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Friday, July 31, 2020

Automation will transform work in the post COVID-19 economy - but are we ready?

Machinery at a factory

Canada’s post COVID-19 economy will see more automation, particularly in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Economis professor Joel Blit used data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to analyze which industries are likely to undergo the greatest automation as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Archives Unleashed Project scales up with Archive-It for better collection and analysis of digital history

computer servers

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1,084,087 grant to the University of Waterloo to support “Integrating Archives Unleashed Cloud with Archive-It” led by Ian Milligan, professor of History. Archives Unleashed Project’s analytical tools will be integrated with the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service providing an end-to-end process for collecting and studying archived web records and data.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Support our Arts 3MT competitors by voting for the People's Choice award

On March 6, 2020, Arts hosted its Three Minute Thesis (3MT) faculty-level heat and advanced Psychology PhD candidate Martin Turpin (first place winner and People's Choice winner) and Psychology master's student Sarena (second place winner) to the university-wide finals. While that university-wide final is now being held virtually, this doesn't mean our Arts graduate student competitors don't need your support. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Vanier scholar uses language acquisition to empower refugee children

Serena McDiarmid, a PhD candidate in Psychology, has been recognized with the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her incredible research proposal titled “Supporting second language acquisition of Canada’s child refugees: a longitudinal study of risk and protective factors for language learning success.”

Monday, June 29, 2020

Vanier researcher helps individuals struggling with drug addiction

Janet Jones, a PhD candidate in Philosophy has been recognized for her wonderful dissertation work titled “It Probably Won’t Help Anyway: How Stigma Hurts Health Care Access for Persons with an Addiction” and is the recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her work.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New MA grad advocates for menstrual equity in the community

pad with words on blood saying Menstruation isn't dirty

Public Issues Anthropology MA graduate Kate Elliott has made her mark at the University in a number of impressive ways, especially for her activism around period poverty and period education. Her research and advocacy centres on the health of women experiencing homelessness, and specifically how structural violence impacts their lived experiences. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Graduating during a pandemic sharpens Kiera McMaster's focus

Kiera McMaster speaker to another student at event

She is the type of student who is not easily forgotten, wrote her nominator. The positive impact that new graduate Kiera McMaster leaves on her peers and wider community was recently recognized when she won the Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Service.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Governor General's Gold Medalist promotes more inclusive communities

Harrison Oakes

When he was an undergraduate in Winnipeg, Harrison Oakes (MA ’16, PhD '20) witnessed the difficulty of promoting change for marginalized groups when he sat in on hearings for Manitoba’s proposed Bill 18. People argued that they couldn’t see how the legislation for anti-bullying to protect LGBTQ+ youth applied to all kids. Seven years later, Oakes’ doctoral research helps to answer that question.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Celebrating spring 2020 Bachelors of Arts

Undergraduate students in robes at convocation ceremony

The Faculty of Arts proudly celebrates all graduates (more than 1,400 of them!) who would have been walking across the stage to receive their diploma's this week. As part of our virtual spring 2020 convocation celebrations, we warmly congratulate the distinguished undergraduates recieving top performance awards. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Celebrating our newest PhDs

PhD graduates in robes at convocation ceremony

It's a long and often winding road to take doctoral studies to the finish line. From seminars, to exams, to TAs, RAs or course teaching, to research, research, research, and to the final thesis defense -- many of which were remotely conducted in this time of COVID. It's a huge accomplishment and the Faculty of Arts is so proud of our newest cohort of Doctors of Philosophy.

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