Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Inoculating against misinformation

Ridhi Patel sits next to laptop with covid trivia game on the screen.

COVID-19 overwhelmed healthcare systems around the world and left a devastating death toll in its path. The pandemic struck fear and panic in everyone. Knowing very little about the new virus and with no cure, COVID-19 encouraged the rapid spread of misinformation. Undergraduate Science student, Ridhi Patel, developed a game to fight COVID-19 misinformation.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Graduate student Nikhil George named CSM Ambassador

Headshot of Nikhil George outside

Biology doctoral candidate Nikhil George was awarded the Ambassador Award from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Spencer Weinstein wins prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Headshot of Spencer Weinstein

Last week, the 2020 Vanier Scholarship award winners were announced. Among the prestigious group were three Faculty of Science graduate students - Finnian Gray (Physics & Astronomy), Christian Ieritano (Chemistry) and Spencer Weinstein (Biology).

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020

Today, the Faculty of Science celebrated its first virtual convocation. Although safety precautions due to COVID-19 keep us apart, the faculty and staff from the Department of Biology wanted to extend their sincerest congratulations to our newest alumni!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Graduate ready: Co-op helps biochemistry graduate find her career and purpose

Headshot of Lydia Vermeer by a river

Five years ago, Lydia Vermeer was graduating high school and decided to go to the University of Waterloo because of its co-op program – little did she know that co-op would influence her studies, personal growth and help her find a career she was passionate about.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Life outside the lab: Science graduate student adjusts to life in isolation

grad student working at home office

Sarah Al-Ajeel is a master’s student in biology and is mid-way through her degree.

Accustomed to working in Waterloo’s Neufeld lab, Al-Ajeel, like many other science students, have pivoted their studies and research to adjust to this new work-from-home culture.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: What is hydroxychloroquine?

Brain Dixon

Hydroxychloroquine has been in the news lately, touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19. But what is it, and does it really work?

Professor Brian Dixon, an expert in immunology, answers some frequently asked questions about the drug.

What is hydroxychloroquine and what is it used to treat under normal circumstances?

Friday, January 10, 2020

#StrongerTogether through Storytelling – Catching up with Professor Kirsten Müller after Homeward Bound

Orca whale swimming amongst floating ice

Antarctica is a cold, mostly barren continent, defined by its isolation and snow. It is also a place that has been set aside for peace and science. The challenges of this desolate and harsh environment provide the necessary surroundings to foster teamwork and collaboration for those living and researching there.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.

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