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Wilfrid Laurier University , is a Canadian public research university located in the heart of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Laurier has several other campuses, such as in Toronto, Ontario , Brantford, Ontario, Kitchener, Ontario and in Chongqing, China . It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada. Laurier offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. Laurier is one of the fastest-growing universities in Canada . The main campus in Waterloo sits in the heart of the "Silicon Valley North" of Canada, as the "KW" area and Ontario more broadly speaking has the largest concentration of tech companies in North America apart from California. The City of Waterloo is home to both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Laurier University ranks second in Canada for graduates obtaining investment banking employment in Canada and abroad. The university ranks 4th in Canada for graduates obtaining employment in professional finance other than investment banking, 6th for professional accounting employment and 2nd for marketing employment. Laurier also ranks 10th in the 2014 Maclean's University Rankings for the Comprehensive University category, which compares Canadian research-intensive universities. WLU has been rated one of the top business schools in the country, operating the largest business co-op program in Canada and includes co-op opportunities with Goldman Sachs and UBS Securities to name a few. In 2013, Research Infosource ranked Laurier University in the top 50 of research universities in Canada, out of nearly 100 Canadian universities in existence. Laurier is one of only fifteen universities in Canada to have its own publishing company; it has a 41-year history. Currently, the university is administered by multi-billionaire and financial industry investor and entrepreneur Michael Lee-Chin, the chancellor of Laurier University. For humanities program applicants, the acceptance rate is 21.2%, for business program applicants, it is 16.8%, for science program applicants, 12.6% and for music program applicants, 16.4%, for the year 2011. The average high school entry grade is 82.1%. There are roughly 88,000 alumni from 85 countries across the globe. Wikipedia.

Gusev D.G.,Wilfrid Laurier University
Organometallics | Year: 2013

The M06-L/TZVP/TZVPFit method was tested on representative transformations of organometallic chemistry comprising ligand elimination/displacement, addition and oxidative addition, cleavage of a chloride-bridged dimer, aldehyde decarbonylation, and η2-olefin/carbene isomerism. The calculations involved 4d and 5d metals with η2-CH, η2-H2, hydride, chloride, CO, pyridine, η2-C2H4, η2-C 2Ph2, ammonia, phosphines, and carbene ligands. The calculations of this work gave the largest error of 1.9 kcal/mol, with the differences between the theory and experiment being within ≤1 kcal/mol in most cases. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

McLeman R.,Wilfrid Laurier University
Climatic Change | Year: 2013

Climatic variability and change is known to influence human migration patterns. Researchers increasingly see migration as one of a range of potential means by which populations may adapt to the future impacts of climate change. Modelling of climate change-related migration is a relatively new undertaking. This article provides a brief overview of current scholarly understanding of climate change-related migration processes, identifies recent developments and current challenges in modelling, and suggests opportunities for enhancing future modelling efforts. Given the lack of reliable global datasets on environmentally related migration, regional and sub-regional modelling of climate change effects on migration is where most developments are likely to emerge in the short-run. Such models, which can draw on a range of GIS-based and statistical approaches, at present make use of fairly general assumptions about migration behavior, and therefore best serve as gauges of potential trends and migration hotspots, and not as absolute predictors of future migrant numbers. Models will become increasingly sophisticated as scholarly understanding of underlying factors influencing migration behavior, such as risk perception, social networks, and labor market connections, is improved. Obtaining reliable data for use in such models will remain a significant challenge in coming years. International policymakers seeking to expand the predictive capacity of models are encouraged to use existing mechanisms such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to develop protocols and mechanisms for collecting and sharing reliable data on climate-related population movements. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

McCluskey C.C.,Wilfrid Laurier University
Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications | Year: 2010

SIR models with distributed delay and with discrete delay are studied. The global dynamics are fully determined for R0 > 1 by using a Lyapunov functional. For each model it is shown that the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable whenever it exists. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

McCluskey C.C.,Wilfrid Laurier University
Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications | Year: 2010

A recent paper [R. Xu, Z. Ma, Global stability of a SIR epidemic model with nonlinear incidence rate and time delay, Nonlinear Anal. RWA 10 (2009) 31753189] presented an SIR model of disease transmission with delay and nonlinear incidence. The analysis there only partially resolves the global stability of the endemic equilibrium for the case where the reproduction number R0 is greater than one. In the present paper, the global dynamics are fully determined for R0>1 by using a Lyapunov functional. It is shown that the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable whenever it exists. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bakshi M.S.,Wilfrid Laurier University
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science | Year: 2014

Target drug delivery methodology is becoming increasingly important to overcome the shortcomings of conventional drug delivery absorption method. It improves the action time with uniform distribution and poses minimum side effects, but is usually difficult to design to achieve the desire results. Economically favorable, environment friendly, multifunctional, and easy to design, hybrid nanomaterials have demonstrated their enormous potential as target drug delivery vehicles. A combination of both micelles and nanoparticles makes them fine target delivery vehicles in a variety of biological applications where precision is primarily required to achieve the desired results as in the case of cytotoxicity of cancer cells, chemotherapy, and computed tomography guided radiation therapy. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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