Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Second Heart" project receives $1M investment

Lockheed Martin has invested $1.1 million into a research project that explores the design and feasibility of a mobile system that would reduce the work required by the heart and cardiac system for people engaging in a sustained period of exercise.

The investment was formally announced yesterday at the University of Waterloo’s Aerospace Defence Industry Forum, which featured speakers from Lockheed Martin Canada, the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

The Second Heart project, developed by Waterloo's Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, explores the design and feasibility of a mobile system for calf muscle pulsation. The intention of this system is to provide workload reduction on the heart and cardiac system for athletes and people with regular and sustained periods of exercise such as soldiers on watch or delivery personnel.

“Corporate investments and partnerships such as the one we have with Lockheed Martin make a tremendous difference in the strides we’re able to make in university research,” said George Dixon, vice-president, University Research. “We’re grateful and pleased to collaborate with Lockheed Martin on the Second Heart project especially since this project has evolved to a significant state of maturity.”

Beyond Lockheed Martin Canada’s support for ground-breaking university research, the Second Heart research also represents an integral project connected to the Air Capability Program – Tactical Industrial Regional Benefit Commitment. This program provides research and development support for new technology development through offset investments.

The offset investment supporting the University of Waterloo research project is part of Lockheed Martin Canada’s industrial and technological benefits obligations associated with Canada’s purchase, maintenance, and support of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were delivered in 2010.

“We are pleased to see that our Industrial and Regional Benefit investment into the Second Heart project has produced concrete results,” says Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Canada. "The success of this research is an excellent example of how collaboration between academia and the private sector can help transform ground-breaking research into technological advances that can be used in the daily lives of Canadians and creating the opportunity for lasting business growth in our economy."

Storytellers competition highlights human dimensions of research

This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on Waterloo Stories.

Research projects that aim to develop deeper understanding of human interactions has earned national recognition for two University of Waterloo graduate students.

Fatima (Noori) Khan, a Master’s student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and Emma Vossen, a PhD candidate in English, were among 25 finalists in The Storytellers competition. Funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Storytellers challenges graduate students to tell a story about the impact of their SSHRC-funded research in 300 words  or three minutes.

Emma Vossen.Vossen’s PhD dissertation in English examines how accessible games and gamer culture is to girls and women. Her Storytellers submission was about her vision for the First Person Scholar website, run by graduate students at the Games Institute. The site enables games studies scholars to publish their research in a way that is free, open access and written in a way that can be understood by those without a graduate degree.

“I entered the contest because I think there are a lot of very troublesome and problematic things in academia that we accept as an implicit part of our lives and culture,” Vossen says. “I wanted people to consider the implicit assumption that academic publishing ‘just works that way,’ and instead make them ask why it works that way.”

Fatima Khan.Khan is pursuing an MES degree in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Working with a collaborative research team, she is focusing on how environmental changes are understood by the people directly affected; particularly sharing the perspective of rural women. Her research site is located on the east coast of India where she is exploring how her interests are woven within changes in coastal communities.

“I noticed a gap in the research that had already been conducted in Chilika lagoon,” Khan says. “A focused perspective of women was not shared, and being a woman myself, this was something I knew I could connect with and wanted to pursue in my research.” 

The competition is an opportunity for early career researchers to share social sciences and humanities work on a national stage.

Read the rest of the article, and watch videos of Vossen and Khan's stories, on the Waterloo Stories website.

Tracking the success of Employer Information sessions

Students attend an employer information session with free pizza.

This winter, Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) hosted 114 Employer Information Sessions (EIS) throughout the course of the term. These sessions provide students with unique networking opportunities and employers a way to enhance their recruiting strategy and heighten brand exposure on campus.

In total, 8,318 students, 12 per cent more than last year, attended an EIS this winter and were able to connect directly with employers, gain insight into hiring processes, and learn about job opportunities in their fields of interest.

An EIS is a great opportunity for employers to meet students who might not have been selected for an interview, and for students to consider employers they may not have initially. This term, we saw as many as 70 students added to an interview schedule following an EIS.

Employers benefited too - 26 per cent of returning organizations saw an increase in attendance by 50 per cent or more compared their last visit, while 18 per cent of the info sessions held this winter were by companies who had never hosted an EIS before.

View the EIS Calendar to see which employers will be visiting this spring term.

Grebel president accepts call to lead Virginia university

Conrad Grebel University College President Susan Schultz Huxman has accepted the call to become the candidate of choice for president at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Susan Schultz Huxman."It is not easy for me to consider leaving Grebel—a school that I love and that is thriving," said Schultz Huxman. "But this invitation to serve EMU, an exceptionally innovative and healthy Mennonite institution back in the States, is an attractive match, professionally and personally, both for my husband Jesse and me.”

Schultz Huxman came to Grebel from Wichita State University in 2011. During her tenure, Grebel completed a successful capital campaign to expand its academic facilities, partnered with Mennonite Savings and Credit Union to open a new Centre for Peace Advancement, and celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“I am so very grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity to serve Conrad Grebel in a pivotal period in its history and to help advance its distinctive and attractive mission ‘to seek wisdom, nurture faith, and pursue peace in service to church and society,’" said Schultz Huxman. “Together, we have accomplished some extraordinary changes in this half –decade.”

EMU, the largest Mennonite Liberal Arts University in North America, will be celebrating its centennial in 2017-18. It is anticipated that Schultz Huxman will begin her role as its 9th president on January 1, 2017.

The Grebel board plans for an interim president while a search process is established.

Wednesday's notes

Doug Wright Engineering will be without domestic cold water and hot water on Thursday, April 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. as new valves are installed.

Doug Wright Engineering’s A and B wings and the Grad House will be without domestic cold water, hot water, and soft water on Thursday, April 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. during the valve installation. Hard water will still be available for washrooms and the Grad House during this time.

The valve maintenance in DWE carries over on Friday, April 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and hot water, cold water, and soft water systems in A Wing will be shut off. Hard water will still be available in the building’s washrooms.

Link of the day

International Cli-Fi Day 

When and where

1000 Acts of Green campaign, Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 22.

Waterloo Global Science Initiative presents Power Shift Waterloo Region, Sunday, April 17 to Saturday, April 23.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation Talk featuring Professor Tuomas Yla-Anttila, Helsinki Research Group for Political Sociology at the University of Helsinki, "Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks," Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Earth Day, Friday, April 22.

University Club Earth Day luncheon, Friday, April 22, 11:30 a.m., University Club.

Think About Math! workshop, Friday, April 22.

20 Minute Makeover campus tidy-up event, Friday, April 22, 12:00 p.m., EV2 1001.

Examinations end, Saturday, April 23.

Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) OpenAccess Energy Summit, Sunday, April 24 to Wednesday, April 27.

Deadline for students to get "Fees Arranged," Monday, April 25.

Vision Science Graduate Research Conference, Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 a.m., OPT 1129.

Science and Values in Peirce and Dewey: A Conference in Honour of Angus Kerr-Lawson, Monday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 27.

Mark Haslett retirement event, Tuesday, April 26, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. RSVP by April 22 to Graham Yeates at ext. 32281 or

Cultural Men and Natural Women? Gender and Development, Wednesday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

Water Institute Research Symposium 2016, Thursday, April 28.

Teaching and Learning Conference: OND 2016, Thursday, April 28, Hagey Hall.

Centre for Career Action staff panel, “You’re In Charge: Excel in Your Career at Waterloo,” Thursday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC 1351.

Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2016 by Jay Famiglietti, University of California Irvine, “Water and sustainability: 21st Century realities and the global groundwater crisis,” Thursday, April 28, 4:00 p.m., DC 1350.

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and Research Support Information Session, Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop, CTE759: Designing Teaching and Learning Research, Wednesday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., LIB 329.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop, CTE914: Teaching Dossiers and Philosophy Statements, Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV1-241.

Symposium on Aging Research, Friday, May 6, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DC 1301.

Writing Centre workshop, "Clarity in Scientific Writing," Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Writing Centre workshop, "Getting Published," Wednesday, May 11, 12:30 p.m.

Writing Centre workshops, "Creating assertion-evidence presentations," Thursday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.

Waterloo Unlimited Grade 10 - Change, Sunday, May 15 to Thursday, May 19.

Centre for Teaching Excellence workshop, CTE601: Instructional Skills Workshop (24 hours), Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EV1-241.

Writing Centre workshop, "Literature reviews for grads (Part A): Organizing research," Monday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.

Senate meeting, Monday, May 16, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Writing Centre workshop, "Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary," Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.

Belonging: Diversity, Community Capacity & Contribution - An Evening with The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 28, various locations on campus.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:

  • Job ID#3186 – Marketing & Recruitment Specialist, Faculty of Science – Registrar’s Office, USG

  • Job ID# 3190 – Cook - Food Service

  • Job ID# 3194 – Acquisitions Associate – Library – USG 6

  • Job ID# 3192 – eResources Access Manager – Library, USG 9

  • Job ID# 3185 – Assistant to the Chair – Combinatorics and Optimization, USG 5

  • Job ID#3187 – Information Technology Specialist – David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, USG 11

Internal secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo:

  • Financial Officer – Optometry & Vision Science, USG 10

  • Manager, Web Design – Marketing and Strategic Communications, USG 10

  • Computing Consultant (IST Communications Officer) – Information Systems & Technology, USG 9/10