Canada is in the midst of a crisis. Drug overdose death tolls are rising, and the mounting health care costs of an opioid epidemic have proven that addiction is a multidimensional problem we cannot afford to ignore. Managing the crisis is also affected by public perception. The way we view drug users could significantly affect the way we, as a society, respond to this issue.
Canada is known for its environment: fresh air, mountains and a multitude of lakes and rivers. Our natural resources are an important part of our national identity. Protecting the quality of our water is crucial to supporting our urban infrastructure and the caring for the environment around us. That’s why Université Laval’s modelEAU research team are searching for ways to optimize urban wastewater treatment to reduce its impact on surrounding bodies of water.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or as they’re more commonly known, drones, are staple pieces of equipment in military applications. More recently, their popularity has expanded to humanitarian and even recreational uses.
Whether it’s in the shower, on the commute to work, or when helping little ones fall asleep, singing is an everyday activity in many people’s lives. But a research project based at the Université Laval hopes to demonstrate that singing can also benefit neurological health.
For women who have experienced some form of gender-based violence, accessing help within the health system can be a much more fraught experience — and one student is determined to better understand the many determinants that guide victims’ decisions to seek — or avoid — care.
“We have found that there is certain types of sounds that humans process faster than spoken word. For example, people tend to process the sound of a scream — in my study’s case, a screech from a violin — faster than they would process someone saying ‘I’m feeling scared,’” cites Karina.