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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short people have an evolutionary advantage, study finds

Stick figures in blue with the shortest figure highlighted in gold.

A group of researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Waterloo have uncovered a surprising genetic link between height, arthritis, and the Out of Africa migration between 50,000 and 130,000 years ago.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Welcoming microbiologists from across Canada

The poster session at the 2017 Canadian Society of Microbiologists conference.

Last week, the University of Waterloo hosted the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Biology bake-off makes for a sweet department social

Lucy Satora's winning tiramisu.

Biology held their annual bake-off last Thursday with an irresistible challenge to faculty, staff and students: taste and vote for your favourite home-made dessert.

Friday, June 9, 2017

University of Waterloo researchers lead impactful projects on climate change

A Canadian lake.

Climate change is significantly impacting Canada’s water resources. From melting permafrost, to more pervasive algal blooms, to increased flooding, these impacts are only expected to increase in the future.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Biology graduate student Samantha Burke finds lakes are getting saltier

Samantha Burke sampling in the field.

Canada’s freshwater lakes are being threatened by the widespread use of road salt, according to a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Biology co-op student “steels” herself for unfamiliar work

Lauren Hummel pipetting in a lab fume hood.


Biology student Lauren Hummel on her current work term at Princess Margaret Hospital.

By: Christine Nhan, Co-operative Education

In Fall 2011, Nahanni Steel Products hired their first Waterloo co-op student. Right away, they saw that co-op students would be intergral to their company’s future development.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth

A Boreal lake being sample in the Experimental Lakes Area, Ontario.

A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

UW scientists join KW March For Science

KW March For Science banner

On Earth Day, thousands of scientists and supporters around the world gathered for the March For Science. Many Waterloo Science students, faculty, staff and administrators participated in the KW March For Science in Uptown Waterloo.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Curating a kaleidoscope

Bradley Howie displaying a butterfly.

Thousands of butterfly and moth specimens have been patiently waiting 70 years for their chance to be seen again. Ernest Leonard James donated the collection of more than 5,000 insect specimens to the Department of Biology in the 196­0’s. Now, they will awaken from hibernation and fly into the digital age.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Waterloo hosts Ontario’s top high school science competition

Advait Maybhate presenting his poster at the Sanofi BioGenius Challenge at Waterloo.

Ten of Southern Ontario’s elite young high school scientists competed at the regional edition of Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada (SBC), the country’s most prestigious national student science research competition last Thursday at the University of Waterloo.

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