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Monday, March 13, 2017

Driving medical imaging into the 21st century

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When fighting diseases like cancer and heart disease, beginning treatment sooner can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Often, the difficulty is detecting such diseases before they escalate to a point where treatment isn’t as effective.

X-ray technology is at the beginning of a digital revolution that will transform the Canadian healthcare system by detecting some diseases faster, more accurately, and with less radiation than traditional X-ray machines, allowing patients to begin treatment sooner and potentially increasing their chances of beating a disease. 

Discover how large area, multi-spectral digital X-ray machines are driving medical imaging into the 21st century with Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Karim S. Karim. This Research Talks session will take place at noon on Friday, March 24.

The series, hosted by the Office of Research, celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn more about some of the life-changing research underway at Waterloo.

Please register as seating is limited and registration will close when room capacity is reached. Feel free to bring your lunch – light refreshments will be provided.

Renison hires new academic dean

Professor Kofi Campbell.Renison University College has hired Professor Kofi Campbell as its new academic dean.

Professor Campbell is currently associate professor of English, Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. There, he serves as associate dean in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, and as director of the Master of Arts in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory program.

As part of his leadership for the master of arts program, Campbell spearheaded the transition from a single-campus to a multi-campus interdisciplinary graduate program.

"His work in postcolonial theory and interdisciplinarity combined with his considerable administrative experience have prepared him as a leader perfectly suited to the current needs of Renison," says a statement from Renison. "This experience includes offering leadership in curriculum development, student academic support, student recruitment, and long-range program planning with a multi-disciplinary focus, as well as his work coordinating the Laurier Brantford English program, and his service as chair of many committees and councils. These include the associate deans and deans group, the faculty hiring, tenure and promotions council, and the student petitions committee." 

Campbell's teaching and research areas of expertise include queer Caribbean studies, postcolonial literature, medieval literature, women's literature and gender studies, popular culture/cultural studies, science fiction, fantasy, and creative writing. He holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Ontario, a master of arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Carleton University.

Campbell begins his work at Renison University College on June 1.

Team #UWaterloo60 participates in Canstruction

Student volunteers and their can sculpture that spells "UW 60" and is formed in the shape of the number 60.

​A message from Community Relations and Events.

Student and staff volunteers from the University of Waterloo came together to celebrate the University of Waterloo’s 60th anniversary this past Friday by participating in The Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s annual Canstruction event.

On display for public viewing now at the Conestoga Mall until Sunday, March 19, Canstruction engages the Waterloo region community to use their talents to build a unique structure out of food that will support those struggling with food insecurity. In partnership with the Federation of Students Food Bank, the #UWaterloo60 team built an anniversary-themed structure made out of more than 1,327 canned food items. Offering two perspectives thanks to engineering and design advice from Waterloo’s Engineering Society, the stack of black and yellow cans look different from the side and the top, commemorating the University’s special anniversary and our rich history of giving back to our community. Be sure to also check out the build made by the Engineering Society students! 

We are happy to be sharing in a milestone year with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region as Canstruction Waterloo Region marks its tenth anniversary. Thanks to our substantial partnership, the University is proud to share that a donation of 1,327 food items from our #UWaterloo build will be given back to the Federation of Students’ Food Bank to help raise awareness of hunger and the need for food on campus. We encourage the University community to continue the conversation about food scarcity in Waterloo Region with #CanstructionWR and invite you to join us celebrating 60 years of building community with #UWaterloo60.

Monday's notes

Information Systems and Technology (IST) will be hosting an IST and Microsoft  Office 365 information booth this week. IST staff will be available in the SLC on Tuesday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to answer questions related to the services IST provides students including:

  • Wireless issues;
  • Virus removal;
  • Windows and Mac support;
  • and more.

Ambassadors from Microsoft will also be present with IST to answer questions related to Office 365 and the suite of tools now available to all undergraduate students. The staff on hand will also be able to assist with migrating student accounts from mailservices to Office 365.

Students are encouraged to stop by to ask general questions about IST services, and/or their new Office 365 account. 

Waterloo's Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Lab, located in the Psychology department, is looking for participants for a study that aims to better understand how the behaviours of parents and children can impact family life. The lab is looking for mothers and children aged 8-17 to participate in the study, which has 2 parts and involves the completion of questionnaires at home and tasks in the lab. Participants will be compensated for participation in both parts of the study. For more information contact the lab at or by calling extension 32053.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 will feature University of Waterloo history professor James Walker and celebrated Canadian author Lawrence Hill. Walker recently released the book “Burnley ‘Rocky’ Jones: Revolutionary” the story of his friend, the African Canadian human rights activist who fought for race equality in Canada. Hill is the author of the bestsellers “Illegal” and “The Book of Negroes.” The event is co-sponsored by the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and the Congress of Black Women-Waterloo Region, with support from Innovate Inclusion.

Wordsworth Books will be at the event, selling books by these authors. The event will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Link of the day

100 years ago: Russia's February Revolution

When and where

Medical School Panel, Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m., Centre for Career Action.

Translating Academic Experience to Industry for Master’s Students, Wednesday, March 15, 10:00 a.m., Centre for Career Action.

Exploring Your Personality Type - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Part 1, Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m., Centre for Career Action.

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.

Getting a US Work Permit, Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 p.m., Centre for Career Action.

Silver Medal Award Guest Lecture featuring Professor Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University, “Politics and the Right to Critical Thinking: My Time in Evin Prison,” Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 p.m., STC 0020.

Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) Practice Session, Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 p.m., Centre for Career Action.

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

Mitacs: Foundations of Project Management 1 – Day 1 of 2, Thursday, March 16, 9:00 a.m., Centre for Career Action.

Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Thursday, March 16, 1:30 p.m., Centre for Career Action.

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.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group, “Technology and Older Adults: Assisting Activities in the Home. Overview of intelligent systems to support aging-in-place.” Thursday, March 16, 2:30 p.m., STC 1019.

Water Institute and Department of Economics public lecture featuring Diane Dupont, Brock University, “Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay and Adverse Event Likelihood Priors for Public Utility Pricing and Infrastructure Decisions,” Thursday, March 16, 2:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

Law School Administrations, Thursday, March 16, 5:30 p.m., Centre for Career Action.

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.

Beyond 60 Public Lecture, "Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts". Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

Mitacs: Foundations of Project Management 1 – Day 2 of 2, Friday, March 17, 9:00 a.m., Centre for Career Action.

Résumé Tips: Thinking Like an Employer, Friday, March 17, 10:30 a.m., Centre for Career Action.

NEW - Knowledge Integration seminar: “Simple and Consistent”, featuring Ben Fanelli, EMPWR Foundation Director, former Captain OHL Kitchener Rangers, Friday, March 17, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

March Break Open House, Saturday, March 18.

NEW - Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Tuesday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., DC atrium.

World Water Day, Wednesday, March 22, Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis Hall.

Research Opportunities with Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., William G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC 1304).

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, 3:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Gendered Violence on Campus: Institutional Policy and Practice, Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., QNC 0101.

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.

Further Education Boot Camp, Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m., TC 2218.

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.

CBB Workshop: UWaterloo Intellectual Property Part 4 -Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Industrial Designs, Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

NEW - Conflicts and agreements: Canada’s foundations and their consequences, Friday March 31, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., STC 0010. Refreshments and displays at 6:15 p.m.