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Friday, November 22, 2019

Professor Geoffrey Fong awarded Canada’s highest honour for research impact in global tobacco control

Geoffrey Fong speaking

The research of Professor Geoffrey Fong affects populations and helps save lives worldwide. In recognition of his research leadership over 17 years, Professor Fong has been awarded the 2019 Medal of Honour by the Health Research Foundation (HRF) of Innovative Medicines Canada – the foremost Canadian health research award celebrating the best and brightest minds and discoveries in the Canadian life sciences sector

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Preserving Indigenous languages: Songs in the Key of Cree artists visit campus

Tomson Highway playing piano with Patricia Cano singing

Indigenous languages are critically endangered throughout the world. This is more than a loss of words: Indigenous languages embody sets of relationships and ways of being in the world that are powerful, transformative, and sometimes very funny. The Songs in the Key of Cree performance highlights the global importance of Indigenous languages.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Marginalia scholarship leads to discovery of Milton's relationship to Shakespeare

detail of Milton's notes in Romeo and Juliet of the First Folio

Serendipity and scholarly expertise came together this fall to solve a puzzle about two giants of the English literary canon. “It’s like if you discovered that Milton was a woman – it would be unavoidable to address that in future studies,” says Katherine Acheson, a professor of English who edited Early Modern English Marginalia, the collection that led to the discovery of how Milton met Shakespeare.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Working Centre's founders receive honorary doctorates

Joseph and Stephanie Mancini in front of The Working Centre

Stephanie and Joseph Mancini’s response to unemployment and poverty has enabled decades of community development and empowerment for people in downtown Kitchener. Recognized in 2014 with the Benemerenti Medal, a Papal honour, and in 2016 with the Order of Canada, the Mancini's will now receive the highest honour conferred by the University of Waterloo, honorary doctorates in recognition of their outstanding service to society, at the Faculty of Arts convocation ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Global Engagement Seminar students will tackle the future of nature

Dirt field of oil derriks

Now in its third year, the Global Engagement Seminar for senior undergraduates in Waterloo's six faculties and affiliated colleges will focus on the theme “The Future of Nature” this winter term, and will feature acclaimed climate photographer Edward Burtynsky as mentor.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How religious beliefs affect voting behavior in Canada

A person puts their vote in the ballot box

Canadians who consider religion to be important in their lives were still more likely to vote for the Conservative Party in 2015, finds new research from the University of Waterloo. This religion effect on voting behaviour is one of the strongest sociodemographic effects on vote choice in Canada.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Performance anticipation can weaken your memory

A person gives a presentation in a workplace meeting

Anticipating your own performance at work or school may hinder your ability to remember what happened before your presentation, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Celebrating two more Early Researcher Award holders in Arts

Fifteen University of Waterloo researchers will receive $2 million from the provincial government to advance Ontario’s knowledge-based economy -- including Allison Kelly, a professor of psychology, and Jessica Thompson, a professor of fine arts. The Early Researcher Awards program recognizes promising new researchers with $140,000 each to build a research team. Read about the research plans of professors Kelly and Thompson.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Giving back through teaching, advocacy, mental health support and collaboration

Lucy Vorobej profile headshot

Graduate school flies by in a flurry of seminars, dissertation chapters and conference papers. While it may feel fast-paced, that time frame is crucial for students to build up their curriculum vitae and gain skills and experience suitable for future academic or industry roles.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Graduate school kickoff

On Septemer 3rd, an exceptional new cohort of Faculty of Arts graduate students assembled for graduate orientation to kick start their graduate degrees. The buzz in the room was palpable—hard work, dedication, and chasing down professors for graduate school references had led to this point: the first day of graduate school.

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