Investigation of the Health Benefits of a Novel Sourdough Fermented Pasta

There are several factors driving an insatiable market for natural health products in the Canadian marketplace, including growing consumer interest in food-health relationships, rising healthcare costs and an aging population. One growing natural health food niche includes fermented foods that are becoming increasingly recognized for their health benefits. This project aims to explore the benefits of a new type of fermented product, sourdough pasta (‘Pasta Fermentata™’) created by Kaslo Sourdough’s proprietary fermentation technology, on the regulation of blood glucose and gut health.

Using Mobile Augmented Reality for Customized STEM Education

Discovery Agents is a leader in mobile, augmented reality educational technology, with products and services intended to enhance student and teacher experiences within informal and formal educational settings. With a growing industry demand for diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, this study proposes to examine the impact of the Discovery Agents Mission Builder tool on STEM learning and perceptions among middle school students.

Amplifying the Developmental Impact of the Ernest C. Manning Youth Innovation Awards: An Evidence-Based Design for the First Canadian Youth Innovator Mentorship Network

By studying the key features of these top achieving youth innovators, we will gather evidence via research to learn more about what drives them, what supports they need and how mentors (anywhere) can be engaged well to support them. The result of the project will be an organization and process design for the development of the first (online) Canadian youth mentorship network aimed at connecting youth to important people, expertise, knowledge and institutions. There is too little research and support for our high-achieving young Canadian innovators.

Combined Physical Testing and Finite Element Modelling of Masonry Systems

Finite element modelling (FEM) can be used enhance the understanding of physical testing results and will be applied to two distinct structural problems. The first problem will involve compressive testing of concrete masonry units, and the second problem will involve the performance of adhered stone veneer under wind loading. Compressive testing has been conducted previously on standard compressive testing samples and numerical modelling will build on these results to evaluate and potentially modify current code factors to improve their accuracy.

Bow Valley Innovations Carbon Capture Technology

Using solids to trap carbon dioxide is an alternative to the conventional and expensive solution based method. The Shimizu group at the University of Calgary has developed an outstanding candidate solid for CO2 capture from flue gas streams based on laboratory studies. This proposal will expand the experience of three interns to bridge science to process and system level engineering while offering expanded professional experience through networking with Bow Valley Innovations, the patent licensee, and their partners.

The enhanced use of numerical methods for reservoir description using well test and production data

Many reservoir engineering studies are based on simplified equations to analyze the production data. However, in many situations such as shale gas reservoirs, these approaches cannot provide the accurate results in presence of non-homogeneous complexities. This project is aimed to use numerical simulation and novel workflows to tackle the limitations of the current analytical methods. These studies are performed using a state-of-the-art reservoir simulation (tNavigator by Rock Flow Dynamics).

Understanding Co-located Attendance with Technology in Classrooms

Recent technological advancements led to the emergence of technology-enabled collaborative environments in which students work together on different activities. In such settings, the first step is to determine the participants who are present and take part in the collaborative activities. We are interested in the attendance-taking process itself as a collaborative activity, and plan to learn more about its theory and practice, and to study new ways in which it can be applied using cutting edge collaborative technologies.

Budget impact analysis of Rapid Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

The return on investment for medical imaging, interventional radiology, is not well understood, with limited existing research on the value realised from the funds spent. It is expected that the Hot Stroke Intervention by interventional radiologists will not only add direct value to the health care system but will have far reaching and significant impact on the Canadian economy. According to the Canadian Heart & Stroke, an estimated 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – one every nine minutes. More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term disability from stroke.

Development of a system for the automatic recognition and classification of normal and abnormal cells in human blood samples

Automation of medical diagnosis/detection process is very important in terms of enhancing diagnostic accuracy, increasing throughput, reducing costs, and training new staff. Our current goal is to go from the proof of concept stage (automatic recognition and classification of human blood images) to a complete working and optimized prototype and to start testing it in an actual clinical lab environment with the help of Calgary Laboratory Services.

Conversion of crude glycerol into higher value chemical products

The exponential growth of biodiesel production all around the world has created a significant surplus in the production of the principle co-product, crude glycerol. Therefore, effective utilization of crude glycerol is imperative for bringing new revenue to the biodiesel producers and the sustainability of the biodiesel industry. There have been numerous papers investigating the potential applications of crude glycerol as value-added products.

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