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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Social and Political Implications of AI: Global Engagement seminar calls for applications

group of students and others associated with Global Engagement program

We have seen exponential growth in the automation of jobs, from the manufacturing to the service sector, and the consequent transformations of our everyday lives, including the displacement of human labour. We are also witness to new cultural forms ranging from gaming devices to companion robots. It's clear then that the socio-cultural and political impacts of such trends deserve our attention -- as students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Researchers help to bridge the gap between psychology and gamification

a game controller

A multi-disciplinary research team is bridging the gap between psychology and gamification that could significantly impact learning efforts in user experience design, healthcare, and government.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Another Ig Nobel prize for Arts - this time its about voodoo dolls

Lindie Liang and Doug Brown with colleagues on stage at award event

For the second time in two years, we’re celebrating Ig Nobel winners in the Department of Psychology. Congratulations to Professor Douglas Brown from the department’s Industrial/Organizational area and his co-authors on winning a 2018 Ig Nobel Prize for their study, Righting a wrong: Retaliation on a voodoo doll symbolizing an abusive supervisor restores justice.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Balsillie School of International Affairs turns 10

Balsillie School of International Affairs entrance

Happy 10th anniversary to the Balsillie School, the site of our unique three-institution partnership advancing global governance and providing unparalleled opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and policy practitioners. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Voting for the losing side can affect your performance at work

Cartoon of a sad office worker unable to work

Companies should avoid scheduling important work tasks immediately following an election, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Professor Bessma Momani identifies stresses experienced by Canadian Arab youth

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani (Political Science) recently published insights related to her research project, Arab Canadian Youth: Pursuing Responsible Citizenship to Counter Disempowerment & Disengagement, supported by her fellowship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

What's the problem? Prof. Larry Smith wants you to find out

Larry Smith lecturing

Economics Professor Larry Smith says it’s a problem that’s endemic around the world: the failure of entrepreneurs to identify important problems.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Multinationals more likely to comply with employment law when unions involved

Manhattan skyline

Unless unions are involved, foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in Canada are less likely than their domestic counterparts to comply with employment law. Researchers found that MNCs from nearly every country complied better with Canadian labour laws if their operations in Canada were unionized.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bank customers’ financial activities being heavily policed

Men in suits reviewing financial information

Government surveillance of Canadians’ financial transactions are often based on activities that do not warrant suspicion, according to a study at the University of Waterloo. Bank employees heavily police customers to not only guard against fraud but also to generate information the government wants to see about possible suspicious financial activities.
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Professor Skidmore wins 2018 Innovate German Award

James Skidmore

Congratulations to Professor James Skidmore, faculty member in Germanic and Slavic Studies and director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, for winning a national award for innovative teaching. He received the Innovate German Award at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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