Games as Analogical Scaffolds in Teaching and Learning

Games have, in the last decade, become an important tool for teaching in both the education and business section. The application of games, and game mechanics, in these areas is often called gamification. The aim of this project is to explore how games can be used to create rich, first hand, experiences that can be used by educators to improve learning.

Point of Care Testing for Food Safety: Development of Rapid Assays for Salmonella and Campylobacter

Food safety is a major concern and current approaches may take weeks to detect harmful bacteria that has contaminated food. This project involves the development of a rapid detection test kit to allow food processors to see if food has been contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria before the food is sent to market. The interns’ main objectives are to develop these rapid test kits working with our industrial partner. The kit will benefit food processors by finding contamination before food is shipped from their plants while the consumer benefit by having safer food.

X-ray Microtomography Imaging and Finite Element Modeling of Copper-Coated Steel Corrosion Processes for Long-Term Nuclear Waste Management

Through the Mitacs internship program, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is partnering with Western University researchers to build confidence in the lifetime of copper-coated steel containers, proposed as one of several barriers that will keep nuclear waste contained and isolated from the environment. The intern, Ms. Thalia Standish, will simulate the corrosion of copper-coated steel materials in a variety of conditions, followed by three-dimensional imaging using X-ray microtomography. Together with her supervisor, Dr. David Shoesmith, Ms.

Assessment and Development of Swaged Mechanical Splicing Systems

An efficient utilization of reinforced concrete structures is highly dependent on the detailing of the reinforcing bars and their interaction with the surrounding concrete. Construction industry is gradually shifting toward incorporating the relatively new mechanical splicing technology to enhance structural integrity, accelerate workflow, minimize material waste and reduce project cost.

Computational Approaches for Characterizing Non-canonical Tandem Mass Spectra

Extensive research has been conducted for the computational analysis of mass spectrometry based proteomics data, however most of the traditional computational approaches take the assumption that the acquired spectra are generated from the fragmentation of a single precursor and the peptide is simply a linear sequence of amino acid residues. This ubiquitous assumption is impeding the utility of those computational approaches, especially when handling those non-canonical tandem mass spectra.