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TD Bank Group and UFV tackle social isolation and loneliness using robots and AI

The Community Health and Social Innovation (CHASI) Hub at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) has received $225,000 over three years from the TD Bank Group to use artificial intelligence and social companion robots to reduce social isolation and loneliness in youth and older adults during the pandemic. The TD Ready Commitment funding will […]

COVID-19 provides real-time pandemic research opportunities — panel Nov 4

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on society. It has forced us to change many of our daily habits and challenged our assumptions about routines and activities we took for granted in the past. It also provided researchers with the opportunity to conduct real-time research on the effects of a pandemic. The UFV […]

Local locks sheared in support of Indigenous language scholarship

We’ve all heard of COVID hair. A certain segment of the population saw the pandemic as an opportunity to unleash their 1980s hair-band or 1970s prog-rock look as people worked from home and were reluctant to venture out to the hairdresser or barber shop. Now as people gradually return to the office, some come with […]

COVID-19 testing ends on campus — vaccinations up next

By Mitch Huttema UFV’s support in the fight against COVID-19 is transitioning from testing to vaccination. The Fraser Health outdoor testing facility on the Abbotsford campus closed in August — coinciding with UFV’s return to campus plans. Established in May 2020 near parking lot 10 beside UFV’s Envision Athletics Centre and Student Union Building, the […]

PD Day returns with an aim to help you heal

Dr. Maureen Wideman can relate to all the working-from-home traps that a pandemic year can present: The Zoom fatigue; the yearning for face-to-face interaction; the being confined to the home office. Recently Wideman, the AVP of Teaching and Learning at UFV, even discovered that she had low Vitamin D levels. “I was sitting in my […]

One year in — a COVID-19 milestone: responses from the UFV community

March 15 marks one year since UFV announced a shift to a remote learning model for the remainder of the winter semester due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, which was officially declared on March 11, 2020. This massive shift to studying, teaching, and working from home for the majority of UFV employees […]

UFV planning on return of in-person instruction for Fall

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST), Anne Kang, have announced a return to in-person instruction in September 2021 for post-secondary institutions across BC. This includes the University of the Fraser Valley. (Read Dr. Henry’s letter to BC post-secondary presidents here and the AEST news release here). As […]

2020: a year of adapting and innovating as UFV responded to COVID-19

The year 2020 started out like many others at the University of the Fraser Valley. Students, faculty, and staff returned from the winter break and resumed classes. The Cascade athletic teams played their scheduled games. Students embarked on study-abroad semesters and international students journeyed from dozens of countries to study on UFV campuses. New students […]