Food safety is a major concern and current approaches may take weeks to detect harmful bacteria that has contaminated food. This project involves the development of a rapid detection test kit to allow food processors to see if food has been contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria before the food is sent to market. The interns’ main objectives are to develop these rapid test kits working with our industrial partner. The kit will benefit food processors by finding contamination before food is shipped from their plants while the consumer benefit by having safer food.
Biodegradable polymeric biomaterials have been used extensively for medical applications such as implants, drug/gene delivery, and scaffolds. To determine the end applications, the molecular characteristics of these polymeric biomaterials are important which must be characterized. The development of reliable and fast analytical tool to detect, separate and characterize polymeric biomaterials in medical devices and drug formulations is still challenging.
The project will focus on the development and installation of a modification to convert existing biological wastewater treatment systems (particularly, activated sludge and similar processes) to circulating fluidized bed bioreactors (CFBBR). The CFBBR has already been proven on the lab and pilot scale to have higher nutrient removal efficiencies and greater handling of high volumetric loadings. Following the installation, the enhanced removal efficiencies will be tested.
Through the Mitacs internship program, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is partnering with Western University researchers to build confidence in the lifetime of copper-coated steel containers, proposed as one of several barriers that will keep nuclear waste contained and isolated from the environment. The intern, Ms. Thalia Standish, will simulate the corrosion of copper-coated steel materials in a variety of conditions, followed by three-dimensional imaging using X-ray microtomography. Together with her supervisor, Dr. David Shoesmith, Ms.
Our project will investigate reasons for and against posthumous organ donation, and aims to better understand the motives and deterrents for becoming, or not becoming, a registered organ donor. The results of this study will inform the development of public awareness campaigns designed to address the concerns and viewpoints of the Canadian public and have a lasting impact on increasing organ donation registration. This project is relevant to the intern?s doctoral research on public trust in posthumous organ donation, and will further Lashbrook Marketing and Public Relations?
This project will aim to improve the effectiveness of the delivery of cultural competency training programs to London Cross Cultural Learner Centres clients. In order to achieve this goal, the interns will be involved in clarifying employer needs and preferences, and the marketing mechanism that would be needed to improve delivery efficiency. The research process will involve interviews, focus groups, and reviews of the literature.
An efficient utilization of reinforced concrete structures is highly dependent on the detailing of the reinforcing bars and their interaction with the surrounding concrete. Construction industry is gradually shifting toward incorporating the relatively new mechanical splicing technology to enhance structural integrity, accelerate workflow, minimize material waste and reduce project cost.
Greenhouse industry is an important agricultural sector in Canada. Approximately half of the Canadian vegetables is produced in commercial greenhouses. Ontario greenhouse industry contributes to 40% of greenhouse production in Canada. As one of the most important greenhouse crops, tomato production is threatened by canker disease leading to significant loss for growers. Tomato canker disease is caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm), a Gram-positive bacterium. This is a very difficult plant disease to eradicate or manage. In this proposal, the academic supervisor Dr.
Extensive research has been conducted for the computational analysis of mass spectrometry based proteomics data, however most of the traditional computational approaches take the assumption that the acquired spectra are generated from the fragmentation of a single precursor and the peptide is simply a linear sequence of amino acid residues. This ubiquitous assumption is impeding the utility of those computational approaches, especially when handling those non-canonical tandem mass spectra.
Hearing aids are now fully digital, advanced signal processors. Studies show that the sound quality of todays hearing aids is important, and may impact how a hearing aid user enjoys music. Few tools are available for clinicians to measure hearing aid sound quality in daily practice. In this project, we will develop and implement a tool for this purpose.