News archive - 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Alumni Gold Medal Award Winner: Matthew James Schmitz BSc ’20 Biomedical Sciences

Matthew Schmitz in his convocation robe and hood

When asked about the Toronto Raptor’s 2nd round exit from the NBA finals last month, Matthew Schmitz sighs and his disappointment is tangible “I was worried about them playing the Celtics,” he admits, “I thought maybe it might be different playing in the bubble, but in the end they were just too tough. But they gave it a good shot.”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Waterloo ranked among top ten biology programs in Canada

Waterloo Biology is one of the top ten biology programs in Canada for 2021, according to the influential annual Maclean’s magazine ranking program.

In results released last week, Waterloo’s Biology program was placed 10th for 2021, rising in the rankings from 13th in 2020 and 15th in 2019.

Friday, October 16, 2020

10 Calls to Action to natural scientists to enable reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

In 2015, after documenting testimonies from Indigenous survivors of the residential school system in Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action to enable reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Without personal connections to Indigenous communities, many Canadians fail to grasp the depth of intergenerational impacts of residential schools and associated systemic racism. Consequently, reconciliation remains an elusive concept.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Scientific literacy and COVID-19

Jozef Nissimov

This week, universities, libraries, science centres and schools across Canada have been celebrating Science Literacy Week, with the goal of improving our collective understanding of science.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Two Science faculty appointed as 2020 University Research Chairs

Andrew Doxey and Zoya Leonenko

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Doxey from the department of biology and Professor Zoya Leonenko from the department of physics and astronomy for their appointment as University Research Chairs!

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