U of G Student Team Aims to Advance to Next Phase of Deep Space Food Challenge

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Members of the Canadian Space Agency panel speak with U of G team members Rosemary Brockett and Jared Stoochnoff in front of the GOOSE chamber

Students from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College are feeling optimistic their entry in the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Deep Space Food Challenge will advance to Phase 3 of the multi-year contest. 

This week, the team met with CSA members in the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) on campus to unveil the system that could one day be used to grow food during lengthy space missions. 

Called Canada GOOSE, or Growth Options for Outer Space Environments, the food-growing system is a self-contained, plant-growth chamber that uses advanced environment control technology to grow vegetables, fruits and mushrooms without soil, sunlight or even fresh water. 

As the CSA panel watched, the U of G team cranked open the door of the sealed growth chamber to reveal multiple levels of plant pods filled with lettuce, chard, tomatoes, broccoli and more. 

GOOSE student team leader Jared Stoochnoff, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), explained the system features calibrated LED light systems that mimic the sun and can match the needs of each crop.  

“The temperature, carbon dioxide and circulation within the growing chamber are carefully controlled using a low-wattage system that requires no more energy than a video gaming device,” he said.  

Contest to drive advancements for more sustainable food production

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Members of the Canadian Space Agency listen to GOOSE team members describe the system

The plants thrive on a hydroponic system that delivers nutrients to the plants using a growing medium the team designed, explained Rosemary Brockett, a second-year SES master’s student and Arrell Scholar who noted it took several tries to get the system just right. 

Other team members demonstrated their 

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WELL Health joins Digital Technology Supercluster Project to Advance Interoperability and Leverage AI to Reduce Provider Burdens

VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 13, 2023 /CNW/ – WELL Health Technologies Corp. (TSX: WELL) (OTCQX: WHTCF) (“WELL” or the “Company“), a company focused on positively impacting health outcomes by leveraging technology to empower healthcare providers and their patients globally, is pleased to announce it has partnered with ORX Surgical (“ORX“), Tali AI (“Tali“), and Simon Fraser University (“SFU“) to transform healthcare data into actionable insights through a Digital Technology Supercluster (“DTS“) project called Health Compass.

There has historically been large amounts of data locked in outdated and inefficient electronic medical records (“EMR“) that have proven to be a major cause of burnout for physicians. Sorting through massive amounts of data takes a physician’s time away from delivering care to their patients. Health Compass applies artificial intelligence to existing EMRs, helping physicians find the insights they need, and make critical decisions faster for their patients. Health Compass offers a natural voice interface that recognizes physicians’ voices to streamline clinical documentation and queries for patients, applies predictive analytics to help flag high-need patients, and automates the patient journey in primary care and specialty care to connect patients with life changing care quickly.

WELL and its internal several subsidiaries participating in the project (AwareMD, OSCAR Pro, Intrahealth, Ocean, Doctorcare, apps.health) have secured $3M in co-investment funding from DTS to support WELL’s platform which will be used to pilot the Health Compass project. More specifically, the project will leverage and build upon WELL’s open and FHIR-based apps.health ecosystem to seamlessly integrate the Health Compass capabilities into the EMR. The funding will also be used enhance the ability for digital health innovations to interoperate with EMRs and make it easier for providers to augment their EMR with the latest innovations

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