Monday, May 29, 2017

Provostial committee calls for nominations

The Secretariat is preparing to constitute the nominating committee to identify the next Vice-President, Academic & Provost. As required by Policy 48, The Vice-President Academic & Provost, nominations are requested for the following seats on the nominating committee.

At least three nominators are required in each case. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Chief Returning Officer, Secretariat, Needles Hall, room 3060, by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9.

Elections will follow if necessary.

Questions may be directed to Emily Schroeder,, or you can consult the Secretariat’s website for more information.

The Keystone Picnic is only four days away

Keystone Picnic participants relax on the grass.

A message from the Office of Advancement.

Get your party on at the annual Keystone Picnic happening this Friday from 11:30 til 1:30 in the DC Quad.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll need to hand in your food ticket (emailed last week), which is also your ballot for a chance at some exciting door prizes. Speaking of prizes, don’t forget to enter the Trivia Contest for a chance to win dinner at Proof Kitchen + Lounge and a night’s stay at the Delta Hotel!

The always-popular dunk tank is back again this year, with a great lineup of colleagues who can’t wait to go swimming. More picnic details are here on the Keystone webpage.

Your donations and hours spent volunteering with the Keystone Campaign make such a strong impact on our campus community – thank you. See you Friday!

Event showcases Architecture projects

Logos of five Waterloo Architecture projects.The School of Architecture has organized two events taking place this week that celebrate the presence of Waterloo Architecture at the Venice Biennale over the past decades.

The first event is the opening of an exhibition entitled "Waterloo Architecture in Venice: Before and Beyond the Biennale," that takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Design at Riverside Gallery at the School of Architecture in Cambridge.

"Selected from Waterloo exhibits and projects shown at the past five Architectural Biennales plus one intervention into the 2015 Art Biennale, the work assembled at Design at Riverside testifies to the breadth and critical depth of research the School of Architecture fosters," says a note from the School. "Rich with prototypes, tests, photographs but also shipping plans, Waterloo Architecture in Venice offers a glimpse into what it means to research, plan, build, ship and install an architectural exhibition some thousands of kilometres away, from the shore of the Grand River to the Venetian Lagoon."

On Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., seven Waterloo Architecture in Venice Faculty will participate in a panel discussion in the School of Architecture's Main Lecture Hall.

"Philip Beesley, Adrian Blackwell, Anne Bordeleau, Donald McKay, John McMinn, Lola Sheppard and Robert Jan van Pelt will discuss the life these exhibits have both before and after Venice, addressing the conceptual, material and discursive implications of these different Biennale projects," says a note from the event organizers.

Report calls for Canada to decarbonize

This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the Faculty of Environment news site.

“If we're going to have any hope of reaching our commitments under the Paris Agreement or keeping warming below two degrees, then the de-escalation of fossil fuel consumption has to happen immediately.”

Department of Geography and Environmental Management professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, Sarah Burch is one of the coordinating lead authors of a scholarly consensus report released today identifying the urgency, barriers and economic opportunities for Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future.  

The cover of the "re-energizing Canada" report, with a number of complicated street signs.Commissioned by Natural Resources Canada, Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future represents the collective views of more than 70 university researchers from all 10 provinces on how Canada can make the low-carbon transition while remaining globally competitive.The authors identified social, political and organizational issues as the key barriers.

“Governance is crucial,” Burch stresses. “Low-carbon technological innovation is important, but the most pressing challenges are social and political. Unless we create the right incentives for people to use those technologies, unless we coordinate our efforts and communicate the benefits of this transition, we're just not going to get there.”

But the good news, according to the 60-page independent report, is that we can begin the process of transitioning using existing technology. And with government at all levels providing guidance, support and mobilization initiatives, Canada stands to win.

“With its uniquely vast endowment of renewable energy resources, Canada can seize the global low-carbon energy transition as an opportunity to build a major new economic engine for the country,” Burch says.

And from her perspective, the opportunities to make Canadian communities better through decarbonisation is the key message.

Read the rest of the article on the Environment news site.

Link of the day

World Digestive Health 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.

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.

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.

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.

NEW - Bike Challenge 2017, Thursday, June 1 to Friday, June 30, across campus.

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

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.

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.

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.

NEW - Group Bike Ride & Picnic in the Park, Tuesday, June 13, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Bikeshare station at Dana Porter Library main entrance.

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.

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. 

NEW - Bike Day, Wednesday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Arts Quad.

NEW - Algorithms and complexity seminar, “Settling the query complexity of non-adaptive junta testing,” Erik Waingarten, Columbia University, Wednesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.