Modeling Flow and Dissolved Heavy Metal Sorption through a Sloped Compost Filter Bed for the Prediction of Service Time under Diverse

The intern will be completing experimental work on compost-based stormwater filters. The experiments will provide necessary data for the development of a predictive mathematical model that will be used to predict the service and maintenance schedule of a compost-based stormwater filter. Specifically, the intern will be collecting data for the dissolved metal uptake capacity of the compost, determining how fast the metals are uptaken, and finally, constructing and gathering data from a pilot site at the University of British Columbia.

Liability to Electricity - BC Foothills Geothermal Energy

CanGEA - the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association - is a non-profit association encouraging research, exploration and development of high temperature geothermal energy resources in Canada. Geothermal energy is a renewable, reliable source of electricity and heat. Geothermal power sources produce long term revenues with no fuel costs and no emissions. Thus, the purpose of this project is to investigate the possibility of generating environmentally-friendly electricity from abandoned gas and oil wells in the Canadian Foothills in eastern BC.

Improving Care for Depressed Clients in an Employee and Family Assistance Program

Clinical depression is common among workers and leads to significant personal and economic burden. Previous research has shown that almost a third of workers presenting to Interlock, an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), reported symptoms of depression. Although all clients show significant improvement after EFAP intervention, depressed clients continued to have higher scores on work impairment and work absence than clients seeking help for other concerns.

Development of Recommendations for Improvement of the Industrial Mineral Sector

Industrial minerals are an important part of the economy in British Columbia, however, this sector faces several serious challenges due to lack of a national instrument for industrial minerals. “National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101)” is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and administered by the provincial securities commissions that govern how issuers disclose scientific and technical information about their mineral projects to the public. It covers oral statements as well as written documents and websites.

Vancity Climate Change Strategy

Vancity Credit Union has been a leader on the climate change issue for many years and has been actively attempting to reduce its carbon footprint since the mid-1990s. Climate change activities at Vancity were undertaken to invest in Canadian solutions to climate change, to build local knowledge about reducing emissions and to create local sources of high-quality carbon offsets. The carbon offset program, in particular, was developed under the advisement of The David Suzuki Foundation, the Natural Step, the Pembina Institute and Ecotrust.

The Potential for Drainage to Improve Productivity of Regenerating Forests on Northern Vancouver Island

Extensive portions of the productive forests in coastal British Columbia display below-average timber productivity possibly due to excess soil water. In particular, conifers regenerating on some western red cedar/western hemlock sites on northern Vancouver Island show very slow growth and nutrient deficiencies after harvest. The research team hypothesizes that the low nutrient supply is caused by inadequate drainage in these sites which results in anoxic conditions and lower mineralization of carbon and nutrient.

New Polymers for Use in Flame Retardant Paper and Flame Retardant/Decay Resistant Wood

The intern will apply the phosphorus polymer previously developed at UBC, as well as the H2O-soluble phosphorus polymers which will be prepared during the first two months of this internship, to the surface of paper and wood samples to study the fire retardancy of the paper samples and the fire and decay retardancy of the wood samples. The intern will react the H2O-soluble phosphorus polymers with pulp and wood samples in aqueous solutions and determine how much of the polymers are retained by the pulp and wood samples.

Analysis of Katzie Archaeological Lithic Collections

This project will involve the analysis of a collection of stone artifacts retrieved from a recent archaeological excavation conducted by the Katzie Development Corporation and Katzie First Nations members at a very signification archaeological site located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The artifacts will be classified according to their technological and functional characteristics and the results of this data gathering process will be used to interpret the nature of occupation and social structure at the archaeological site.

Developing an STI Awareness Model for Youth in Northeastern BC

Recently completed research has demonstrated concerns related to the control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people in Northeastern BC’s ‘booming’ oil/gas communities. The Northern Health Authority (NHA) and OPTions for Sexual Health (OPT) are new partners in the provision of sexual health services in Northeastern communities. A recent syphilis outbreak has provided the impetus for the NHA and OPT to consider how to develop an awareness campaign to promote STI testing and prevention among young people.

Building Neighbourhood Third Sector: A Holistic Organizational Governance Development and Training Tool Kit

This project supports a partnership between the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of Greater Vancouver and the School of Social Work and Family Studies of the University of British Columbia. It aims to produce a toolkit and training package for neighbourhood houses which are neighbourhood based, multi-service non-profit organizations.