Visualizing change and adaptation: Integration of design practices and ecological realities

Our general objective is to develop a design language for mitigating and adapting to rapid environmental and ecological changes in built environments. This will come about through rigorous review of existing theory and practice in ecologically-motivated design, testing of new ideas, and application to built designs made possible by Christine Lintott Architects and colleagues in other design firms and the building industry.

Finite Element Assessment of Novel High-Performance Building Panels

Rising material costs, lack of quality control, labour shortages, challenging climates and significant on-site waste continue to be the challenges encountered by the Canadian construction industry. The collaboration between the research team and NEXII will develop the technical know-how for the new generation building panel products to address these challenges. The new NEXII panel is a three-layer composite “sandwich” structure consisting of an expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS) core between two layers of Nexiite, an innovative material produced by NEXII.

Seismic Assessment of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Lift Stations

Lift stations are an underground utility transporting wastewater from residential or commercial sources to wastewater treatment plants. Lift stations are defined as a post-disaster structure according to national building code of Canada, which are required to remain operational immediately after earthquakes. A wealth of evidence from historical post-earthquake reconnaissance has confirmed the excellent performance of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines under earthquakes.

Stories for Stream2Sea: Mapping changing ocean relationships and ACTION in Canadian Communities

Stories are powerful. They weave us together and shape how we see the world. This project invites ALL Canadians to be storytellers for a common cause: the health and sustainable use of the global ocean, and all waterways leading to it.
In Canada, the ocean can be understood as an interconnected expanse encompassing coastal areas, freshwater, sea ice, and the open ocean. The ocean (expanse) is changing rapidly. This project encourages Canadians to share their observations, perceptions, and actions regarding their changing ocean relationships through a form of community science journalism.

Examining Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Stakeholder Experiences in an Ontario Non-Profit Membership Association

The QCC is a membership association for those working in and retired from the public service sector in Ontario, and is eager to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within its organization and for its membership. To do that, QCC is partnering with a research intern who will gather and analyze information about QCC from documents, its staff, membership, and Board of Directors to determine what barriers and gaps QCC faces to increasing EDI within its organization.

Macrofungal biodiversity in coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia

Coastal temperate rainforests hold a high biodiversity of living organisms, including many fungal species. The
diversity of fungi remain poorly described in forests of BC. In the proposed study, we will document these species
and improve our understanding of ecosystem complexity by gathering essential baseline information on fungal
communities. This will be useful for applied research and for the long-term monitoring these forests, particularly
when considering future climate change impacts. This project has two broad objectives that will target the
macrofungal community in forest ecosystems.

Enabling all-printed, flexible large-area perovskite solar cells

Climate change has been a top concern of Canadians for the past several years. Canada is among the 3 top global CO2 emitters per capita. Our goal is to develop and commercialize a cheaper solar energy harvesting system to help Canada decarbonize its economy.
Silicon has the most mature technology in the photovoltaic market. Silicon solar cells are primarily used in solar farms or installed on rooftops. Their installation is costly and requires architectural modifications preventing tenants from using solar panels due to the lack or limited permission for any architectural changes.

Assessing the effects of neurofeedback through a comprehensive systematic review

Recently, principles gleaned from research on learning have been applied to change people's brains. Specifically, there is evidence that how the brain communicates can be changed through the application of positive and negative reinforcement, a concept known as neurofeedback. Importantly, researchers claim that by changing how the brain communicates, neurofeedback can change behaviour and reduce clinical symptoms. As these techniques have grown in popularity, companies such as Neurotech Forty have applied neurofeedback to serve Canadians.

Evaluation of smart microcarriers for high-density culture and enzymefree harvesting of primary dermal sheath cells and fibroblasts

RepliCel is a regenerative medicine company that develops autologous cell therapies to treat chronic tendinosis, UV-damaged or aged skin, and pattern baldness. The cells in this technology are isolated from skin biopsies obtained from patients. However, because of limited available tissue samples, RepliCel seeks novel technologies to improve their cell culture process, which is currently time-consuming, labor-intensive, and low throughput.

Engaging Inuit Communities Using Participatory Video to Document Perceptions and Solutions on Global Changes

Rapid environmental change in the Canadian Arctic has been affecting people by changing their environment, livelihoods, resources, as well as their cultural and biological diversity (IPCC, 2007; Rockström et al., 2009). This research project aims to document resilience and analyse perceptions and solutions related to global environmental changes in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Using participatory digital tools, youth participants will explore how plastics/microplastics in their environment and climate change affect their traditional foods and subsistence activities.

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