Braiding Sweetgrass: Supporting Indigenous Staff in Non-Indigenous Organizations

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action stipulates a call for all levels of government to increase the number and retention of Indigenous people working in health care (TRC, 2015). Many organizations grapple with the retention of and encounter challenges with the retention of Indigenous staff. Indigenous staff face high rates of stress, burnout, dual accountability, face multiple roles, and lack culturally supportive work environments. This project aims to understand how non-Indigenous organizations can best support Indigenous liaison workers.

Scrutability of the “black box”: machine learning & social justice in educational measurement

Canada relies heavily on the role of language proficiency tests in determining suitability for high-stakes decisions such as admission to study programs, employment, residency, and citizenship. Increasingly, such tests are administered by automated scoring systems, employing machine learning models, which have been criticized for “black box” elements leading to inscrutable and unexplainable models of assessment.

Low carbon footprint carbon nanofiber admixture for cementitious materials applications

To reduce carbon footprints, the development of new materials with enhanced properties is of great importance. The construction industry, with a record of 9.95 Gt of CO2 production in 2019, is the 3rd largest sector contributing to climate change31. One way of reducing the amount of carbon in their manufacturing process is by adding materials in their concrete that can replace traditional commodities and are produced sustainably.

Correctional Education: Technology Assisted Literacy and Language Learning Research Project

The rehabilitative measures in place within Canadian Correctional centres include opportunities for incarcerated individuals to change and grow through educational interventions specifically designed to increase skills sets and overall self-confidence. Given the challenging environment of correctional facilities, opportunities to provide efficient and enhanced processes for learning with the potential are sought as they are considered to equip incarcerated persons for life after incarceration and reduce recidivism.

The use of thermographic imaging in the detection, identification and characterization of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

The project will investigate the relationship between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and temperature. The intern will use researched knowledge and thermal metrics to design a simulated trial to gather data (acquiring and processing several images), analyze (reviewing data and performing analytics), model (create specific DVT data models) and validate the simulated data with real data (human trial phase) for the thermal imaging of DVT. The intern will carry out this experiment using a novel 3d thermal imaginer.

Mapping the supply of pest control and pollination ecosystem services in Alberta croplands using joint species distribution modelling

Arthropods such as bees, beetles and spiders provide ecosystem services to crops in Alberta. This nature’s contribution to people has economic value to farmers. The arthropods can control crop pests, pollinate crops, and help to improve the overall health and quality of the crop. These natural services are freely available to farmers. However, to take advantage of them, changes to land in the vicinity of crop fields may be necessary.

Children and Youth Mental Health (CYMH)

This 3-year international partnership project between Canada and China will facilitate knowledge exchange and advancement through active engagement of academic and non-academic partners in both countries. The overarching goal is to develop user-focused initiatives to promote and intervene on mental wellness among children and youth (age 12 – 17) in both Canada and China. One of objectives of this CYMH project is to develop a gamified website to address child and youth mental health issue.

Novel Ovulation Research-Recruitment Methods for an App (NORMA) Study

One purpose of the proposed research project is to contribute to the My Normative (MyN) app development by increasing the number of users on the app and maintaining long-term app usage. The second purpose is to verify the accuracy of the app’s menstrual cycle prediction in female persons of varying cycles less than or greater than 28-days, with or without ovulation. The project and MyN will initially target female persons in their reproductive years (18-35 years) with the bigger picture of representing all female persons of diverse backgrounds.

Creating A Network Model of Potential Risks in Equity Crowdfunding

Small businesses and start-ups typically have difficulties with finance at their businesses early stages. To solve this matter, Equity Crowdfunding (EC) has been used as a helpful method to raise funds from people (crowd) in the recent decade. People help a new business in terms of the fund; instead, the company provides its share. But there are many potential risks that are unclear for people interested in investing. This research wants to provide a network model of potential risks to give investors a better understanding of risks and their interrelationship.

Assisting newcomers affected by Covid19 through music therapy and breathwork

We will be working closely with people experiencing Covid19 symptoms that linger beyond weeks or months after getting sick, or those struggling with their mental health, especially if they are a part of the immigrant/refugee (newcomer) population in Alberta. We will be creating a virtual platform to do some music therapy and breathing exercises to improve our mental health and to focus on our overall wellbeing. We will work together and seeking feedback from our participants.