UFV students participating in the CityStudio Hubbub event are normally able to present their projects in person. This semester, the event has gone virtual. File photo

UFV students present City of Abbotsford projects on CityStudio Hubbub website

More than 100 students present response online to 4 civic challenges

University of the Fraser Valley’s and the City of Abbosford’s CityStudio Hubbub event has gone virtual.

The event is normally held twice a year and involves UFV students involved in the CityStudio Abbotsford partnership showing a semester’s worth of work on a project designed to address a real, practical challenge presented to them by the City of Abbotsford.

The students present their projects, findings and recommendations to City of Abbotsford staff, peers, faculty, and community members.

There’s a People’s Choice Award and a grand prize winner chosen by a panel of judges selected by CityStudio organizers.

This semester, 105 students worked in research groups to meet four civic challenges.

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But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their projects can’t be presented in person and are instead being shown until April 30 online at letstalkabbotsford.ca/citystudio-virtual-hubbub.

The interactive Hubbub website was built from staff at the City of Abbotsford to showcase the students’ work to the community through their posters and video pitches.

Geography professor Cherie Enns’ students took on the subject of climate adaptation and proposed a variety of innovative local solutions.

A class of senior political science students were led by their professor Fiona MacDonald through a process of scientific inquiry in the field of and personal reflections on the subjects of diversity and multiculturalism in Abbotsford.

The geography and communications classes taught by Mariano Mapili and Paul Fontaine tackled a long-standing local issue of European starling management, in relation to blueberry crop loss prevention.

Their experimental research led them to experience the capabilities of drone technology and offered a hands-on experience in developing public surveys and other real-world communication strategies.

Two of Dr. Sharon Gillies’ senior biology students carried on research and experimentation in eradication of Japanese knotweed, a type of invasive species that is prevalent throughout the Fraser Valley.

Visitors to the website can vote for their favourite project and leave a comment for the Photo Voice Gallery on Diversity and Multiculturalism.

For more information, contact Larissa Horne at larissa.horne@ufv.ca

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