Social cartographies of initiatives of social transformation

Social transformation requires a deep understanding of the cultural, economic and historical forces and flows that connect peoples, places, and world views, and of the difficulties of intervening in complex, dynamic systems. This research project uses the methodology of social cartography to map diverse (and potentially conflicting) interests, ambitions and orientations of socially engaged communities and initiatives supported by the Musagetes Foundation.

Impact of a Year-Long Physical Literacy Structured Recreation Program on the Motor Proficiency of Kindergarten Students

The study focuses on the assessment of motor proficiencies of children before and after their involvement in a specialised recreation program, when compared to children of the same age who are enrolled in standard parent-selected programming. The specialised program sets at  introducing children to a wide array of activities in multiple environments, and are taught by instructors who have sound knowledge bases in these activities and sports.

Social and Environmental Impact of Co-operatives

The intern will work with the project supervisors to develop an online tool to capture 15 key performance indicators (KPIs) that reflect social and environment performance of co-operatives in Canada. The intern will attend focus meeting with the supervisors in order to identify the co-operative participants’ requirements. The intern will complete a systems mock-up and detailed user requirements document that will be approved by CEARC. An online web-based system will be developed to gather submitted data, produce benchmarks and functionality to create on-demand reports.

Giving Voice to Aboriginal Families

Experiences in early childhood are fundamental determinants of lifelong well-being. In this project, we will give voice to Aboriginal families and caregivers on what they believe is important to the well being of their young children. A methodology adopted from social psychology, called ‘echo’ enables the values and beliefs of the population of interest to be articulated. The population of interest is individuals working with or raising young Aboriginal children (ages 0-6 years) in the Greater Victoria Capital Region.

Exploring cloud computing paradigm for Telecommunication Applications

For economical and simplification purpose Operators in the Telecom market are looking to move as much as possible of their infrastructure from traditional deployment to Cloud deployment. However Cloud deployment of IMS still need to be defined and developed. This project aims at bringing further the knowledge for such a deployment and helping guide future development for Ericsson. This project focuses on providing future directions for the development of an IP Multimedia System (IMS) in a Cloud environment.

Measuring What Matters in Education

The central goal of this research project is to broaden measurement of school performance across Canada by developing, collecting, and measuring data on six performance indicators as follows: academic achievement, physical health, social-emotional development, creativity, citizenship, and school climate. Having developed competencies in these areas during phase one of the project, the current phase aims to begin the process of measuring the indicators of interest and reporting on results. Survey data will be collected and integrated with existing government data sources.

Our Home and Native Resources: Community planning and sustainable development to build prosperity in Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations

This Indigenous participatory research will work with community members from Garden Hill and Wasagamack First Nations to plan community development and work towards achieving sustainable livelihoods in their traditional territories. Research will consider traditional land use and occupancy, and how branding, community development, capacity-building and social enterprise development can lead to self-sustenance and prosperity. Future plans and enterprises must ensure a good life for these First Nation communities and consider opportunities for the youth, and women.

Examining Higher-Order Cognition in Colombian Executives

This project is a collaboration between the University of Victoria and Tecnoquímicas S. A., an industry leader in the production of pharmaceutical and household products in South America. The goal of the project is to
psychologically characterize the executive leadership of the company (i.e., CEO’s). Specifically, the intern will utilize and further develop her expertise to help the collaborative team understand how complex cognitive factors
such as intelligence, problem solving, strategic thinking, and creativity relate to one another and predict professional achievement.

Developing Practical Tools for Increasing Health Literacy Related to HIV

Since low health literacy is associated with poor health outcomes (e.g., poor management of chronic diseases – like HIV), which impacts the cost of healthcare in Canada, the current project aims to mitigate the effects of low health literacy. A recent report released by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) highlighted that considering health literacy skills of health care providers is equally important as the users of information.

A new paradigm for the discovery of anti-cancer drugs based on tumour RNA disruption

While chemotherapy drugs are effective in combating tumour growth in cancer patients, many such drugs permit the development of drug-resistant tumours and progression of the disease. We have observed that several chemotherapy agents induce the degradation of tumour cell ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the laboratory and in cancer patients. We have further shown that this RNA degradation is associated with complete tumour destruction after-treatment.

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