Evaluation of the effectiveness of different interventions on reducing recycling contamination in multi-family buildings in Vancouver

Recycle BC, a not-for-profit organization responsible for British Columbia’s packaging and paper products recycling is conducting a pilot project on reducing recycling contamination (ie. wrongly-placed recyclable and non-recyclable materials in different recycling streams) in multi-family buildings (eg. apartments, townhouses). The goal is to determine which intervention will cause multi-family building residents to reduce their recycling contamination.

Brain wave technologies for brain function monitoring and prognostication following severe anoxic brain injury

This project will use a breakthrough brainwave technology to track the recovery of patients who have serious brain injury after cardiac arrest. Doctors currently rely on behaviour-based tests at the patient’s bedside to measure their brain function, but this is not reliable. A better method is to measure brain function directly using brainwave information. We have created a new technology that can measure many different brain functions in a short time.

Collaborative Indigenous Media and Museums: Participatory Multimedia Production for Indigenous Art and Cultural Heritage

The Bill Reid Gallery (BRG) is a Vancouver based public art gallery committed to the display of contemporary cultural heritage of Coastal First Nations. In addition to traditional gallery exhibitions and programing, the BRG also creates an accessible archive for the communities they serve, the city of Vancouver and the general public.
This Elevate fellowship will support the applicant in the role of Visiting Media Curator at the BRG.

The Muskrat Hut

Also known as Wachusko weesti, the Muskrat Hut project aims to design a sustainable, locally sourced four-season prototype unit that comprises a composting toilet, shower/sauna, heat source, energy source (solar and wind), and a kitchen area.

‘Lone wolf’ terrorism could face extinction thanks to new computer software

Karthik, an undergraduate student at National Institute of Technology in Hamirpur in India, has joined Associate Professor Andrew Park this summer for a 12-week Mitacs Globalink research internship. He’s helping to develop an algorithm that can accurately and precisely identify the most likely location of a potential sniper attack on a public gathering.

Brain Drain got you down? Try Brain Retain

With one in four recent Canadian STEM graduates leaving the country, citing better job opportunities abroad*, talent migration affects us all. A shortage of talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math constrains Canada’s potential for economic diversity, development, and innovation.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) may have found a solution to Canadian brain drain. Its research and development unit, Borealis AI, supports innovation through scientific study and exploration in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Characterization of Stabilized Lithium Ion Battery Materials

Micro-scale particles composed of high-voltage spinel LNMO (LiNi1-xMnxO4) will be characterized using electron microscopy techniques. These particles are stabilized through the inclusion of coating materials. The methods to prepare these particle coatings consisted of either an in-situ or post-synthetic method. The interface between the particle and the coating will be characterized at the atomic-scale by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM).

Reducing birdstrike risks at airports by integrated pest management of insects - Year two

Birds at airports present danger to moving aircraft and other vehicles using the area. Some of the higher risk bird species are ducks, gulls and shorebirds who come to the grassy areas surrounding the runways to feed on insects. We are attempting to reduce the numbers of these high-risk birds using the Vancouver International Airport by reducing the numbers of the insects they feed on. By changing the way we manage the grassy areas of the airport, we hope to reduce insect abundance, and therefore bird presence.

Democratizing data preparation for AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has attracted significant attention in both industry and academia recently. On one hand, people are feeling excited about seeing the breakthroughs that AI has made. On the other hand, they are also worried that these advanced AI technologies will only be mastered by a very small number of organizations in the future. Therefore, there is a strong need to democratize AI (i.e., make AI accessible for everyone).There are three kinds of resources that AI requires: Algorithm, Computation, and Data.

Making scholarship more practice and policy relevant: Analysis of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies’ peer review process and its implications

This project examines the peer review process of a leading Canadian academic journal focused on international development, with the goal to better understand how research knowledge is made accessible and relevant – or not – for policy makers and practitioners. The intern will analyze systematically the texts of submitted articles, comments provided by the scholars asked to evaluate these articles, journal editorial guidelines and the revisions the authors undertake, for evidence of efforts to make research accessible and relevant.

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