ParticipACTION’s physical activity promotion standards: Enhancing inclusion and accessibility among equity-deserving groups

ParticipACTION is Canada’s leading physical activity promotion brand with a mission to support all Canadians to be more active. The goal of this research is to enhance the organization’s physical activity promotion practices for individuals who experience health inequities by identifying inclusive physical activity promotion strategies that currently exist, evaluating perceptions of ParticipACTION as a brand, and developing standards that can be used within physical activity promotion organizations to improve their inclusion and accessibility.

Manufacturing and Assessment of High-Performance Bicycle Frames

High performance bicycle frames are commonly manufactured using carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). CFRP bicycle frames are commonly manufactured using a hand-layup process. Due to the manual nature of this manufacture method, defects such as voids, fiber misalignment, or resin rich/resin poor regions can occur. Micro-computed tomography is an X-ray based measurement method that is ideally suited for the inspection and assessment of high-performance CFRP components. This work will involve a collaboration between Bridge Bike Works and York University.

Discovering new insight on pathogenic mechanisms to identify new therapeutic opportunities in thalassemia

We are well aware of the impact heart disease has in thalassemia patients. This impacts upon patients quality of life, and ultimately that death due to heart failure is an all too common event. We now understand much about the complexity of the heart, its structure and how it functions. This has also allowed researchers to identify things which change in the heart that cause failure of the heart.Exactly WHY heart failure develops in people with thalassemia has still to be fully understood.

Leveraging AI to enhance the lives of Toronto Zoo residents

As more and more species are placed at serious risk of extinction, wildlife conservation’s critical importance is growing. The study of animal behaviour is essential in helping us create optimal species-specific environments where animals, especially those that are endangered, can live happy and healthy lives while also shedding a light on human behaviour. As zoos and other conservation spaces work to create habitats that enrich animal welfare, monitoring the health and well-being of their animal residents is imperative in being able to achieve this.  

SARIT micromobility vehicle

The interns in this project will use their skills in researching parts and products that can be used to achieve the subprojects that we set out to create on the micro-mobility car. In some areas the students may use the machine shop and equipment found in the engineering building on York University campus to create parts. Lastly, the car will have to be tested for insurance and the received data collected to find an insurance suited for the car.

An Information Representation Framework for the Performing Arts

As much of the performing arts activity has moved to the virtual space over the past eighteen months, an effective online presence, as well as an efficient way to reach potential audiences has become essential for arts organizations everywhere. Information that can be machine processed effectively is key to a successful online presence.

Thermophotovoltaics for waste-heat to electric power conversion on spacecrafts

Space missions are very costly, limited and often short-lived. The capabilities and value of a space mission depends on the energy and power available on a space craft. For many space missions it is not possible to bring an energy source that can supply the required power throughout the entire duration of the mission. Furthermore, spacecrafts often generate excess heat that is largely unused. Cooling systems on spacecrafts are designed to radiate unwanted heat into space to prevent overheating. However, unwanted heat on spacecrafts has great potential to generate electric power.

Wild bee microbiomes and pollinator health

The holobiont view of organism microbiomes suggests that microbial communities influence and are influenced by animal behaviour. While many microbes are beneficial and necessary for digestion and homeostasis, others can be detrimental, including pathogens leading to compromised immunity and disease states. Recent studies suggest microbiomes covary with landscape floral and fungal diversity, yet fine scale data does not exist examining consistent hubs for beneficial and pathogenic microbes outside of select few crop and flower species.

Going Beyond Backlash: Mitigating Resistance to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives

Some may think that it is only members of underrepresented and marginalized groups who experience identity threat in an organization. However, members of traditionally well-represented groups can feel threatened by diversity, equity, and justice (DEI) initiatives, and this can result to backlash which could derail those efforts.

Development of hand hygiene disinfectant using natural and non-flammable active ingredients

The use of hand disinfectant appears to have become a common practice for infectious as well as non-infectious individuals across the world for years now. Recently, a strong push to enforce the usage of hand disinfectants after touching any surface in public places due to the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic was seen worldwide. Many varieties of hand disinfectants for killing bacteria and viruses have been in use across the world. However, most of them use flammable solvents including alcohol as the main disinfectant.

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