Development of a high-throughput screening system for SARS CoV-2 variants and screening for novel antivirals

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest public health disaster in over a century resulting in the death of nearly 6 million people world-wide. The virus has evolved over the last two years to highly transmissible variants, outpacing our efforts to contain it by mass vaccination. Effective drugs that can curtail the infection at early stages, preventing transmission and hospitalizations are essential to limit community spread of the new, highly transmissible variants.

Development of Edible Casings for Vegan Meat Applications

Plant based or vegan meat applications in the marketplace is experience a large market push, as demand for vegan products increases. To produce vegan sausages, casings are typically produced out of seaweed polysaccharides (e.g., carrageenan). However, this has limitations as clients are demanding increased criteria, such as locally grown or made from local Saskatchewan ingredients. This research project aims to develop a plant-based edible casing for potential vegan meat applications.

Global Cybersecurity Standards Review

This research project will assess, and compare cybersecurity frameworks currently in place for critical infrastructure protection in Internet of things (IoT), Operational Technology (OT) and 5G to determine what the recommended policies are for critical infrastructure protection today for IoT, OT and 5G, and if there is already a
currently used framework that supports all best practices or are there gaps that need to be addressed. This research objective will stive to determine what the ‘gold standard’ should be for critical infrastructure protection control frameworks.

Canadian School Food Program Survey and Research Briefs

Internationally, school food programs (SFPs) are one of the most successful drivers of improved health, education, and economic growth. Yet, Canada is among the minority of countries without a nationally harmonized SFP. This project involves the creation of research briefing notes on key areas of impact of SFPs to support the Coalition for Healthy School Food’s (part of Food Secure Canada) engagement with the federal government.

Isobody Leisure Codes: Creating a new standard for human body sizing

The current Alpha Sizing system for clothing sizes (S, M, L) has vast inconsistencies. Apart from shopper frustration, the most significant consequence of unpredictable fit is the monetary and environmental cost of unnecessary shipping and logistics. 30% of clothes are returned due to poor fit. The cost of this problem exceeds US$14 Billion annually. Furthermore, 25% of the clothes that are returned are either burned or dumped. The CO2 generated annually, just in shipping, exceeds 5.7 million tonnes.

Advancing Materials Science using Resonant Inelastic Scattering

This program will focus on the detailed characterization of the luminescence of a series of next-generation doped phosphors for lighting applications. These narrow-band-emitting, high-efficiency phosphors have demonstrated outstanding potential for use in phosphor-converted light emitting diodes. This technology is poised to replace traditional incandescent lights and it is expected to lead to an outstanding reduction of 15% in global energy consumption in the lighting sector with substantially greater long-term reductions.

Groundwater and Contaminant Transport Modelling of Denison Tailings Management Areas

This research project evaluates the environmental performance of two tailings management areas at a decommissioned mine site in Ontario. The tailings areas are decommissioned with a water cover and continue to be managed and monitored with ongoing water treatment. The project revisits groundwater modelling that was conducted prior to the decommissioning of the site and updates it using nearly three decades of environmental monitoring data and advancements in software. The groundwater model will determine the rates and directions of groundwater flow from the tailings areas.

Impact of Prescribed fire on Grassland Productivity and Diversity

Prescribed fire is an important tool to maintain the productivity and diversity of grasslands. Remnant grasslands within the jurisdiction of the Meewasin Valley Authority are thought to require fire to both maintain ecosystem integrity and to reduce the danger of wildfire. While there are many individual studies demonstrating the value of prescribed fire in Western Canada, there has been no comprehensive quantitative review and assessment of the evidence. This proposed project will support a post-doctoral fellow in conducting a formal synthesis of existing data of fire effects on grasslands.

Development of a wet fractionation process for producing millet protein ingredients

The quest for finding plant protein alternatives to traditional protein sources (e.g., meat, dairy, eggs and soy) used by the food industry is being driven by consumer demand for healthier choices, population growth, environmental sustainability and regulator influencers. Millet represents a staple food for developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia, and represents rich source of dietary fibre, minerals and B-complex vitamins. In terms of their protein content, levels range between 8-10% by weight.

Production of Flow-Through Z-Pinches Using Advanced Methods

This project will develop a low cost prototype fusion reactor to create energy from water. We will find a better way to add the power to run it and to increase the efficiency of operation over previous versions of the machine. The interns will increase Fuse’s knowledge of the workings of the reactor and the devices that help run it and monitor it. Fuse will then be able to build a new and improved reactor that will achieve a long sought after goal of the scientific community of getting as much energy out of a fusion reactor as is put into it.