The carbon abatement potential of pine beetle affected wood biochar in British Columbia

This project aims at providing a comprehensive appreciation of the net carbon capture potential of using pine beetle affected wood as feedstock for biochar (a carbon rich material) production and use throughout British Columbia. The carbon capture potential will be assessed by balancing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport, and amendment of the biochar on agricultural fields with a model of the soil carbon and plant growth impact of biochar addition.

Improving stirred milling performance by selecting suitable media type with optimum bead sizing

This research intends to investigate the impact of media type and size on stirred mill performance. Stirred milling tests will be performed with ceramic medias of different mechanical properties and sizing. The energy-size reduction relationships under each test condition will be analyzed. The effect of media type and size on media wear rate will also be investigated as the media cost accounts for alarge portion of the total cost of stirred milling process.

Fast Catalytic Pyrolysis of Sewage Sludge for Producing High-Grade Bio-Oil and Effective Sorbent for Capturing Emerging Contaminants - Year two

Large amounts of sewage sludge (SS) have been generated yearly by municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWPs), which entail huge operational expenses and advanced treatments, and the final disposal of biosolids in agricultural applications is reduced because of the potential environmental risks (e.g., heavy metals and emerging contaminants) associated with biosolids applications.

The Relationship between Psychophysiological Measures of Emotion and Applied Effort

Physical inactivity is a major public health concern. While this is a multifaceted issue, one approach to increase interest and engagement in exercise is to make it more immersive. Previous research has shown that emotionally driven content can increase the overall experience as well as an individual's performance during exercise. However, the relationship between emotionally driven content and its effects on applied effort during exercise is not well understood. Therefore, the goal of this internship is to measure and model the response to emotionally driven content during exercise.

Development of a Cloud-Based Immersive Digitization Application for Asset Integrity Management in Energy Sectors

Asset integrity management (AIM) is a critical tool to ensure utilities perform their function effectively and efficiently and provide services to society safely. Field operation activities for integrity assessment of various underground/aboveground assets and their respective data management face various challenges. In this project the research team will develop an AR-assisted integrity management platform that will aid complex field operations to utilize an intelligent and interactive immersive visualization.

Synthesis of Three Minor Cannabinoids

The recent legalization of marijuana across the globe has sparked new interest in studying the health benefits of non-psychotropic cannabinoids. The majority of the studies have revolved around cannabidiol as it can readily be isolated in high quantities from hemp. Preliminary medicinal studies into CBD have revealed its promise as a treatment for anxiety, and chronic pain. Encouraged by this success, investigations are now shifting to the minor cannabinoids.

Optimizing precision oncology at BC Children’s Hospital

Precision medicine, where treatment is tailored to the individual patient, offers much potential to improve outcomes for children with cancer. However, selecting the right drug for each child remains challenging and new approaches to identify the most effective therapy are needed. In this project, interns will work directly with staff at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) and UBC researchers to establish preclinical screening of patients’ cancer cells with specific drugs to see which one works best.

Advancing geophysical inversion methods for assessing carbon mineralization potential

Serpentinites are a type of rock that are reactive with CO2 and convert it to solid minerals that are stable on geologic time scales; this process is known as carbon mineralization. These rocks are often associated with economic mineral deposits in Canada and elsewhere, and mines at these locations can offset, or even have a net-negative carbon output. The density and magnetic properties of these rocks vary depending on their reaction potential, meaning that geophysical measurements at the surface may be used to locate and estimate volumes of reactive rocks.

3D Ultrasound Volume Reconstruction from Inside-Out Tracking of a 2D Probe

Small, handheld, point-of-care ultrasound devices (POCUS) have been increasingly used in recent years by non-specialists for a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment tasks. Since POCUS devices produce two-dimensional (2D) images, but anatomical structures are three-dimensional, we would often like to construct 3D volumes from a sequence of 2D US scans.

Trends in marine mammal mortality in British Columbia: evaluating ecosystem health, disease transmission, and human-marine mammal interactions

Human, marine mammal, and ocean health are all interconnected. Consequently, studying the health of marine mammals provides information about human and ocean health. The focus of this project is to use existing data on marine mammal disease and mortality to document land to sea disease transmission, geographic spread of disease within the marine ecosystem, and to evaluate negative human interactions with marine mammals.