Mapping Risk to Public Health from Radon

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Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking in Canada, and attributed to 16% of lung cancer deaths. Nova Scotia has developed and released a map outlining the risk of radon exposure based on environmental factors (https://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/radon.asp). These factors were equally weighted to produce the outcome of radon risk and relied on […]

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Access to Parks and Cellphone Technology

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As the temperature begins to warm up I am happy to continue a project that relies on nice weather and lush parks! Working under Dr. Daniel Rainham in his Spatial Information for Health Knowledge lab, we have the opportunity to partner with both Waterloo University, and Wilfrid Laurier University to explore some exciting smartphone based […]

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How Do We Define Green Spaces?

Posted 4 years ago

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Due to my interest and work looking into the health impacts of natural areas, it is crucial to create variables that allow me to quantify greenspace. A number of different methodologies have been developed in an attempt to provide the best proxy for a population’s exposure to ‘greenspace’, and no one method has been universally […]

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Looking Forward: Availability and Organization of Geospatial Data

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I’ve decided to write about a topic that, I think, consumes anyone working on a geospatial project and at any level of user experience. Finding, understanding, and using geospatial data is often touched upon during introductory classes in GIS, yet can potentially constitute a large percentage of a GIS student/user’s time. The acquisition of reputable […]

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Hello From a New Student Associate

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My name is Mark Bennett and I am happy to call Dalhousie University home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My background is in Biology and I hope to pursue a graduate degree in Epidemiology. My interests lay under the broad umbrella of environmental health, where both ‘environment’ and ‘health’ maintain a wide range of definitions extending […]

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