Cooking Technology and Regional Identity during the Shang Dynasty

This project explores regional differences during the Shang dynasty (1600-1045BCE) in China by investigating cooking practices and cooking technology. Since cuisine is intimately connected to local culture, researching different approaches to cooking in the archaeological record can help us understand how different regions developed their own culinary traditions and identities even under the same political rulership. I explore this using three sites during the Shang dynasty – two from Northern China, Zhengzhou and Yinxu, and one in the south, Panlongcheng.

An analysis of non-structural flood-management measures in Shanghai, China

This research project will involve analyzing non-structural flood management measures in Shanghai, China - one of the world's most flood vulnerable cities. The Chinese government has invested heavily into structural barriers to flooding, such as the Three Gorges Dam, but there is no fail-safe in times of extreme flood levels. Despite extensive research, there is no information in English literature on the use of public-education and outreach by the government to better prepare Shanghai's most vulnerable residents.

Shear Behaviour of Concrete affected by Alkali-Aggregate Reaction

The first part of this thesis project consist in a study of the structural behavior, mainly focusing on shear resistance, of concrete elements affected by alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR), an internal swelling reaction. Especially in the presence of moisture, this reaction causes the concrete to expand and form internal cracks. This expansion and formation of cracks is generally associated with a decrease in the mechanical properties of the concrete material. Shear issues of affected concrete is one critical thing to investigate, as they can lead to brittle failures.

The health effects of separation on transnational families: A multi-country study of temporary farm workers in Canada and their families in Mexico

With increasing rates of economic and forced migration globally, there is a great need to deepen our understanding of the relationship between health and family separation due to migration. Under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, farm workers from Mexico are hired to work in Canada for up to eight months a year. From a social determinants of health perspective, the precarious work and migratory conditions paired with the cyclical and long-term separation of families, increases the risk of workers and their families for mental, physical and emotional health problems.

Postcard from China: Making a global impact on clean energy research

The International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017), an assessment created by the US Energy Information Administration, predicts that global energy consumption will increase by 28% between 2015 and 2040.

This predicted increase has prompted countries to counterbalance their consumption by expanding their energy=generating capacity. However, for countries like China — which relies heavily on burning coal to generate energy —this task may not seem so straightforward.

Cross-cultural leadership from Canada to France to China and back: My Mitacs journey as a global citizen

In Summer 2016, I took a three-month paid position as a mentor for Mitacs, where I led a team of five Chinese interns who were pursuing research at the University of Waterloo. Little did I know that, a year later, I would travel around the world to see them again in their native China. My mentor experience at Mitacs not only shaped me into a leader, emotional supporter, and global citizen, but it also transformed us as we moved from mentor-mentees into peers.

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.