Enhancement of Wearable Textiles by Living Biofilms

"Smart" clothing that responds to the wearer offers compelling advantages over today's inert clothing. By integrating living cells into the textiles that make up our clothing, we can endow them with these "smart" properties. This includes a shirt that begins to smell like flowers when soaked in sweat, pants that "self-heal" after an accidental tear, or industrial uniforms that detect and actively break down toxins. Lululemon and McGill scientists, working together, are aiming to create some of these wearables by growing living films of engineered bacteria on textiles.

Ecological risk assessment of tire wear particles in water bodies in Interior British Columbia

Microplastic pollution is becoming an emerging environmental issue in developed countries. The tire wearing particles (TWP) have also been categorized as microplastic pollution. TWP size range from a few nanometers to several hundred micrometers and are emitted into the environment. Tire industry is now inclined towards increasing knowledge of TWP origin, mechanism, transmission, and fate in the environment along with their impacts on receiving water bodies.

Investigating the effect of novel nutritional compounds on skeletal muscle protein synthesis and growth in vivo

Resistance exercise training combined with adequate post-exercise protein ingestion is known to increase muscle mass when completed repeatedly over a prolonged period of time (>6 weeks). Due to this knowledge much research has been conducted to identify the best protein supplements which allow for the greatest muscle growth with training.

Handheld Histories: Collecting, Modding, and Playing the Portable Platform

Thirty years after its landmark 1989 release, Nintendo?s Game Boy and its long line of successors continue to capture the imagination of thousands of players who harbor a nostalgic attraction to the technologies of their youth. Montreal-based Retro Modding has developed a profitable business modifying (or ?modding?) old video game handhelds and selling them alongside tools and parts for do-it-yourself projects. These alterations combine today?s expectations for consumer electronics (like backlights and rechargeable batteries) with the iconic form factors of early handhelds.

Employers’ expectations of technological proficiency levels of university business graduates

“Business Studs” is a web based business development, platform providing cheaper and effective physical presence in existing and emerging markets, helping businesses grow in existing and new markets through independently working sales professionals in different industries. This research project aims to undertake a study to determine gaps in skills training from graduating students to employers.

Cognitive and Computationally Intelligent Algorithms for the Detection of Cyber Threats

The rapid and widespread advancement of cyber-threats within the past few years has had a profound impact on virtually everyone, from ordinary people to governments to local organizations. This has caused cyber-security to be considered a global challenge, which is now requiring innovative solutions, such as incorporating human cognition based methods into the software algorithms to detect malicious activities of adversaries.

Social Media Impact Tool: Measuring ROI for Social Media Engagement

Currently there are no effective tools to capture and measure return on investment (ROI) in social media in conjunction with more traditional data points that come from sources such as Flyer Tracking and Point of Sale (POS) systems.

A life cycle impact assessment methodology based on planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries can be understood as limits for the Earth’s tolerance towards environmental impacts in the form of, for example, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and the release of nitrogen and phosphorous. This project aims at making planetary boundaries useful to the environmental management within companies. This will happen by developing a method that quantifies environmental impacts of a company in the language of planetary boundaries.

An exploration of community-organised social enterprise in the development of local food system infrastructure

This research will explore how community organised social entrepreneurship and enterprise can be used to build and strengthen local food systems in the Capital Region of British Columbia. It will ask questions about how effective social entrepreneurship could be in developing warehousing, distribution and processing services that are compatible in scale and quality with community-based local food system objectives and values.

Encapsulation strategies for the enhanced performance of active ingredients in cosmetic products

Functional foods and cosmetics contain physiologically active compounds. However, many active ingredients are susceptible to degradation and/or are not efficiently absorbed by the body. It is increasingly recognized that the composition and physical structures of the products, and interactions between ingredients in the matrix can impact the stability and availability of active ingredients. Encapsulation is an important strategy for protecting and delivering active ingredients and it has a long history of use in food and cosmetic industries.