Food safety gets a boost thanks to development of allergen detectors

With no surefire method of detection, people with serious food allergies must avoid certain foods altogether; however, a project at the University of Guelph is increasing food safety by helping to detect allergens well before an item ends up on consumers’ plates.

Research at Wilfrid Laurier University explores migrant women’s challenges

As luck would have it, Denisse got an email from her university’s international office, sharing the opportunity to come to Canada for a Globalink Research Internship. Denisse — curious about the country after taking a class in North American culture — applied to several projects with a gender studies component, and was matched with Dr. Jenna Hennebry, Director of Wilfrid Laurier University’s International Migration Research Centre in Waterloo, Ontario.

Smart technology advances safety and comfort in the home

Aymen Djebbi, a Mitacs Globalink research intern from Tunisia, thinks he has an answer.  In collaboration with researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke, Aymen is helping to develop smart home technology this summer.

Self-replicating technology will enable a new era of space exploration

During his 12-week internship, Leonardo is helping develop a self-replicating, solar-powered, 3-D printing machine for the moon that can mine lunar bedrock — like dust, soil, and broken rocks — extract the raw materials, and input them into a series of 3-D printers. The printer is then able to construct its own parts that can be used in future space settlements or shipped back to earth. 

Anthropologist studies Indigenous land use

“I have always been interested in anthropology, particularly Indigenous ethnography, and how certain forces are trying to homogenize them. The researcher plays a critical role in these kinds of studies, as he or she needs to experience these communities by being in them,” she explains. “Anthropology exists in the space where one culture collides with another.” She’s putting that passion to work at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

New indoor mapping app helps you find your groceries

What if there was an app on your phone that could tell you which aisle to look in, and could give you specific directions to the product from your location within the store?

Chemistry and physics research to improve drinking water in remote communities

After a rigorous exam, she was accepted into the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris. The school encourages its students to pursue research internships domestically and abroad, and after completing an internship in the United States, Clémentine was curious about pursuing further research abroad.

Previous Alberta floods to provide essential data for prediction software

Electricity, water supplies, communication networks, and public transportation were totally shut down. When her parents were unable to get home, Ashwini knew she wanted to do something to better warn people.

This summer, Ashwini has travelled to Canada through the Mitacs Globalink program to do research with Dr. Jennifer He at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. Their research focuses on using weather forecasts to predict extreme events such as floods and develop suitable warning times.

Giving families the tools to care for children affected by Zika

Thousands of kilometers away in Halifax, Canada, Mitacs Globalink intern Lisandra Oliviera is working with a team of researchers at the IWK Health Centre to conduct a systematic review of intervention therapies for parents of children with disabilities similar to microcephaly – a family of conditions known as neurodevelopmental disorders. The parenting intervention includes an “orientation” for family members to develop their parenting skills in ways that will help with management of symptoms and improved mental health for the children.

Postcard from Brazil: UBC PhD student travels to Southern Amazonia to find the water footprint of local farms

Following its colonization of large areas of natural vegetation, Brazil is one of the largest soybean producers on the planet. Given the intense seasonal rains that Southern Amazonia receives between October and May, farmers can grow soybean without any irrigation; however, this may change given that climatic conditions and atmospheric feedback from deforestation could decrease regional rainfall.  

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