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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waterloo VP addresses equity, innovation summit

Banks speaking from Embassy of Canada podium

By: Staff

Photo credit: Embassy of Canada

Speaking at the Global Women’s Innovation Network in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 22, University of Waterloo’s vice-president of university relations, Sandra Banks, talked about the importance of linking equity with innovation, and gave an overview of the University’s HeforShe Impact 10x10x10 commitments.

The event was hosted at the Embassy of Canada.

“We know that as change-leaders, especially at a university that leads in science, math and engineering – we have a huge opportunity to make a difference,” said Banks, who was named to her role at the University of Waterloo in early 2015. “Our goal is to advance excellence at all levels of our institution while serving as a galvanizing force for social change across Canada and around the world.”

GlobalWIN is a forum for female executives and thought leaders in academic, government and business who are passionate about innovation and its potential to advance critical policy issues. It is co-chaired by a bipartisan duo of United States congresswomen, Representatives Martha Roby and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and backed by a broad range of industry leaders including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft, IBM, and Time Warner.

Banks’ fellow speaker at the event was Hon. Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademarks office.

“As you might suspect,” Banks recalled, “Ms. Lee was very familiar with Waterloo’s reputation for research excellence, especially in mathematics and computer science. Our work on gender equity is strengthening and expanding Waterloo’s already-strong reputation.”

Banks sees the promotion of equity and innovation as key to Waterloo’s identity, casting that responsibility as “part of Waterloo’s job as a global innovation thought-leader and change-leader.”

Landmark landmarking study a watershed

Asian carp leaping out of the water.

This piece was originally published on the Faculty of Science's news site.

In the past two centuries, invasive species have drastically changed the Great Lakes ecosystem.

A recent study by Kim Cuddington, a Professor in the Department of Biology, demonstrated how landmarking works and the key role it plays in population control.

She discovered that landmarking is a highly efficient mating strategy that allows species to reproduce even when population densities are impossibly low.

Cuddington spoke with Michigan State University’s Melissa Benmark about how monitoring the mating hangout of Asian Carp could be useful in keeping them from invading the Great Lakes.

"Landmarking is really the human equivalent of going where everyone else is hanging out in order to find a mate,” says Cuddington. “A landmark can be almost anything depending on the species you’re talking about. It could be tufted grass if you’re small enough or for a fish species it could be a nice fast river that’s exiting into a lake.”

Listen to the full interview on Michigan State University’s website.

Baldwin named interim University Medical Director

Dr. Clark Baldwin."Health Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Clark Baldwin has accepted the appointment of Interim University Medical Director commencing July 1, 2015," says a note from Walter Mittelstaedt, director of campus wellness.

Dr. Baldwin received his medical degree and family medicine residency from the University of Toronto, and also has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has been practicing as a physician 3 days/week in the Student Health Clinic and the Family Health Clinic since October of last year.

"He practiced in a similar capacity in Student Health Services at the University of Western Ontario from 2007-2010 and in our own Student Health Services from 2002-2007," writes Mittelstaedt. "In addition to his work with post-secondary students, he has provided medical services in a Community Health Centre, for the Department of National Defense (continuing), and in a family practice. He also provided Assistant Medical Directorship to the London Life Insurance company. These varied experiences place him in a unique position to provide interim leadership in the Health Centre. Clark’s optimism, analytical ability and commitment to student and family care will be a tremendous asset to the Campus Wellness leadership team."

Dr. Baldwin succeeds Dr. Barbara Schumacher, who retired last month.

Tuesday's notes

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When and where

NanoMRI Conference, Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, Institute for Quantum Computing.

Lectures end, Tuesday, July 28.

FemPhys Tea & Talk, Tuesday, July 28, 12:00 p.m., egg fountain outside MC.

Discovery Square presented by Faculty of Science, Tuesday, July 28, 5:00 p.m., Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener.

Pre-examination study days, Wednesday, July 29 to Monday, August 3.

EIT presents Dinosaur Tour, Wednesday, July 29, 1:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum.

SHAD public open house, Thursday, July 30, 1:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall.

GreenHouse Social Innovation Showcase, Thursday, July 30, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm, Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

August Civic Holiday, Monday, August 3, most University operations closed.

On-campus examinations begin, Tuesday, August 4.

Minerals Tour, Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum.

Online examination period, Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 7 to Friday, August 14, Institute for Quantum Computing.

Minerals Tour, Wednesday, August 12, 1:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum.

Perseids Meteor Shower Stargazing Party, Wednesday, August 12, 7:30 p.m., OPT 347.

Biomedical Discussion Group Lecture featuring Dr. Herbert Waite; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB“Mussel Power: Defining the Essentials for Translation to Technology” Thursday, August 13, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., E6-2024.

Examination period ends, Saturday, August 15.

Quantum Key Distribution Summer School, Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21, Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

Instructional Skills Workshop - CTE601, Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 a.m., EV1 241.

Minerals Tour, Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum.

Retirement celebration for Peter Jordan, Wednesday, August 19, 3:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Date for students to be "Fees Arranged", Thursday, August 27.

Spring co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 28.

Orientation Week, Saturday, September 6 to Saturday, September 12

Labour Day, Monday, September 7, most University operations closed.

Lean in Higher Education Conference, Thursday, September 10 to Friday, September 11, Federation Hall.

Lectures begin, Monday, September 14.

Hack4Health, Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, September 27, Waterloo Accelerator Centre.

Annual Traditional Pow Wow, Saturday, September 26, 12:00 p.m., Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, St. Paul's University College.

AHS Annual Fun Run, Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m., BC Matthews Hall.

Fall Teaching Week, Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 8.