Mitacs expands research opportunities to the US, the UK, and EU member countries

Vancouver, BC — The United States, the United Kingdom, and all countries in the European Union will be open to senior undergraduate and graduate students at Canadian universities for research exchanges through Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization.

Global News: UBC Okanagan research determines technology and outdoor play can go hand-in-hand

A UBC Okanagan researcher says children are able to play outdoors and engage with nature, even while holding a mobile device.

Maxine Crawford, a PhD candidate in psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, conducted a study with more than 740 children aged 9 to 14 from nine different schools.

Crawford gave three groups of children different tasks in recreational areas including Wetland Park, Grasslands Park, and the indoor tropical gardens.

National Post: Canadian researchers develop technique that finds unwanted animal products in beef

VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia has good news for anyone who’s been a little nervous about sinking their teeth into a juicy hamburger ever since horse meat was found in European beef a few years ago.

Researchers at the university have developed a new technique to identify unwanted animal products in ground beef, using a laser-equipped spectrometer and statistical analysis.

Niagara Buzz: PhD student discovery may prevent cancer spreading

In exciting health news, Caitlin Miron, (pictured), a PhD student in the chemistry department at Queen’s University, has found a chemical compound that may be able to “switch off” cancer cells in order to stop them from spreading.

Yahoo News: Canadian student's discovery could prevent cancer and HIV

Caitlin Miron has found something huge: A week ago she was honoured for discovering a chemical compound with the ability to prevent cancer growth, but it could also have significant applications in halting the spread of HIV, too. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Canada News, the Ontario PhD student revealed why her discovery could be more far-reaching — for everything from HIV to Zika — than originally reported.

CBC Home Run: McGill nursing student's cancer research wins award

Justine Behan, a graduate student from the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill, netted a Mitacs Award for her research aimed at improving the lives of children living with cancer in India.

Bounds on LDPC codes

Quantum circuit components will always be unreliable. To protect quantum information from becoming corrupted, we require quantum error correcting codes. The drawback is that quantum error correcting codes necessitate a trade-off – the better the code protects information, the more resources it requires to be sustained. Our current resource estimates to construct useful quantum circuits seem insurmountable.It was recently shown that if a certain class of error correcting codes, called quantum LDPC codes, were to exist, then they could potentially lower resource requirements significantly.

Scale Up of the Circulating Fluizied Bed Bioreactor for Municipal Wastewater Treatment

The project will focus on the development and installation of a modification to convert existing biological wastewater treatment systems (particularly, activated sludge and similar processes) to circulating fluidized bed bioreactors (CFBBR). The CFBBR has already been proven on the lab and pilot scale to have higher nutrient removal efficiencies and greater handling of high volumetric loadings. Following the installation, the enhanced removal efficiencies will be tested.

Exploring livelihood change in upland rural Hmong villages in Maguan County, Yunnan, China

My Master’s thesis will investigate how ethnic minority livelihoods, specifically those of ethnic minority Hmong (Miao) , have changed in rural Southwestern China over the last 20 years. Hmong communities have traditionally made their livelihoods around household based semi-subsistence agricultural production, based primarily on rice or maize. However, new state policies, technologies, and opportunities are changing the means by which Hmong individuals and households are making ends meet.

Deployment of wireless sensor networks for air pollution monitoring

Air pollution is one of the main environmental applications where Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are widely used. Using WSN for air pollution monitoring usually targets two main applications: 1) regular mapping and 2) the detection of high pollution concentrations. Both of these applications need a careful deployment of sensors in order to get better knowledge of air pollution.

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