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  • Prevalence and characerization of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in various aquatic sources
    Prevalence and characerization of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in various aquatic sources
    Ciprofloxacin is a fully synthetic antibiotic developed in 1987 and remains among the most widely used antibiotics worldwide Excessive usage has resulted in small quinolone concentrations found in aquatic sources Environments with subinhibitory antibiotic concentrations and high microbial diversity and nutrient loads (e g wastewater) foster the development of antibiotic resistance genes qnr genes conferring quinolone resistance were first found in 1998 and have since been observed on a global scale, Yusuf, F., Ing, R. (2019, October) Prevalence and characterization of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in various aquatic sources. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Toronto, ON.
    Prospects of CRISPR/Cas cloning vectors to combat antibiotic resistance gene dissemination
    Prospects of CRISPR/Cas cloning vectors to combat antibiotic resistance gene dissemination
    CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Small Palindromic Repeats) and Cas (CRISPR associated) proteins comprise an adaptive immune system in prokaryotes CRISPR Cas systems digest invading nucleic acids and incorporate a 30 bp snippet (“spacer") of the invader into the host genome Spacers are transcribed into CRISPR RNAs (crRNA's) that recognize the same nucleic acid in the event of a repeat invasion and guide nucleases to the target for elimination We hypothesize that a plasmid vector, when transformed into a host cell, could exogenously express a CRISPR/Cas system and prevent the host’s participation in conjugative processes, Ing, R., Gilbride, K. (2019, October) Prospects of CRISPR/Cas cloning vectors to combat antiibiotic resistance gene dissemination. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Toronto, ON.
    Qualitative assessment of worker productivity and experience in office environments
    Qualitative assessment of worker productivity and experience in office environments
    This project is a study on the building impact of occupant’s productivity and well being in an office environment. Presented through an office case study, the work takes part of a larger pre- and post-move study carried out over the course of a year. The study collects, analyses, and compares numerous sources of data in a pre- and post-move study: 1) environmental data using desk sensors 2) online qualitative surveys of user comfort relative to location in the office 3) an architectural assessment of the spaces in the office. The collection of both pre- and post-move data is intended to allow findings to be compared to understand the impacts of environmental design on worker productivity and building performance and address the challenges in conducting successful pre- and post-move assessments., Cepic, M. (2019, October). Qualitative assessment of worker productivity and experience in office environments.Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
    RBS moment connection analysis using a solid model
    RBS moment connection analysis using a solid model
    The unpredictability of the steel beam welding connection has led to many solutions, including the are of focus for this research Reduced Beam Section ( Moment Connections The RBS in steel moment connection facilitates the calculation and predictability of failure in design The RBS section is created by cutting out part of the flanges in a beam This creates a plastic hinge where the beam will fail first 1 This creates a model of predictability on the durability and strength of the beams Creating a RBS connection increases the overall ductility of the steel frame The RBS section reduces the flange width which causes stress concentration on the reduced section and this then lowers the stress on the welds. The lower stress then prevents unexpected brittle fracture in the welding a predicted plastic deformation of the RBS section during a seismic event 2 3 The research is focused on optimizing the RBS connection Finite models will be created using ANSYS to investigate how different RBS connections react in different situations and what is the most efficient design in terms of safety and cost., Coello-Mena, M. (2019, October) RBS moment connection analysis using a solid model. .Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Reciprocal regulation of metabolic and stress sensors
    Reciprocal regulation of metabolic and stress sensors
    Huestis, M., Rahmani, S., Wakarchuk, W. W., Antonescu, C. N. (2019, October) Reciprocal regulation of metabolic and stress sensors. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
    Setting priorities:  chemical hazard assessment and prioritization (CHAP):  an intuitive excel tool
    Setting priorities: chemical hazard assessment and prioritization (CHAP): an intuitive excel tool
    The purpose of CHAP is to assist small to medium workplaces and their Joint Health and Safety Committees to: 1. Better understand the hazards associated with the chemicals/products they are using; and 2. Prioritize the most ‘hazardous’ chemicals/products for additional assessment of the effectiveness of control measures which are currently in-place., Joo, J. (2019, October). Setting priorities: chemical hazard assessment and prioritization (CHAP): an intuitive excel tool. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Toronto, ON.
    Swipe-Technology’s Influence in Born Digital Culture: Redesigning Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
    Swipe-Technology’s Influence in Born Digital Culture: Redesigning Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
    This essay examines the ways in which technology defines and divides generations and considers how swipe-­technology (touch-­screen technologies) shape emerging learning styles. Specifically, it focuses on the research currently being investigated on how forms of digital literacy represent a radical shift, away from traditional forms of literacy (Prensky, 2001a, b; Frand, 2000; Prensky, 2001b; Tapscott, 1997; Franco, 2013; Plowman & McPake, 2013; Infante, 2014; Passey, 2014) and evaluates various claims made about the social consequences of such change. This paper emphasizes the impact that swipe-­technology has on young children during early stages of their development and seeks to answer the following question: what are the consequences of digital language becoming the Born Digital’s (Franco, 2013) primary form of expression? The paper draws on some traditional theories such as those of Mannheim (Kecskemeti, 1952) and Vygotsky (1929, 1962, 1978) to provide a broader contextualization. In so doing, it hopes to contribute to the dialogue about how educational institutions should be redesigned to accommodate new media technologies.
    Testing ritual knot tracing for cognitive priming - effects rules out analytic analogy
    Testing ritual knot tracing for cognitive priming - effects rules out analytic analogy
    Vahedi, Z., Park, S., Pelkey, J., Matthews, S.W., (2019, October). Testing ritual knot tracing for cognitive priming-effects rules out analytic analogy. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Toronto, ON.
    The University Medical Centre: A student’s perspective
    The University Medical Centre: A student’s perspective
    Over 515,000 students attended Ontario Universities in 2015/16, including 60,000 international students from abroad (https://ontario universityes.ca/resources/data/numbers). First-year students who are away from home find themselves needing a new primary care physician. While a few researchers have examined student health care within the university setting in regard to mental health (Evans, 1999), sexual health (Habel et al., 2018)., and health promotion (Griebler et al., 2017), there has been little research focused on the first-year student experience in finding primary care. Our study examined communication pathways, wayfinding and misconceptions students have related to the university medical centre. Patient centered care involves a partnership between a healthcare provider and their patient. In this partnership healthcare professionals must consider the patient experience and be more informative, mindful, empathic and collaborative to provide the best possible care (Epstein & Street, 2011)., Hubert, G., Pow, C., Tullio-Pow, S.(2019, October) The University Medical Centre: a student's perspective. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
    Violence against women in politics on Twitter a micro-analysis
    Violence against women in politics on Twitter a micro-analysis
    Gendered negativity attacks a person's gender identity to make the victim feel inferior. These attacks reenforcing gender norms and patriarchal ideologies. Women in politics, especially those who hold positions of high visibility, face a significant amount of gendered negativity compared to their male counterparts. Gendered negativity against women in politics can discourage women from pursue public office and other leadership positions., Gregory, M.(2019, October) Violence against women in politics on Twitter a micro-analysis. Poster session presented at The Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Program, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON