Tracking the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on migratory birds

Declines in migratory bird populations have been linked to a range of complex environmental factors, including the dramatic increase in application of neurotoxic neonicotinoid insecticides in recent decades. Neonicotinoids are used as seed treatments in a wide variety of Canadian crops, and consumption of treated seeds could result in poor navigation and migration delays in migratory birds. However, the influence of insecticides on cognition and patterns of movement is poorly understood.

Identifying potential approaches to managing water resources in Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ Traditional Territory, Yukon

Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) began generating hydro-electricity at the Aishihik Hydro Facility, situated within Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ (CAFN) Traditional Territory, Yukon, in 1975. Their continuing water use license will expire in 2019. Notwithstanding the Aishihik facility’s 41 years of energy production, CAFN has repeatedly expressed social and environmental concerns associated with the facility's operation.

An Engaged Community for Shared Learning: Internships Contribute to Capacity Building in Northern Saskatchewan

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) was created to help focus attention on opportunities for building capacity in northern Saskatchewan. An overarching goal was to establish local to global relationships with the Circumpolar North in support of education, research and economic prosperity. The university, industry and northern communities work together to help students learn in an environment that is context based, relevant education and research in support of the north.

Identifying transportation mode based on smartphone sensor data using machine learning tools and statistical methods

Detecting an individual’s transportation mode has an invaluable role in applications, by allowing the application to be aware of user’s current context, and modify their functionality accordingly. There has been numerous research in this area, each using a different approach and achieving different outcomes. The goal of this internship to better understand the state of the art technology in classifying modes of transportation (e.g.

Modeling fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries in Saskatchewan: identifying the leading risk fact

Work-related morbidity and mortality not only result in loss of time at work, reduction of the overall productivity, increase of the additional hiring and training costs and increased use of medical and welfare services, but it also results in suffering and hardship for the worker and his or her family. The Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan (WCB-SK) strives to advance scientific and technical knowledge in understanding the occupational injury and fatality risks to reduce the incidence or severity of injury in Saskatchewan.

Alkaline treated straw and micro machine technology to improve digestive health and profitability of feedlot cattle

This research will investigate use of calcium oxide treated straw (CaOS) to increase fibre levels in wheat-based feedlot cattle finishing diets. In vitro total gas production will be measured to determine the ideal treatment protocol for creation of CaOS. Further in vitro work will compare fibre digestibility of CaOS to untreated straw, barley silage and corn silage as an indicator of nutritional quality. A feeding trial using yearling steers will measure changes in animal performance when 10% silage is replaced with 12% CaOS in finishing diets.

Impact of dietary fibre and immune challenge on threonine requirements and pig robustness

Sub-clinical disease results in reduced growth and less efficient use of nutrients, resulting in substantial impact on profitability of pork producers. With the elimination of in-feed antibiotics for growth promotion it is increasingly important to understand the interaction between nutrition and health and nutrient requirements during disease challenge events. Feeding high-fibre feedstuffs reduces the efficiency of utilization of dietary threonine for growth in pigs due to an increase in endogenous threonine loss as a result of increased mucin production.

An analysis of Delivra LivSport PreWorkout Cream combined with oral creatine to improve muscular performance and alter arterial stiffness

Creatine is a supplement known to improve performance over repeated high intensity exercise, seen in most sports. Typical creatine supplementation involves ingesting large amounts of the supplement, leading to side effects of weight gain and GI distress. Delivra™has formulated a new way to supplement creatine through a topical cream applied to the legs, which can potentially eliminate these side effects. This research will test this new creatine cream compared to oral ingestion to determine if it can improve high intensity performance, by generating more power and reducing fatigue.

A Healthy Workplace for a Healthy Workforce: Identifying Predictors of Health Impacting Workplace Productivity in the Mining Industry of Saskatchewan

The mining sector plays a huge role in the Saskatchewan economy, in addition to being the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal peoples in the province. It is important economically and socially for the mining workforce to be healthy and productive. Yet we know little about the impacts of physical and mental health on productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and disability within the industry.

Seeding frenzy

A few years later, that opportunity has allowed Joel to build a career for himself, and make developments that have benefitted the company and Canada’s agricultural sector.

“It was hardcore research,” says Joel, looking back on his internship. “Not just gathering data, but also looking at the results, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations directly to the general manager. It was more like a project as a professional than as an intern, and it definitely gave me a foot in the door.” Joel’s internship also led to the company filing a patent on some of his work.