December 8, 2018 Do you take notes in classroom using a pen or a laptop? Is there a difference between learning performance using traditional versus modern technologies in the classroom? Read "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking" by P. A. Mueller and D. M. Oppenheimer in 2014. Download Article
November 24, 2018 Are mathematics curriculum in Ontario schools good enough to prepare students for university programs involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)? Read "Exploring the Impact of Changes in Ontario's Senior Mathematics Curriculum on Student Success in STEM Programs" by G. Sahmbi in 2014. Download Thesis
November 7, 2018 Are Canadian elementary and secondary schools putting an acceptable effort teaching students mathematics and literacy? Are students learning as effectively? Are students being prepared for post secondary education appropriately? Read the recent reports by Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) for statistical data during the past five years. Link to EQAO's Website, Download Report on Mathematics, Download Report on Literacy
August 6-10, 2018 Amir A. Aliabadi presents a talk in the 10th International Conference on Urban Climate/ 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society (AMS), New York City College, New York City, U.S.A. The talk is titled "Complete Characterization of Turbulence in an Urban Canyon Under All Wind Directions, Wind Speeds, and Thermal Stability Conditions". Link to AMS website
American Meteorological Society Meeting, New York City College, New York City, U.S.A.
May 27-30, 2018 AIR Lab members Mohsen Moradi, Hossam Elmaghraby, and Soroush Ebadi, present their research in the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) 2018 International Congress at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Link to CSME's Website
April 5, 2018 The undergraduate students in environmental engineering successfully develop a gondola design and integrate airborne sensors for the Tethered And Navigated Air Blimp (TANAB). This instrument can be used for airborne weather sensing, meteorological assessment, earth surface imaging, and air quality measurements. Congratulations to the team for taking on the design challenge.
From left to right: Amir A. Aliabadi, James Stock, Denis Clement, Jason Dorssers, Amanda Pinto, Darian Vyriotes, Katharine McNair, Phillip Labarge, Design Day 2018, School of Engineering, University of Guelph.
January 19, 2018 The AIR Laboratory is seeking successful undergraduate students who will obtain NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) for the Summer 2018 semester.
December 8, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi is featured by the Office of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies at the University of Guelph. Link to Office of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies at the University of Guelph
October 27, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi joins long-time collaborator Reza Aliabadi in the American Architecture Prize ceremony held in New Museum, New York, U.S.A. Reza Aliabadi is an architect and founder of atelier rzlbd. He is one of the recipients of 2017 American Architecture Prize for the design of a residential house in Toronto. Link to American Architecture Prize (AAP) Link to atelier rzlbd
From left to right: Reza Aliabadi and Amir A. Aliabadi, American Architecture Prize, 2017, New Museum, New York, U.S.A.
July 17-21, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi will present a talk in the next Connaught Summer Institute in Arctic Science. The talk will be focused on atmospheric chemistry, physics, and air quality monitoring in the Arctic. The Connaught Summer Institute in Arctic Science: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Climate brings together students and scholars who are engaged in Arctic research, to provide an understanding of the Arctic climate and the processes that control it, and to establish an interdisciplinary forum in which they can discuss current issues and research opportunities. Download Poster June 1, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi visits RWDI to meet with Dr. Anton Davis (Wind Engineering and Sustainable Design Consultant at RWDI), Dr. Duncan Phillips (Principal and Consultant in the Science of Buildings, Structures & Environment at RWDI), and Prof. Afshin Afshari (Energy Lead at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, U.A.E) to discuss atmospheric boundary layer research in the urban, industrial, and remote environments.
From left to right: Dr. Anton Davis, Amir A. Aliabadi, Prof. Afshin Afshari, and Dr. Duncan Phillips: RWDI in Guelph
May 1-4, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi visits a mining facility to survey the site for an anticipated multi-year and multi-million dollar area emissions quantification project led by Nick Veriotes P.Eng. BCEE, C.Chem. Mr. Veriotes is a multi-certified Senior Environmental Engineer with more than 23 years of experience leading and implementing environmental management systems with growing emphasis in the last 10 years on Green House Gas (GHG) strategy development, management, forecasting, and mitigation. Mr. Veriotes is a graduate of the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Guelph.
Nick Veriotes (left) and Amir A. Aliabadi (right): an Alberta oil sands facility
April, 2017 Canadian accomplishments in science and scholarly inquiry have long been a source of national pride. However, by various measures, Canada's research competitiveness has eroded in recent years when compared with international peers. The change coincided with a period of flat-lining of federal spending through the four core funding agencies that support researchers in universities, colleges, institutes, and research hospitals. In those years funds were also directed preferentially to priority-driven and partnership oriented research, reducing available support for independent, investigator-led research by frontline scientists and scholars. Read the report by "Canada's Fundamental Science Review Panel" to address relevant issues in this area. The report is titled "Investing in Canada's Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canada's Research". Download Report April 5-9, 2017 Amir A. Aliabadi will present a talk in the next American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual General Meeting, The Hynes Convention Center, Marriott, Copley Place, and the Sheraton, Boston, U.S.A. The talk is titled "Effects of Roof Edge Roughness on Air Temperature and Pollutant Concentration in Urban Canyons". Link to AAG website January 2017 Science Exposed is a contest organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and devoted exclusively to images of scientific research, in all fields of study. In 2016, NSERC was proud to collaborate with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) and open La preuve par l'image to candidates all across Canada. Acfas is responsible for the Francophone segment of the contest, La prevue par l'image, and NSERC is responsible for the Anglophone segment, Science Exposed. Students are encouraged to participate in this contest. Link to Contest Details January 2017 Professor John P.A. Ioannidis at Stanford University has published a critical essay about why many research findings that are published cannot be trusted to report the truth. The essay is titled "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False ". Link to Article January 2017 We are living in an age of innovation, an unprecedented era of technological progress and prosperity driven by energy. However, most of this energy comes from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas that account for a majority of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We know that CO2 emissions are a leading contributor to climate change, and the world will need a portfolio of solutions to address this Grand Challenge. The $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE will challenge the world to reimagine what we can do with CO2 emissions by incentivizing and accelerating the development of technologies that convert CO2 into valuable products. These technologies have the potential to transform how the world approaches CO2 mitigation, and reduce the cost of managing CO2. Link to CARBON XPRIZE website Link to NRG COSIA CARBON XPRIZE website November 14-15, 2016 Amir A. Aliabadi will present a talk in the next NETCARE Workshop at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. The talk is titled "Ship emissions measurement in the Arctic by plume intercepts of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen from the Polar 6 aircraft platform". NETCARE is a Network on Climate and Aerosols: Addressing Key Uncertainties in Remote Canadian Environments. Link to NETCARE website November 14-15, 2016 Amir A. Aliabadi will present a poster in the next NETCARE Workshop at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. The poster is titled "Vertical Turbulent Mixing of Momentum and Heat in the Summer Time Stable Arctic Lower Troposphere". NETCARE is a Network on Climate and Aerosols: Addressing Key Uncertainties in Remote Canadian Environments. Link to NETCARE website August 2015 Professor Ali Modarres, Department of Urban Studies, University of Washington, has published a critical essay about the nature of academic publishing in the present time. The essay is titled "It's not Just the Author: The Reader and the Editor Are Dead, Too". Link to Article July, 2015 During the last decade, engineering programs have been growing most rapidly in Canadian universities. In this light, it is worth understanding the engineering job market as well. The Ontario Society for Professional Engineers (OSPE) has just published a report to address this. The report "Crisis in Ontario's Engineering Labour Market: Underemployment Among Ontario's Engineering-Degree Holders" focuses on individuals with engineering degrees who are working in jobs that don't necessarily require a university degree. Download Report February 2015 Amir A. Aliabadi's research on airborne infection was recognized in an article titled "Take a Deep Breath", published in Popular Science. Link to Article