Monday, April 3, 2017

Celebration 2017 initiative launches with committee, event

Celebration 2017 Legacy Project logo.

A project to leave a lasting legacy on campus in the wake of Canada’s 150th and the University of Waterloo’s 60th anniversaries is moving forward with the striking of a steering committee and the scheduling of the initiative’s launch event.

Celebration 2017 aims to involve students in designing an innovative and creative space on campus that will be enjoyed for generations to come, embodying Waterloo’s image as a hub for innovation and celebrating Canada’s spirit of diversity and inclusion.

The Celebration 2017 initiative is based on the University of Waterloo's i3 Challenge in 2010-2011. Today, the winning i3 design can be seen at the south campus entryway to the Waterloo campus.

The first step after the initiative’s initial announcement in January 2017 was to form a Steering Committee and develop its terms of reference. The committee members are:

  • Jeff Casello, Associate Provost, Graduate Studies, Co-Chair
  • Peggy Jarvie, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, Co-Chair
  • AJ Wray, undergraduate student representative
  • Ioana Dragon, Undergraduate student representative
  • Sean Maciel, Graduate student representative
  • Karen Hammond, School of Planning, faculty representative
  • Tina Roberts, Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment
  • Kristen Leal, staff representative
  • Harry Bakker, Executive Director, Plant Operations
  • Sue Fraser, Retiree Association

The initiative officially gets underway this week and will involve a three stage challenge that sees interdisciplinary teams of Waterloo students competing to design a space on campus where the current Arts Quad is located.

The winning design will be announced at the 2017 President’s Town Hall on November 14, 2017; the successful student team will win $10,000. Prizes of $500 and $1,000 are also available for the top teams in competition stages one and two.

A jury will be selected that will include representation from faculty, alumni and external constituents.

The initiative’s launch event takes place on Tuesday, April 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Bombshelter Pub at the Student Life Centre. Brief remarks will begin at 4:20 p.m.

Students who are interested in competing in the challenge can drop in during the launch to learn more about the competition.

Current students can bring their teammates and come to ask questions, or come meet up with possible team members.

Site maps and brainstorming resources will be available at the event. Free refreshments will be available while supplies last.

Members of the project Steering Committee will be in attendance.

Team registration forms and other bits of useful information are available on the Celebration 2017 website.

Profs get funding for research into collaboration

This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the Cheriton School of Computer Science news site.

Professor Jesse Hoey.Professor Jesse Hoey, along with professor Mei Nagappan and international collaborators, have received a grant for more than $850,000 CAD from the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) for their proposal titled “THEMIS.COG: Theoretical And Empirical Modeling Of Identity And Sentiments In Collaborative Groups.”

The team’s research will explore social and psychological mechanisms of self-organized collaborations, focusing on the open, collaborative software development platform GitHub. The team brings together the expertise of sociologist Kimberly Rogers from Dartmouth College (USA) and cognitive scientist Tobias Schroeder from Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany) with that of Cheriton School of Computer Science’s software engineer Mei Nagappan and computer scientist Jesse Hoey.

Professor Mei NagappanWith this funding in place, Hoey’s team will provide new data-driven theoretical insights into what motivates self-organized collaborations and determines their success. They will apply a computational model of human interaction that makes predictions about online interactions in a collaborative group. The research will provide empirical validation of sociological theory and formal answers to important social science questions about collaboration as well as generate novel research questions by expanding a theoretical model of small groups to the network level.

Read the full story on the Computer Science news page.

Margaret Trudeau: Changing My Mind, A Discussion on Mental Health

Margaret Trudeau.As part of the tenth anniversary of the Waterloo Staff Conference, a special evening event will be held with distinguished guest speaker and Canadian icon, Margaret Trudeau. Margaret brings her formidable life story to the stage in her quest to help others, sharing her message of resilience with the goal of helping to inspire others and to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Register for this event today. This event is open to both staff, faculty, and retirees.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Margaret will be signing copies of her book, Changing My Mind, available for sale at the event thanks to the Waterloo Bookstore.

A wine and cheese reception will also follow the event in the Don Craig Atrium, School of Accounting & Finance.

Inquiries about this event can be directed to contact Mark Lisetto-Smith, Coordinator, Communications & Events, Organizational & Human Development.

Photograph by Peter Bregg.

GRT buses run today and other notes

On Sunday afternoon, the Region of Waterloo announced that a tentative agreement has been reached with Unifor Local 4304, delaying any strike action until 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Buses will be running on Monday morning.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, will be on campus today to make a government announcement in the Bruce White Atrium in Mathematics 3 at 9:30 a.m. 

The Department of Athletics and Recreation handed out their year-end awards at the 57thannual Athletics Banquet on Friday evening at St. George Banquet Hall. Mohamed Yassin from track and field and Stephanie Sluys from women's hockey took home the top honours as athletes of the year. Check out the full story on the Athletics site.

Link of the day

20 years ago: Bre-X and the ultimate fool's gold

When and where

IGNITE, the 43rd Annual Senior Undergraduate Exhibition, Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, April 8, University of Waterloo Art Gallery.

Sustainable Campus Photo Contest, Monday, March 20 – Friday, April 21, across campus.

Green Office Energy Challenge, Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 21, across campus.

Lectures end, Monday, April 3.

Renison 2017 Used Book Sale, Monday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., outside the Lusi Wong Library, Renison University College.

UWRC presents Burnout: How to Get your Energy Back, Monday, April 3, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. 

Spectrum 28 event, "Zero to Hero: Steps to Funding," Monday, April 3, 3:00 p.m., EIT 3142. Register by sending an email to

Pre-examination study days, Tuesday, April 4 to Thursday, April 6.

Tenure & Promotion Workshop: Faculty Applying for Promotion to Full Professor, Tuesday, April 4, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Hallman Lecture featuring Professor Fabian Frenzel, "Slumming It," Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m., BMH 1621.

Home Energy Efficiency Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m., EV3-3412.

MDEI Online Information Workshop, Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m.

Tenure & Promotion Workshop: Faculty Recently Hired to their First Probationary Term, Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Webinar Info Session, Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.

Luther Year 2017: Did Luther Invent High German? Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library.

Waterloo 2017 Staff Conference, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.

Applied Health Sciences HeForShe Committee presents "Transforming Health Research," Wednesday, April 5, all day, Federation Hall.

University Club Staff Conference Buffet Special, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Faculty Applying for Probationary Contract Renewal Workshop, Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m., DC 1304.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Prof. János Vörös, Universität Zürich and ETH Zurich (Department for Information Technology and Electrical Engineering), “The non-specific binding problem and the diagnostics challenge”, Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 a.m., C2-361.

Faculty Applying for Tenure Workshop, Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

St. Paul's GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase, Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 p.m., Alumni Hall, St. Paul’s University College.

Paths to Success, Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Quantum Nano Centre (Room 2502). Please register.

Faculty Association Spring General Meeting, Thursday, April 6, 12:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Women: Public lecture by Dr. Jean Kilbourne, hosted by the SMF Department and St. Jerome’s HeForShe, Thursday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall SJ2 1004.

Professional School Interviews – MMI, Thursday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., TC - William M. Tatham Centre room 2218.

UWaterloo Pharmacy Administration Interviews, Thursday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., TC - William M. Tatham Centre room 2218

SMF Research Symposium, Multidisciplinary presentations on sexuality, relationships, and family, hosted by the SMF Department, Thursday, April 6, 8:30 a.m., St. Jerome’s University, Academic Centre (SJ2), registration required.

NEW - MBET Information Session, Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m., Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.

Examinations begin, Friday, April 7.

Online course examination days, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Fundamentals for writing your thesis, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Analytics Day 2017: From Data to Decisions, Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m., QNC 0101.

NEW - Staff International Experience Fund Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC1-1227 (Philanthropy Room). Feel free to bring your lunch. Some light refreshments (coffee and cookies) will be provided.

WaterTalks Lecture, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, April 14, most university buildings closed.

Retirement celebration for Sandra Hayes, Tuesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m., East Campus 1. RSVP online.

#PowerShiftWR: Transforming Energy in Waterloo Region, Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

WISE Lecture Series: Energy-Secure, Adaptable Housing and Infrastructure for Remote and Northern Communities, Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4333.

UWRC Book Club, The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee, Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Pharmacy Research Day, showcasing graduate student research, Tuesday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., School of Pharmacy.

NEW - Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, "Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning," Thursday, April 27, Science Teaching Complex.