White Sturgeon Movement and Habitat Use in the Lower Columbia River

The White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) population in the lower Columbia River was listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act in 2006. Natural recruitment failure has occurred since the 1970s, with regular spawning occurring but insufficient numbers of viable offspring reaching juvenile stage to sustain the population. A recovery strategy has included the establishment of a successful hatchery to supplement the population while research into recruitment failure and collection of baseline biological data continues.

Solid Waste Management Best Practices: cost effective options to sustainably manage solid waste in the Peace River Regional District

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), are collaborating on the development of a solid waste management plan (SWMP) whose foundation is based on the five “R”s as outlined in A Guide to Solid Waste Management Planning (2016) produced by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment1. The hierarchy of the five R approach is: reduce, resuse, recycle, recover, residuals. While strategies have been put in place by the PRRD to encourage the reduce and reuse initiatives, this proposal focusses on the recycle and recover aspects.

Investigating employees racial bias in the workplace using neurophysiological and behavioral measures

Research in organizational behavior studies suggest that racial discrimination and bias exist in the workplace. Although explicit forms of racism are in decline, new forms of racial discrimination (i.e., implicit and unconscious) continue to compromise the inclusion and diversity in organizations. One of the challenges that HR specialists face is evaluating employees’ unconscious bias. This project offers a multimethod assessment tool to capture explicit and implicit racial discrimination in organizations.

Uniting the Métis Nation of BC through values based leadership and strategic culture

The Métis Nation of BC, (MNBC) has been challenged with a sense of division among staff, governance and citizenship. As a result, programming is missing a strategic framework while ministries and chartered communities operate as independent silos. There is a clear and collective desire to rejuvenate Métis culture but without first acknowledging current state and a clear future state (Stroh, 2015), it is difficult to coordinate initiatives within all the cohesive Métis groups in BC.

Innovation in Tax Filing: Identifying Barriers and Increasing Access

Federal and provincial governments use the tax system to establish eligibility and deliver benefits and credits to low-income Canadians. Low-income Canadians experience increased barriers to filing their taxes and thus do not maximize available benefits. This is likely to have worsened as free in-person tax clinics closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or only provide services virtually and as a result become inaccessible for individuals who lack technology and internet access.

“Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds”- Gender Transformative Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program Implementation in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) has historically been at the forefront supporting local level programming in international humanitarian contexts. The GHU provides both technical and operational support to CRC field experts who are responsible for on-the-ground programming, and advocacy on behalf of local communities, bringing their voices to the CRC when setting its global health agenda. The “Health Bodies, Healthy Minds” project is an active 3-year CRC initiative to increase equal opportunity for girls to attend school in South Sudan.

Requirement Engineering Support for Machine Learning Development - A Workforce Management Application

The proposed research project will conduct requirements engineering to analyze the design of an ML initiative at Jombone. By taking a systematic approach, this project aims to help Jombone identify and design an effective solution strategy to develop their system in accordance to the objectives of the organization. This project will pay special attention to human-centered issues, such as model transparency and unconscious bias, which are of particular concern in HR applications.

Relation between biometrics and traumatic brain injury risk: developing a data analysis procedure for concussion risk assessment and management

This project will attempt to uncover more insights into the importance of certain biological, situational and environmental factors that contribute to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), especially in youth sports. By doing this, we hope to work towards better prediction, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions and other TBIs.

Data-Driven Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring for Farm Facilities based on Smart NeatMeter Devices

Canadian agriculture and agri-food system is one of the world’s strongest and plays a critical role in an economy increasingly dominated by manufacturing and service industries. Within the transition toward automation in agriculture and a significantly growing population, the tracking and visualizing farmers’ energy usage has become an unavoidable demand. Besides, the latest development in smart meter installed inside farm barns facilitates the real-time monitoring of various electrical appliances’ energy consumption and in turn help farms operate more efficiently and sustainably.

Evaluating the knowledge attitudes and perceptions of new users toward different exoskeletons

The proposed research has the following objectives: 1) Review available research on exoskeletons to better understand the technology. 2a) – Interview industry partners to identify tasks that may benefit from exoskeletons, b)– industry partners with experience using exoskeleton will be asked to give feedback on what works and what challenges occur when implementing exoskeletons. 3) With the information from the last objective, tasks will be physically replicated to test different exoskeletons on simulated tasks in a lab setting.

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