Evaluation of Biomaterial Sorbents for Leachate Removal

The build-up and transport of contaminants in aquifer systems occurs through a variety of processes. The leaching of contaminants from industrial waste and debris in landfill sites during rainfall events represents a major source of water borne contaminants which threaten ground and surface aquifer systems. This internship research involves the design of nanofiltration media which involve studies of their equilibrium and time dependent uptake properties toward leachate samples obtained from a landfill site in Mexico.

Fabricate Hydrogel Scaffold Encapsulating Living Cells for Myocardial Infarction Repair

To solve the issue of complementing cell loss or stimulating angiogenesis for repairing MI, scaffolds encapsulating living cells, which aim at inducing cell proliferation and differentiation, are designed and then synthesized based on biocompatible and biodegradable materials. The experiments are performed by applying them to 3D cultured MDSCs for cell proliferation and differentiation study via immunofluorescence and RT-PCR etc. Also experiments of injecting scaffolds into MI rats for analyzing recovery of heart function are carried out.

Mineralogical characterization of ore samples from the Cameco Resources Smith Ranch-Highlands Uranium Mine, Unit B

ln Situ Recovery (ISR) mining is used for about 47% of uranium mining globally. Regulations on restoration of mined aquifers require a return to pre-mining baseline water quality conditions, or conditions where the risk of human exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. Determining the attenuating capacity of down-gradient aquifer solids is key to quantifying this risk. Organic carbon phases and sulfides are expected to be important controls on transport of elements of concern through these materials.

Antenna Array Feasibility Study

Disruptive antenna technologies are required to provide performance and fabrication advantages in developing broadband wireless application products in emerging upper microwave and millimeterwave radio bands. The internship will investigate the feasibility of applying Polymer-based Dielectric Resonator Antenna (PRA), technology developed at the University of Saskatchewan, to commercial antenna array applications

The Empowerment of China’s Left-behind Women

Feminization of agriculture is occurring in China through the rural-urban migration of labor, predominantly men. This phenomenon raises the question: Does women’s increasing participation in farming affect their capacity and power in decision-making regarding agricultural production and their rural livelihood? While little research has been done to address this issue due to the measurement challenges, the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) offers a way to correct this deficiency. This study is the first attempt to apply the WEAI in China.

Synergistic actions of nutraceuticals on pain and inflammation in experimental arthritis

Arthritis is among the most common chronic conditions in Canada in both children and adults. Arthritis is a potentially disabling disease causing joint inflammation and pain. Increasingly, people suffering from arthritis are using alternative therapies including nutraceuticals. This research aims to create new knowledge about the synergistic effects of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) with and without boswellia serrate extract to improve pain and inflammation in models of juvenile and adult arthritis.

Mitacs Accelerate intern helps launch publishing app

Together with Ralph and Chris’ guidance, Suzanne put together an application for a Mitacs Accelerate grant which would afford Indie Ink access to a top-level graduate student for her tech idea. Suzanne wanted to develop a platform for a truly interactive and multi-dimensional experience for adult non-fiction book in her catalog: The New Rock Star Philosophy: A Guerilla Blueprint for Digitally Conscious Artists.

Antineoplastic evaluation of novel 3,5-bis(benzylidene)-4-piperidones

The principal objective of this proposal is to discover novel drugs to treat colon cancers. Currently colon cancer is a huge medical problem and there are many disadvantages to current drug therapies. These disadvantages include their ineffectiveness to completely eradicate cancers, causing toxic side effects and the development of multidrug resistance. A group of compounds discovered in the laboratory of the supervisor designated series 2 has significant potencies towards a number of human colon cancer cell lines.

Magnetic Compression and Stability of Spheromaks

The objective of a fusion device is to confine a plasma and heat it to a temperative high enough for its ions to gain sufficient energy to overcome their mutually repulsive force and fuse. Fusion neutrons will provide a heat souce that's used to generate electricity in a steam cycle. Fusion power is environmentally friendly and the fuel source is abundant. A spheromak is a toroidal plasma configuration that has internal currents to maintain the magnetic field that keeps it together. Several methods are used to compress spheromaks at General Fusion.

The Discourse of Decentralization: Understanding the Influence of Political Competitionand Development Outcomes In India

Lokpriy is studying decentralization policies in the developing world, with a primary focus on India. His research topic is “Three Essays on Discourse of Decentralization: Understanding the Influence of Political Competition and Development Outcomes in India”. His research focuses on, examining the global political and economic context for decentralization and how the different components of political competition and decentralization impact public policy outcomes in India.