Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DataFest celebrates going beyond the numbers

Participants in the DataFest competition.

From May 5 to 7, over 70 students from across campus participated in the first annual ASA DataFest competition hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. The main goal of the competition is to have students collaborate and compete on a data analysis question that was provided by Expedia.com for 2017.

After intense data wrangling, analysis, and presentation design three teams took away the top prize for Best Insight, Best Visualization, and Best use of External Data. 

Congratulations to: 

  • Team SixSigma winner of  Best Insight.
    • Hudson Ash,
    • Chengtao (Tony) Zou,
    • Li (Jerry) Guan, and
    • Kevin Wang
  • Team Mr Goose for Best Visualization
    • Raymond Dinh;
    • Patrick Li;
    • Zixi (Jerry) Liu; and
    • Danying Xiao
  • Team 404, winner of Best Use of External Data
    • Jonathan Barenboim;
    • Shivam Sharma;
    • Ilia Sucholutsky; and
    • Ellie Feygin

Registration is open for fall 2017 graduate housing

A message from Housing and Residences

Spaces are going fast in Columbia Lake Village. Apply today for fall 2017 graduate housing!

Just some of the benefits include:

  • 4-month renewable contracts
  • Live in a safe, quiet, clean community of grad students
  • Close to campus with seasonal shuttle
  • All-inclusive living (utilities, high-speed Internet, community events)
  • Option to live in a 2-bedroom (CLV-North) or 4-bedroom townhouse (CLV-South)

For full details visit the Housing and Residences website.

Panel will deal with hesitation around menstruation

The Faculties of Environment, Arts, Applied Health Sciences, and Engineering are inviting members of the University community to the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Day at Waterloo to raise awareness of period stigma and recognize the importance of menstruation in women’s health.

“This year, the theme of International Menstrual Hygiene Day is Education,” says a statement from the event organizers. “At the University of Waterloo, our aim is to empower everyone through education to draw attention to the extent of the period stigma and lack of menstrual hygiene around the world.”

The event will feature a panel discussion with Professor Susan Elliott of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, Elizabeth Onyango,

PhD Candidate in Geography and Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Sabrina Rubli, co-founder and Executive Director of Femme International, and Amanda Jenkins, PhD Candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph.

There will be activities and free food as part of the event.

The event takes place on Friday, May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor foyer of the Science Teaching Complex. The panel discussion begins at 2:00 p.m.

Follow along on social media with @mhduw2017 and use the hashtag #menstruationmatters

The event is being held in support of International Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is May 28, and the HeForShe initiative for gender equality.

Tuesday's notes

We kick off a short week with a pair of ION-related closings at Bearinger Road and University Avenue as a final layer of asphalt is placed at the railway crossings.

  • The Bearinger Road closure begins today and will last approximately four days.
  • The University Avenue closure will begin Wednesday, May 24 and will last for approximately four days.

Similar works appears to be underway on Columbia Street as well as of this morning, but instead of closing the entire road, only one lane in each direction has been shut down while work is carried out at the railway crossing.

For more information, check the ION-related travel disruptions page on the Waterloo News site.

Also, when is Tuesday a Monday? When you are following the undergraduate calendar at the University of Waterloo, that's when! Today, a Tuesday, is actually a Monday class schedule for Waterloo students. "To balance the days, the loss of one holiday Monday class during the spring term will be made up by following a Monday schedule on May 23," says the important dates section of the calendar.

For the 616 undergraduate students who are scheduled to attend both Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University courses this week, this presents a bit of a headache, as students at Laurier will be following a Tuesday schedule.

Science Undergraduate Office closed tomorrow morning

The Science Undergraduate Office, located in STC 2031, will be closed tomorrow, May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Link of the day

It's turtles all the way down

When and where

German Language Film Festival, May 17, 24, 31, 7:00 p.m., Princess Cinemas. Waterloo Centre for German Studies for more information.

PhD seminar, “Reading garden: a case study of an in-classroom motivational game,” Diane Watson, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., DC 2310.

Understanding our brand, Thursday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., EC5 1111.

A conversation on leading a non-profit organization, Thursday, May 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Community Room.

Global Prominence and Internationalization Mini Town Hall, Friday, May 26, 12:30 p.m., QNC 0101.

Games Institute GI Jam, Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, QNC 2502.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, Friday, May 26, 11:30 a.m., Science Teaching Complex foyer.

Retirement Celebration for Lynn Hoyles, Biology Greenhouse Manager after 39 years of service, Friday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

NEW - BSIA hosting Consultation: Potential Canada-China Free Trade Agreement, Friday, My 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs Room 1-23.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 27.

SHARCNET Summer School, Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 4, Mathematics & Computer Building (MC) 3003 and 3027.

Retail Services Spring into Summer Sale, Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall Concourse. 

Special screening of Hidden Figures, Monday, May 29, 6:00 p.m., AHS Expansion Rm. 1689.

Working with our brand guidelines, Tuesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Retirement Celebration for Larry Marks after 47 years of service, Tuesday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Federation Hall.

Waterloo Women’s Wednesdays: “Mysteries of the Prime Numbers” lunchtime talk, Wednesday, May 31, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Grad House.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”,Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC quad.

Eye Talks: Your Vision is Our Vision public education event and open house, Saturday, June 3, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., School of Optometry & Vision Science. Registration required.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m.,  NH 3407.

Velocity Start: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, “Legal and accounting considerations that will affect your startup,” Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Problem Pitch Competition, Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m., Quantum-Nano Centre Room 0101.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Friday, June 9, 9:00 a.m., NH 3318.

Spring Convocation, Tuesday, June 13 to Saturday, June 17.

Distinguished Lecture Series, “Algorand, a new public ledger,” Silvio Micali, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Banting postdoctoral fellowship preliminary applications due, Wednesday, June 14.

Biology presents a public lecture by Steven Scherer, "Decoding 10,000 Whole Genome Sequences Towards Understanding Autism," Wednesday, June 14, 3:00 p.m., STC 0060.

Cryptography, Security, and Privacy Colloquium, “Average-case fine-grained hardness, and what to do with it,” Prashant Nalini Vasudevan, PhD candidate, MIT, Friday, June 16, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., DC 2585.

Senate meeting, Monday, June 19, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Göran Andersson, "Research Challenges of the Future Electric Power System," Monday, June 19, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142. 

PhD seminar, A biologically constrained model of semantic memory search,” Ivana Kajić, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m., DC 2310.