Nucleic acid analysis in forensic science is a major focus for DNA‐based identification in case‐work samples. Approximately 5% ‐ 10% of samples are known to fail as a result of contaminants carrying through the purification process, or as a result of insufficient yield in the DNA extraction step. Whereas, most crime scene exhibits produce meaningful results, inhibitors, minute traces of DNA, degraded DNA, and environmental insults, reduce the investigative potential of some of the most crucial exhibits.
Climate models project that summers in the southwest Yukon will become increasingly warmer and drier, leading to more forest fires, a longer fire season and slower tree growth. This raises the question of how to manage forest resources sustainably so that they will continue to provide long-term benefits to local communities.
This project was in partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network. Providence Healthcare has estrablished a reputation as one of the leading centres for cardiovascular research and treatment in Canada. Providence Healthcare and AstraZeneca, a research-based pharmaceutical company, are interested in furthering science and improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the best method of long term follow up for patients with Metabolic Syndrome once they have completed an intensive lifestyle modification program.
The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business,University of British Columbia (UBC) was asked by the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN) and The Rick Hansen Foundation to carry out an evaluation of a forecasting model. SCISN and The Rick Hansen Foundation commissioned the development of the model to a third party consulting firm.
Industry uses computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools to manufacture parts efficiently at high speed. Before batch manutfacturing is performed confidently, a trial]and]error cutting test is required to validate if part tolerances are violated, which is a costly and time]consuming procedure. The objective of this research project is to develop a Virtual CNC System, which can simulate the CNC motion in virtual environment.
This project will ensure the success and long]term viability of the Canadian music wiki in development at CBC Radio 3. The usergenerated,participatory online resource focuses exclusively on Canadian music and Canadian musicians, using wiki software that empowers citizens to become creators of content. This project would examine issues of quality assurance and usability, develop and implement a communication and marketing plan, and examine and develop best practice guidelines for community management.
In this project, in collaboration with the Linxoft team, the intern will focus on new and complex location-based intelligence search engines using advanced optimization algorithm and new software toolkit to query data in both spatial and non-spatial relational databases, perform radius-based search calculations, and plot the results onto a mapping interface such as Google Maps, Virtual Earth, or MapInfo.
Catalyst Equities is a proprietary day trading firm, which means that they trade stocks with financing arranged by a third party. Currently, trades are made independently by members of the team with some dialogue over projections and decision criteria. In the future, partners want to expand their business to include automated trading, which they have past experience with.
The proposed project entails the intern working with Mark Betteridge & Associates to develop an innovative business plan for the company's recently acquired farm near Comox, British Columbia. The business plan will emphasize the development of a set of business activities which utilize highly innovative technologies, are economically sound, result in a low environmental and carbon footprint and fit well into the surrounding community.
Critical thinking involves the process of using various strategies to work through problems and challenges involving what to believe and how to act (Case & Daniels, 2002). The critical thinking questionnaire (CTM) is a comprehensive measure that assesses the degree to which individuals possess and utilize the five categories of intellectual resources fundamental to critical thinking. The purpose of this project is to work with The Critical Thinking Consortium to collect data and conduct the necessary analyses to determine the reliability and validity of the CTM.