Using stable isotope analysis to investigate a food web connection between coal waste contamination and a forest community

A coal mine operating on the Snuneymuxw First Nation reserve lands between 1913 and 1939 has left mine waste that has contaminated the soil, sediment, groundwater and surface water with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Human health and ecological assessments are being conducted in the area to determine how best to deal with the contamination in the area.

Salmon Early Marine Survival Research Program

Salmon are inarguably one of the most culturally, ecologically, and economically important fish in British Columbia, however, their stocks have been declining since the 1990’s. The Cohen Commission of Enquiry expert panel emphasized that juvenile mortality during the first months at sea was the most likely cause of fishery declines. The two leading agents of mortality are hypothesised to be food availability for growth and pathogen / parasite infection. The Hakai Institute Juvenile Salmon Program is explicitly addressing these two hypotheses.

Shoppers Persona Analysis: Statistical Learning of Shoppers’ Behaviour

The project is to break down shoppers into different groups. Shoppers have different preferences, for instance some shoppers tend to buy online in the morning, some might prefer purchasing online at night. If one could group together shoppers based on their different shopping behaviours, one would then be able to come up with personalized sales strategy that could better serve the customers, for example the retailer could send push notification in the morning to the group whose shoppers tend to buy in the morning.

Testing plant-derived products as biopesticides for plant pathogen management

Like humans and other animals, plants also get sick, exhibit disease symptoms, and even die. Over the past 100 years, farmers have heavily relied upon chemical fertilizers and pesticides in order to increase crop productivity and quality. However, the environmental pollution caused by excessive use and misuse of agrochemicals has led to considerable changes in people’s attitudes towards the use of pesticides in agriculture.

Electrical Heating for Oil Sands Production

Traditional oil sands production techniques include mining and transporting the sands and in situ production using steam injection, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD). This proposed method will replace or enhance SAGD by using primarily traditional vertical well bores and an induction heating method which will potentially allow the heating effect to expand in diameter as production continues compared to steam injection which relies on steam permeating out from a concentrated injector.

SSI efficacy in treating infectious colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a disease with unknown etiology that is characterized by uncontrolled intestinal inflammation and microbial dysbiosis. Qu Biologics’ Site Specific Immunomodulators (SSI) are a platform technology shown to improve the status of people living with IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), with most of those patients showing clinical improvement also going into clinical remission. SSI are a complex biologic designed to reconstitute normal innate immune function through multiple parallel mechanisms.

Level the field: Sport and Disability Inclusion

Canadian Sport Policy states a desire to provide sport programs that are accessible and reflect the full diversity of Canadian society. However a recent evaluation of 61 sport organizations in British Columbia revealed that most organizations are ill-equipped to serve people with disabilities wishing to partake in their leisure and sport programs (with some individuals with specific types of disabilities and impairments having little to no opportunity to get involved).

Water Monitoring: Instrumentation and Software Research Project (2)

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project (SWGIL) is funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant. A key goal of the project is to create a prototype of an Indigenous-led, community-based water monitoring program. .By synthetizing modern technologies, with traditional stewardship practices, the project will empower Indigenous individuals and communities to actively engage in monitoring, protecting and conserving fresh water resources.

Continuous Leaching and Recovery of Silver Sulphide Ore in Cupric-Ammonia Thiosulfate Medium

The conventional way of treating silver ore is using cyanide during leaching process, also called cyanidation. Due to the inherent toxicity of cyanide and the potential hazard toward human and environment, cyanidation has raised more public concerns in our society. More and more regions have strict regulations or prohibition on using cyanide. An alternative leaching method for silver ore is necessary. Among all the proposed alternatives, thiosulfate leaching is the most promising one. Low toxicity and low cost make thiosulfate leaching attractive.

Novel membrane mimetics in HT antibody screening and structural biology

Many therapeutic targets are proteins embedded in the membrane that surrounds the cell. Traditionally, such targets present major challenges, because they required the use of detergents to extract them from the membrane and to purify them. Such detergents can cause artefacts, hampering the development of novel therapeutics. Here we will test new methods that get rid of detergents during extraction, purification, or both.

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