Advanced Microbiological Diagnostics and Animal Health
National Honey Bee Health Survey (Phase I)
On behalf of the Beekeepers Commission of Alberta in collaboration with the Manitoba Beekeepers Association, NBDC is analyzing bees from apiaries nationwide to establish a baseline of honey bee health for Canada.
Leafcutter Bees in the Peace Country
GPRC NBDC-TAC performed viral analyses on adult leafcutter bees and cocoons. This project is headed by Dr. Shelley Hoover (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry - Lethbridge).
Rural and Northern Engagement Enhancement
Grande Prairie Local Immigration Partnership (GPLIP)
This project was led by the City of Grande Prairie-Community Social Development. The aim was to gather information about personal and organizational challenges related to immigrant settlement and integration as well as related issues around housing, health care, and education for immigrants in Grande Prairie. GPRC provided feedback regarding instrument development, wrote and submitted the ethics application, and wrote the literature review that was incorporated into the Community Engagement Report (written by the GPLIP coordinator).
Community Awareness Survey on Health and Safety Issues
Instruments developed, data collected, and report written for Grande Prairie and Safe Communities
Youth, Barriers and Employment Opportunities in Grande Prairie
The Youth Community study was undertaken to identify the training and support needs of Grande Prairie youth (15 to 30-year-olds) who were facing barriers to employment. The goal was to identify priority needs in order to develop a three-year Youth Community Plan. GPRC assisted with instrument development, data collection, and data analyses. The information gathered was incorporated into a report that was written by the City of Grande Prairie-Family and Community Support Services.
Integrated Family Violence Intervention Unit (IFVI)
The IFVI Unit consists of front line staff from the RCMP, CFSA and Victim’s Assistance. IFVI staff collected various forms of data; individuals from various agencies were asked to assess the value of IFVI, victims of family violence were asked about their experiences with the IFVI Unit, and RCMP files pertaining to incidences of family violence were flagged. GPRC analyzed the data and wrote a review report for the IFVI Unit.
Issues for Staff Working with People with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)
After the Government of Alberta determined that the annual turnover rate of staff who work with people living with developmental disabilities (in residential and vocational settings) is 73%, the PDD Community Board of Northwest Alberta, AACTI, Alberta Council of Disability Services and GPRC worked together to determine the reasons behind the high turnover rate. Surveys were distributed to staff employed at 11 agencies in Northwest Alberta. GPRC developed the instruments, analyzed the data, presented the findings and wrote a report for the PDD-Northwest Alberta Community Board.
Factors affecting Volunteerism in Northwest Alberta
The Volunteer Services Bureau of Grande Prairie wished to determine the demographics of those who volunteer those who do not volunteer, reasons for volunteering, for whom people volunteer and in what capacity, the perceived benefits of volunteering, how people learned about volunteering opportunities, etc. Agencies who utilize volunteers were also asked about how they recruited volunteers, the training/skills required for volunteers, etc. GPRC developed the instruments, collected and analyzed the data, and wrote a report for the Volunteer Services Bureau of Grande Prairie.
Public Awareness of Symptoms of Stroke and Heart Attack/Placement of Public Access Defibrillators
Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities were interested in determining what the public believed to be the greatest risks to the health and safety of children, adults, and seniors, whether the public has seen advertisements regarding health and safety, and whether they were aware of “Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities” and “Safety City”. GPRC developed the questionnaires, collected and analyzed the data, and wrote a report for Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities
Clean Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Systems
GPRC researcher and inventor Dr. Weixing Tan and his team have spent over a decade researching the most efficient way to mass-produce microalgae. Their research led them to build what is currently the world’s most efficient photobioreactor (PBR), a microalgae mass cultivation device.
Effluent and Bio-solids Conversion into Wood Fibre (2009-2019)
GPRC researchers are currently investigating options for innovative, low-cost and environmentally friendly alternatives for waste treatment.
Reclamation of Oilsands Wetlands by Winter Planting (2011-2015)
GPRC researchers have determined that planting trees in the winter when the wetland sites are accessible may be the best option to reclaim boreal wetlands disturbed by oil sands operation in Alberta.