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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Welcoming our new students

A message from Orientation.

Students in black and yellow in the stands.

Orientation kicks off this Friday, September 4 and runs until Saturday, September 12.

Volunteers line the ring road to welcome new students.First-year international students will be the first to participate in activities with International Orientation starting tomorrow. This refreshed program offers events and opportunities in advance of Orientation to support these students as they adapt to their new home.

Move-in weekend for all other new students is Sunday, September 6 to Monday, September 7. A big thank you to all of the staff and faculty who have volunteered to help.

Targeted Orientation programming begins Monday, September 7 for all new students, including first-year students, transfer students, exchange/study abroad students and graduate students. Parents and family members of first-year students have also been invited to participate in events during move-in weekend.

How you can help

With many new students on campus, comes many questions. If you see a student who looks like they could use a friendly ‘hello’ or help finding a building, please reach out to them. Not sure how to answer a question? You can always send a student to the Student Life Centre, multipurpose room for Orientation headquarters, or encourage them to log into their Student Portal to check their schedule and access directions to different on-campus locations.

Attend a preview of Single and Sexy

Single and Sexy, an Orientation favourite, is a play that explores the situations and issues many students face when living away from home for the first time. Single and Sexy is written by Waterloo students and alumni and has been applauded as a model peer-education program. Register to attend the 2015 Single and Sexy premiere.

Questions about Orientation?

Contact, and follow along during the week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Investigation finds psychology studies difficult to replicate

Fewer than half of psychology studies published can replicate their original results, according to University of Waterloo researchers involved in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted on the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science.

Published recently in the journal Science, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology found that only 35 of 100 attempted replications produced the same findings as the original study. The project, launched nearly four years ago, asked 270 researchers around the world to replicate studies published in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. All of them are prominent psychology journals.

“Error correction is central to science moving forward in the pursuit of new knowledge and innovation,” said Professor Michael Barnett-Cowan, of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, who replicated a study as part of the project. “While reproducing all scientific experiments is not feasible, sciences such as psychology need to occasionally take stock and question previously published results."

The study reports that failure to reproduce does not necessarily mean that the original research was incorrect. Researchers involved in the project noted that even though most teams worked with the original authors to use the same materials and methods, small differences in when, where, or how they conducted the replication study might have influenced the results. The replication might have failed to detect the original result by chance, or the original result might have been a false positive.

Science is unique from other ways of gaining knowledge by relying on reproducibility to gain confidence in ideas. The Reproducibility Project: Psychology is the first project of its kind to make the data and replication reports public.

“Research that is novel and innovative is most likely to be published in prestigious journals, which benefits the scientist’s career," said Professor Denise Marigold, of Renison University College, who also replicated a study as part of the project. “Research reporting the precise conditions under which other scientist’s findings do or do not replicate doesn’t earn the same kind of recognition, but is necessary to move science forward as a whole.”

In recent years, many journals have taken steps to improve reproducibility by improving transparency of original research materials, codes and data.  An increasing number of publishers encourage researchers to submit reports of replication studies and share their results through open-access initiatives and archiving data. At Waterloo, many researchers develop built-in replications as part of their projects.

“This study sounds a cautionary note to researchers and those on editorial boards who ultimately choose what gets published,” said Professor Michael Dixon, chair of the Department of Psychology. “This landmark study provides clues about the factors that promote reproducibility, and will hopefully spur editorial boards to reward researchers who take concrete steps to ensure that their findings meet this basic tenet of science.”

Take back the night with Waterloo

This is the latest in a series of #UWCommunity stories that feature Waterloo in the community.

Marchers in the Take Back The Night parade.

On Thursday, September 17, students, staff, and faculty are invited to join together and represent the University of Waterloo in the annual Take Back the Night march. From 6 – 9 p.m., the Kitchener-Waterloo community meets at Kitchener City Hall to march.

Individuals march as a symbol of the basic human right to be where you want, when you want, how you want, and without violence. The march also acts as a gesture to say that women, children, and trans*people of all ages and backgrounds should be able to exercise mobility rights without being escorted by men. Take Back the Night provides an important opportunity for members of our campus community to increase awareness about and call for an end to violence against women, children, and trans*people.

A drum circle at City Hall.Participants will meet on campus, before collectively heading down to Kitchener’s City Hall. Men are encouraged to attend the opening rally, line the marching route, and join the marchers afterwards. More details can be found on the Take Back the Night (TBTN) event and Facebook page.

UWaterloo’s Federation of Students, The Glow Centre for Sexual Health and Diversity, The Women’s Centre, and Community Relations will be supporting this initiative organized by The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.

We hope you will join us.


Link of the day

China celebrates WW2 victory with huge military parade

When and where

International Orientation event, Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6.

Single & Sexy open performance, Friday, September 4, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre.

Family Welcome events, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Family Send-Off events, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, 2:30 p.m.

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

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

Single & Sexy, Tuesday, September 8 to Thursday, September 10, Humanities Theatre.

Engineering presents ExpecTAtions Teaching Assistant Workshop, Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10, J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall.

Making Exam Marking Easier, Thursday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., QNC 1502. Register by sending an email to by Wednesday, September 9.

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

Lectures begin, Monday, September 14.

School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Mike Stonebraker, MIT and Turing Award winner, "The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box (How Riding a Bicycle across America and Building Postgres Have a Lot in Common), Monday, September 14, 2:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Centre for Career Action presents Rock the Technical Interview, Monday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., TC 2218

Graduate Scholarship Information Session, Monday, September 14, 4:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Weight Watchers At Work registration session, Tuesday, September 15, 12:15 p.m., PAS 2438, info ext. 32218.

Waterloo Innovation Summit, Wednesday, September 16 to Friday, September 18.

UWRC Book Club featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (One Book One Community Selection), Wednesday, September 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Noon Hour Concert: Earth Voices, Wednesday, September 16, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Writing Centre Open House, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m., South Campus Hall second floor.

Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour, Wednesday, September 16, 9:00 p.m., PHY 308.

Translating Academic Experience to Industry, Thursday, September 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Mathematics graduate studies information night, Thursday, September 17, 4:30 p.m., MC 5501.

Graduate Scholarship Information Session, Thursday, September 17, 5:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. (Note: attendees only need to attend one of the two sessions).

Medical School Applications (OMSAS), Thursday, September 17, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Take Back the Night 2015, Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m., Kitchener City Hall.

Résumés for Graduate Students, Friday, September 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Hack The North, Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20.

Doors Open Waterloo Region, Saturday, September 19, HockeyTech demonstration at the Columbia Icefield Arena, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Quiet Research, Loud Results! Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m., TechTown building.

Conrad Grebel presents Peace Week, Monday, September 21 to Saturday, September 26. 

It’s All About Your Skills, Monday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Senate meeting, Monday, September 21, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall.

Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 p.m., QNC room 1506.

WPIRG presents September Slam: Humble the Poet & KWPS, Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of 1800: Medicine as Cultural History, Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., Location TBA. Presented by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Ontario Universities' Fair, Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

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.

The Ceremony of Induction into Professional Planning Education, Saturday, September 26, reception and registration in Environment 3 Atrium, 9:30 a.m., ceremony in Theatre of Arts, 11:00 a.m.

University of Waterloo Research Talks featuring Professor Heather Keller, "Finding solutions to nutritional vulnerability in older adults," Friday, October 2, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302. Register online, seating is limited.

English Faculty Research Series: Mediated Bodies, Friday, October 2, 1:30 p.m., HH 373.

40th Anniversary Mathematics Reunion - Class of 1975, Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 3.

Reunion 2015, Saturday, October 3.

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

Further Education Boot Camp, Saturday, October 3, all day, RCH.

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