A Professional Learning Community of Coaches (PLCC): supporting science teaching in Chinese international education

One of the main concerns in modern educational research is how to implement classes that are interactive and to provide a better learning environment for students. Among these trends, ambitious teaching refers to a set of principles that emphasize student-centered and investigative learning. However, teachers need support from their trainers to successfully implement these ideas. In this project, we aim to investigate the benefits of using a professional development training called Professional Learning Communities among science coaches to improve teachers' practices.

Vela Canada; Building Social Capital

Research has shown that persons with disabilities have difficulty establishing relationships and becoming involved in their communities, which can generate barriers to generating and maintaining social capital. Microboards are small groups of people who have agreed to collaborate with an individual with a disability to form a person-centered ‘board’.

Numerical simulation and experimental analysis of frosting in air-to-air counterflow heat exchanger

The present project combines an experimental and numerical approach to be able to model the condensation and the frost formation in air-to-air counterflow plate heat exchangers. An optimized geometry will be proposed as well as frost prevention and defrosting strategies for air exchangers used in North America climate. The sensible heat recovery requirements in building codes still tend to go up. To achieve the required efficiency in a limited volume, the crossflow plate heat exchangers will be replaced by counterflow plate heat exchangers.

Development of an advanced ice dynamics and deterioration model and a DEM flexural ice failure model

Offshore Newfoundland is an ice-prone environment which holds valuable natural resources. Better understanding of the ice environment and ice characteristics in this region is essential for safe and economical offshore activities.

Enabling Decision Making for Lower Mainland Facilities Management through Seismic Risk Modelling of Hospital Infrastructure

Healthcare infrastructure plays a key role in the recovery of communities in a post-disaster scenario. In seismically active regions, such as western Canada, an understanding of the seismic performance of hospitals is essential to inform emergency management and effectively mitigate earthquake risk. This research project aims to develop new methodological approaches to integrate seismic risk assessments into the decision-making process of healthcare facilities management.

Development of a product for outdoor temporary markings

The world is full of painted surfaces of a variety of colours and the paint industry has evolved to improve colours, longer last colour intensity, alter finishing and cover a myriad of different surfaces. However, there has been a lack of development in temporary markings or coatings that last from hours to days. This project explores the development of four paint colours that can be dry sprayed for outside recreational applications, such as temporary lines on a grassy field or a temporary mural. Harnessing the sun’s energy, the colours will fade in definable timeframes.

Cultural Food Security: Building connections and capacities for new immigrants in Nova Scotia

Recent immigrants and refugees to Canada bring knowledge and skills that strengthen the economies, sociocultural aspects, and food systems of their new communities. However, challenges associated with being a newcomer, including access to culturally preferred foods compounds food insecurity - inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints - experienced by new immigrants.

The health impacts of residential eviction among people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada

Over the past decade, there has been a steady rise in homelessness in Canadian cities due in large part to loss of low-income housing stock in inner-city neighbourhoods undergoing redevelopment. People who use drugs (PWUD) disproportionately face eviction from buildings targeted for renovation and demolition and also face significant barriers in subsequently obtaining affordable housing. While the devastating health impacts of homelessness among PWUD are well documented, little is known about the role of eviction stemming from urban redevelopment as a unique mechanism influencing health.