Perception and Selection of Sponsored Links

The objective of the proposed project is to examine how users respond to the web links of familiar and unfamiliar brands when they are displayed at different locations in the search result pages in partnership with Enquiro Search Solutions, Inc, a privately held search engine marketing firm headquartered in Kelowna, BC. Participants will be asked to conduct a number of guided internet searches, searches for which they are provided the search terms.

Optimizing Stocking Strategies for Rainbow Trout in Mixed Species Lakes

The goal of this project is to develop a method of estimating optimum stocking strategies in mixed species lakes in collaboration with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, a non-profit organization which works in partnership with the provincial government to deliver the fish stocking program as well as providing conservation fish culture services. The growth and survival of stocked fish will be estimated across a range of initial sizes, trout densities and competitor fish densities.

Non-Viral Gene Delivery to Gut Stem Cells

The internship project will work to deliver a weight loss protein that will combat obesity. The intern will coat DNA for the protein with a natural substance that can be delivered orally or through surgery. If successful, the team expects to see the presence of this weight loss protein in the blood of the specimens. Moreover, the levels should increase after meals and this should encourage less eating and weight loss. enGene, a biotech company specializing in DNA delivery to the gut, will provide the training necessary for this project.

Usability of a Vessel Compressibility Characterization Systems Using Ultrasound Imaging

A system for the detection of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a disease where blood clots form in the legs, has been developed by the student and his supervisors at UBC. The current project is aimed at determining an approach using pre-screening criteria to evaluate the system in a clinical setting without having to examine hundreds of patients to obtain reliable results, as a consequence of the low incidence of the disease.

OpenVL Implementation on Multiprocessor Platform

The project involves creating a vision based system to perform multi-camera 3D tracking of persons in an indoor environment. The implementation of this system will be using Open Vision Library (a standard library for image processing that is designed with hardware acceleration in mind) and it will be running on one or multiple processor hardware platform developed by LightHaus. LightHaus Logic is a Vancouver-based company that develops compact high-performance systems for advanced video analytics and embedded computer applications.

Municipal Development: Finding Political Incentives for Economic Investors

The intern is confronted with a classical question in political economy: what kind of political institutions can facilitate economic development? The City of Vancouver represents a fascinating case study in which three important players are locked up in a strategic relationship that can either spur or damage the prospects of further economic development of the city. Player A, City Government, seeks to extract more revenues in taxation in order to accommodate the demands to provide welfare and services.

Effect of Pore Pressure Migration on Slope Stability: A Case History

A 150m high mine slope has been subject to movement, requiring the mine to reduce the slope steepness while extensive investigation and analysis is undertaken. This reduction in ore production has major implications for the economical viability of the mine.

Fertilization to Increase Soil C Sequestration and Mitigate Climate Change

Forest soils are a significant sink for the greenhouse gas, CO2. Concerns over climate change have led to increased interest in methods to increase the forest C sink. Fertilization of forests has been demonstrated to increase productivity of many forest types and this has an associated benefit of increased C sequestration in biomass. There is mounting evidence that N fertilization will also increase C sequestration in soil as more and more little material is produced. N also appears to interfere with the decomposition of this litter.

Ecosystem Recovery after Disturbance: Thresholds for Biodiversity and Resiliency Indicators

This project will use vegetation indicators of biodiversity to define response curves for measuring ecological resilience in three forest ecosystems in central BC. The vegetation indicators to be evaluated are: 1) the rate of regrowth; 2) the rate of recovery of species richness; and 3) the rate of recovery of original species composition. The research team hypothesizes that ecological resilience increases with site productivity and decreases with the length of intervals between wildfires.

Regional Mapping and Geochemistry of the Chilcotin Group Volcanic Rocks, South-central British Columbia

The intern will map, collect field geophysical data and sample the Tertiary Chilcotin Group (CG) volcanic rocks throughout its known extent in southern BC with the intent of creating a new regional geological map for the CG. The Tertiary Chilcotin Group covers approximately 36,500km2 of Mesozoic and Paleozoic basement rocks which are potentially highly prospective for base and precious metal deposits as well as hydrocarbon deposits in the Nechako Basin. However, the nature, distribution, stratigraphy, thickness variation, age and composition of this voluminous flood are poorly known.

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