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Leland J.C.,Southern Cross University of Australia | Bucher D.J.,Southern Cross University of Australia | Coughran J.,Sheridan College
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Recent studies have reported that crustacean age determination is possible. We applied a direct ageing method (i.e. transverse cross sectioning of gastric ossicles) to a subtropical freshwater crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) sourced from an aquaculture population. Growth mark periodicity and the potential for chronological depositions were investigated by staining C. quadricarinatus with calcein and examining their ossicles a year later. Pterocardiac ossicles were superior to other ageing structures (i.e. other ossicles and eyestalks) and produced repeatable between-reader counts (87% were corroborated and 13% varied by ±1). C. quadricarinatus size-at-age data (for an aquaculture population) was described by a von Bertalanffy growth equation (L∞ = 32 mm occipital carapace length; K = 0.64; t0 = -0.18; R2 = 0.81). Ossicular growth marks did not correspond to moult history. The calcein stain was retained over an annual cycle comprising multiple moults, demonstrating that pterocardiac ossicles retain chronological information. The maximum age (3+) corroborated other indirectly-obtained longevity estimates for C. quadricarinatus. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that the growth marks in C. quadricarinatus ossicles are probably deposited annually during winter. The ability to extract age information from subtropical decapods provides substantial opportunities for advancing fisheries and conservation research globally, but further research is needed to provide a definitive validation and elucidate the mechanism governing the accrual of ossicular growth marks. © 2015 Leland et al.


Ghobeity A.,Sheridan College | Mitsos A.,RWTH Aachen
Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering | Year: 2014

An overview of recent advancements in systematic optimization of the design and operation of water desalination is presented. A brief summary of various techniques and optimization tools that have recently been applied to desalination to optimize the design and/or operation, and some of the findings of various optimization case studies are discussed. Decoupling of equation-oriented, physics-based models from the optimization algorithm has allowed for simulation and optimization of rather complex concepts. These concepts include time-variable operation and superstructure optimization via MINLP. Novel hybrid desalination configurations based on MED, multi stage flash (MSF), and thermal vapor compression (TVC) have been developed. There are new challenges and opportunities for advancement of desalination technologies, including the need for treatment of frack water as well as microgrid/off-grid and renewable energy based desalination. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All right reserved.


Sykes E.R.,Sheridan College
TechTrends | Year: 2014

Every aspect of our daily lives has been touched by the ubiquitous nature of mobile devices. We have experienced an exponential growth of mobile computing-a trend that seems to have no limit. This paper provides a report on the findings of a recent offering of an iPhone Application Development course at Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada. It includes a report on the effectiveness of the course by assessing students' opinions of the course, and by analyzing student performance scores in relation to traditional programming courses. It also provides an overview of the development environment, an assessment of this new course including qualitative surveys, informal observations and quantitative analysis including student performance score results. Overall, it was found that students enjoyed the iPhone course and performed very well. The iPhone Group exceeded the performance of a Comparison Group: F(1,81) = 4.145, p <.05. © 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology.


Iveson J.,Sheridan College
CSEDU 2015 - 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Proceedings | Year: 2015

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) is a widely applied approach in second language education. The benefits and challenges of TBLT have been debated over the past thirty years. The advent of technology enhanced learning (TEL) and the use of TBLT in online and blended contexts have revealed further benefits and challenges with this approach. This study briefly summarises the historical background of TBLT, common approaches to TBLT and definitions of tasks. The paper then reviews recent literature relating to TBLT and TEL with specific reference to challenges involving student participation, negotiated meaning and focus on form. The study argues for a comprehensive reaßeßment of TBLT frameworks in order to addreß technology related challenges of the TBLT approach.


Sant J.,Sheridan College
Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering | Year: 2015

Code repurposing is often used for system development and to learn both APIs and techniques. Repurposing code typically requires that you understand the code first. This makes it an excellent candidate as an assessment tool in computer science and software engineering education. This technique might have a special application in combatting plagiarism. This paper discusses experiences using code repurposing as an assessment tool in different courses and with different sections. © 2015 IEEE.


Sinnock H.J.,Sheridan College
WEEC 2015 - World Energy Engineering Congress | Year: 2015

In 2010, the Office for Sustainability at a large community college in Ontario, Canada made its proposal to the Chief Financial Officer to undertake a strategic planning process which would examine the long-term economic and environmental risks surrounding energy use at the institution and provide a new vision for the institution's energy future. This process kicked off a two-year journey that would ultimately lead to Executive and Board approval of the team's recommendation to invest $30.6M over 7 years in a comprehensive energy and greenhouse gas reduction solution, on the basis of anticipated financial returns, the boost to the college's reputation, and possibilities for leading-edge curriculum. The resulting plan anticipates breakthrough performance targets including reducing site energy by at least 50% before 2020, reducing GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2020, generating an acceptable financial return, creating a campus-wide energy culture, ensuring reliability of energy supply, and using the college as a "living laboratory" to develop sustainability, energy and climate curricula. After two years of implementation, work and savings are progressing as described in the planning documents. The college has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and is on track to save millions per year by 2018. The process of developing these breakthrough targets and paving the path to successful approval is repeatable and innovative. It eliminates many of the pitfalls that can turn an extraordinary plan with breakthrough goals into an incremental, budget-driven project wish list.


McLean L.,University of Ottawa | Normandeau C.,Queen's University | Hodder J.,Sheridan College
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology | Year: 2016

Purpose: We aimed to determine if state of bladder fullness affects pelvic floor muscle activation in healthy women without urogenital symptoms. Materials and methods: Twenty-three nulliparous, continent female participants were recruited to participate. Women were randomized to begin the protocol with either an empty (EF) or a full (FE) bladder. Tonic and maximal voluntary pelvic floor muscle electromyographic activity were measured in three states of bladder fullness (empty, full and uncomfortably full). Electromyographic signal amplitudes were compared among bladder states using separate two-way repeated-measures analyses of variance including bladder state and test order as main effects as well as the interaction between bladder state and test order. Results: Tonic activity of the pelvic floor muscles was significantly higher in the full and uncomfortably full bladder states compared to when the bladder was empty (p < 0.005). Maximum voluntary electromyographic activation was unaffected by state of bladder fullness (p = 0.713). Conclusions: Consistent with studies in which the bladder was filled through saline infusion, these results suggest that tonic activity of the PFMs is higher when the bladder is full compared to when it is empty. However once the bladder is moderately full, tonic PFM activity does not increase with increases in bladder volume. © 2016 .


Wakefield C.B.,Sheridan College | Halls A.,Sheridan CollegeON | Difilippo N.,Sheridan CollegeON | Cottrell G.T.,Sheridan College
Journal of Athletic Training | Year: 2015

Context: Goniometric assessment of hip-extension range of motion is a standard practice in clinical rehabilitation settings. A weakness of goniometric measures is that small errors in landmarking may result in substantial measurement error. A less commonly used protocol for measuring hip range of motion involves applying trigonometric principles to the length and vertical displacement of the upper part of the lower extremity to determine hip angle; however, the reliability of this measure has never been assessed using the modified Thomas test. Objective: To compare the intrarater and interrater reliability of goniometric (GON) and trigonometric (TRIG) techniques for assessing hip-extension range of motion during the modified Thomas test. Design: Controlled laboratory study. Setting: Institutional athletic therapy facility. Patients or Other Participants: A total of 22 individuals (12 men, 10 women; age range, 18-36 years) with no pathologic knee or back conditions. Main Outcome Measure(s): Hip-extension range of motion of each participant during a modified Thomas test was assessed by 2 examiners with both GON and TRIG techniques in a randomly selected order on 2 separate days. Results: The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) revealed that the reliability of the GON technique was low for both the intrarater (ICC = 0.51, 0.54) and interrater (ICC = 0.30, 0.65) comparisons, but the reliability of the TRIG technique was high for both intrarater (ICC = 0.90, 0.95) and interrater (ICC = 0.91, 0.94) comparisons. Single-factorial repeated-measures analyses of variance revealed no mean differences in scoring within or between examiners for either measurement protocol, whereas a difference was observed when comparing the TRIG and GON tests due to the differences in procedures used to identify landmarks. Conclusions: Using the TRIG technique to measure hipextension range of motion during the modified Thomas test results in superior intrarater and interrater reliability when compared with the GON technique. © by the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc.


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Many Canadian small- and medium-sized manufacturers delay adopting new technology, because of the risk of making large, upfront investments without first testing their innovations. By investing in a new advanced manufacturing network in the Golden Horseshoe, the Government of Canada will help Canadian manufacturers address this challenge and speed up technology adoption. Today, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a contribution of up to $7.3 million to Niagara College. This non-repayable contribution, through the Investing in Commercialization Partnerships Initiative, will help Niagara College to create the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI), in partnership with Mohawk College, Sheridan College and McMaster University. SONAMI will offer a "single-window" approach to supporting manufacturers' research and development needs, encouraging them to adopt and integrate disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies into their operations with the help of the network. The project is expected to create or maintain 186 high-quality jobs, result in 170 new prototypes and up to 85 new products being commercialized. It will also provide opportunities for students from the SONAMI partner institutions to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow. The Government's Innovation Agenda aims to make Canada a global centre for innovation - one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is an example of that idea in action. "The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. This means connecting our manufacturers to the tools they need to succeed and compete. This project exemplifies the type of collaboration between business, academia, research institutions and government that we need to foster innovation." - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario "Today's announcement is a great example of how our region is coming together to create unique partnerships and keep jobs local. I'm proud of the benefits that this network will have for helping our businesses access the tools and talent they need to succeed now, as well as training the workforce of the future." "We at Niagara College are proud to be the leaders of this unprecedented network, which will be a key resource and fill a demonstrated need for small- and medium-sized businesses in the Golden Horseshoe. According to recent research in southern Ontario, there are more than 6,500 manufacturers; nearly 4,000 of them have fewer than 10 employees." "Fostering collaboration and strengthening partnerships are a strategic priority for Mohawk. We're proud to join the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation and we look forward to putting our technology students to work in helping industry partners bring innovative solutions to market." "Through our Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, Sheridan brings a breadth of expertise to SONAMI in the areas of additive manufacturing, sustainable energy systems, robotics and automation. By combining our strengths with our partner educational institutions, SONAMI will deliver compelling value to industry while advancing economic growth in the Golden Horseshoe." "This unique partnership provides an opportunity for McMaster to lend its expertise in helping small, regional companies develop innovative manufacturing processes. We look forward to working with Niagara College, Mohawk and Sheridan to prepare Canadian companies to take their products to market and help them compete on a global stage. Backgrounder: FedDev Ontario Invests in Manufacturing Innovation in the Golden Horseshoe Subscribe to our news updates and follow us on Twitter @FedDevOntario FedDev Ontario Invests in Manufacturing Innovation in the Golden Horseshoe About the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation While any member of the network can lead a project in the areas of additive manufacturing, flexible manufacturing and tooling adoption for advanced materials, each has a main area of focus: Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology specializes in applied learning and research and innovation and is known for its strengths in advanced manufacturing. With 9,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers over 100 programs, including its Winery and Viticulture Technician Program, which received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association, for best supplier of graduates to the tourism industry. It was also awarded Best Program in Canada 2004 by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. For more information, visit the Niagara College website. The ICP supports business-led partnerships with a focus on developing globally-competitive products and services, or innovation platforms that can demonstrate commercial value. Post-secondary institutions and incorporated not-for-profit organizations, publicly-funded colleges and universities, research institutions, and industry associations located in southern Ontario are eligible to apply under this initiative for projects that are business-led and focus on new technologies or platforms with demonstrated commercial value. For more information, visit the Investing in Commercialization Partnerships webpage. News release: FedDev Ontario Invests in Manufacturing Innovation in the Golden Horseshoe


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

WELLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - 19 déc. 2016) - Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l'Ontario (Feddev Ontario) De nombreux fabricants canadiens, notamment de petites et moyennes entreprises, retardent l'adoption d'une nouvelle technologie en raison du risque de faire des investissements initiaux sans mettre à l'essai d'abord leurs innovations. En investissant dans un nouveau réseau du secteur de fabrication de pointe dans la région du Golden Horseshoe, le gouvernement du Canada aidera les fabricants canadiens à relever ce défi et à accélérer l'adoption d'une technologie. Aujourd'hui, Vance Badawey, député de Niagara-Nord, au nom de l'honorable Navdeep Bains, ministre de l'Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique et ministre responsable de FedDev Ontario, a annoncé une contribution pouvant atteindre 7,3 millions de dollars à l'attention du Niagara College. Cette contribution non remboursable, effectuée dans le cadre de l'initiative Investir dans les partenariats de commercialisation, aidera le Niagara College à créer le réseau du Sud de l'Ontario pour la fabrication de pointe et l'innovation, nommé Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI), en partenariat avec le Mohawk College, Sheridan College et la McMaster University. Le réseau SONAMI offrira une approche de « guichet unique » à l'appui des besoins en recherche et en développement des fabricants, en les encourageant à adopter et à intégrer des technologies de fabrication de pointe perturbatrices à leurs activités avec l'aide du réseau. Le projet devrait créer ou maintenir 186 emplois de haute qualité, ce qui se traduira par 170 nouveaux prototypes et jusqu'à 85 nouveaux produits pouvant être commercialisés. De plus, il donnera l'occasion aux étudiants des établissements d'enseignement partenaires du réseau SONAMI de se préparer aux emplois futurs dans le domaine de la fabrication. Le Programme d'innovation du Canada du gouvernement vise à faire du Canada un centre mondial de l'innovation - un centre qui crée des emplois, favorise la croissance de toutes les industries et améliore les vies de tous les Canadiens. Cet investissement est un exemple des mesures prises pour concrétiser cette idée. « Le gouvernement du Canada s'est engagé à soutenir l'innovation et la compétitivité à l'échelle internationale. Cet engagement permet à nos fabricants d'accéder aux outils dont ils ont besoin pour réussir et être concurrentiels. Ce projet est un exemple du type de collaboration entre les entreprises, le milieu universitaire, les institutions de recherche et le gouvernement dont nous avons besoin pour favoriser l'innovation ». - L'honorable Navdeep Bains, ministre de l'Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique et ministre responsable de FedDev Ontario. « L'annonce d'aujourd'hui est un excellent exemple de la façon dont notre région s'unit afin de créer des partenariats uniques et conserver les emplois localement. Je suis fier des avantages que ce réseau procurera à nos entreprises afin de les aider à accéder aux outils et au talent dont elles ont besoin pour réussir dès aujourd'hui et former la main-d'œuvre de l'avenir ». « Au Niagara College, nous sommes fiers d'être les leaders de ce réseau sans précédent, qui constituera une ressource clé et qui comblera un besoin avéré des petites et moyennes entreprises de la région du Golden Horseshoe. Selon des recherches récentes réalisées dans le Sud de l'Ontario, il existe plus de 6 500 fabricants, dont 4 000 compte moins de 10 employés. » « Favoriser la collaboration et renforcer des partenariats représentent une priorité stratégique pour le Mohawk College. Nous sommes fiers de nous joindre au réseau Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation et nous espérons mettre notre technologie au profit de nos étudiants en technologie pour qu'ils travaillent à aider les partenaires de l'industrie à lancer des solutions innovatrices sur le marché. » « Par l'intermédiaire de notre centre des technologies de fabrication de pointe et de conception, le Sheridan College étend son expertise au réseau SONAMI dans les domaines de la fabrication additive, des systèmes d'énergie durable, de la robotique et de l'automatisation. En combinant nos forces avec nos établissements d'enseignement partenaires, le réseau SONAMI apportera une valeur convaincante à l'industrie, tout en favorisant la croissance économique dans la région du Golden Horseshoe. » « Ce partenariat unique donne l'occasion à la McMaster University de prêter son expertise afin d'aider les petites entreprises régionales qui développent des procédés de fabrication novateurs. Nous anticipons avec plaisir de travailler avec le Niagara College, le Mohawk College et le Sheridan College afin de préparer les entreprises canadiennes à lancer leurs produits sur le marché et les aider à affronter la concurrence d'autres pays sur le marché mondial. - Stephen Veldhuis, professeur, Département du génie mécanique, et directeur, McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute Document d'information : FedDev Ontario investit dans l'innovation manufacturière dans la région du Golden Horseshoe Inscrivez-vous à nos bulletins de nouvelles et suivez-nous sur Twitter @FedDev_Ontario FedDev Ontario investit dans l'innovation manufacturière dans la région du Golden Horseshoe À propos du réseau du Sud de l'Ontario pour la fabrication de pointe et l'innovation, nommé Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Bien que n'importe quel membre du réseau puisse mener un projet dans les domaines de la fabrication additive, de l'adoption de la fabrication et de l'outillage informatisés pour les matériaux de pointe, chacun a son principal domaine d'intérêt : Le Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology se spécialise dans l'apprentissage appliqué et dans la recherche et l'innovation et est reconnu dans le domaine de la fabrication de pointe. Comptant 9 000 étudiants à temps plein, le Niagara College offre plus de 100 programmes, dont son programme de technicien en vinerie et en viticulture, qui a reçu le prix Pinnacle de l'Association internationale des festivals et des événements, pour être le meilleur fournisseur de diplômés à l'industrie du tourisme. Il a été aussi proclamé le « meilleur programme au Canada » en 2004 par l'Association des collèges communautaires du Canada. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le site Web du Niagara College (en anglais seulement). FedDev Ontario investit dans l'initiative Investir dans des partenariats de commercialisation (IPC) L'initiative IPC appuie les partenariats menés par les entreprises en mettant l'accent sur l'élaboration de produits et services dans les marchés mondiaux, ou des plateformes d'innovation pouvant démontrer une valeur commerciale. Les établissements d'enseignement postsecondaires et les organismes à but non lucratif constitués en société, les collèges et les universités financés par l'État, les établissements de recherche et les associations de l'industrie situés dans le Sud de l'Ontario peuvent présenter une demande de financement dans le cadre de cette initiative pour des projets menés par des entreprises et axés sur de nouvelles technologies ou plateformes dont la valeur commerciale a été démontrée. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez la page Web de l'initiative Investir dans des partenariats de commercialisation. Communiqué de presse : FedDev Ontario investit dans l'innovation manufacturière dans la région du Golden Horseshoe

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