Research in Knowledge Mobilization for Remote and Rural Health Care
People living in Northern B.C. face unique health challenges resulting from a lack of accessibility to culturally sensitive care and higher-than-average rates of substance abuse, mental illness and workplace injury. UNBC researchers like Dr. Martha MacLeod, the UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Chair are working hard to turn the tide.
Her research is focused on moving the knowledge gained in scientific studies into real world situations making excellence in patient and family-centred care an everyday reality in communities across Northern British Columbia.
Philanthropy will allow the newly established UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair to explore ways of translating the University’s rural and remote health-care research into practice.
UNBC Research Forests (Aleza Lake, John Prince) and the Ancient Forest
Imagine writing a research paper in the forest canopy with moose calling in the distance, or taking measurements of an orchid so rare it hasn’t been seen in nearly 100 years. These are the kinds of research and education experiences offered throughout the region and within UNBC’s extraordinary and historic research forests.
In the Aleza Lake Research Forest, established nearly a century ago, and the John Prince Research Forest, UNBC faculty and students are conducting long-term studies in silviculture and forest ecology, while gaining important knowledge about natural resource management. As the only inland temperate rainforest in the world, the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park is home to massive western redcedar stands, valley-bottom wetlands and river-side cottonwood. The ecological research discoveries will be groundbreaking and also help advance the University’s application to have this precious park named as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.
Your support of this priority will help advance UNBC’s Research Forest projects, allow for the purchase of critical equipment and fund internships to take students into the field.
Wood Innovation Engineering and Research
The world is now discovering engineering and materials technologies that make wooden structures as strong as steel and concrete and more seismically stable, and that leave a carbon footprint a fraction of the size. It makes sense that Northern B.C. is emerging as a research hub into renewable building materials, as the forest industry is still a foundation of the economy.
The newly announced Wood Innovation Research Laboratory, an extension of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in downtown Prince George, will provide top-tier researchers in this field such as Dr. Thomas Tannert and Dr. Guido Wimmers, as well as students in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program with the space and technology to expand their efforts, collaborate with industry, and create new markets and jobs.
Important financial contributions from all levels of government and industry will put UNBC at the forefront of these technological advances.
Community Development Institute
Rural and small town communities remain critically important to Canada’s economy, yet their citizens and businesses are acutely susceptible to shocks from increasing globalization. They require incredible resilience and responsiveness in order to recover from setbacks and navigate new opportunities. UNBC’s Community Development Institute (CDI) works with communities to ensure they are ready to meet the 21st century challenges. By collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, the CDI helps communities develop strategies to transform and renew their local economies. The CDI engages in practical quantitative and qualitative research and educates leaders through professional development programs.
Government and private investment will expand the research that CDI brings to understand and address community challenges.