The Political Economy of Public-Private Mixed Health Insurance

Developing countries, particularly the fast-growing BRIC countries, are increasingly switching their focus from economic development to social welfare, of which public health insurance is an important component.

Currently, three major health care systems exist in OECD countries: National Health Service (NHS) in Nordic countries like Sweden and Norway and commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia; Social Security system in continental Europe including France, Germany, Netherlands, and Austria; and Private Health Insurance in the United States.

Breast cancer detection using ultra-wideband technology

The project employs ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to construct an image of the breast in order to detect tumors. A mathematical model of the breast under UWB signal is built using human body properties and RF signals in the GHz range. The model is used to simulate the penetration and reflection of the UWB signals. From the wave analysis, 3-D image of the breast is to be constructed. Data are to be collected from the patients. The data are processed, analyzed, and images will be displayed. From the image, tumors will be identified. The system is used as a screening tool for breast cancer.

Application of advanced oxidation and catalytic ozonation in removing antibiotics from water

The presence of emerging pollutants (chemicals such as pesticides, residual pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in surface water bodies is becoming a serious concern not only for their environmental impact, but also for their potentially serious adverse effects on human health. Antibiotics are important class of emerging pollutants in nature. Presence of antibiotics in nature can lead to development of antibiotics resistant strains of bacteria. This is an important health concern.

Application of solid catalysts to enhance degradation of emerging pollutants in water using ozone

The presence of emerging pollutants (chemicals such as pesticides, residual pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in surface water bodies is becoming a serious concern not only for their environmental impact, but also for their potentially serious adverse effects on human health. Innovative water treatment technologies are under investigation to determine their potential application in current drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities in eliminating these micro-pollutants in water.

Production of Renewable Drop-In Fuel from Syngas Derived from an Ethanol Industry

The fuel-grade ethanol obtained from corn-based feedstocks, utilizes about 33% of the total carbon present in corn based feedstocks. The remaining fraction is converted into dry distillers’ grains (DDG) and carbon dioxide, which is then converted to syngas (CO+H2). In this research the syngas from ethanol plant will be converted to transportation fuel and derived chemicals using our patented Fischer- Tropsch (FTS) catalyst. The catalysts will be pelletized and tested in 5 cc micro-reactor. The process parameters such as, temperature, pressure will be evaluated to obtain optimal yields.

Design and Prove RightsEnforcer Cross-Platform Development Strategy and SDE

RightsEnforcer is a software system for Persistent Document Security, deployed and proven in the real world as a Windows-only client-server system. ‘Persistent’ information security controls access to the protected document, everywhere, always, and is therefore uniquely suited to be a dominant information security technology in ‘the Cloud’. But to thrive in the Cloud the RightsEnforcer client (more or less ‘end user app’) must be multi- or cross-platform, i.e.

Mobile Phone Based Ionizing Radiation Detector Optimization

The GammaGuard is the mobile application which the user can be used to detect radiation level by using detectors, in our research they are called CT 100 and CT007, or using mobile camera. The previous work was only focusing on the CT 007 which used the classic Bluetooth technology. In CT 100, the Bluetooth low energy is used for device connection. BLE requires lower energy and higher data transfer speed. The partner will design and implement the application for CT100 and merger it into the one only supports CT007 so that the user can choose between these two.

An Economic Analysis of Improving the Grain Export Capacity at the West Coast Terminals

It was evident in the 2013/14 crop year that when limited export capacity is rationed by price, large export basis reduces Saskatchewan prices at a substantial cost to grain producers and the provincial economy. Given the increasing long term yield trend, the projected 10 million tonne increase in crop production under the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, and the continued growth in Asian grain markets, West Coast export capacity is likely to be an issue for decades to come.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This unique research project, undertaken by Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) students, contributes significantly to our understanding of the North. The research focuses on community-based responses to rapid economic, social, and environmental changes and the development of the local capacity to respond. The analysis is collaborative, involving key stakeholders at the community and multi-community levels, and is informed by their values and interests.

Developing a cold weather admixture system for low temperature masonry construction

Low temperatures in cold seasons generate diverse challenges for the construction industry in many northern countries. Construction based on cementitious material suffer from the low hydration rate at low temperatures and the possible damage caused by water to ice transition at below freezing temperatures. The common solution for this problem is to heat and protect the raw and finished material until it reaches an acceptable strength.