Arts researchers and alumni talk urbanization in Waterloo Magazine

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Are skyscrapers making us sick, and how can municipalities engage their citizens in smart city initiatives? The theme for the Spring 2019 issue of Waterloo Magazine is urbanization, including stories featuring researchers and alumni from your favourite faculty.

Here are some highlights featuring member of our Arts community:

  • Are cities bad for your health? Psychology PhD candidate Robin Mazumder uses virtual reality and wearable tech to understand how cities impact our mental health and well-being.
  • Smart Cities engage people, not just technology. Beth Coleman and her team of graduate researchers are working to help cities implement smart technology design.
  • The homeowner's guide to the gadgetry. Waterloo alumni, including Natalia Moudrak (BA ’10, MA ’12), share their tips for smarter homes that adapt to climate change.
  • A subarctic commute by canoe. Yes, you read that correctly. Living on a houseboat in Yellowknife Bay, Alumni Katie O’Beirne (MPH ’12, BSc ’09) and Tom Parker (BA ’08) have a rather unusual way to get to work.
  • Folks versus Elites. With an election on the horizon, J.P. Lewis (BA ’02) looks at political polarization in the age of urbanization.
  • Leadership diversity pays dividends. Brenda Hoffman (BA ’86) says that people increasingly want to invest in companies that hire diverse leaders.

Print magazines will be hitting mailboxes in a few weeks.

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