Potential Climate Change Impact On Surface Winds in Southern British Columbia: Analyses Using A High-Resolution Regional Climate Model

Results from a state-of-the-art regional climate model will be used to analyze properties of near-surface winds (speed, direction, power, and variability in time) in selected regions of southern British Columbia. Station observations taken over recent decades will be used to develop a relation between model output fields and wind characteristics that can be used to deduce wind properties at station locations in any future period.

Ontology-based Data Integration for Translational Medicine

The project will research advanced theories and applications for the integration of biomedical research data and clinical data from electronic health record databases for the purpose of advancing the state of research and health care. The results of the project will inform the company partner in their strategic move to expand their product palette on software components in support of translational medicine.

Yield Management to Optimize Expected Revenues

Yield Management refers to a method of dynamically-pricing products such as airline seats and hotel rooms in such a way as to optimize revenues. While this technique is best known to the public from its application in the airline industry, it has a fact been employed in the hotel business since the early 1990s, managing room pricing strategies according to forecasts of supply and demand. However, these techniques are less well developed in the convention side of the business, especially in the case of opportunities that span multiple facilities.

LED Driver Circuit with Temperature Compensation

In another project directed by Carmanah, the engineering intern devised a strategy that would maximize the operating efficiency of the LEDs over the life of the product they were integrated into. The net effect would be to maintain a brightness that complies to the end user's expectations while broadening the number of sites the product can be deployed into. With better operating efficiencies, it would be possible to install solar powered marine lanterns at higher and lower latitudes than was previously possible.

The Importance of Traditional Kwakwaka’wak Management on the Productivity of Estuarine Root Gardens

The internship will be conducting two research projects related to historical Kwakwaka’wakw root gardens. The first experiment will measure the effect of traditional management on the productivity of one of the native roots (silverweed or potentilla anserine ssp. pacifica) grown in these gardens. The intern will test the effect of two traditional management activities, tilling and weeding, on the length, diameter, and mass of silverweed roots. The second experiment will explore the variables that affect the flavour of silverweed roots.

Blind People in the Workplace: Examining the Barriers to Meaningful Employment of Blind Canadians

The project with the Canadian Federation of the Blind, an organization working to establish positive and productive roles for blind people in Canada, will include the researching, development and implementation of a mixed-methods survey providing accurate statistics on the employment of blind people in the Greater Victoria area and narratives on their experiences in seeking and attaining meaningful employment.

Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) of the Central and North coast of BC

Sandhill cranes are a blue-listed (vulnerable) species in BC, requiring special management of their habitat. Very little is known about the coastal population of cranes or their habitat requirements in BC. The intern will work with the BC Ministry of Environment to conduct an inventory to locate Sandhill cranes and their nests on the central and north coast. Nesting and foraging sites will be characterized in field studies using variables relevant to the biology of the species and to forest management.

Making Connections for Conservation: Restoring the Coastal Dune Ecosystem of Island View Beach and the Cordova Spit

This study seeks to work towards a restoration plan for one of the most significant coastal dune ecosystems ties remaining on Vancouver Island. The dune ecosystem at the Cordova Spit represents a unique and fragile environment that offers vital habitat to a number of plants and animals that are at-risk in BC, including several different groups and dozens of species of migratory birds. A large pt of the study site is located on the Tsawout First Nation reserve and is culturally significant to the community.

The Gem Cutter Educational Tool

This project will explore the pedagogical usefulness of a visual programming tool developed by Business Objects, called Gem Cutter. It will be used to illustrate and teach computer programming concepts to new students. This is different from the traditional text-based model in which students are required to engage in text-based interactions with a computer as they develop programs. The text-based model tends to be difficult for new students to grasp and often discourages them in early stages of learning.

Modelling the Wave Climate of Vancouver Island Using Multi-Directional Wave Buoy Data

SyncWave Energy Inc (SEI) is a domestic developer of wave energy conversion technology. In 2008, SyncWave aims to deliver small commercial SyncWave Power Resonators (SPR) for generating electricity in isolated communities and off-shore installations. SEI is collaborating with University of Victoria researchers to deploy a TRIAXYS™ Directional Wave Buoy to obtain a wave spectra representative of the deployment location. The field data will then be used to determine which of the various theoretical wave spectra are most appropriate for the Vancouver Island wave climate.