Thursday, May 16, 2019

Political Science researcher says disinformation campaigns are not as threatening as you think

Alexander Lanoszka

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, there is no real effect on policies or the balance of power in the targeted country, according to research by Professor Alexander Lanoszka.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Philosophy professor David DeVidi named Associate Vice-President, Academic

David Devidi

"I am delighted to announce that Professor David DeVidi has been appointed Associate Vice-President Academic for a five year term commencing July 1, 2019," wrote Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush in a memo circulated to Executive Council and all academic chairs and directors last Wednesday.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Articulating employability skills should be part of university course curriculum

To help students become employed, universities need to teach students to first recognize and then articulate their employability skills as a routine part of their courses, a new study from the University of Waterloo has found.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Why is Aimée Morrison in a movie talking about assholes?

Aimee Morrison

Who knew that a Waterloo Arts prof would co-star in a film on assholery with retired python John Cleese? “So far as I know, I’m not the titular asshole,” says Professor Aimée Morrison, who premiered on the big screen at this year’s Hot Docs festival—along with Cleese and other observers featured in the new documentary, Assholes: A Theory.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Arts celebrates 10 new Arts Award recipients, and more

the winners of the 2019 Arts awards

Last week the Faculty of Arts held the seventh annual Celebration of Arts, featuring the presentation of 10 new Arts Awards for excellence in service, teaching, and research, and recognizing many other accomplishments of the past year - from research grants to teaching awards to honours and prizes. See the photos from this spring fete! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What every leader can learn from top NHL teams

hockey puck in goalie net

A new study from the Department of Psychology's industrial-organizational unit used data from five National Hockey League seasons to show that long-term success is largely determined by a team’s tendency to save their best players for situations in which these players would have the most impact.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Are we all a little guilty of denying climate change?

Protester holding up cardboard sign that says "we don't have time"

Our belief in human progress and innovation may be keeping us from taking real action on climate change, says English professor and environmental rhetoric expert Andrew McMurry.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Professor Sarah Tolmie shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize

Sarah Tolmie

The Faculty of Arts is very proud to congratulate Professor Sarah Tolmie, who has been shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize—Canada’s most prestigious honour for works of poetry, and the world’s largest prize for a first edition collection of poetry written in English.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre Dame: a monument of religion, history, architecture, art, literature

side view of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

"In the very heart of Paris, on a small island surrounded by the Seine River, Notre-Dame de Paris has been the witness of the religious, intellectual, and political life of the capital of France." 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Psychology grad students extend research on receptivity to pseudo-profound BS

clouds in blue sky

A new study led by two PhD students in psychology found that people who tend to see patterns where none exist were more likely to endorse statements that sound profound but are actually meaningless.

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