Evaluation of a School Active Travel initiative

The number of children being driven to school has substantially increased over the past few decades—fewer children are walking or bicycling to school. There is good evidence to suggest that programs promoting walking or cycling to school may increase physical activity in children’s lives.

Determining how differences between avid and lapsed anglers can improve license sales and angler satisfaction

Regardless of the numerous fishing opportunities, and cultural and historical significance of fishing in British Columbia, the number of freshwater fishing licenses sold to residents has been declining. Many British Columbia anglers are lapsed, meaning that they do not purchase a license every year. A better understanding of these anglers, and the difference between them and avid anglers (who purchase licenses yearly) will help Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia to make regular fishing more attractive and accessible to different types of anglers.

Investigation and development of plasma-based cancer diagnostic

The blood of cancer patients contains DNA that has been shed by their tumours (circulating tumour DNA or ctDNA). As such, any genetic mutations in the tumour may be detected in the patient's blood. Theoretically, patients can be followed and monitored through analysis of ctDNA, which would reveal if the patient is responding to treatment, is in remission, or if mutations are becoming more or less prevalent as the result of time and/or treatment pressure. The challenge is development of a reliable method of detecting ctDNA, with adequate sensitivity and specificity to guide treatment.

Analysis of a novel energy absorbing roof anchorage connector for fall protection in lower strength roof construction

There is a large need for anchorage connectors (AC) on low strength structural roofs. A patent-pending AC has been designed to provide a secure point for workers on lower strength roofs while having energy absorbing capacity to limit damage to the structure in the event of a fall. With the advent of more and taller wood frame buildings the need for AC for low strength structural roofs is paramount. Through this proposal we aim to develop the next generation of Energy Absorbing Roof AC through optimizing the materials and design for broad market distribution. Working in partnership with Dr.

Marine mammal behavioural responses to tidal turbine sound

The coastal marine regions of Canada are an excellent source of renewable energy. Tides and currents are predictable in space and time so ideal for tidal energy. Coastal areas with strong currents are also popular with marine mammals often providing good feeding opportunities. However little is known about how marine mammals will be affected by the presence of tidal energy developments in their habitats and because marine mammals are dependent of sound to feed and navigate the impacts of introduced sound are of particular concern.

Analysis of Visual Language for a Novel Gesture-Based Interface that Supports Improved Cross-Functional Development

The following document explores the impact of visual language and new gesture-based tools to create prototypes that can be used in the final stages of production. With the contemporary ample use of different prototyping tools to create iOS applications, the interaction between designers and programmers is evolving based on what these tools allow. Small cross-function teams observe a disconnection between what the designer initially animates with what the
developer programs at the end of the pipeline.

Learning Analytics Visualizations to Motivate Students in Online Discussion Activities

Learning Analytics is the collection and analysis of data traces related to learning in order to inform and improve learning processes and/or their outcomes. In digital environments, this data can be easily captured. Hence, there is a particularly great opportunity to visualize these traces and put them in the hands of students to support their learning. This can help address the longknown problems of students not consistently receiving relevant, personalized and timely feedback on their learning and as a consequence not engaging as active agents of their own learning.

Increase adoption of new hybrid telehealth delivery system for remote & marginalized BC communities

The goal of this project is to improve the health of patients in rural and First Nations communities by improving the implementation and delivery of telemedicine services. The intern will study the telemedicine clinic in Nisga’a territory, which is run through a partnership between Livecare (a telemedicine company run by physicians) and the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA), who manage healthcare services for their members. The clinic that Livecare operates in Taylor, BC will be examined as a second case study.

Comparative effectiveness, and network meta-analysis of pre-insulin oral hypoglycemic drugs in the treatment of type II diabetes

The proposed project is two-phased. The first phase involves a study that will use specialized research analysis
techniques to compare the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat type II diabetes and to identify if a
group of drugs are producing similar benefits in terms of controlling the disease. The applicant’s clinical and
epidemiological background would bring value to our study design for this and future projects. The second phase
involves economic cost modeling that will forecast financial implications of study findings.

Managing the physical risk from avalanche in mechanized backcountry skiing operations: A quantitative examination of reoccurring patterns in terrain assessments and terrain use at the run scale

In the backcountry, avalanche risk is managed by first assessing avalanche hazard and subsequently carefully choosing terrain and travel procedures accordingly to mitigate the identified hazard. What are suitable terrain choices under different types of avalanche conditions and how are choices made? With this project, we quantitatively examine large-scale terrain choices in two commercial backcountry skiing operations in British Columbia. Our data set covers four resp. sixteen winter seasons with documented operational decisions on where to ski.

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