Thursday, October 20, 2016

Equity Office unveils inclusive washrooms

"Everyone Goes" is the slogan of the inclusive washroom initiative.The University of Waterloo’s Equity Office has introduced more than 60 inclusive washrooms throughout campus beginning in fall 2016.

The new inclusive washrooms include two types of facilities:

  • Fully inclusive washrooms are gender inclusive, single user facilities that are accessible and may include features like sharps containers and change tables;
  • Gender inclusive washrooms are gender inclusive, single user facilities that may include additional features.

The new washrooms are available in 15 campus buildings so far including Health Services, Engineering 2 and 3, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre and the Centre for Environmental and Information Technology. A full list of the locations is available on the Equity Office website. People can also find them using Waterloo’s online campus map.

Both fully inclusive washrooms and inclusive washrooms will be marked with a tactile and braille room sign that reads “washroom.”

The Equity Office is holding an event today to launch the initiative featuring Ayden Scheim, a PhD candidate and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in epidemiology and biostatistics at Western University, will deliver a talk entitled "From the washroom to the classroom and beyond: Transgender rights and social inclusion." Scheim has worked with transgender communities as an educator, health promoter, and support worker and conducts  community-based research focused on social determinants of health and access to health care among sexual and gender minorities.

The launch event takes place in Needles Hall Room 3318 at 3:15 p.m.

More inclusive washrooms will be added in the next phase of this initiative.
For fully inclusive and inclusive washroom locations visit the Equity Office website or check the campus map.

New process to disclose Intellectual Property

A graphic of a human brain with connected neurons.A new Electronic IP Disclosure Form for researchers to disclose Intellectual Property (IP) is now available.

As of today, researchers will be able to submit IP/commercialization information using a short questionnaire that takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Although the University of Waterloo is known globally for its unique creator owned IP policy that helps attract world-class research talent and drives the university’s entrepreneurial culture, it isn’t systematically capturing campus-generated IP data. Not accurately cataloguing IP and commercialization success is compromising Waterloo’s ability to respond to increasing numbers of requests from government and ranking agencies for commercialization activity.

To expedite a collection of IP and commercialization information, the form will exclude some types of copyright IP such as books, musical compositions, artwork, etc. These other copyright protected forms of IP will be captured in a future version of the form.

The electronic form has been designed to facilitate annual collection of IP and commercialization information as per the requirements of Policy 73. It’s important that all researchers, even those without IP/research commercialization information, complete the form by November 30. If the form’s questions don’t apply, simply select “None of the Above” and submit the form to meet the IP disclosure requirement.

Get ready to go orange for Mental Health Wellness

Volunteers wear orange shirts and pose with a mental health banner.

by Sandra Gibson

Mental Health Wellness Day is Wednesday, October 26 and reminds students, staff and faculty that mental health is a priority on our campus. This unified awareness campaign enhances the mental health support that happens on our campus 365 days a year and aims to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health support. 

The events associated with Mental Health Wellness Day 2016 include:

  • the Sea of Orange t-shirt campaign worn by staff and faculty and student leaders. Order your t-shirts today!
  • Share your individual photo or group photo on Oct 26th using the hashtag #uwmentalhealth
  • Third annual Spin For Mental Health in the SLC. Sign up individually or as a team.
  • The launch of the Mental Health Wellness video on October 26 featuring students, staff and faculty with the key messages “You are Not Alone” and “We’re Together”
  • Post-a-secret displays around campus where students, staff and faculty can write and post an anonymous secret or message that they would like to share with others.
  • Promoting the walk-in counselling option for students that have non–crisis related mental health concerns.
  • Occupational Health promoting Healthy Workplace and Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
  • Spread awareness in the classroom: Professors can support Mental Health Wellness Day by displaying the PowerPoint with the three key messages and showing the video during their classes on October 26. 

Writing Centre's 40th is about students

by Clare Bermingham. Today the Writing Centre is celebrating 40 years with an all-day fair, an afternoon reception, and the launch of our Speaker Series. We invite the University community to join us at these free events.

An email I received recently from a graduating student is celebratory. The student has won an award of excellence for his master’s thesis, and he’s grateful to those instructors who worked with him “to overcome challenges […] and improve the quality of [his] work.” The other week, an undergraduate student stopped me after a workshop to say thanks for the support and the opportunity to workshop her report in class. “I feel like I have a really solid handle on this now,” she said.

It’s always a pleasure to read and hear testimonials such as these. As the Writing Centre celebrates forty years, such messages affirm for me how much students at Waterloo value writing and communication. They demonstrate what we see every day, that our students are excited about their work. They want to figure out how to best communicate their ideas, and they seek out ways to hone and craft their writing.

Today, the Writing Centre is hosting a celebration fair and reception in honour of our 40th anniversary. While we’re thrilled to mark the occasion, this event really belongs to the students. Waterloo students are innovative and creative thinkers, and they push themselves to articulate their ideas when they write and design communications. Every day at the Writing Centre, we watch students work hard to craft and revise their work. We see them labour to make the words fit their ideas, and we see their smiles when they succeed.

Today, let’s celebrate our students. Let’s celebrate the big awards and the milestones that they work hard to achieve. And let’s celebrate the smaller moments – the clicking of an idea, the completion of a paragraph, and the successful revision of a tough paper.

Forty years is made up of moments like these.

Remembering Chris Hughes and other notes

Chris Hughes photographed while photographing the Faculty of Science at the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Chris Hughes, for many years the University of Waterloo's official photographer, died October 14.

Hughes joined the University in August 1983 in the Dean's Office in the Faculty of Environmental Studies as an EMIC Assistant, and moved over to Graphic Services, Central Photos as Assistant Photographer and Darkroom Technician in 1988.

Chris Hughes holding a camera.“Chris Hughes' contribution to the history of the University is inestimable,” writes Martin van Nierop, who served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the University of Waterloo for 25 years. “He not only chronicled practically every official news event that happened at Waterloo for more than two decades, he also took fantastic portraits and award-winning feature photos that enlivened hundreds of journal and magazine stories telling the world about Waterloo.”

Hughes' snaps of campus life were repeatedly recognized by the University Photographers' Association of America. Hughes left the University in May 2010, but continued to cover events at Waterloo as a freelance photographer.

"Fall Day," a photo of a campus bus stop with autumn leaves by Chris Hughes.“What I recall most was that Chris was a valued colleague and friend,” Van Nierop continues. “He was a kind, soft-spoken and conscientious guy who, no matter how busy he was, would always accommodate us and come to record the events that showcased Waterloo to the world. It was a pleasure working with him and I will miss him." 

"Many of his photos are still used today," says a statement from Creative Services, the successor department to UW Graphics. "Chris touched many lives at the University, from faculty to graduates, from behind the lens of his camera."

Here's today's Invisible Disabilities Week "myth vs. fact":

Myth: Learning disabilities are an excuse for people who are irresponsible, lazy or unmotivated.

Fact: LDs come in many forms and vary from person to person. People with Learning Disabilities often have to work harder, but the results may not show their efforts. Some may become discouraged because they have struggled so hard, and they may appear unmotivated or lazy. Learn more about LD myths/facts

Your medical information is private and should be protected. Today's clip explains your rights and responsibilities as they relate to medical documentation pertaining to an invisible disability.

University Relations hosting United Way Silent Auction

University Relations is hosting a live silent auction in the East Campus 5 foyer on Thursday October 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Gifts and goodies include a Bulk Barn gift basket, Starbucks mugs, and over $200 in gift cards from local shops in Waterloo. Drop by and place a bid!

Link of the day

25 years ago: The Apple PowerBook

When and where

Polls open in UWSA board of directors election, Tuesday, October 11 to Thursday, October 20.

Waste Reduction Week Quiz,
Monday, October 17 to Friday, October 21. Test your recycling smarts with the waste quiz!

Writing Centre Celebration Fair, Thursday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., STC Main Lobby.

Writing Centre's 40th Anniversary reception, Thursday, October 20, 2:00 p.m., Science Teaching Complex main floor lobby. Remarks at 3:15 p.m.

Equity Office Inclusive Washroom Launch Event, Thursday, October 20, 3:15 p.m., NH 3318.

David Sprott Distinguished Lecture Series featuring David Donoho, Professor of Statistics and the Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of the Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, “Factor models and PCA in light of the spiked covariance model,” Thursday, October 20, 4:00 p.m., M3 1006.

Waterloo Book Store Author Event featuring Nora Young, Thursday, October 20, 4:30 p.m., PHYS 145. Part of the Writing Centre at 40 Celebration and Speaker Series.

St. Jerome’s Reading Series featuring Fred Wah, Friday, October 21, 4:30 p.m., SJ1 3027.

Fall 2016 Convocation, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, Physical Activities Complex.

University Club Convocation Lunch, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22.

2016 Farvolden Research SymposiumFriday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

2016 Farvolden Lecture featuring Roger Woeller, Chief Executive Officer, BluMetric Environmental, “The Evolution of the Water Business from Resource Exploitation to Resource Recovery – The Challenge,” Friday, October 21, 2:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Hallman lecture series featuring Dr. Brant E. Fries, University of Michigan, ““Fries’” a crowd: Current studies of long-term care eligibility, payment, and poisoning,” Friday, October 21, 2:30 p.m., AHS 1689.

Professional School and Post-Degree Day, Monday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology Lab Tour and Networking Session: CCLRMonday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., OPT 350.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

2016 Gairdner Lecture featuring Rodolphe Barrangou, North Carolina State University, “CRISPR-CAS Systems: From adaptive immunity to genome editing machines,” Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 p.m., DC 1350.

Waterloo Centre for German Studies’ 2016 Grimm Lecture featuring James Retallack, “Democracy in Disappearing Ink: The Politics of Exclusion in Germany Before Hitler,” Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

Mental Health Wellness Day, Wednesday, October 26.

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability research seminar featuring Helena Shilomboleni, “The African Green Revolution and the Food Sovereignty Movement: Sustainability Challenges for Meeting Food Security in Southern Africa,” Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m., EV1 354.

Noon Hour Concert Series featuring Amy Waller Prince, Wednesday, October 26, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWSA Annual General Meeting, Thursday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Needles Hall 3001.

Hallman Lecture Series featuring Dr. Laura Punnett, Distinguished University Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell, “Safe patient handling: highlights of current research and US public policy efforts to improve safety,” Thursday, October 27, 2:00 p.m., Sun Life Financial Auditorium, LHI 1621. RSVP to Betina Butler,, extension 33513.

Federation of Students Annual General Meeting, Thursday, October 27, 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Waterloo Book Store Author Event featuring Nathan Storing, “Vital Little Plans: Jane Jacobs on Cities, Economics and Ethics,” Thursday, October 27, 6:30 p.m., Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture. Part of the Arriscraft Lecture Series.

Bridges Lecture: Pattern Finding- popular expression of transcendent ideas, Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University. Please register online.

Gem and Mineral Show, Friday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum, CEIT.

Civil Engineering and Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology Graduate Poster Symposium, Friday, October 28, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sedra Student Design Centre, E5. RSVP to Jessica Rossi.

Lectures in Catholic Experience; Families, Love, and Justice: The Vision of Pope Francis featuring Julie Hanlon Rubio, Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m., SJ2 1004.

Science Open House - Hands-on science activities for kids, Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., CEIT.

The Faculty of Mathematics and HeForShe present a public lecture by Brianna Wu, “Gamergate and the War Against Women in Tech,” Wednesday, November 2, 3:30 p.m., location TBD.

SJU HeForShe lecture featuring Erin Wunker, “Confessions of a feminist killjoy,” Thursday, November 3, 2:30 p.m., SJ1-3014.

PhD oral defences

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Mark Spanjers, "Biologically Active Filtration Media Properties: Practical and Mechanistic Implications." Supervisor, Monica Emelko. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Monday, October 24, 9:30 a.m., E2 2350.

Global Governance. Charis Enns, "Experiments in governance and citizenship in Kenya's resource frontier." Supervisor, William Coleman. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Wednesday, October 26, 9:30 a.m., BSIA 1-23.

English Language and Literature. George Henry, "That's Gold, Jerry, Gold!": The Sophisticated Contradiction at the Heart of Stand-Up Comedy." Supervisor, Jay Dolmage. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Friday, October 28, 12:30 p.m., MC 2009.

Accounting and Finance. Lev Timoshenko, "Can Elicitation Methods Increase the Precision of Fair Value Estimates?" Supervisor, Efrim Boritz. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Friday, October 28, 10:00 a.m., E5 3052.