Understanding the gaps in the adoption of animal care practices in Canada - Year two

Welfare issues such as lameness and body injuries (LBI) negatively impact health, productivity, and longevity of dairy cows. Despite research, regulatory and outreach efforts, the current prevalence of LBI is high in Canada and shows little evidence of improvement. The proposed study will use an integrated, structured approach to identify gaps influencing the adoption of on-farm practices for control of LBI from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

Beyond Cadaver Lab: Virtual reality as a tool for aerodigestive tract anatomy and physiology instruction

The human body is a highly complicated set of structures, which are connected and move in very complex ways. Understanding the how our body is connected and moves during different daily tasks is challenging for most people; particularly for tasks that are often taking for granted, like eating and drinking. This project will develop and test a virtual reality environment that will help students learn about the structures of the head and neck specifically those that are used for eating and drinking (swallowing).

Development and evaluation of insertion mechanism for microsensors in skin

In this research, we will design and build two different kinds of disposable low-cost applicators to apply an implantable sensor into the skin, where the sensor cartridge can be loaded manually. The applicators are meant to be used for two different settings: one in hospital and acute care facilities, where the health provider will implant the sensor device; the other at home, where the patients can apply the sensor by themselves. We plan to design the applicators using SolidWorks.

Minpraxis Tester signal processing automation and validation

The most energy intensive component of mineral processing is comminution (crushing and grinding), consuming, on average, about 50% of the total electric energy of a mine site. To optimize and thereby improve the energy performance, accurate measurement of the ore hardness is critical. The proposed study is aimed at developing a new test apparatus that represents an improvement over existing methods. The test apparatus has the ability to generate data for larger sample sets than present methods and thereby represents a significant improvement.

Characterization of SQUID amplifiers for optical TES readout and exploring multiplexing approaches

While current work in quantum computing with near term noisy devices is promising, key applications will require a universal, error-corrected and fault tolerant quantum computer. Xanadu’s proposed architecture uses photon number resolving detectors in a modular way to create photonic qubits. The detectors are based on superconducting transition edge sensors (TES). Previously, TES has been limited to bespoke experiments mostly within university labs requiring niche specialists to operate as well as daily laborious optimization.

Self-Optimizing Supercritical Fluid Extractor for the Recovery of Cannabinoids

Despite the promise of cannabis containing goods as medicines and consumer products, the lab-intensive and time-consuming extraction process impedes applications of these compounds. Consequently, there is an urgent need to develop more effective extraction methods to access these high-value materials. Carbon dioxide supercritical fluid extraction is the typical technique to recover cannabinoids from cannabis plants with high levels of enrichment.

Natural products for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) pest management

Spotted Wing Drosophila is an aggressive invasive pest that is high research and management priority for the BC and Canadian berry and small fruit industry. Spotted Wing Drosophila can substantially reduce crop yields despite heavy uses of chemical insecticides, which in some cases can be harmful to the environment and human health. Botanical extracts from plants and insecticidal microbes that are naturally toxic to insects have great potential to provide enviromentally-friendly options for growers to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila.

From Waste to Hydrogen: Assessment of Alternative Hydrogen Production Processes

With the Focus around the world shifting to net-zero emissions as a solution to the climate crisis, countries are
stepping up with hydrogen strategies and committing large amounts of funding to make hydrogen a reality.
However, the main problem remains: On the supply side, hydrogen currently cannot be offered competitively
with Diesel/NG prices, and on the demand side, technologies, such as fuel cells, are not widely commercially
available yet to offtake hydrogen on a large scale.

Pilot testing the recovery of gold from mine tailings using a novel clean technology

AJ Min Inc. is developing a novel technology to recover gold from tailings material. The technology requires little energy, little to no reagents, and little to no additional water. Past testwork has indicated that this technology can recover significant amounts of gold from some tailings material, and that the recovered gold can be upgraded. This project will build on previous testwork to assemble and test a pilot unit to evaluate if the recovered gold can be upgraded sufficiently to be commercially viable.

Implementing a Zinnia TV program for people with dementia in hospitals and long term care homes

This project work with stakeholders, residents, family members, and care staff, in an older adult hospital unit and a long-term care home to analyze use of smart TV catered for peoples with dementia (Zinnia TV). Zinnia TV is a TV program that TV program provides video experiences that offer joy and engagement for people with dementia (e.g., handwashing, eating, and holiday celebration). Research will be conducted over 2 years. We will include a diverse group with various sex and gender, age range, ethnic and racial backgrounds, etc.