Friday, May 26, 2017

UWaterloo Scholar now available

A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST)

Information Systems & Technology is pleased to announce the launch of UWaterloo Scholar, a dynamic, customizable personal website service for faculty and researchers at the University of Waterloo.

This new service will allow faculty members and researchers to quickly and easily build personal websites using an interface that is logical and intuitive, and does not require previous programming or coding experience.

Faculty and Researcher sites deliver a secure, professional environment for the promotion of academic work and achievements, while fostering online collaboration opportunities and providing an enhanced end-user experience for site visitors.

The easy to use site tools and features allow users to self-manage their content, creating site sections unique to their needs. Faculty and researcher personal sites are offered on a self-serve basis and are built using the WatIAM of the faculty member or researcher. The Web Resources site has documentation for UWaterloo Scholar users.

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Outstanding performance award winners named

"Effective May 1, 2005, in accordance with the 2003 Faculty Salary Settlement, the University of Waterloo established an Outstanding Performance Fund to reward faculty members for outstanding contribution in teaching and scholarship," writes Vice-President, Academic & Provost Ian Orchard. "I am very pleased to announce the award recipients for 2016 and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them for their outstanding contributions to the University of Waterloo."

Applied Health Sciences                        

Lora Giangregorio; Corey Johnson; Scott Leatherdale; JoonWu Lee; Marina Mourtzakis; Steven Mock; and Elena Neiterman.


Sheila Ager; Karen Collins; Philip Curry; Bruce Dadey; Robert Danisch; David DeVidi; Vince Di Ruzza; Jay Dolmage; Richard Eibach; Ori Friedman; Jennifer Harris; Heather Henderson; Svetlana Kaminskaia; Alice Kuznair; Elise Lepage; Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher; David Moscovitch; Guy Poirier; Julia Roberts; John Turri; Paul Wehr; and Heather Whiteside.


Hany Aziz; Dayan Ban; Adrian Blackwell; Eline Boghaert; Catherine Burns; David Brush; Michael Collins; Sebastian Fischmeister; Michael Fowler; Lukasz Golab; Guang Gong; Carl Haas; Ada Hurst; Marc Hurwitz; Kaan Inal; Igor Ivkovic; Hamidreza Jahedmotlagh; Patrick Mitran; Sean Petersonl; Simarjeet Saini; Peter Teerstra; and Scott Walbridge.


Rob de Loe; Susan Elliott; Peter Johnson; Merrin Macrae; John McLevey; Simron Singh; and Maria Strack.


Therese Biedl; Raouf Boutaba; Richard Cook; Khuzaima Daudjee; Brian Forrest; Christopher Godsil; Kathryn Hare; Mohammad Kohandel; David Landriault; Ondrej Lhotak; Johnny Li; David McKinnon; Francis Poulin; Pascal Poupart; Diana Skrzydlo; Chaitanya Swamy; and Daniel Vogel.


Monica Barra; David Blowes; Anton Burkov; Laura Deakin; Michael Hudson; Barbara Katzenback; Brian Kendall; Raymond Laflamme; Tammy Labreche; Sarah MacIver; Colleen Maxwell; Marcel Pinheiro; Pierre-Nicholas Roy; Heidi Swanson; and Nancy Waite.

Mini Town Hall on internationalization today

The latest in a series of Mini Town Halls will be taking place today at 1:30 p.m. in the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. The theme focus will be on global prominence and internationalization.

The mini town halls are organized to give an opportunity to members of the University community to learn how the Strategic Plan is being put into action as the theme leaders and members of the theme working groups present their progress and also answer questions.

Delivering remarks will be President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur and Associate Vice-President, International Ian Rowlands, who will provide updates on the internationalization theme in the University’s Strategic Plan.

The mini town hall meeting will be preceded by a Twitter chat that runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and features a subject matter expert. Join the conversation ahead of time on Twitter using #UWTH.

The mini town hall will take place in QNC 0101.

Ingrid Schugardt retires from Athletics after 47 years of service

 Ingrid Schugard (2nd from the right) with two of the former Director of Athletics (Bob Copeland, Judy McCrae) and current AD Roly Webster (far right)

Ingrid Schugard (2nd from the right) with two of the former Director of Athletics (Bob Copeland, Judy McCrae) and current Director Roly Webster (far right).

The longest serving member of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, Ingrid Schugardt, will work her final day on Friday after 42 years with the Warriors and 47 overall at the University of Waterloo.  Schugardt's 47 years is the second longest term of any employee to have worked at UWaterloo and departmental staff along with old colleagues and friends celebrated her distinguished career on Thursday afternoon with a retirement luncheon.  

Schugardt has been the go-to person for all administrative and resource needs in the department and has always been extremely dedicated, kind and passionate while performing her duties. 

"We are very fortunate to have had someone as hard working and devoted as Ingrid in our department," said director of athletics and recreation, Roly Webster. "Ingrid is someone who would brighten your day and genuinely takes the time to get to know each and every one in our office.  Her knowledge and expertise of everything that happens within our department will be greatly missed and we can't thank her enough for her outstanding commitment to the university and the Warriors."

Amongst all of Schugardt's roles, one of her biggest was booking road trips for our varsity programs, ensuring everything in terms of transportation and accommodation would go as smoothly as possible so that our coaches and student-athletes could keep their focus on their competition. In her 42 years, Schugardt booked over 10,000 bus trips (over 100,000 KM of travel) for thousands of student-athletes. 

In her time with the Warriors, Schugardt has witnessed many of the great moments in the history of the department including facility development/enhancements, brand refinement and championship banners. Of the 101 provincial and eight national championship titles the Warriors have won, Schugardt was a part of all but 14 of them.

"We will severely miss everything Ingrid does for us on a daily basis leaving behind some big shoes to fill but we sincerely wish Ingrid all the best in her retirement and hope she enjoys every day to its fullest," concluded Webster. 

LITE grant proposal deadline and other notes

Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant proposals are due on Thursday, June 1. 

LITE Seed Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 for educational research projects at Waterloo. Read more about the LITE grants program or contact Crystal Tse (, ext. 31240) or Kristin Brown (, ext. 32940) at the Centre for Teaching Excellence to discuss project ideas.

The Registrar's Office is reminding students that the Fall 2017 course selection period ends on Monday, May 29 at 11:59 p.m. Students who have not already selected their fall 2017 courses can still use Quest’s course selection process before selection closes.

Link of the day


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.

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.

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.

NEW - Water Seminar: “Machine Learning in Support of Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Quality Monitoring in Eutrofied Lakes”presented by Professor Nui-Bin Chang, Tuesday, May 30, 2:30 p.m., EIT 1015.

NEW - Beyond 60: GRADtalks - The Promises and Realities of Artificial Intelligence, Tuesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m., EV3 1408.

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.

SERS PhD Seminar featuring Christine Barbeau, “The Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Climate Change for First Nations Living in the Canadian Subarctic,” Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m., EV1-221.

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

NEW - PhD Seminar, Bidder profiling by acquisition and analysis of market data in water distribution industry,” Milad Khaki, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Friday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 3323.

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.

NEW - PhD seminar, “Adding mutation to dependent object types,” Marianna Rapoport, PhD candidate, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Friday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., DC 3126.

NEW - Velocity Fund $5K applications close, Monday, June 12.

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.

NEW - Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t? Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

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 12:00 p.m., DC 2310.