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Monday, December 10, 2018

Ceremonial Fire Grounds offer a space for learning and reconciliation

people gathered around ceremonial fire with drummers and singers

On a wintery morning in late November, students, staff and faculty gathered around the Ceremonial Fire Grounds beside Laurel Creek for the opening of Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People. The sacred fire site now plays a vital part in the Bridge initiative - and offers many more opportunities for learning.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Arts alumni named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

This year, 11 of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list — including three students who majored or minored in Arts.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Drawing is better than writing for memory retention, especially in older adults

Woman sketching

Older adults who take up drawing could enhance their memory, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren’t good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images.

Monday, December 3, 2018

AI needs diverse human perspectives to work for everyone

three professors in chairs on stage at event

At a recent Faculty of Arts public panel at Kitchener Public Library, professors in economics, philosophy, and human-computer interaction discussed implications of artificial intelligence and how we can ensure its development and application responds to diverse human experience.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Centre celebrates 10 years of evidence-based treatment for better mental health

A counsellor works with a client

The University of Waterloo was one of the first in Canada to have its own in-house training facility for their clinical psychology PhD program. Today, the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment celebrates 10 years of excellence in research, practice and treatment services on campus and in the regional community.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Canada Research Chair explores cultural revitalization in multilingualism

Professor Nicole Nolette

The Faculty of Arts newest Canada Research Chair, Professor Nicole Nolette, is an expert in minority languages and cultures whose research couldn't be more timely as the country becomes ever more multilingual and culturally diverse.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Telling the stories of children displaced by war

Polish boy sits sadly in ruins of Warsaw in 1939

Among the civilians directly impacted by war are the stories of 40,000 displaced children in Europe immediately following WWII — a topic History professor Lynne Taylor has researched for more than a decade.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Anthropology researcher finds remains of Franklin Expedition officer

Doug Stenton photographing site before excavation

During a 2018 research trip, anthropology Professor Douglas Stenton and team uncovered a long-lost grave on Nunavut’s King William Island.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Student’s social venture empowers everyone to reduce waste

Dillon Mendes and Sam Demma build a tall pile of garbage bags

Part environmental movement, part budding social enterprise, PickWaste works to raise awareness about environmental issues and empower people to take action.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Psychology's ITC Project finds Canadian smokers support bold strategies to end tobacco use

no smoking sign on city street

Responding to the federal government's commitment to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent of the population by 2035, the Department of Psychology's International Tobacco Control Project assessed levels support among Canadian smokers for endgame policies. The researchers found that most smokers in Canada support new and radical tobacco endgame strategies. 

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