Two research projects at Nipissing University are receiving over $490,000 in federal support.
Dr. Haibin Zhu, Professor of Computer Science and Program Coordinator at Nipissing University is leading one project, entitled “Social Simulation on Refugee Resettlement and Canada’s Policy Making.”
Zhu’s research proposes a new approach to resolving issues regarding refugee resettlement by considering both the positive and negative impacts of social development and humanitarian aid on refugees.
“This program has the potential of improving current styles of dealing with refugee resettlement while also providing cost savings and at the same time, increasing the degrees of satisfaction for both refugees, and the cities or towns that accept them,” say Zhu.
Dr. Colin McCarter, Assistant Professor at Nipissing University and Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant valued at $150,000.
His project is titled “Ecohydrological evolution of organic soils: Linking structure, flow, transport, and geochemistry”.
“This research aims to provide new knowledge on how organic soils evolve in an era of accelerating climate and environmental change,” explained McCarter. “Through a series of lab experiments on different organic wetland and adjacent upland soils, we will gain a much more thorough understanding of how wetlands transform and sequester contaminants, allowing humanity to better protect wetland ecosystem services for future generations.”
Across the country, more than 4,700 researchers and research projects across Canada are receiving over $960 million in grants, scholarships and program money.