Researchers talk wearable tech, cyborgs at upcoming web panel

  How smart are your clothes? And how can their future intelligence impact your health? As fitness trackers and virtual reality devices become increasingly complex, yet smaller and accessible, Ontario researchers are working on making these devices even more advanced. Wearable technology and cyborgs are up for discussion during the next Partners in Research Live Event, co-organized by Research Matters. The web panel takes place on Wednesday, April 26 from 12-12:45 p.m., and is free and…

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How Ontario researchers are working to protect our Earth

As people across the globe celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, we’ve compiled an environmentally friendly blog post about all the green research being conducted by Ontario university researchers. Check out how these professors are working to protect our fine Earth. What happens after an iPhone dies? The lack of discussion surrounding electronic waste prompted Brock University professor Jennifer Good to look into it. Her study, “Creating iPhone Dreams: Annihilating E-Waste Nightmares,” examines media coverage of both…

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A pragmatic approach to renewable energy

A family trip to California when Rupp Carriveau was nine years old ignited a passion for renewable energy that has yet to quell. “I was struck by those Jimmy Carter-era wind turbines,” says the University of Windsor researcher. “It seemed so cool. I thought it was so neat to get electricity for free. That’s when I got the bug, I think.” Carriveau will be speaking about wind energy to similarly aged students this Friday (April…

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Creating high-performing, efficient health care systems

University of Toronto health policy expert Gregory Marchildon is creating a North American research network to analyze health policy and help governments make informed decisions. Photo by Zita McWhinney Every second Thursday, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness in Canada’s knowledge-based economy. See…

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Disease maps that point to possible cures: University of Toronto prof peers into inner workings of human cells

University of Toronto molecular geneticist Andrew Emili (middle) chats with post-doctorate researcher Dr. Uros Kuzmanov (sitting) and Hongbo Guo, manager of Emili’s mass spectrometry facility. They are researching biomarkers — signals that diagnose disease and show how advanced it is. (Courtesy: Andrew Emili) Every second Thursday, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create…

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A bedroom menagerie becomes life-long dedication to Canadian conservation

Dr. Stephen Lougheed teaches at the Queen’s University Biological Station. (Photo credit: Evelyn Lougheed). Through its annual National Awards, Partners in Research recognizes researchers who mobilize their groundbreaking and innovative findings through educational outreach, illustrating the impact of research on the lives of Canadians. Research Matters will profile three Ontario award recipients leading up to the PIR National Awards ceremony on May 9 in Ottawa. The following is a Q&A with Science Ambassador award recipient, Dr.…

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Energy as an enabler: University of Waterloo expert brings affordable, green energy to those who need it most

University of Waterloo sustainable energy expert Jatin Nathwani says the fact more than a billion people have no access to electricity is an injustice. He means to set things right. (Courtesy: University of Waterloo) Every second Thursday, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness…

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Protecting Canada’s waters

Studying the pumpkinseed sunfish led Dr. Michael Fox to research invasive species. (Olaf Nelson, flickr.com) When it comes to fish, not much has changed for Dr. Michael Fox. The Trent University ecology professor has always been fascinated by them from watching his childhood pets for hours to putting on a snorkel and exploring the waters as he got older, and now devoting his career to studying them. In celebration of World Water Day tomorrow (March…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day through research

Laurier professor Jenna Hennebry studies women migrant worker rights. As people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day today, Research Matters is highlighting some ground-breaking researchers who are creating change in their own fields by producing influential gender-related work. The research conducted at Ontario’s universities covers a wide spectrum of themes from workers’ rights and the workplace to gender equality in the classroom and access to education, as well as sexual empowerment and gender-based violence.…

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Building better borders: University of Windsor prof aims to make international trade efficient

  The director of the University of Windsor’s Cross-Border Institute, Bill Anderson, in his “traffic lab,” where he and his team monitor trucks moving across the Ambassador Bridge. (Courtesy: The University of Windsor) Each month, we will be featuring an Ontario Research Chair (ORC) from one of the province’s universities. ORCs are university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research, and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness in Canada’s…

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