Transforming Experiences into Solutions: A Multiphase Interdisciplinary Study on Recruitment and Retention of Women in Saskatchewan Engineering and Mining

Currently in the Canadian mining industry, approximately 16% of roles are filled by women. Furthermore, the mining industry is facing a future labour shortage as a significant proportion of its current workforce is approaching the age of retirement. Underrepresented groups, such as women, can help to fill these projected labour gaps and aid in solving challenges the industry faces, such as digital transformation and sustainable development. However, systemic and culture barriers have prevented women, in particular, from being better represented in the mining industry.

Assessment of Thermionic RF Electron Gun

The Canadian Light Source produces a very bright light which can be used to study DNA, viruses, cells, proteins, and other small-scale structures. To generate this light, the CLS needs a beam of electrons which are generated by an electron gun. In 2018, this electron gun failed, and the facility was unable to function for 6 months while it was replaced. The CLS had purchased a more reliable electron gun which uses different technology to generate electrons.

Establishment of an X-ray CT and FTIR mouse brain reference atlas

The intern will construct a 3D atlas of the mouse brain, constructed using multiple biomedical and chemical imaging techniques. The atlas will aid visualization of the 3D distribution of brain metabolites and biomolecules.. The atlas will be a powerful research and teaching resource with its multi disciplinary approach to processing and visualizing data collected at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron. Biochemical imaging of the brain’s regional composition and metabolic processes will reveal new structural and functional information.

Improving Monitoring and Decision-making with Uncertain Sensor Data

Terrestrial contaminated sites – such as abandoned oilfields, chemical spill sites, or former industrial zones – are a major environmental problem in Canada and around the world. Environmental Material Science has created new environmental monitoring equipment that generates high-resolution spatially and temporally explicit data on environmental quality. The data must be visualized and then used to make decisions regarding if site remediation needs to occur, or if occurring, if site remediation should stop.

Secure blockchain technologies

In the recent years, blockchain technologies have shown promise as infrastructure for decentralized trustless anonymous digital asset exchange. The technology promises to transform how the data is shared in many areas including financial sector, insurance and gaming industries. Yet several obstacles prevent mainstream adoption of this technology - one of these challenges is security.

Innovations in Municipal Bylaw Adjudication

This research will look at existing and possible innovations that would make municipal bylaw enforcement and adjudication in Saskatchewan more accessible, effective and efficient and would reduce the involvement of the formal court system. This may build on the example of regional co-operation offered by the Municipal Bylaw Court in Kindersley, and it may include ways to adjudicate bylaw prosecutions outside of the court system. Any proposed solutions will be suitable for the Saskatchewan context, and any necessary changes to Saskatchewan legislation will be specifically identified.

Fault Detection in Cables: A Machine-Learning Approach

Fault location identification is one of the most common, but challenging, activities that power operators face within industrial plants. Once a fault occurs in the network, protective relays isolate the affected area from the system; then, maintenance crew use special tools and patrol the area to pinpoint the fault. This process may take a lot of time and effort depending on the fault type, detective tools, and cable position.

Development and Evaluation of Interventions for Farm Machinery Operators to Improve Musculoskeletal and Cognitive Health

Producers and farm workers are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV) on a regular basis when operating farm machinery. The short-term effect of WBV include cognitive impairment and musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain. To aid in promoting worker cognitive and musculoskeletal health, rest and/or activity breaks may provide relief from these hazards and can be implemented immediately without cash investment. For these breaks to be appealing, they must be effective in reducing adverse health effects from WBV exposure, and must be feasible for field implementation.

Indigenous and Northern Centre for Innovation

The goal of this project is to support Indigenous economic development corporations in the establishment of technology-focused companies designed to introduce, test and market new and emerging technologies of potential application for Indigenous communities. At present, northern, remote and Indigenous communities are being left behind in the technological revolution. Companies do not reach out to First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The” innovation gap” is growing larger.

Production of in vitro and in vivo bison embryos derived from sexed semen - Year two

In mammals, the sperm determines the sex of the resulting offspring. Semen sexing is a process whereby sperm are sorted into Y- (male) or X-chromosome (female) bearing gametes. Sexed semen may be used for artificial insemination or in vitro embryo production to create offspring of a desired sex. In a zoo setting, fewer males are required because of their ability to breed multiple females.

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