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Thursday, November 12, 2015


Engineering breaking ground today for new building

An artist's render of the Engineering 7 Ideas Clinic.

The University of Waterloo breaks ground today on Engineering 7, an $88-million building that will feature some of the best engineering research and teaching facilities in the world.

The ground-breaking event will take place on Thursday November 12, at 1:30 pm at Engineering 5 on the University’s east campus.

The new Engineering 7 (E7) facility will feature an additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—laboratory and an indoor flight arena for testing autonomous and robotic vehicles.

It will also accommodate growth from Waterloo’s new biomedical engineering program and the expansion of the Faculty of Engineering’s highly popular mechatronics engineering program. It will house the Faculty’s new teaching innovation, the multidisciplinary Engineering Ideas Clinic™, where undergraduate students will integrate classroom theory with hands-on learning as they design, build, test and refine ideas.

Part of the funding for E7 will come from the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign, a $70-million fundraising effort that will help the Faculty of Engineering achieve its goal to become a world-class engineering school.

Earlier this week, GM Canada announced $1 million in funding to support the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign. This support will fund a Research Chair in advanced materials while also sponsoring Waterloo Engineering’s Capstone Design projects involving software development, which is key to GM Canada’s work on “the connected car.”

E7 will also become the new home for the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre. It will have dedicated study and social spaces for students, lecture halls and entrepreneurial support areas, along with areas for student teams to prototype their Capstone Design projects.

Thursday’s groundbreaking event will include remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur; Pearl Sullivan, dean of engineering and Doug Wright, former president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo and founding dean of engineering.

Thomas King to deliver 2015 Hagey Lecture

A painting by Helen Hoy showing two figures walking along a beach.

Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and performer Thomas King will be presenting this year's Hagey Lecture, entitled "Love in the Time of Cholera: Canadian Edition."

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 17 at Federation Hall at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). A reception and book signing will follow at 9:00 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Author Thomas King.Thomas King is one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous public intellectuals and the recipient of a 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Among his most recent award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction are: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America; The Back of the Turtle; Green Grass, Running Water; and Truth and Bright Water.

The University of Waterloo Bookstore will have a selection of Thomas King's books available for purchase during the reception.

Waterloo's premier invitational public lecture series since 1970, the Hagey Lectures – named after the University's first president – are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo. The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University of Waterloo, but all members of this community.

WatITis conference registration opens

WatITis conference banner.

The WatITis (Waterloo Information Technology and Information Systems) conference is scheduled to take place on December 7 in the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Craig S. Kaplan from the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Registration opened on November 3 and will close on November 25. Registration is free, but there is a $50 charge if you register for the conference but do not show up.

Conference sessions include:

A full list of conference sessions (and there's something for everyone) is available on the conference website.

Thursday's notes

The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) is inviting the community to learn more about graduate program opportunities offered in SEED by hosting an open house today.

"Enjoy a drink and some food while we take you through a brief overview of our four graduate programs," says the event description. "Faculty, staff and students will be available to chat with you and answer any questions you may have." 

With programs in sustainability management, international development practice, environment and business, local economic development and social innovation, SEED is dedicated to developing the knowledge, tools and expertise to integrate business and development activities with environmental and social goals. 

The open house takes place tonight from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Environment 3. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. 

The University Club's annual open house, now in its 7th year, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. "Mix and mingle with friends and colleagues from all departments for some holiday cheer and festive fare created by Chefs Richard and Roland," says a note from Food Services. "We ask only that you bring a new, unwrapped toy for the tree of angels to make Christmas more merry for a child near you."

The 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Water Institute is now available for download. The report describes the Institute's activities over the past year and previews its priorities for 2015-2016.

Link of the day

Signs and Signifiers: Roland Barthes born 100 years ago

When and where

WIN Seminar featuring Dr. Patrick Malenfant, "Nanomaterials for Printable Electronics," Thursday, November 12, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

The Games Institute Brown Bag Seminar featuring Alvaro Uribe, "Serious Games in Medical Training - taking advantage of stereoscopic 3D, haptics and sound," Thursday, November 12, 12:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Soup and Bannock Thursdays at Aboriginal Education Centre, Thursday, November 12, 12:00 p.m., STP 228.

Design and Deliver: Practising Presentation Skills, Thursday, November 12, 1:00 p.m.

Water Institute Seminar featuring Dr. Vikram Soni,  “Towards Self-Sustaining, Natural Cities: Floodplain Recharge and Subterranean Mineral Water in India.” Thursday November 12, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

SEED Graduate Program Open House 2015, Thursday, November 12, 4:00 p.m., EV3 4th floor.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier – Night 2, Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre room 0101.

School of Pharmacy Annual Public Lecture featuring Dr. Kelly Grindrod, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Dr. Scott Weese, Ontario Veterinary College and Brett Barrett, Infectious Disease Pharmacist, Grand River Hospital, “Smart antibiotic use: Can we avert an antibiotic apocalypse?” Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., School of Pharmacy Room 1004.

Knowledge Integration seminar: You - and the planet - are what you eat: How our dietary patterns contribute to “unhealthy people and an unhealthy planet”, featuring Dr. Goretty Dias, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Friday, November 13, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408.

TEDxUW 2015, Saturday, November 14, CIGI Campus.

International Education Week, Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20.

Management Sciences Seminar: Sila Cetinkaya, Monday, November 16, 12:00 p.m., CPH 4333.

Preparing to write an essay exam (webinar), Monday, November 16, 1:00 p.m.

Citing Properly With RefWorks, Monday, November 16, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329.

"Religious Freedom at Risk? Islam, Europe and the Right to Act on Faith," Monday, November 16, 3:30 p.m., RCH 309.

WISE Lecture Series presents Professor Doris Sáez Hueichapan, associate professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile, “Design of a Participatory Model/Microgrid/Smartfarm system for Mapuche Indigenous Communities,” Tuesday, November 17, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

2015 Hagey Lecture featuring Thomas King, "Love in the Time of Cholera: Canadian Edition," Tuesday, November 17, 8:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Velocity Science: Brainstorming, Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., QNC room 1506.

Theatre and Performance Program presents Unity (1918), Wednesday, November 18 to Saturday, November 21, Humanities Theatre.

Imaginus Poster Sale, Wednesday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

International Research Partnership Grant Information Session, Wednesday, November 18, 1:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

Velocity Alpha: How Not To Run Your Company Into The Ground (From People Who Did), Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., EV3 4412.

UWSA Craft Sale, Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., DC fishbowl.

Imaginus Poster Sale, Thursday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Thomas Willett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program, “A tissue mechanist found in translation,” Thursday, November 19, 2:30 p.m., E5 2167.

The Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies presents a book launch, “Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education,” featuring Associate Professor Jane Nicholas and co-editors Tracy Penny Light and Renée Bondy, Tuesday, November 24, 4:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Library.

Ecosystem and Resource Management in Protected/Natural Areas Guest Lecture Series featuring Leonardo Cabrera, Ecologist Team Lead, Rouge National Urban Park Initiative, Parks Canada, Wednesday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., AL 105.

Velocity Fund Finals, Thursday, November 26, 11:00 a.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

WaterTalks Lecture featuring John ReynoldsProfessor of Aquatic Ecology and Conservation, Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Aquatic Conservation, Simon Fraser University, “Salmon-fuelled ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest.” Thursday, November 26, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Gender and Equity Scholarship Series featuring Dan Brown, Cheriton School of Computer Science and Cecilia Cotton, Statistics and Actuarial Science, “What’s wrong with a recent paper on sexist behaviour in video games?” Tuesday, December 8, 11:30 a.m., MC 5501

University of Waterloo Staff Association presents Winterfest 2015, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Columbia Icefield.

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