Housing Boom and Bust in Resource-based Economy-the Case of Ordos City, China

Ordos is a resource-based city located in Inner Mongolia, China, which currently undergoes a financial crisis caused by a collapsing housing market. During the past 15 years, the housing market in Ordos City has experienced a boom and bust cycle. This research aims to conduct a systematic and scientific research to thoroughly explore the reasons behind this unfortunate crisis. The significance and uniqueness of this research lie in the discussion of housing market in a resource-based economy, which is a missing part in the existing studies.

Rechargeable Hybrid Aqueous Gel Batteries for Start-Stop Applications in Automobile Vehicles

Currently, all types of vehicles utilize a 12 volt lead-acid battery for start-stop, controls, comfort features, redundancy, and safety features. We aim to replace it by introducing a new rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery, which is lead-free and possesses more than twofold higher energy storage capacity. There are requirements to further improve the rate capability and to reduce water-loss of this battery. In this proposed research, we will use nanotechnology to re-design the cathode materials and electrode structures to improve the rate capability.

Versatile applications of a safe and efficient peptide in gene/drug delivery

Gene therapy is one of the most attractive new therapeutic strategies in the treatment of multiple diseases. However, to apply gene therapy in clinic, an efficient and safe delivery system must be developed to transport these therapeutic reagents to target organs. The existing gene carriers suffer from either high cytotoxicity or immunogenicity problems, which will cause severe side effects when used in human. The new peptide based delivery system we developed demonstrated better performance and lower toxicity than the commercialized product on market.

Postcard from Vietnam: grad student researches the human and environmental risks of agricultural growth

Fast forward a few months later, I reached out to him to supervise a project, an opportunity made possible through the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

I am a master of public health student at the University of Guelph. I am working on a project titled “Health risks of agricultural intensification in Vietnam,” under the supervision of Dr. Sherilee Harper at the University of Guelph, Dr. Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh at the Hanoi School of Public Health, and Dr. Nguyen Viet Hung at the International Livestock Research Institute.

From data to dollars

Enter Hamid Alemohammad. Originally from Iran, Hamid came to Canada in 2006 to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Following the completion of his degree, he was awarded an eight-month Mitacs Accelerate internship in 2012 with a developer of customized test solutions for automotive components such as power steering equipment, fuel injectors, and throttle bodies. 

Postcard from Vietnam: Supporting sustainable fisheries with GIS

The temperature was 46 degrees for almost the entire first two weeks here, and I’m quite sure to have lost ten pounds in that time. Luckily, Hanoi is one of the great street food capitals of the world, where you can get a tasty bowl of Bún chả famous to the city, with freshly grilled meats in it for $1 or $2 and gain back any of that lost summer weight.

Postcard from India: Graduate student studies how 400,000 rural fishers adapt to climate change

More than 400,000 fishers, belonging to specific fisher castes, customarily depend upon the lagoon for their livelihoods. For my research project, which was based on Khirisahi Island, I analysed how they perceive and adapt to environmental changes.

Postcard from China: PhD student’s research builds a bridge between disciplines

Issues surrounding resources and sustainability, like water in developing countries, often require an interdisciplinary approach. Challenges related to water access are much more severe than in developed countries, due to factors such as rapid population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of robust resource management policies. Compounding these challenges is an absence of appropriate theories and tools for knowledge integration to bridge the gap between resource management and research.

Treaties and Boundaries Project

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use, creating as full a historical, cultural, and economic record as possible, as well as strong land use management/consultation, water and asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

A Condition Based Monitoring Pilot for the Baggage Handling System at the Pearson International Airport

Maintenance of baggage handling equipment, passenger boarding bridges and aircraft support equipment currently costs the Pearson International Airport (PIA) $10M annually. Much of this cost is associated with routine inspections, replacing drives, lifts and similar industrial process equipment. Current maintenance undertaken by PIA is reactive; replacing or repairing parts on the equipment after break-down. This is an expensive process. In this proposal, the intern will implement a condition based maintenance pilot on the baggage handling system (BHS) at PIA.

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