News archive - 2019

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.

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