Patterns of course-taking and transition for Applied to Academic subjects in Ontario Schools

Across the province, students are channeled into academic and applied programs at the start of high school. Students in applied courses are less likely to enjoy school or pass the provincial standards for achievement in both elementary and secondary school (EQAO, 2012). We know little about “who” takes applied courses in Ontario and what opportunities exist for them to transfer into academic streams.

Evidence-based product support and the cultivation of a community of learners

While consumers adopt technological solutions based on their perceived usefulness, continued use of those products often depends on the support customers receive as they initially use the product, and when they run into problems or complex uses. Traditional support models (e.g., call centres) are often costly and only somewhat effective.

Efficacy of intravenous TCAP-1 administration in reducing stress on the expression of cocaine-related behaviours

Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is a chemical found naturally in the brain that plays a key role in the mammalian stress response. CRF is also known to be involved in anxiety and mood disorders, as well as in various aspects of drug dependence, including long-term relapse to drug use. The teneurin C-terminal associated peptides (TCAP) comprise a chemical system in the brain that may serve to naturally regulate CRF activity.

Analyzing a large user community using the social network analysis framework

In this project we will conduct Social network analysis (SNA) of MyCA user network, in order to assess the interplay between social influence and the diffusion of information within the MyCA platform. SNA offers a convenient method to represent and analyze interactions among the components of a system. SNA can thus provide an abstract representation of the MyCA a system, and allow us to study its function and organization.

Assessment, piloting and establishment of a green health care revolving fund

The objectives of the research are to identify and quantify barriers to energy efficiency in Ontario Hospitals, and to identify methods to confront these barriers, focusing largely on the efficacy of revolving funds. Research findings will contribute to improving financing mechanisms for energy efficiency measures to greater mobilize their implementation in Ontario Hospitals.

Nanotechnology for biomedical applications

the project concerns the preparation, characterization and in vitro evaluation of drug delivery systems.

Quantifying stratified turbulence in gravity currents

The student working on this project will determine how the internal mixing dynamics influence the degree to which gravity currents entrain fluid. Gravity currents are important flows for oceanography that form when dense water cascades down the continental slope. There are also many important engineering applications, such a dense waste-water disposal from a desalination plant, or the fate of underwater turbidity currents.

Optimal adaptation of radiation therapy treatments

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced cancer treatment technology that uses beams of high energy x-rays to deliver radiation to a tumour. In IMRT, radiation beams are divided into many small beamlets. The intensities of each radiation beamlet are computed using specialized software. In this software, the treatment planning problem is modeled as a mathematical optimization problem, and solved using mathematical algorithms.

Optical Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials

The project is aimed at exploring various physical properties on the nanoscale using optical spectroscopy. In particular a focus on Raman and Optical spectroscopy of nano materials and bulk compounds on the nanoscale to better understand the interplay between numerous physical processes. This not only allows us to explore the basic physical underpinnings of novel effects but better characterize and optimize devices. Three different materials will be the focus of this study, high temperature superconductors, topological insulators and semiconductor nano wires.

Reducing NETosis for improving lung health

Background, knowledge gap and therapeutic value: Lung disease is the primary cause for the morbidity and mortality of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). One of the major culprits of the CF airway diseases is chronic inflammation associated with dying neutrophils, accumulating DNA and colonizing Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, the factors and pathways that regulate the pathological changes, particularly relevant to neutrophil death, in CF airways are unclear.