University of Victoria collaborates with Georgia researcher on cellphone arsenic tester – Saanich News
The remote environment of the pandemic resulting in some amount of existential dread for local business has nonetheless sustained the need for global research collaboration in Victoria.
This 12th year of the Mitacs Globalink internship sees Fulbright Canada scholar and Georgia Institute of Technology chemical engineer Andrea Green assisting the University of Victoria in the development of arsenic-water detectors that are compatible with cell phones.
Tasteless and odourless arsenic causes blood vessel damage, thickening of the skin and cancer following heavy or lifetime exposure, typically ingested through food or water, according to a report by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Carcinogen Exposure Canada estimates 25,000 workers per year are exposed to the natural element, while the Cowichan Tribes reported traces of it in their water, even after the Indigenous community connected to Duncan’s water system in 2018.