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Thursday, August 1, 2019

How 'offloading' information could expose our memories to manipulation

When people use their computer or smartphone to store information, they may not be able to detect if that information has been manipulated when they retrieve it later, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo.

“In our study, individuals could rely on an external store when trying to remember some material and manipulations of that store often went undetected,” said Evan Risko, lead author of the study and a professor of psychology.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Life and Times of the Pickle Forks

construction workers install the sculptures in front of the PAS building.

They've been decorated, climbed and pranked. They graced the Hagey Hall courtyard for almost 44 years before disappearing into limbo (or rather, a UWaterloo storage facility) to await their fate. Now the beloved “pickle forks” are enjoying the sunshine once again, just in time for the start of the new academic year.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Multi-million-dollar medievalists: interdisciplinary project digs into climate and culture of late Middle Ages

Herstmonceux medieval castle

Professor of medieval history Steven Bednarski leads a seven-year, $2.5 millon SSHRC Partnership-funded project with an interdisciplinary team of 30 Waterloo experts and numerous external partners, including Queen's University's Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Understanding new ways to communicate science online

 Abstract bubbles and web

Professor Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher studies how science communication online enables scientists and citizens to engage in new and accessible ways.

Friday, June 28, 2019

GBDA Students win funding for social venture to reduce reliance on plastics

The winning team of students

A team of Global Business and Digital Arts students developed Virtuous Waste, an alternative to plastic packaging made of seaweed. Their winning solution at World Vision Social Innovation Challenge will receive $25,000 in funding.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Dean Doug Peers honoured with fond send-off and send-up

Doug hold up the quilt made from Arts t-shirts

Our adroit and long-suffering Dean of Arts for the past eight years received a suitably irreverent and sincerely appreciative send-off celebration. Arts and University members gathered in the Hagey Hall Hub to share memories, razzing, accolades and plenty of shared laughs honouring Dean Peers’ singular style as a senior administrator and leader.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The fine art of convocation — three times on one sunny day

Two graduates pose for a photo wearing their full academic regalia

On Wednesday, June 12 — a perfectly clear and warm day — 1,085 undergraduates, 165 Master's, and 23 PhD candidates received their degrees over the course of three Faculty of Arts convocation ceremonies.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Watch professor Sarah Tolmie's reading for the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

Sarah Tolmie reads at the Griffin Poetry Prize event

English professor Sarah Tolmie recently shared work from her collection, The Art of Dying, at the renowned Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Arts researchers and alumni talk urbanization in Waterloo Magazine

Cover illustration showing video game style cities

Are skyscrapers making us sick, and how can municipalities engage their citizens in smart city initiatives? Check out stories featuring Arts researchers and alumni in the new issue of Waterloo Magazine.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Professor Aimée Morrison named Trudeau Foundation Fellow

The Faculty of Arts is proud to share the news that Aimée Morrison, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, has been awarded one of five 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowships. Morrison is the second Trudeau Foundation Fellow from Waterloo Arts in the past four years —

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