Issue Description

Dear Reader,

Every year, we have the honour of witnessing the products of undergraduate research across the world and the privilege of sharing these accomplishments with the wider community. The pandemic has brought countless challenges to undergraduate researchers these past two years, yet we continue to see the dedication and passion of undergraduates at McGill and beyond in engaging with the scientific process.

The twelve articles enclosed within this issue are the culmination of these students’ hard work and perseverance. As such, we hope the 17th volume of the McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal’s presentation of their findings shines a spotlight on the diligence and research aptitude of these young researchers.

On behalf of our entire editorial board, thank you.

John Ni & Jenny Zheng
Editors-in-Chief

 

ON THE COVER

From the glacial colds of Winter to the blistering heat of mid-July, a bird’s eye view of Montreal’s climate paints a picture of uncompromising yearly temperature shifts. The distribution of cities’ heat islands has significant impacts on human health and well-being. On page 56, Aucoin, Briand, Duval, and Qudsi describe Montreal’s micro-urban heat islands and discuss the impacts of vegetation coverage and urbanization, while on page 36, Frie, Gilmer, Buraga, and Franceschini measure the city’s albedo, a property of the surface’s ability to diffuse or reflect solar radiation.

The digital painting on the cover depicts a stylized Island of Montreal viewed from space, emphasizing our modeling of heat from large-scale data sets.

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Research Articles

Killian Abellon, Amelia Murphy, Anika Anderson
12-17
Overblown? Analyzing Wind Speed in the Hurricane Warning Response System
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Samuel Aucoin, Bruno Tremblay, Robert Newton
18-22
Coastal Sea-Ice Break-Up Events in Beringia
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Morgane Brouillard-Galipeau, Bao-An Chau, Jamie Cyr, Rafael Intrevado, Sunu (Isabel) Kim, Cal Koger-Pease, Elizabeth Lapshina, Alexandra Mircescu, Daniella Serrador, Michael Slattery, Benjamin Vonniessen, Michael Shamash, Dr. Jasmin Chahal
23-29
Genome Annotation of Novel K1 Subcluster Mycobacteriophage Blizzard
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Emily Chen
30-37
Assessing Early Public Response to COVID-19-Related Restrictions in New York City Using Spatial Analysis of Urban Mobility Data
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Elena Frie, Saskia Gilmer, Bryan Buraga, Kevin Franceschini
38-44
Quantifying the Albedo of the Montreal Island and its Potential for Increase
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Maxine Forder, Maureen McKeague
45-50
Tuning Aptamer-Switching for Biosensing Malarial Proteins
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Emmanuelle Melis, Emma Armitage, Yuxin Ma, Amelia Weiss, Brian Robinson
51-57
Spatial distribution and socioeconomic differences between urban farms' production and distribution points in Chicago, IL
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Samuel Aucoin, Alex Briand, Béatrice Duval, Zoya Qudsi
58-63
Micro-Urban Heat Islands in the City of Montreal
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Liesl Van Wyk
64-69
Potential for use of Spent Substrate of Pleurotus Mushrooms Grown on Urban Waste as Feed for Dairy Cattle
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Claire Wamboldt, Marilyn Ahun, Frances E. Aboud
70-80
An Analysis of Behaviour Change Techniques used in the Care for Child Development Parenting Program
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