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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Where water meets math

Lizz Webb standing in front of a waterfall

“My life has always been intertwined with water in one way or another,” realized Lizz Webb, who recently completed her master’s degree in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo. As the captain of the swim team in high school, Webb has always loved swimming and lifeguarding, but she never expected to build a career at the intersection of mathematics and ocean sciences.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

New model helps determine who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first

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Researchers have developed a new model to help authorities determine which sector of the population should get COVID-19 vaccination first.

If a vaccine becomes available in January 2021 or shortly after, it should be given to people 60 years old and older first, since they have the highest death rate from COVID-19. According to the model, if the vaccine becomes available in the summer of 2021, the priority group changes.

Read the full press release.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Young girl in a classroom wearing a mask
Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures.
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Free to explore

James Petrie on a dock with mountains in the background

James Petrie places a high premium on intellectual freedom. After graduating with a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia (UBC), he accepted a position as a firmware engineer for a leading multinational technology company. “A few months in, I realized I was missing the opportunity to view problems through a wider lens and pursue the things that interested me most,” he remembers.

Learn more about James' experience as a graduate student at Waterloo.

Friday, August 28, 2020

New protocol is a huge breakthrough for the future of quantum computers

Joel Wallman

Quantum computers will now have help tackling the central problem in their performance – noise.

Joel Wallman, a researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and assistant professor of applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo, has developed a protocol that will help deal with the issue of noise in quantum computers so that they can tackle more complex problems.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Study finds reopening schools with too many students in classrooms could result in more COVID-19 cases

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As many kids get ready to go back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study indicates ways to minimize outbreaks and their impact on in-person instruction. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Applied Math professor receives IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award

Professor Kirsten Morris

Kirsten Morris has been awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award in 2020.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Encouraging men who have sex with men to get tested once a year could reduce the spread of STIs

Lab tech holding test tubes in a lab

Men who have sex with men (GbMSM) and who get tested at least once annually on average could help prevent a rise in bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a new study.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Chris Bauch receives funding through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund

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The Ontario government contributed $148,000 for Chris Bauch’s research project, “How to Re-open Ontario's Economy Without Causing a Resurgence of COVID-19”.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We remember Professor Emeritus Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

We are sad to share the news that Peter Ponzo passed away peacefully on July 5, 2020 after a battle with bone cancer.

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