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Monday, May 16, 2016


Save the date for the Keystone Picnic!

Keystone Picnic poster.

A message from the Keystone Campaign.

Faculty, staff and retirees are warmly invited to the 15th annual Keystone Picnic. Join us on Friday, June 3, for live entertainment, a fabulous new lunch menu, freshly spun cotton candy and our ever-popular dunk tank.

  • Date: Friday, June 3
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: DC Quad 

We’ll also have a picnic for our evening staff from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Life Centre.

Celebrating our campus community, the Keystone Picnic recognizes our faculty, staff and retirees for their generous support as donors and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We’ll be giving away some great prizes, including a $100 gift card for UpTown Waterloo. To enter your name in the draw, visit the Keystone Picnic trivia page and answer our six questions about the Keystone Campaign.

Keystone donors — a save-the-date postcard will arrive in your mailbox soon. Remember to wear the sticker that comes with the card; we’ll be handing out prizes in the daytime and the evening!

To all those who give, thank you for making such a strong impact on our campus community. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on June 3.

Accelerator Centre celebrates 10 years

The front of the Accelerator Centre building, displaying its logo.

The Accelerator Centre will be celebrating 10 years of startup incubation with an official visit by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Tuesday.

His Excellency will participate in the Accelerator Centre's 10th Anniversary Open House event, which starts at 12:00 p.m. An anniversary gala is scheduled for May 18.

The Accelerator Centre opened its doors on May 18, 2006, established by the University of Waterloo and incorporated as a non-profit organization, and was designed to encourage the growth of high-tech firms and to act as a catalyst for the creation of new products and services. The initiative was the result of a multi-stakeholder partnership, with land and a portion of the initial operating funds provided by the University, and the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, Waterloo Region and the City of Waterloo providing the primary capital funding. The centre now counts Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, University of Guelph and several economic development and technology organizations as partners.

Offering office space, mentorship and startup services, the centre accelerates the growth of new technology companies and promotes commercialization of academic research. Chief executive office, Paul Salvini, also serves as associate vice-president of research commercialization in the University.

Since 2006, the Accelerator Centre has developed and nurtured over 300 early-stage technology startups, created 1,500 new jobs, and generated $500 million in revenue and funding. Fifty-one companies have graduated from the Accelerator Centre, and more than 85 percent of these companies have remained in Waterloo Region.

Following his attendance at the 10th anniversary celebration, the Governor General will visit the Conrad Centre, addressing the MBET students following an introduction by Howard Armitage.

Waterloo Unlimited students meet for change

Bardish Chagger and a group of Waterloo Unlimited students.

by Rae Crossman

Waterloo Unlimited, the high school enrichment program on campus, is currently hosting forty-four bright, motivated grade 10 students from across the province this week. Exploring the theme of “Change”, the students are attending lectures and participating in workshops, seminars and labs offered by all the Faculties. They are examining technological, social, political, and environmental change as they consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers.

Waterloo’s local MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger, recognizing the value of engaging youth in rich educational experiences, enthusiastically participated in the opening session providing a politician’s perspective.

The students, as part of their Waterloo Unlimited experience, prepared for the talk by critically examining the Minister’s mandate letter as issued by The Prime Minister following the last election. That directive calls for Ministers to institute “real change” in Canadian government. The Unlimited students delved into the details of the mandate letter and, in a respectful exchange, questioned Minister Chagger on the government’s commitment to political change.

Following the opportunity to dialogue with a cabinet minister, the students next turned their attention to the destruction of coral reefs as a consequence of climate change, as Ellsworth LeDrew from the Faculty of Environment shared the results of his research. On the agenda for the week ahead: Mathematics of Change, Shape Memory Alloys, Chemical Change, Fostering Peace, Plants and Civilization, Poetry of Change, and more.

Waterloo Unlimited offers exceptional high school students from across Canada a unique transdisciplinary enrichment experience. Many students, thriving in a stimulating educational community, return for multiple programs (grade 10, 11, and 12), each developed around a different theme and delivered by devoted and passionate educators from across all the Faculties. For the high school students the experience can be transformative.

Making a direct connection to one of Unlimited’s cornerstones, intrinsic motivation, Minister Chagger gave some parting advice to the students concerning taking action for positive change, “Don’t do it because you’ll get credit; do it because it’s right.”

Monday's notes

The UW Recreation Committee is holding its annual plant and garden swap, "UWaterloo Blooms" on Wednesday, May 18. 

"Please bring your plant donations to the SLC MultiPurpose Room prior to 10:00 am if possible," says the note from UWRC. "Popular plant exchange items are tomatoes, sedum, forget-me-nots, and lily of the valley. Popular plant requests are hens and chicks, hostas, herbs, grape hyacinths, black-eyed susan, and lillies. What can you donate from your garden?" 

Seeds will also be available at no charge. Other garden items, such as pots, hand tools, and garden magazines are welcome. Liquid plant fertilizer will also be available.

The Registrar's Office has informed undergraduate students that they can request their Fall 2016 course selections anytime during the Course Selection Period, which runs from May 20 to May 30.

Students can request their fall course selections through their Quest account using the course selection process web page's step-by-step instructions.

Depending on a student's program, plan or major, core and required courses will be placed into his or her course list, which can be adjusted during the drop/add period from July 25 to September 21. Courses can be dropped without penalty until September 28.

Students are invited to contact their academic advisor if they have questions

Link of the day

50 years ago: The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds

When and where

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.

Student Leadership Program (SLP) workshops, Round 1 registration begins Monday, May 16, 9 a.m.

Research Seminar: Leonard Salmena, UofT Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Characterizing a novel phosphoinositide signalling mechanism regulating LSC maintenance in AML”, Monday May 16, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

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.

Accelerator Centre 10th Anniversary event, Tuesday, March 17, 12:00 p.m., Accelerator Centre.

Sabbaticals 101 with Nancy Matthews, Tuesday, May 17, noon to 1:00 p.m., MC5501 (formerly MC5158).  

Author Event with Professor Larry Smith - "No Fears No Excuses" book launch, Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

UWaterloo Blooms, Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Résumé tips, Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.

UWRC Book Club featuring Lori Lansens, “The Mountain Story,” Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Library workshop: Introduction to ArcGIS, Wednesday, May 18, 2:00 p.m., LIB 329.

Velocity Start and South Side Marketplace Grand Opening, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Study Strategies, Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.

UW Retirees' Association AGM, Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Club.

Velocity Start presents Find Your Kick A** Idea, Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, South Campus Hall.

Caregiving for aging parents and other family members - Opportunities and unmet challenges, Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m., LHI 1621.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day celebration, Thursday, May 19, 11:45 a.m., Renison Atrium.

The Writing Centre presents Design and deliver: Practising presentation skills, Thursday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Kirkup Farewell Celebration, Thursday, May 19, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Communitech Kitchen, 2nd floor, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener.

Victoria Day holiday, Monday, May 23.

Waterloo Region MED TECH Bridging the Gap 2016 - Inaugural Meeting, Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus. Co-hosted by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB).

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.

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 30 to Friday, June 10, Quantum-Nano Centre.

English + Innovation celebration, Thursday, June 2, 5:30 p.m., Tannery Event Centre.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC quad.

WISE Public Lecture Series: Towards Sustainable Development & a 'Green GDP', Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

Effective cover letters, Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC 1208. 

International Archives Day celebration, Thursday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, LIB 131.

Research Seminar: Kathryn Mercer, Waterloo School of Pharmacy, “Connecting and engaging cancer patients in decision-making with physicians and pharmacists through electronic health records”, Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m., Pharmacy 1008.

PhD oral defences

Biology. Heather Dixon, "The Marine Feeding Habits of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L) in the Northwest Atlantic." Supervisor, Michael Power. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, PHY 2008. Oral defence Friday, May 27, 10:00 a.m., STC 2002.

Chemical Engineering. Xinyun Wu, "Conductive Cellulose Nanocrystals for Electrochemical Applications." Supervisor, Michael Tam. Thesis is restricted but on display in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3003. Oral defence Friday, May 27, 12:00 p.m., E6 2022.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Amr Ayed, "Comparison Between Empirical and Mechanistic Empirical Performance Models at Project and Network Level." Supervisor, Susan Tighe. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3003. Oral defence Friday, May 27, 2:00 p.m., E2 2350.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Chris Ladubec, "Computationally Efficient Extended and Stabilized Finite Element Methods for Multiphase Carbon Sequestration Modelling." Supervisor, Robert Gracie. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3003. Oral defence Monday, May 30, 10:00 a.m., E2 2350.