Thursday, March 3, 2016

Social Entrepreneurship in New Orleans

GreenHouse innovators Trishala Pillai, Elle Crevits, Benny Hua, Rachel Thompson, and Richard Yim presented at the Ashoka U Exchange, a global social entrepreneurship conference.

GreenHouse innovators Trishala Pillai, Elle Crevits, Benny Hua, Rachel Thompson, and Richard Yim presented at the Ashoka U Exchange, a global social entrepreneurship conference.

Five social innovators from St. Paul’s GreenHouse had the opportunity to speak at the premier global social entrepreneurship conference last week – the Ashoka U Exchange, hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans.

They presented at a panel called ‘Best Practices for Supporting Social Innovators,’ co-led by GreenHouse Director Tania Del Matto, Paul Heidebrecht, Director of UWaterloo’s MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement, and others.

“The novel element of our session was hearing directly from young social entrepreneurs who have experienced incubation programs,” says Del Matto. “Rather than speaking about their startups, they shared their unique entrepreneurial journeys.”

She says the session was packed, and the energy in the room was palpable. "Participants huddled around each student to listen to their stories, so the engagement was great. We heard nothing but good things about how folks enjoyed the session afterwards, so we were all really pleased."

GreenHouse, in partnership with Applied Health Sciences, Ryerson, and the University of Southampton in the U.K., was also a Cordes Innovation Award semi-finalist; these Ashoka awards recognize high impact and highly replicable education innovations.

Del Matto says the group was one of 20 semi-finalists asked to submit more information about international collaboration and student engagement in social entrepreneurship at higher ed campuses, but were ultimately not selected for one of the six awards.

Presidential Nominating Committee seeks feedback

"Pursuant to Policy 50 – The President of the University, a committee has been struck to solicit opinion with respect to President Hamdullahpur’s appointment to a second six-year term," says a memo from William Watson, chair of the Board of Governors being circulated today. "His first term expires at the end of June 2017. As part of this process, the committee is seeking informed opinion of the President’s performance from members of the University community."

"In assessing the effectiveness of the President, we are focusing on the University’s strategic objectives as captured in the institutional strategic plan, as well as the duties and responsibilities of the President as detailed in Policy 50. In addition, we are interested in your comments about President Hamdullahpur’s performance more generally, in areas of concern to you. We invite you to submit written or electronic comments to the committee, no later than 24 March 2016. If you choose to submit anonymous comments, please indicate your Faculty, if applicable, and whether you are a faculty or staff member."

Comments should be sent under confidential cover to:

Dr. Logan Atkinson

University Secretary & General Counsel

3060E Needles Hall

University of Waterloo

Waterloo ON N2L 3G1

or by e-mail to

"If you would prefer to make your comments orally, please contact any member of the committee by e-mail to make the necessary arrangements. The list of committee members and e-mail contact information is provided below. All comments – written, electronic or oral – will be held in strict confidence by the committee. Any comments communicated to the President will be without attribution. Submissions will be destroyed when the committee’s work is completed."

"On behalf of the Presidential Nominating Committee, I thank you for your contributions to this review process."

Members of the Presidential Nominating Committee:

William Watson


Catherine Booth


Diana Parry

Faculty Senator, AHS

Shelley Hulan

Faculty Senator, Arts

Wayne Parker

Faculty Senator, Engineering

Jennifer Clapp

Faculty Senator, Environment

Bruce Richter

Faculty Senator, Mathematics

Robert Lemieux

Faculty Senator, Science

Ian Goulden


Sally Gunz


Chris Read


Peter Frick

AFIW Faculty

Paul Salvini

Alumni representative

Murray Gamble

Community-at-large governor

John Lounds

Community-at-large governor

Thorsten Heins

Lieutenant Governor-in-Council Appointee to the Board

David DeVidi

Faculty Governor

Maya D’Alessio

Graduate Student Governor

Christos Lolas

Undergraduate Student Governor

#AskAPharmacist: On Flu Shots and Vaccines

This is the latest in a series of posts from the School of Pharmacy celebrating Pharmacist Awareness month. 

If yesterday’s snowfall is any indication, we’re not through winter yet! For that reason, it’s especially important to get your flu shot, and to think about getting your children vaccinated.

In today’s #AskAPharmacist, Assistant Professor Kelly Grindrod explains why it’s so important to get the flu shot:

Needles can be daunting, especially for children. Are you a parent who wants to get your child vaccinated? Check out our #AskAPharmacist playlist for some strategies to make the vaccination experience easier.

More pharmacy questions & answers coming next Tuesday.

Thursday's notes

The Warrior Men’s Volleyball team is off to the OUA final four for the fifth straight year as they battle the No. 2 McMaster Marauders in Hamilton tonight at 8:00 p.m. 

A Fan Bus for students has been organized, and tickets can still be purchased before noon today to reserve a spot on the bus. Tickets are $15 and include bus transportation, a game ticket, a Warriors t-shirt and bang sticks. Tickets can be purchased in the PAC Athletics Office or online.

Here's today's Nutrition Month "Myth vs. Fact" supplied by Health Services Nutritionist Sandra Ace:

Myth: You can cut back on sodium by switching to sea salt.

Fact: This is a common misconception but it’s not true. Sea salt, kosher salt and other gourmet salts have about the same sodium content as regular table salt. Since a high sodium diet is linked to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease, reduce your sodium intake by seasoning your food with salt-free herbs and spices instead. Since the majority of sodium in our diet comes from processed foods, reading labels at the grocery store and preparing more foods at home using lower sodium ingredients are healthy steps everyone can take.

Procurement & Contract Services on the move

Procurement & Contract Services is moving from its longtime home at East Campus Hall (Waterloo's original East Campus building) to EC 2 today.

For those who come to visit their favourite procurement person, they will find P & CS on the 1st floor of EC2.

Please be aware that there may be some interruptions in service during the move.

Science Undergraduate Office closes early today

The Science Undergrad Office (SUO) will close at 3:30 p.m. today for a faculty event.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," says the note from Science. "The SUO is located in STC 2031. Check the SUO webpage for regular office hours. Don't forget to sign up for our drop-in hours!"

Link of the day

25 years ago: Rodney King beating caught on video

When and where

Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University featuring Professor James Tour, Rice University, "The Origin of Life: An Inside Story," Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., STC 1012.

Waterloo Team Feds presents Comedy Series, Thursday, March 3, 10:00 p.m., Bombshelter Pub.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes: The Science and the Poetry”, featuring Dr. Madhur Anand, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Friday, March 4, 2:30 p.m., AL 113.

International Women's Day Dinner, Friday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Velocity Fund $25K application deadline, Saturday, March 5.

Further Education Boot Camp, Saturday, March 5, Tatham Centre.

WIMIn Ideathon, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, Hagey Hall.

Conrad Grebel presents The Music of James MacMillan, Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m., St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Kitchener.

GLOW 45th Anniversary Week, Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11.

HeForShe Arts Week, Tuesday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 15.

TheGROOVE, Tuesday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.,CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

Velocity Start presents Science Brainstorming, Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

theGROOVE, Wednesday, March 9, 12:10 p.m., CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

Noon Hour Concert: Stealth in Concert, Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Retirement Reception for Mary Soulis, Wednesday, March 9, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., University Club. 

Velocity Start presents Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Games Institute presents GI-IGDA Showcase, Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., East Campus 1.

James E. Curtis Memorial Lecture featuring Chief Wilton Littlechild, Thursday, March 10, 5:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Games Institute GI-IDGA Showcase, Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., EC1.

East Asian Studies presents a guest lecture featuring Philip Seaton, Hokkaido University, “Pop Culture, History and “Contents Tourism” in Japan,” Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., REN 2106.

Public Lecture: The Science Behind the Zika Virus, Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Bridges Lecture - Mathematics, Music, and Visual Art, Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University.

Student portal hackathon, Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m., STC 0060.

Pi Day, Monday, March 14.

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 11 - Design, Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18.

Code Squad Conference, Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18.

KI-X 2016, Monday, March 14, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV1 250.

Engineering Explorations 2016, Monday, March 14, 5:00 p.m., Engineering 5.

CV tips, Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 p.m., TC 1112.

KI-X 2016, Tuesday, March 15 to Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EV1 250.

Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (I.B.M.B.) Seminar Series featuring Prof. Emeritus Andrew Wong, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, “Discovering Deep Knowledge from Biosequence Data”, Tuesday, March 15, 3:30 p.m., C2-361.

TheGROOVE, Tuesday, March 15, 5:00 p.m., CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

Author event featuring Robert J. Sawyer, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Public Lecture: Understanding the refugee crisis - historical, local and global perspectives, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Auditorium.

TheGROOVE, Wednesday, March 16, 12:10 p.m., CPH-3607. Contact Cindy Howe for more information.

UpStart Festival of Innovative Theatre, Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifier - Night 1, Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

Velocity Fund $5k Qualifier - Night 2, Thursday, March 17, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre 0101.

Noon Hour Concert: Haydn String Quartet, Friday, March 18, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

March Break Open House, Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.

KI-X 2016, Saturday, March 19, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., EV1 250.

World Water Day Celebration, Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m., EIT Atrium.

Noon Hour Concert: Immortal Beloved featuring Colin Ainsworth, tenor and William Aide, piano. Wednesday, March 23, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, March 25, most University services and buildings closed.

Hold on to your brains: it's Humans vs. Zombies time

The Waterloo Science Fiction and Fantasy Club (WatSFiC) is hosting the termly game of tag with a twist next week.

Humans vs. Zombies runs from Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11. Game players join one of two factions - the humans, who will be toting Nerf blasters and tactical socks, and the zombies, who try to tag them and thus add them to the growing horde of shambling somnambulant students. It's not unusual to find stray Nerf darts on campus - evidence of desperate last stands.

Signups are be happening from February 29 to March 4 at various locations on campus, or you can sign up on the WatSFiC website.