Examining the effectiveness of a feminist framed transformational leadership development program for young female coaches in university/college athletics

The project aims to examine the effectiveness of a leadership development program to increase competence and confidence of Female Apprentice Coaches to lead in sport in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. Th leadership development program looks to increase knowledge and practice of effective leadership skills while addressing common barriers women face in sport and sport leadership. The process also engages key sport leaders in the FAC environment including respective mentor coaches and athletic directors.

Broken Promises: Museum Exhibit Development during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Broken Promises is the capstone output of Landscapes of Injustice, a multi-year, intersectoral project exploring the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. The project illustrates the violation of human and civil rights at a time of perceived insecurity; measures taken in the name of national defence; the enduring harm of mass displacement, and loss of home and property; and human resilience. The traveling exhibit is one of the major research outputs of the project.

Fall and Head Impact Acceleration Monitoring of Short Track Speed Skaters

Short track speed skating is a fast-paced sport where athletes routinely reach speed above 50 km/h. It is one of the leading Canadian sports for medal count at the Olympic games. Unfortunately, given the fast-paced and pack-style skating, athletes often fall on the ice, which may lead to concussion. There is no clear data on the incidence of falls in short track speed skating, nor is there a clear understanding of the mechanism of head impact.

Therefore, this project will track the incidence of falls and measure head impacts that may lead to concussion using ‘smart’ mouth guards.

Abolitionist Dream-Mapping

We live in a world where prisons are seen as a necessary condition for public safety and accountability. But there were no prisons on Turtle Island prior to colonization! The abolitionist dr eam of a world without prisons is grounded in a concrete historical context. This project both recovers and invents decolonial abolitionist methods for dismantling colonial institutions like prisons and jails, and for building freer, healthier, and more just communities.

Visual Analytics Methods to Support Sensemaking under Ambiguity in Avalanche Forecasting

Analysis of complex systems involves much more than what is evident in data alone. Background knowledge and experience are used to inform interpretation. Often this results in ambiguity, a state where multiple potential interpretations must be considered and evaluated. When analysis is shared these challenges are compounded by the complexity of communication. Ambiguity is common in avalanche forecasting.

A participatory approach to redeveloping coach and volunteer online training modules: A Special Olympics context

"On-going coach and volunteer training are essential to providing high-quality, evidence-informed practices in sport settings. This study aims to extend Special Olympics Ontario and Special Olympics Canada's online training platform for coaches and volunteers by working with athletes with intellectual disabilities, current Special Olympics coaches, and families of Special Olympics athletes.

Synchrotron imaging of Saskatchewan amber and dinosaur fossils

Saskatchewan has a rich Late Cretaceous fossil record (~66 million years ago), which provides opportunities to study both fossilized resin (amber) and dinosaur skeletons from shared habitats. Synchrotron X-rays are a powerful new tool that can be used to CT scan fossils and create 3D models of microscopic structures, and to map out the chemistry of preserved material. The proposed project will use synchrotron techniques to 3D-model insects in amber for new species descriptions, and to explore how soft tissues are preserved within these specimens.

The Impact of Sustained Time in Human Care on the Migratory Behaviour of the Endangered Loggerhead Shrike

Our research will assess the degree to which variation in migratory behavior in Loggerhead Shrike is altered due to sustained periods of captivity. Information will be obtained from a captive population of Loggerhead Shrike. Behaviour of captive birds will be recorded on video cameras and analyzed to determine the level of migratoriness displayed by differently aged birds. The pedigree (i.e. relatedness) of each bird will be used for analyses of heritability of migratory behaviour.

Leveraging a social learning space for disability sport to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

The project aims to understand and support Canadian wheelchair curling leaders (i.e., coaches, athletes, and sport administrators) to return to sport and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing coaches together virtually and educating them to provide athlete support remotely can have a positive effect on the sport landscape post-pandemic. The intern will identify the sport gaps and strengths and align Curling Canada's resources and goals with provincial return to play guidelines.

Direct[Message]: Understanding Mediated Engagement in the Arts for Marginalized Older Adults in Hamilton, Guelph, and London, Ontario

The Mitacs Intern will support the Direct[Message] project to develop and undertake online arts workshops for older adults to reduce social isolation resulting from COVID-19 and develop an understanding of the needs and wants of older adults who experience barriers to participation in the arts. The Intern will interview participants to gain knowledge about their experiences participating online in an effort to develop information that may be shared with engineers who are currently developing digital prototypes to support access to and participation in the arts.

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