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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Your body image is impacted by those around you

man looking down set against drawing of a muscular set of arms

Spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body image, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Wisdom and emodiversity: new research favours Yoda over Spock

Yoda character from Star Wars movies

A person’s ability to reason wisely about a challenging situation may improve when they also experience diverse yet balanced emotions, say researchers in the Department of Psychology. In fact, Yoda from Star Wars offers a a perfect example of emodiversity and wisdom.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Waterloo Centre for German Studies announces inaugural book prize winner

logo for Waterloo Centre for German Studies

The winner of the inaugural Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) Book Prize has just been announced. Alice Weinreb of Loyola University Chicago is the winner for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany, published by Oxford University Press.

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.

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