Spatial Optimization Modelling for China’s County-level Land Use Planning

Considering the research gap that there lack quantitative models and advanced techniques to solve the land spatial allocation problem in China’s county-level, my PhD project aims at developing spatial optimization models to assist land spatial allocation that reconciles the market value, social value and ecological value of land, land utilization zoning and boundary setting in constructive expansion regulation zoning for China’s county-level land use planning.

Mexico-Cuba Bilateral Relations After El Bache: The Role of International Visual Art Exhibitions.

During my 12-week stay in Mexico City I aim to obtain and analyze archival material pertinent to the exhibition Cuba: Imagen y Posibilidad, a large Cuban photographic exhibition viewed by three million visitors to Mexico City's Galerias Abiertas de las Rejas de Chapultepec during 2009. This exhibition is central to my doctoral research, as it outlines the complexities of Cuba-Mexico bilateral relations as established through the' employment of international visual art exhibitions.

Evaluation of Tristetraprolin in a Lipopolysaccharide-induced mouse model of fetal loss

Maternal complications such as miscarriage or fetal loss are important reproductive issues that can affect up to 30% of pregnant women worldwide. While these complications are worldwide health problems, their mechanisms are not yet clear. Using a well-established mouse model of fetal loss, our goal is to detect localization patterns of important genes that may play a role in fetal loss. We also aim to detect and measure expression levels of these genes in the same samples as well.

Improved method of donor kidney storage at subzero temperatures

Currently, storage of donor kidneys at low temperatures is limited to 24 hours. If the storage time of donor kidneys could be extended, this would allow more opportunity to identify and prepare suitable recipients for this life-saving procedure. Our improved method of kidney storage at subzero temperatures will also allow patients at more remote locations to benefit. Our novel kidney storage solution is expected to reduce damage to donor organs and thus decrease post-transplantation damage.

The impact of social environment on mobility status and occurrenceof falls in older adults. International comparisons

Human populations are aging all over the world and decline in mobility is an age-related problem that limits older adults' quality of life. One major risk factor for mobility disability in is falls. There are some modifiable risk factors for falls and identifying these factors can help public health professionals to devise proper prevention strategy.

Contributing to prostate cancer research in Canada

This desire to explore has led him to a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship at the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen’s University this summer.

Automatic crack detection in stamped auto-parts

The objective of the project is to develop a non-destructive test protocol to accurately and reliably detect cracked, pre-welded automotive parts within the constraints of an industrial assembly cell. This will involve reviewing, developing and testing one or more test procedures based on vibration excitation of the part and the measurement and analysis of the response.

Development of an Accurate Method for Predicting Heat Transfer in Screw Conveyors

The aim of this project is to develop an accurate numerical method of predicting the performance of screw conveyors in which there is heat transfer to or from the material being transported. A detailed review of past studies in this area will be undertaken and based on this and on an understanding of the characteristics of the software that will be used a solution procedure will be selected. This procedure will be implemented using the commercial software package FLUENT©.

Characterization and application of multidimensional coherent imaging systems for monitoring and control of laser welding

Inline coherent imaging (ICI) may be used to take real-time one dimensional measurements of laser material processes such as industrial laser welding. Multidimensional coherent imaging and measurement of the vapour capillary (or 'keyhole') created during the welding process is a critical evolution of the technology for implementation in manufacturing production addressing many needs. This project will investigate and attempt to implement multidimensional ICI in an imaging system for real world applications.

Towards the commercialization of an infrared-heated sample introduction system and development of an argon recycling system for inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)

Numerous industries and government agencies carry out analyses every day using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) instruments that typically waste 95% of the sample and consume large amounts of argon. A greener approach would not generate any sample waste and reduce expensive argon consumption. The first year will be devoted to making a viable commercial product from an infrared-heated sample introduction system for inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). If the prototype can be developed as a financially feasible product, the company would patent it.

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