Plurilingual Competence and Language Practice in English for Academic Purposes

Research in second language education has raised an overarching question regarding what kind of language practice that should be in the place to respond to the changing global landscape of higher education. Though the notion of plurlingual competence has gained increasing attention in recent years, there has been scarce literature focusing on (and comparing) educators’ and students’ perceptions of language choice/practice in academic English teaching and learning from the perspectives of plurilingualism in the Chinese context. My research will address this gap.

Ammonia nitrogen removal from melamine wastewater by biological fluidized bed

The purpose of the research project to be performed at the Zhejiang University of Technology is the study of the hydraulic characteristics associated with removal of ammonia nitrogen and chemical oxygen demand (COD) from wastewater treated in an anaerobic-aerobic fluidized bed. Most of the current biological denitrification processes are performed by some form of biological method but are only suitable for removal of relatively low ammonia nitrogen concentrations due to the requirement of an appropriate carbon to nitrogen ratio.

A sweet discovery

Created by heating a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water, sugar pastes are then cooled to a putty-like consistency. The mixture is non-toxic and used at room temperature without requiring any special solvents for cleaning.

Optimizing the Delivery of Programs to Immigrants through Targeted, Mixed, and Universal Services

Drawing from immigrants‟ and service providers‟ experiences, the current project will explore what type of programming for immigrants is best suited to be delivered through universal (non-targeted programming), targeted (programming specifically for immigrants), or mixed services, so that these programs are most effective and well-utilized.

Postcard from Brazil: water resource management in Porto Seguro

Reposted with permission from What WE Have to Say, Western University Engineering’s blog

Integrating Computational Linguistics into Game Analytics

Game analytics is a rapidly growing and increasingly important quantitative element of game development in which player and play data is analyzed to discover actionable information to guide monetization and future development activities. Textual and linguistic analyzes are rarely (if ever) used in practice for game analytics, yet these techniques could provide a wealth of valuable new information from social media, community sites, and other sources that to date remain untapped.

Dopamine Receptor Imaging in Dementia Using Hybrid PET/MRI

Although life expectancy is increasingly associated with the treatment of heart disease and cancer, there has been virtually no improvement in life expectancy for patients with dementia. Dementia has a devastating impact to the patient, family members and society because patients become dependent on family caregivers, who are then less productive in other aspects of our society. There is currently extensive research to investigate possible treatments but a major problem is that there are many different forms of dementia which require different treatments.

A new method for educational assessment: measuring association via LOC index

Our objective is to develop the new technics, based on the pioneers’ work, especially the Qoyyimi and Zitikis’s (2015) extension, which can have a good performance on measuring some kinds of relationship between students’ marks of subjects. In order to understand the relationship between students’ marks on different study subjects, many studies apply some kinds of indices, such as the Pearson correlation to measuring association between variables of interest in a variety of research areas, including education. We do some extension on this route.

Production of Bio-based Phenol Formaldehyde (BPF) Floral

Commercial phenol formaldehyde (PF) foams are produced from petroleum-based phenol and formaldehyde. Depletion of the non-renewable petroleum and environmental concerns have intensified a global interest in producing bio-based PF (BPF) foams using bio-phenols from lignin or lignocellulosic biomass to replace petroleum-based phenol. This Mitacs Globalink proposal aims to produce open-cell BPF floral foams, building upon our success in the preparation of close-cell BPF foams.

Chemically Modified Graphene-Like Carbon for Water Purification and Charge Storage Applications

This internship will focus on the chemical modification of a graphene-like material developed by 3M Canada towards membranes for the removal of divalent cations from water and chargestorage materials (supercapacitors). The need for improved purification technologies, specifically those that target the removal of divalent cations, such as calcium and magnesium, which are found in hard water, has never been greater due to the growth of our population and the related industrial and agricultural sectors of the Canadian economy.