Postcard from Turkey: Ryerson graduate student proposes a model for environmental sustainability in ICT

I am a PhD candidate in the Environmental Applied Science and Management program at Ryerson University. I am interested in approaches that will help software developers design products that meet customers' needs, require less energy to produce, are longer lasting, and can be safely and responsibly disposed. I am studying the interrelationships between product quality and sustainability and I’m enthusiastic about finding and removing their boundaries so that software developers aren't afraid to be more sustainable.

Reclaiming the future

Her friend and colleague, Amber Jarvinen, approached her about the possibility of using bacteria to clean up oil and chemical spills. Amber had founded a small environmental start-up and was looking for a partner with expertise in environmental biology.

The big launch

Innovation through a gender lens

Why can’t the surgeon operate on the boy? 

Sarah Saska tells many people this now dated riddle and waits patiently for their answer. “Even in 2016, people hesitate because their first instinct tells them the surgeon must be the boy’s father, or perhaps the boy’s second father,” she explains. “Of course, the surgeon could be the boy’s mother, but it’s not often people’s first response, and this example illustrates how deeply gender bias is embedded in Canadian society.”

Postcard from Mexico: why galaxies spin

Most previous studies of spin in real galaxies were done in 2-D, so Dr. McCall’s study has changed the discussion of galaxy spins in the astrophysics community. This spin organization is at odds with established theories of spin alignment in our “neighbourhood of galaxies”. Understanding spin alignment provides insight into how this neighbourhood emerged and evolved.

Postcard from Vietnam: Supporting sustainable fisheries with GIS

The temperature was 46 degrees for almost the entire first two weeks here, and I’m quite sure to have lost ten pounds in that time. Luckily, Hanoi is one of the great street food capitals of the world, where you can get a tasty bowl of Bún chả famous to the city, with freshly grilled meats in it for $1 or $2 and gain back any of that lost summer weight.

2015 Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation: George Conidis, York University

George Conidis, a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University is the recipient of the Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation for his research at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with Dr. Michael Richer through a Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

2015 Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation: Pamela Ovadje, University of Windsor

Pamela Ovadje, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Windsor is the recipient of the Mitacs Postdoctoral Award for Outstanding Innovation for her research with Calgary-based Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR) Inc.

Postcard from India: Graduate student studies how 400,000 rural fishers adapt to climate change

More than 400,000 fishers, belonging to specific fisher castes, customarily depend upon the lagoon for their livelihoods. For my research project, which was based on Khirisahi Island, I analysed how they perceive and adapt to environmental changes.

Sensitizing compounds for cancer-treating viruses find new use in vaccine production

Beyond understanding how oncolytic viruses work, Rozanne and other researchers at the University of Ottawa have studied how these viruses can be enhanced with “viral sensitizers,” small molecules that increase their efficacy. Recently, her research into how viral sensitizers can therapeutically enhance oncolytic viruses has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

Postcard from China: PhD student’s research builds a bridge between disciplines

Issues surrounding resources and sustainability, like water in developing countries, often require an interdisciplinary approach. Challenges related to water access are much more severe than in developed countries, due to factors such as rapid population growth, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of robust resource management policies. Compounding these challenges is an absence of appropriate theories and tools for knowledge integration to bridge the gap between resource management and research.

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