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The Hamilton Spectator: McMaster students win international prize for cancer-detecting devices

November 16, 2017

A group of four McMaster University students has won a $50,000 prize to develop their idea for a hand-held device that detects skin cancer. The recent grads — all students in electrical biomedical engineering at the Hamilton university — earned the International James Dyson Award for their final-year project, called The sKan. They say the non-invasive device can diagnose melanoma by monitoring the heat emissions of various cells. The heat map it creates shows which cells recover more quickly from thermal shock, indicating the presence of skin cancer. Its creators are 22-year-old Rotimi Fadiya, and 23-year-olds Prateek Mathur, Michael Takla and Shivad Bhavsar. Read the full article here.

The Globe and Mail: Why don’t women go into engineering? It’s not just because of bias

November 15, 2017

What kind of program is more likely to lead to an increase of women graduating with engineering degrees: A college or university scholarship for promising high-school students, unconscious bias training for human resource managers or an intensive math and science education program for girls in elementary school?

New research shows that if governments have to choose, focusing their efforts on early learning interventions will have the most impact. A scholarship would come too late for the thousands of women who close the path to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as children. And addressing bias and hiring more women into those fields will help, too, primarily by providing more models of success for younger generations.

Read the full article here.

Guelph Today: Arts-based drop-in centre for LGBTQ+ youth begins pilot project

November 7, 2017

The Guelph Youth Council is hoping a five-week pilot projecting offering a drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth will be a success with the possibility to become a permanent fixture. Jenn Bucci, Youth Services coordinator with the City of Guelph, said the LGBTQ+ drop-in centre will be operated from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the next five Fridays at Evergreen Seniors Centre on Woolwich St. No seniors events are planned at the centre over the course of the five-week pilot program, said Bucci, so the drop-in centre will not interfere with seniors programming. The need for a dedicated drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth was identified by third-year University of Guelph student Sophia Thompson Campbell, who is in a 12-week placement with the City’s Youth Services as part of her Youth Development program. Read the full article here.