Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tree of life: Powerful online tool will help researchers make new genomic discoveries

Annotree

University of Waterloo researchers have developed a powerful new online tool that allows users to navigate through an interactive microbial tree of life, and to generate new scientific hypotheses and discoveries.

By integrating data across thousands of microbial genomes, “AnnoTree” provides a comprehensive framework for exploring the evolution of microbial genes and functions, and can be used to advance research across a wide range of industries including microbiology, biotechnology, industrial products, biofuels, and food science.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Opinion: Canada should work with First Nations to avert extinction crisis by DAVID SCHINDLER & R.C. ROONEY

Smoggy city

Dr. R.C. Rooney, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, at the University of Waterloo and Dr. David Schindler, Professor Emeritus of Ecology, Biological Sciences Department, at the University of Alberta. Both are among more than 30 signatories to a call-to action letter recently sent to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ensuring fish are safe to eat in the Canadian north

Heidi Swanson holding a fish

By Water Institute

In 2011, Heidi Swanson’s phone rang. An unfamiliar voice said, “Hi, Heidi? This is George. I heard you work on fish mercury and that you are good at working with communities.”

Eight years later, Swanson and George, who turned out to be George Low, coordinator for the Dehcho Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management program in the Northwest Territories, are planning their seventh field season together.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Continuing lecturer Marcel Pinheiro wins 2019 Excellence in Science Teaching Award

Marcel Pinheiro headshot

Biology continuing lecturer Marcel Pinheiro has been awarded the Faculty of Science's 2019 Excellence in Science Teaching Award for his innovative and engaging teaching methods.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Medtech Startup Curiato tackles the bedsore "silent epidemic"

Woman laying in hospital bed

Three Waterloo Science alumni created a smart healthcare solution to tackle life-threatening pressure injuries. Their smart products are currently in clinical pilot trials.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Understanding comammox's role in wastewater treatment

Wastewater treatment equipment

A team of Waterloo researchers have published a preprint article on the activities of complete ammonia oxidizing bacteria, better known as “comammox”, in a wastewater treatment plant.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Researchers and Indigenous community work together to determine fish safety for consumption

View of lake from tip of canoe.

Food security is an urgent and growing concern for Indigenous populations in Canada. Environmental change in aquatic ecosystems can impact the health of fish and the communities that rely on those fish in many ways. Some of those ways can involve exposure to contaminants like mercury.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Remembering Biology instructor Frank Brookfield

Frank Brookfield and Peter Russell with a fossil of Parasaurolophus.

Frank Brookfield (left) and Peter Russell with a Parasaurolophus fossil.

University of Waterloo retiree J. Frank Brookfield passed away on November 29th. Brookfield was a long-time instructor in the Biology department and also served as the biology curator of the Earth Sciences Museum.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Award-winning craft brewery keeps alumnus and co-op student hopping

Science alumn Steve Innocente and co-op student Tyler Ball discussing content on a clipboard in the brewery

When Waterloo Biology alumnus Steve Innocente (BSc ’96) parlayed his craft brewing hobby into an award-winning business, he also tapped into the opportunity to reconnect with Waterloo as a co-op employer, vendor and faculty member.

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