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Friday, February 24, 2017

Waterloo student to shadow Right to Play's Kevin Frey

by Carrie Gilmour. This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) website.

Adnan Khan.Today’s students are our leaders of tomorrow and Adnan Khan, a School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) student will be shadowing Kevin Frey, CEO of Right To Play International, as part of the CEOx1Day program. Organized by executive recruiting firm, Odgers Berndtson, the CEOx1Day program matches Canada’s top students with CEOs in key markets including Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.

Third and fourth year Canadian university or degree-granting college students can take their in-class learning and apply it to a real-world situation while gaining the tools and skills needed to start building their career. Twenty-one students will leverage their talents, as a way for the program to uncover some of Canada’s most promising future talent.

“I am beyond excited to meet and spend a day with Kevin Frey, one of Canada’s greatest leaders in the realm of social entrepreneurship,” says Adnan. “My personal goal is to improve the quality and accessibility of education for children across the world – learning from Kevin will undoubtedly help me bring this dream to fruition.”

“We are proud that Adnan has been selected for this prestigious ‎and worthwhile opportunity,” praises Tom Scott, SAF Director. “ The School of Accounting and Finance prides itself on providing an education that goes well beyond developing accounting and finance skills.”

Scott expressed his excitement for Right To Play International to have such an engaging student join them in their venture. “Adnan, with his interest in social entrepreneurship  ‎and his leadership abilities, is a great choice. It is a wonderful learning opportunity for him, and he in turn, will build on what he learns.”

Read the rest of the article on the School of Accounting and Finance website.

Water Institute partners with Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences

Water Institute staff and Chinese officials from a research instituteYesterday, Waterloo’s Water Institute and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU formalizes the commitment to continue collaboration between China’s largest environmental research institute and the Water Institute in water management research, education and training.

“This agreement brings two world-class institutions together to advance water research,” said Professor Roy Brouwer, executive director, the Water Institute. “Our researchers and students will work together to help solve wicked water problems for the benefit of both countries.” 

In 2013, the Water Institute was introduced to CRAES by Environment and Climate Change Canada under the auspices of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Environmental Co-operation (JCEC). The JCEC was established as the key collaborative mechanism under the Canada-China Environment Action Plan signed in 1999. 

Since 2014, the two organizations have convened several workshops to identify common areas of research interest. Particularly, they have focused on interdisciplinary opportunities where the fields of water science, engineering, economics and governance could play a combined role in addressing water priority issues.

“This is a valued partnership of two organizations that pursue excellence in teaching and research in the water sector,” said Brouwer. “We both seek out innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to global water challenges that have the potential to impact local environmental conditions and livelihoods and sustain water use and availability into the future.”

In May 2015, a delegation of 10 researchers from the Water Institute participated in the first Sino-Canadian Water Environment Workshop in Hangzhou, China with officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada and CRAES. After this meeting, Canada and China adopted the 2015-2017 China-Canada Bilateral Workplan which identified CRAES and the Water Institute as respective Chinese and Canadian lead contact agencies under the water management theme. The Water Institute was the only non-governmental organization identified as a lead contact in the workplan. The second Sino-Canadian Water Environment Workshop is tentatively scheduled for September 2017, in Ottawa.


CRAES was founded in 1978 and is affiliated with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. It is the largest and most comprehensive national non-profit institution conducting environmental research in China, with over 1000 staff members.

CRAES carries out innovative, scientific research on environmental protection with a focus on sustainable development at the core of its research. The organization has seven main areas of focus: atmospheric environment; cleaner production and circular economy; water environment; ecological environment; solid waste management and disposal; environmental safety; and climate change.

Tony Frost named AVP Marketing and Strategic Initiatives

Tony Frost Sandra Banks, vice-president, university relations, is pleased to announce that Tony Frost will join the University of Waterloo as associate vice-president, marketing & strategic initiatives effective March 27, 2017.

In his role, Tony will lead the development of marketing and brand strategies for the University and build relationships and networks across campus to continue to strengthen Waterloo’s global reputation. Working together with his team and campus partners, Tony will play an important role to help Waterloo achieve its ambitious goal of being recognized as one of the most innovative universities in the world.

Tony has over 30 years of experience in marketing in the public and private sectors, including the past 15 years in higher education. He comes to Waterloo from Fanshawe College where he was the executive director of reputation and brand management. Prior to Fanshawe, Tony was director of marketing and communications at Mount Allison University and, before that, associate director of marketing at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Tony has led comprehensive marketing strategies in the post-secondary sector, overseeing market research, brand architecture, policies and guidelines, text and visual creative, as well as the delivery of marketing campaigns.

He holds a bachelor of arts (Communication Studies, 2001) and master of arts (Communication Studies, 2010) from Wilfrid Laurier University. His Master’s thesis, nominated for a gold medal, was an analysis of consumption, identity and the branding of contemporary universities.

Please welcome Tony to the University of Waterloo.

Furries: inside the suit, they're just like you

Just Like You Except With Fur logo showing a person and a furry.

A Renison University College professor has helped launch an initiative aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding the furry fandom.

Professor Sharon Roberts is a part of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP). Roberts, an associate professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, launched the IARP’s site in April 2016 with her international team of researchers.

What is a furry, you might ask? You might have watched that episode of CSI several years ago that portrayed members of the fandom as a deviant fetish group who dress up in animal costumes, or have heard how furries occupy the bottom rung of the geek/nerd ladder.

But the truth is, according to the anti-stigma campaign launched in December 2016, they're just like you, except, well, furrier.

A typical furry in a fursuit."The term furry describes a diverse community of fans, artists, writers, gamers, and role players," says the IARP website. "Most furries create for themselves an anthropomorphized animal character (fursona) with whom they identify and can function as an avatar within the community. Some furries wear elaborate costumes or paraphernalia such as animal ears or tails, or represent themselves as anthropomorphic animals in online communities."

“The IARP’s years of research indicate that the furry fandom has literally prevented some youth from committing suicide, and yet furries, when known about, occupy a disproportionately but ironically, socially acceptable stigmatized position in mainstream culture,” says the IARP website. “These inaccurate portrayals, combined with the public’s unfamiliarity with the fandom, make many furries (reasonably) fear discrimination and violence.”

The anti-stigma campaign video series is available to watch on the Furscience website.

“Despite a history of bullying and significant social stigma, our research shows that furries benefit from fandom participation and interaction with like-minded others in a recreational environment, which is associated with greater self-esteem and greater life satisfaction.”

The research the IARP, Roberts and her colleagues has been covered by media including the CBC, Vice, and The Boston Globe.

Friday's notes

Brian Reid, Lead Hand Mechanic in the University's vehicle shop will be retiring on Friday, March 3 after 45 years. His colleagues will be hosting a drop in farewell session at the auto shop on March 3 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be snacks served with the “speeches” and ceremonial raising of the coveralls at 3:00 p.m. The retirement gala is taking place in GSC room 1122.

The next Waterloo local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Saturday, March 4 in MC 3003.

All members of the University community are invited to try their programming skills in Scheme, C, C++, Java, Pascal, Python, or Scala.

Full details and online registration information is available on the Waterloo ACM site.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the contest portion running from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by pizza.

There will be a practice contest in the morning to allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their accounts set up and become familiar with the contest environment.

The Bombshelter Pub, located in the SLC is open for business. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Come by for lunch and enjoy some of the great tasting drinks.  Tables of 8 people can receive 2 free appetizers.

Retail Services hours during reading week

Friday, February 24-All locations open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Bombshelter Pub opens for business today

Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Link of the day

89th Academy Awards on Sunday

When and where

Carpool Month, February 1 to February 28.

Reading Week, Monday, February 20 to Friday, February 24.

Water Institute lecture, “From Uncertainty Quantification to Hypothesis-Testing in Hydrological Application: Review of recent advances”, Friday, February 24, 1:30 p.m., E2 2350.

Hagey Bonspiel, Saturday, February 25, 8:40 a.m., Ayr Curling Club, Ayr.

Velocity Fund $25K applications close, Saturday, February 25, 11:59 p.m. Apply.

The Blanket Exercise, Sunday, February 26, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., St. Jerome's Vanstone Lecture Hall (SJ2 1004).

Centre for Mental Health Research Public Talk, “Mental Health in Childhood,” Sunday, February 26, 2:00 p.m., Waterloo Public Library Main Branch.

Senate meeting, Monday, February 27, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Velocity Fund $5K pitch signups open, Monday, February 27. Signup.

Student Success Office presents Note Taking, Tuesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m., SCH 108A.

Building a Global Low Carbon Economy Piece by Peace, Tuesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Schlegel Community Education Room.

Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dana Porter Library Flex Lab (LIB329).

Pickling workshop, Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Arts Lecture 208.

Velocity Start: How to Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

World’s Challenge Challenge UWaterloo, Thursday, March 2, Location & Time TBD.

School of Architecture Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Azra Akšamija, “Mosque Manifesto: Propositions for Spaces of Coexistence,” Thursday, March 2, 6:00 p.m., Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

Dr. Vershawn Young & Dr. Frankie Condon book launch, "Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication", Thursday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., Book Store, SCH.

Retirement celebration for Brian Reid, Friday, March 3, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., GSC Room. 1122.

International Women’s Day Dinner, Friday, March 3, 5:30 p.m., Federation Hall.

2017 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar Lecture featuring Dr. Mary Jo Leddy, “Room Enough For Hope: Canada’s Response to the Refugee Crisis,” Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall, Room 1111.

Local ACM-style programming contest, Saturday, March 4, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., MC 3003.

Arts Declare Your Major Fair, Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hagey Hub, Hagey Hall.

Noon Hour Concert, “Cello & Piano, Russian Style,” Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Bridges lecture: The Platonic solids as Tiffany lamps, art objects and stepping-stones to higher dimensions, Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., STJ 1004.

Velocity Start: Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

School of Architecture Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Stephen Gray, “Urban Design, Politics and Social Process,” Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m., Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

WISE presents “Gambling addiction - how to prevent it,” Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m., CPH.

Knowledge Integration eXhibition: KI-X 2017, Monday, March 13 to Saturday, March 18, St. Jerome’s University, Siegfried Hall Residence Wellness Centre.

UWRC Book club featuring Rhidian Brook, “The Aftermath,” Wednesday, March 15, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Noon Hour Concert, “The Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet – Birdwatching,” Wednesday, March 15, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 1, Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm, Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

Water Institute lecture featuring Diane Dupont, “Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay and Adverse Event Likelihood,” Thursday, March 16, 2:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

Arriscraft Lecture Series featuring Duane Linklater, "Artist Talk, "Thursday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 2, Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

Paving the way for excellent dementia care and support: A three-part education initiative: “Enhancing communication in dementia care,” Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m., DC 1302.

Velocity Start: The Startup Rollercoaster, Wednesday, March 22, 7:30pm, Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Hagey Lecture: “Memory and the Aging Brain,” featuring Carol Barnes, Wednesday, March 22, 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Daniel Alan Spielman, “The Laplacian Matrices of Graphs: Algorithms and Applications,” Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) finals, Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

UUfie - Recent Projects, Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m., Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture. 

Colourful X-rays featuring Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Karim S. Karim, Friday, March 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please register. Seating is limited.

Canadian Interdisciplinary Vision Rehabilitation Conference, Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, School of Optometry and Vision Science.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Identifying Critical Steps for Canadian Impact, featuring Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and his wife Dr. Sonia Elrich Sachs, Tuesday, March 28, 11:00 a.m., Federation Hall.

TD Walter Bean Lecture in Environment featuring Jeffrey Sachs, "Rising Nationalism versus Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development," Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.