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.
Twenty-one-year-old undergrad Wilmer Yan is making an educational journey around the world this summer. Wilmer, who calls Sydney, Australia, home, is in Canada as a Mitacs Globalink intern where he’s working with Professor Mike Smith at the University of Calgary.
Twenty-two-year-old undergrad Luanna Siqueira is getting used to the quietness of Regina this summer — a city she describes as “small and cozy” compared to the hustle and bustle of her home city, João Pessoa, Brazil, with a population of more than 800,000.
The human body contains over 600 muscles that connect to the brain via a network of trillions of nerves. So imagine how difficult it must be to understand how these muscles and networks communicate with one another.
“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.
“By modelling real and simulated floods, the program helps researchers develop prevention and response plans,” Houssem explains. “We also gain insight into morphology, or how a body of water changes shape over time, and sediment transport, and how all these factors affect flooding and what we can do to prevent it."
For many Prairie dwellers, Saskatoon’s winters are a great excuse to escape to balmier climates. But for Mengying Liu, snowdrifts and cool temperatures were actually an attractive reason to come to the University of Saskatchewan.
Canada has the highest rate of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world. Currently, about 10 to 20 percent of sufferers, including pediatric IBD patients, don’t respond to existing treatments, and that number is expected to increase in the years ahead.