Economic Prosperity Collaborative Research Project

This research project is a collaboration between researchers at the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) and Dalhousie University and aims to inform practices and grow knowledge on collaboration, economic prosperity and well-being in the African Nova Scotian (ANS) community.

Indigenous Hub for Sport and Wellbeing

The project presents an opportunity to support the health and wellbeing of maskêkosihk’s (Enoch Cree Nation’s) Indigenous youth through building capacity for sport and recreation. Working alongside Ever Active Schools the initiative will create a Hub for Sport and Wellbeing to benefit Indigenous youth and their community.Building sport and wellness capacity focuses on barrier free participation, official and coach training and event management all through peer mentoring and positive community experiences.

Bio-Aggregate Sustainable Concrete panels for Farm Buildings

This research aims in utilizing agriculture wastes in production of sustainable eco-friendly concrete panels for floors and walls in farms building. The mechanical and durability performance of the concrete panels exposed to the aggressive agriculture environment will be evaluated. The research will investigate the effects of different factors mainly related to physical properties of used wastes and binding materials.

Artificial Intelligence for Information Governance: A Semantic Model to Automate the Appraisal and Description of Data, Information & Knowledge

Faced with the exponential growth of information sources, the instability of new digital forms and the convergence of data, content and records management systems, organizations are faced with increasing requirements to adopt an effective approach to exploit their information assets. Through the qualitative study of information inventories produced by Information Management experts, as well as automatic classification experiments, the research will develop a semantic model and its associated algorithms for the automatic classification of business records.

Data Analysis of Processing Infrasound Emissions from Maritime Vessels

Infrasonic signatures are long wave acoustic signals in the under 20 Hz range (below human hearing). The partner organization has been experimenting with infrasonic sensor systems to achieve 2 key outcomes: a) detection clear air turbulence to benefit commercial air travel and b) detection of marine vessels.The ability to detect clear air turbulence from the host aircraft in real time offers a savings to the airline industry (between $500M and $1B per year) in lost time accidents and costly fly arounds for suspected turbulence.

Development of a plant-based production system

Rare cannabinoids are currently gaining popularity for their potential uses in pharmaceuticals, therapeutics and cosmetics. Traditional cannabis companies are currently unable to produce these compounds and the demand is expected to increase significantly in the future. This highlights the need for new, innovative solutions to solve this problem. Using synthetic biology, the intern will develop a prototype for the company’s plant-based production system that will be used for the production of rare cannabinoids.

Follow the Money: Investigating Political Donations in Canada

We leverage a new, original dataset containing all recorded political donations made in all 14 Canadian jurisdictions since 1993 to map patterns in political donations and to measure the effects of donations laws. We ask: which types of individuals are more likely to make donations? What can the recipients and the timing of donations tell us about donors’ motivations? And do donation laws that regulate who can donate, how much they can donate, and at what threshold donations must be publicly disclosed, have their intended effects?

Developing implantable scaffold for bone regeneration with healing enhancement by local drug delivery and sustained drug release

Over 3 million Canadian suffer from bone disease resulted from trauma, tumor removal and cancer and the number increasing with aging population every year. We plan to use hydrogels to create bioactive scaffold using 3D bioprinting extrusion method with potential for local drug loading and slow drug release for bone regeneration. We develop bioinks with proper mechanical strength and fidelity to keep the shape of the scaffold. I this work with incorporate bone growth factors to accelerate repair of bone defects.

ESG Integration, Measurement and Reporting for SMEs: A pilot for Cleantech companies in BC

The interns will assist with surveying the literature and prior work as it concerns reporting frameworks that capture the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of small, medium enterprise (SME) policies and performance in Canada. This review will inform an interview process with a pilot cluster of businesses to determine the challenges and constraints they face, specifically related to the implementation of non-financial reporting.

Fabrication of an eye model using novel biomaterials and 3D printing

The use of sophisticated eye models can significantly reduce the costs of R&D for new eye products, while lessening the need to conduct animal testing. 3D bioprinting is a novel approach that would enable the design and fabrication of complex eye models. However, current 3D bioprinters are extremely expensive and not suitable for high-volume production. The aim of this study is to re-purpose commercial 3D printers for 3D bioprinting and develop compatible bioinks. This technology will then be used to create advanced eye models that includes all of the key structures of the eye.