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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Order your Treat-A-Grams starting today

60th Anniversary cake pops.

A message from the Office of Advancement

Treat-a-Gram is back and better than ever! That’s because this year, we’ve added a special cake pop in honour of Waterloo’s 60th anniversary!

The online store opens today, and all treats will be delivered February 14. Who knows, your treat could even be hand-delivered by our very own President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur.

You can choose from a single cake pop, a “bouquet” of three different cake pops, a gluten-free vegan treat, or a special postcard. Personalize your choice with a heartfelt message to the lucky recipient.

Proceeds will support student wellness initiatives delivered by the Student Success Office, Health Services and Athletics. So come out and support a great cause and treat your friends and colleagues to a delicious Treat-a-Gram!

Premier visits campus for social event tonight

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, will be in Waterloo Region to host a town hall and social where students, faculty, and members of the Waterloo community are welcome to attend today.

A map of the Wilfrid Laurier campus.Waterloo is one of the Premier’s stops on her week-long tour of Ontario universities to discuss the recent adjustments to OSAP and student financial aid. The town hall will take place at Wilfrid Laurier University’s student concourse area in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The premier will follow up the town hall by attending a social event at the Bombshelter Pub located in Waterloo's Student Life Centre from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At this time she will be available to mingle, answer questions, and take photos.  

60th anniversary gets a west coast kick-off

The scene at the University's Vancouver event.

As part of the celebrations for the University of Waterloo’s 60th anniversary year, President and Vice-Chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur, was honoured to celebrate 60 years of innovation with 150 alumni, students, and partners in Vancouver on Thursday, January 19.

Hosted by Vice President of Advancement, Joanne Shoveller, the event highlighted the impact Waterloo has had on higher education over the last 60 years, while empowering guests to envision the Waterloo of the future. Guests had the opportunity to hear remarks from David Cory, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing, and faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.

Held at Science World at the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver, BC, the 60th anniversary celebration also coincided with the launch of the cross-country tour of QUANTUM: The Exhibition. Attendees had the opportunity for an exclusive sneak peek at the interactive exhibition designed by Waterloo’s own Institute for Quantum Computing for Innovation150: a national partnership, offering awe-inspiring experiences for youth, families, and communities for Canada’s 150th year.

The University was proud to bring its west coast community together for this unique experience to champion the last 60 years at Waterloo and 150 years of Canadian innovation. The continued dedication and hard work of our alumni will ensure Waterloo - Canada’s most innovative university - enters its next chapter with confidence and tenacity.

This event was sponsored by Waterloo’s Affinity partner for home and auto insurance - TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. Check out the Vancouver event highlights, photos and share your University of Waterloo memories and predictions with #UWaterloo60.

Remembering Robert Snyder of 'Ma and Pa Snyder'

Professor Robert Snyder.Retired Professor Robert Andrew Snyder died September 27, 2016. Bob began his employment at the fledgling Waterloo College (now the University of Waterloo) in 1958. As an associate professor, he taught in the physics department, specializing in biophysics. He also served as the first President of the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW).

He took leave from 1965 to 1967 to teach biophysics at the medical department of the University of Western Ontario. (now Western University). 

In July 1967, Bob returned to Waterloo as a Professor in the Department of Physics, where he was instrumental in creating the department's correspondence program. He was also a member of the Society of Cryobiology.

Professor Mary SnyderHis wife, Mary Snyder, was an assistant professor in the Applied Mathematics department. They co-taught the first year physics calculus classes and became known as "Ma and Pa Snyder" to the students. Mary was the first woman to graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Science (Applied Mathematics) degree. She began employment at Waterloo in September 1967. She also became the Undergraduate Officer in 1971, advising and timetabling for 280 undergraduates, before computers were involved in the process. 

Robert and Mary retired together in June of 1990. Mary died in July 1996.

Tuesday's notes

TheGROOVE dance classes have resumed on campus in the winter term and are open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. Classes are held:

  • Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and
  • Wednesdays; 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

All sessions are held in EV2-2002.

The sessions begin this week and end the week of March 27, 2017.

Participants are asked to wear clothes which are comfortable for moving around (t-shirts, shorts, yoga pants). Shoes are optional, but bring water for hydration, and perhaps a yoga mat for stretching and relaxing at the end of the class.

Any questions can be directed to Cindy Howe (Cindy@uwaterloo.ca).

Professor Srinivasan Keshav.The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) Public Lecture entitled "Solar + Storage + ioT +LED = $30 Trillion" with Professor Srinivasan Keshav has been moved to Monday, February 13 in DC 1302 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following in DC 1301.

Keshav is an ACM Fellow, Cisco Chair for the Cheriton School of Computer Science, Chair of ACM SIGCOMM and Associate Dean (Graduate) in the Faculty of Mathematics.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Link of the day

The album cover for Pink Floyd's Animals, showing Battersea Power Station.

40 years ago: Pink Floyd's Animals

When and where

Grammar Studio Series, "Nuts and bolts: Basic grammar and sentence structure," Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.

MAREP presents "Paving the Way: Excellent Dementia Care and Support: A three-part learning series," Part 1, Tuesday, January 24, 11:30 a.m., DC 1302.

WICI Talk: Blake LeBaron presents "Self-Generating Economic Forecast Heterogeneity", Tuesday, January 24, 2:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

Welcoming A Year with the Saint John’s Bible, Ecumenical Service in honour of Christian Unity Week, Tuesday, January 24, 4:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University: Vanstone Lecture Theatre, Academic Centre - SJ2 1004.

St. Paul’s GreenHouse presents Environment Founders Forum, Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please register in advance.

KWCSSA 2017 Chinese New Year Festival Gala: Year of the Rooster, Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

CBB Workshop on Waterloo Intellectual Property Part 3: Copyright, Wednesday, January 25, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

Global Branding in the Digital Era, Wednesday, January 25, 3:30 p.m., EC5 1111.

Velocity Start: Find Your Kick A** Idea, Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Grammar Studio Series, "Putting it together: Advanced grammar and sentence structure," Thursday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Math Alumni Achievement Medal Discussions, Thursday, January 26, 1:30 p.m., QNC 0101.

Medieval Studies Lecture Series featuring Professor Flora Cassen, “Phillip II of Spain and his Italian Jewish Spy,” Thursday, January 26, 4:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s Academic Centre Room 1002.

Research Talks featuring Professor Joanne Atlee, “Detecting and resolving software errors,” Friday, January 27, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. Please register – seating is limited.

Noon-Hour Concert: From Vienna With Love, Friday, January 27, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University Chapel.

Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers and Innovators, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 

Master of Taxation Open House, Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 220 Yonge St, Unit 115, Toronto.

Weight Watchers at Waterloo sign-up deadline and meet-up, Tuesday, January 31, 12:00 p.m., EV2 1001.Contact mmfloyd@uwaterloo.ca for more information.

Grammar Studio Series, "Connecting the dots: Structure and organization," Tuesday, January 31, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Partnerships 4 Employment Job Fair, Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 a.m., Manulife Sports Park, Waterloo.

Noon Hour Concert: Russian Songs & Sonatas, Wednesday, February 1, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Hallman Lecture Series featuring Professor Diane Phillips, University of Canberra, “Fostering the Conversation: Creativity and Innovation at the Grassroots for the Promotion of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo,” Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m., AHS 1686.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model, Wednesday, February 1, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

World Wetlands Day, Thursday, February 2.

Grammar Studio Series, "Making it shine: Conciseness and revision strategies," Thursday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

World Wetlands Day public lecture featuring Ania Grobicki, Deputy Secretary General, RAMSAR, “From the age of carbon to the age of water- the role of wetlands” Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m., DC 1351.

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies featuring Dr. Kenneth Nafziger, “Melting the Boundaries of Our Being: Explorations in Singing Together,” Friday, February 3, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Bridges Lecture: Making Math VisibleFriday, February 3, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University. Registration link.

Gender & Equity Scholarship Series featuring Jennifer Clapp, “Bigger is Not Always Better: Implications of Recent Agribusiness Mega-Mergers for Equity and the Environment,” Monday, February 6, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m., MC 5501. Lunch provided. Please register.

2017 Grimm Lecture: The Holocaust as History and Warning,” Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

A Conversation with MP Charlie Angus, presented by the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre. Thursday, February 9, 1:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Hagey Hub Grand Opening, Friday, February 10, 2:00 p.m., Hagey Hub.

Moving Together: Toward a Theory of Crip Spacetime, Monday, February 13, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., Renison Room 2106. Please register.

Creating a Culture of Access for Mental Disability in University Space – A workshop for faculty and staff with disability studies professor Margaret Price, Tuesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC1301. Please register.