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New America's Future of Property Rights program aims to create a solution for people all over the world to achieve their basic human right "to own, rent, or otherwise occupy property" (Panfil & Mellon, 2019). What is denying a large part of populations their basic human right is the "lack of proper documents" (Panfil & Mellon, 2019).

S’oh Sin geez (Breathing Properly): Optimizing COPD Virtual Care in First Nations Communities

COPD is a lung disease characterized by shortness of breath, reduced activity tolerance, and poor quality of life. First Nations people have a high prevalence of this condition. People with COPD are encouraged to take an active role in managing their health, but this is challenging for people living in remote or rural locations. To improve disease management and access to care, many First Nations communities have turned to telehealth systems. However, many systems are primarily video-conferencing systems to enable live conversations between patient and practitioner.

Manufacturing the smart Acoustical/Thermal Insulation (ATI) ceiling tile with recycled plastic for building applications

Global population and economic growth increase the demand for more buildings and, thus, more construction materials. Increases in the production of construction materials also lead to greenhouse gas emission rise and depletion of natural resources. Therefore, by increasing the awareness of the reduction of non-renewable sources, more resource-efficient and sustainable waste management is required. Moreover, attributes of the building elements have a significant impact on energy consumption to maintain comfortable room temperatures.

The activation of Vitamin B12 from different seaweed species

This project is a collaboration between a research group from the Food, Nutrition, and Health Department at UBC and the industrial partner Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds. One PhD intern will be trained on diverse types of advanced and sophisticated analytical instruments that are connected to vitamin B12 content measurement, characterizing the bacteria strains and in-vitro bioaccessibility measurement.

Suitability of indigenous wine yeast strains identified from spontaneous fermentation as wine fermentation starter cultures

The Measday lab at the University of British Columbia Wine Research Centre has been collaborating with Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) winery since 2013 to isolate native yeast strains present in OCP vineyards and winery. OCP is an organic winery and routinely carries out natural grape juice fermentations where no commercial wine strains are inoculated into the tanks to allow the natural microflora present on the grape berries to carry out the fermentation and showcase the terroir of their vineyards.

Silicon photonics-based biosensor for multiplex detection

Our goal is to research, develop and commercialize an advanced biosensor that detects many different pathogen infections and immunity for diseases such as COVID-19. We are using a new sensor technology realized with semiconductor manufacturing technology (silicon photonics) and integrated optics and electronics. Our hope is that our sensors can provide answers to individuals, to industries, to governments, and to policy makers.

Lithium titanate nanocomposites for hybrid supercapacitors

Rapidly diversifying technologies are driving demand for power supplies that can meet a wider range of and more intermittent power needs. Main drivers include transportation, renewable energy grid connections, energy storage, and consumer electronics. Tesla has recently purchased a top supercapacitor company, Maxwell Technologies, to streamline these advancements to product integration. Supercapacitors are an important technology used in the power supply industry, supplementing conventional batteries by offering higher power and longer lifetime.

Ultra-low-power sensor interfaces for next generation IoE

This research project aims to improve the quality of life and facilitate the early detection of some health conditions by enabling wearabale devices that have a very small form factor, are highly reliable and provide continuous health tracking and monitoring.

Evaluation of a Blockchain-Based Identity Management System: An Exploratory Multiple Case Study Approach

This research project will suggest guidelines that can be used by practitioners to formally represent the business benefits of blockchain. The business benefits focused on in this study are the increased financial value and the improved productivity. Formal methods will be applied to communicate these business benefits in unambiguous ways. Specifically, financial methods will be applied to quantify the financial value and conceptual modeling methods will be used to model the business processes related to the blockchain technology.

Developing a machine learning-based diagnostic strategy to detect early onset of double negative prostate cancer by integrating SEMA3C-associated genomic variations and blood biopsies

The main goal of this research project is to study if a protein named SEMA3C can be a biomarker for early detection of an aggressive and lethal form of prostate cancer, named Double Negative Prostate Cancer (DNPC). To test if SEMA3C is a contributing factor in the progression of DNPC, we will compare SEMA3C level in tissues from patient and healthy individuals. Then, we will study if SEMA3C level changes in parallel to genetic variations, happening in tumors with cancer growth.