Will Improve K-12 Education (column by Tim Cavey, Master of Education in Educational Leadership alum). Reach: 82.8 million.
  3. National Public Radio, npr.org: What Happens When Sea Otters Eat 15 Pounds of Shellfish a Day (featuring VIU Biology Professor Dr. Jane Watson’s research). Reach: 59.7 million.
  4. Associated Press: Ecotourism Program Eyes Job Opportunities for First Nations. Reach: 24.8 million. 
  5. Global News: ‘A Wonderful BC Moment’: Couple Witnesses Bald Eagle’s Ocean Plunge, Swim to Shore (VIU Biology Professor Dr. Tim Goater and his wife captured this amazing video footage). Reach: 17.7 million.
  6. CBC News: 6 Experts’ Advice for Saving the Northern Tourism Industry (Patrick Brouder, VIU Research Chair, Tourism and Rural Development, featured). Reach: 12.6 million.
  7. Global News: BC Provides $3.5 Million in COVID-19 Funds for Post-Secondary Students. Reach: 12.3 million.
  8. CBC News: ‘All the Dreadlocked Rastas Were White’: BC Poet Sings About Being Black in Nanaimo (featuring VIU Creative Writing Professor Dr. Sonnet L’abbe). Reach: 7.01 million. 
  9. National Post: First World War Letters Shed Light on Spanish Flu that has Parallels with COVID-19 (featuring Dr. Stephen Davies, Director of VIU’s Canadian Letters and Images Project). Reach: 5.81 million 
  10. Scroll.in: American Sandwiches Tell the Story of Immigration, Class and Capitalism (featuring VIU Anthropology Professor Dr. Imogene Lim and her research into the legendary Chow Mein Sandwich). Reach: 4.36 million. 
  11. BC Government News: Improving Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care in Nanaimo (new VIU child care centre announcement). Reach: 1.74 million. 
  12. Esquire: How to Create the Perfect Home Work Space, According to Science (featuring VIU Psychology Professor Dr. Lindsay McCunn). Reach: 1.71 million.
  13. Maclean’s: Universities in Western Canada Are Going All-in on Climate Change Research (featuring Dr. Bill Floyd, VIU Adjunct Geography Professor and Co-Leader of the Cryosphere Node). Reach: 1.66 million.
  14. Maclean’s: Raising a Pint to History (featuring VIU Anthropology Professor Dr. Marie Hopwood). Reach: 1.62 million. 
  15. Vancouver Sun: Learning Never Stops at Wesgroup Equipment (featuring VIU alum Jeff Allen). Reach: 1.59 million.
  16. Vancouver Sun: VIU Wins Top Employer Award: Education is for Everyone at Vancouver Island University. Reach: 1.59 million. 
  17. The National News (Abu Dhabi, UAE): From Mayar Sherif to Football’s Revival: How Egypt are Taking Big Strides in Female Sport (featuring VIU alum Farida Salem, founder and director of Empower Football Academy). Reach: 1.37 million. 
  18. Maclean’s: How Tuition Waivers Help BC Youth in Care Overcome Stubborn Systemic Barriers (featuring VIU alum Ruby Barclay). Reach: 1.23 million. 
  19. Yahoo, IndigiNews: Jesse Wente Says It’s Time to Tell the Truth About Indigenous Sovereignty (Wente was speaking during VIU’s sixth annual Indigenous Speakers Series). Reach: 845,000.
  20. Yahoo News: Indigenous Broadcaster Feels Blessed to be in the Chair Hosting Our Native Land (featuring VIU alum Tchadas Leo). Reach: 820,000. 
  21. Georgia Strait: Vancouver Island University President Deborah Saucier Wins Indigenous Women in Leadership Award. Reach: 799,000. 
  22. CTV Vancouver Island: Wildfire Smoke Smothering BC Stark Indicator of Climate Change, Researchers Say(featuring Dr. Erik Krog, Co-Director of the Applied Environmental Research Laboratories). Reach: 754,000.
  23. Times Colonist: VIU Surpasses Goal, Raising $7.3 Million (About the Imagine VIU Campaign). Reach: 729,999.
  24. National Observer: BC Researcher Aims for Early Warning System to Prevent Oyster Contamination (featuring Dr. Tim Green, Canada Research Chair in Shellfish Health and Genomics at VIU). Reach: 719,000.

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China rescues first person from Shandong gold mine: state media – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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BEIJING (Reuters) – A miner was rescued from a gold mine in northern China on Sunday morning and rushed to hospital for treatment, state broadcaster CCTV said, after being trapped 14 days below ground by an explosion.

The miner was “extremely weak”, according to a post on CCTV’s Weibo microblog site. TV footage showed the exhausted miner, a black blindfold across his eyes, being lifted out of the mine shaft and covered in a blanket before being carried away by rescue workers.

Twenty-two workers were trapped in the Hushan mine by the Jan. 10 blast in Qixia, a major gold-producing region under the administration of Yantai in coastal Shandong province.

One miner has died and 11 have not been in contact with rescue teams, according to a Xinhua report from last week.

The rescued miner was found in a different section of the mine from a group of 10 men who have been receiving supplies of food.

Officials said on Thursday it could take another two weeks to clear “severe blockages” before they could drill shafts to reach the 10 men.

(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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Social Media Buzz: Larry King Dies, Dr. Birx, Heathrow Crowds – BNN

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(Bloomberg) — What’s buzzing on social media this morning:

Larry King, the interviewer whose schmoozy style attracted celebrities, politicians and other newsmakers as guests and made him the star of a top-rated U.S. cable talk show, has died. He was 87.

  • King died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause of death wasn’t provided. The cancer and stroke survivor had spent time recently undergoing treatment for Covid-19.

Pfizer Inc. is trending on Twitter. Senior doctors in the U.K. are urging the gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doses be halved to ensure efficacy. The U.K. extended the maximum wait from three to 12 weeks to get more people to take the first shot. France may also delay second doses to stretch supplies.

  • Large crowds at Heathrow Airport on Friday sparked concerns of virus spread. U.K. only allows residents to travel internationally for “legally-permitted reasons.”

Dr. Deborah Birx said she “always” considered quitting Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force as she worried she’d been viewed as a political person. “I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that, um, every day?” Birx told CBS in an interview that will air Sunday, according to an advance clip. Her term ended as Biden took office.

Protests broke out in cities across Russia as tens of thousands demanded the release of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Police detained hundreds of people.

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Blockbuster Laine-Dubois deal draws mixed reviews on social media – Sportsnet.ca

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Sometimes, change happens fast.

Mere days after Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella benched Pierre-Luc Dubois, one of his team’s best players, in an overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dubois was packing his bags to go play in another country altogether.

The Blue Jackets traded the 22-year-old, who had requested to be dealt shortly after signing a two-year, $10-million bridge contract in the off-season, to the Winnipeg Jets for superstar winger Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic in a move that sent shockwaves through the NHL.

Not all blockbusters are universally well-received, of course. And while some on Twitter celebrated the move as a shuffling of high-profile talent, others were quick to wonder how the dynamic between Laine, an offensive-minded forward, and Tortorella will play out.

Here is some of the best reaction to the winter blockbuster:

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