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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Gender equity research grant winners named

by Diana Parry. This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the HeForShe website.

As academics, we know that the best research is curiosity-driven, with individuals or teams chasing answers to difficult questions, motivated by a desire to know and to understand. We also know that research can lead to important social progress, and that societies will generally function better if the decision-making processes that drive policy-making paid better attention to research results.

Today, gender equity research is at a stage where curiosity has met social progress. We see this in the Canadian government’s $77.5-million investment to study gender-based violence. This research will inform Canada’s direction and action on gender equity for years to come.

This indicates that Canada may be ready for real change, and is making the important effort to base that change on sound research. UWaterloo is ready to be a leader in this process. The University has been committed to researching and addressing systemic gender-based inequity for some time, and in various ways. The latest example of this commitment is the second round of Waterloo’s Gender Equity Research Grants. These grants provide $80,000 a year to support research and scholarship focused on gender equity. 

Some of the funded research will be immediately actionable---for instance by providing evidence about what causes girls to apply to some disciplines and not to others, from Ori Friedman. While others research, like Greta Kroeker’s on the historical roots of rape culture which promise deep understanding of underlying social forces, can be crucial for lasting change.

Waterloo’s commitment to the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 framework provides a foundation for our leadership, but it is the individual passion and purist of knowledge that will sustain our efforts for generations to come. 

The 2017 recipients of Waterloo’s Gender Equity Grants are:

Nada Basir

Engineering 

Entrepreneurial Identity: The Role of Incubators and Institutional Conditioning on Female Entrepreneurs

Chris Bauch (Kat Fair)

Mathematics

Salary Trends in Canadian Academia: Impacts of Gender, Ethnicity, and Research Productivity

Ori Friedman

Arts

Young Girls' Interests in STEM Careers and the Motivation to Benefit Others

Bissan Ghaddar

Engineering

"I want to be an engineer because…” A data-driven study of gender differences in applications to Engineering programs

Greta Kroeker

Arts

The Reformation of Rape: The Early Modern foundations of rape culture

Kristina Llewellyn

Renison

Storying Women’s Educational Leadership (SWEL)

Shana MacDonald

Arts

Let Her Speak

Carrie Mitchell

Environment

Mentorship: Examining graduate students' roles in fostering female advancement in academia

Update on the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health

by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor.

I’d like to thank everyone that responded to my request for applications to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health.

We received a large of number of applications for panel membership from across the UWaterloo community. This response affirms the passion in our community for developing and enhancing the mental health and wellness environment.

Many of you took time to share your own stories of experiences with mental health concerns, either personally, or through close friends and families. 

Clearly, we have an active ongoing conversation at UWaterloo around student mental health and the committee will extend this dialogue and find new ways to take action.

The President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health finalized selections of the supporting panels, with broad representation from different facets of the University. The five panels of 20 members each are comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Students will provide a mix of undergraduate, graduate, co-op, non co-op, international and domestic voices. 

As part of a panel launch, each panel will hold its first meeting on July 27, 2017. The launch day is divided in two significant sections: presentations and planning.  During the morning, Dr. Mike Condra, a respected speaker and advocate for post-secondary student mental health, will provide orienting information to the group and they will also have the opportunity to learn about on campus services. The afternoon will be reserved for breakout sessions for the panels.

The panels, which are grouped with the themes of Student Experience, Student Services, Academic, Mental Health Experts, and Community partners, will each begin to address a series of questions posed by the committee. The results of these discussions are expected to form the basis of our recommendations regarding student mental health. Panels will continue to meet through the fall term.

This brief progress report documents that this is an active and vibrant process.  This level of activity is only possible because of the strong interest, engagement and commitment to follow-through demonstrated by many members of the UWaterloo community. To learn more about the advisory committee and its terms of reference, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/mental-health-wellness/terms-reference.

Wednesday's notes

Construction fencing up at the Student Life Centre.

There will be some temporary door closures at the Student Life Centre on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27.

The exit/entrances at Subway, Campus Bubble, and the courtyard exits at Brubaker's and at Campus Bubble will be temporarily closed as a new pathway is constructed.

The pathway between the Student Life Centre and the Quantum-Nano Centre along the Bombshelter patio will also be closed. Temporary doorways at Campus Bubble are also being constructed.

Please use the SLC entrances near the Turnkey Desk, Ring Road, or at Brubaker's.Those doorways, and exit/entrance near the loading dock, are not affected by the construction.

Spotters from Bondfield Construction will be present to monitor foot traffic. If there is an emergency, Bondfield will direct the public out of the exits along a safe pathway between the SLC and the PAC. The doors should reopen Thursday afternoon or evening. The new pathway will be paved late Thursday or Friday.

In case you needCanada Geese atop the Tatham Centre.ed any reminder of who really runs this University, Louise Buhlman of Co-operative Education and Career Action snapped this picture of our feathered overlords keeping a watch over their domain atop the Tatham Centre this morning.

Human Resources is reporting that retiree Fred Lutz died on June 25. Lutz joined the University in October 1965 and retired in January 1993 as a truck driver in Plant Operations. He is survived by his spouse Anne. 

Link of the day

10 years ago: Flight of the Conchords

When and where

The University Club presents Lobsterlicious, Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Pre-examination study days, Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27.

Women in Physics Canada Conference, Wednesday, July 26 to Friday, July 28, QNC 0101.

Getting Published for Grad Students, Wednesday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Exploring Your Personality Type: (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), Wednesday, July 26, 12:00 p.m., TC 1113.

Waterloo Women’s Wednesdays: Lunchtime Yoga, Wednesday, July 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., NH3308. Beginners encouraged!

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “Making security sustainable,” Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge, Wednesday, July 26, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Bridges 2017 Conference, Thursday, July 27 to Monday, July 31.

Bridges Conference and UWAG present PASSAGE + OBSTACLE, Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, East Campus Hall.

SHAD Open Day Exhibits, Thursday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall

GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase, Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., St. Paul's Alumni Hall. All welcome! Register here.

Examination period begins, Friday, July 28.

UWRC presents Mental Health in Childhood and Parenting, Friday, July 28, 12:00 p.m., STC 0040.

Bridges 2017 Formal Music Night, Saturday, July 29, 8:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Bridges 2017 Family Day and Math-Art Expo, Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Davis Centre.

Conrad Grebel Peace Camp, Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.

Conversation Café, Monday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., SCH 219.

More Feet on the Ground Mental Health training, Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 a.m., Counselling Services.

WISE Public Lecture Series featuring Mahdi Shahbakhti, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Tech, "Physics-based Control of Energy Systems Ranging from Smart Buildings and Power Grid to Smart Hybrid Electric Vehicles," Wednesday, August 2, 10:30 a.m., CPH 3681. Register online.

UWRC presents Advance Care Planning, Wednesday, August 2, 12:00 p.m., MC 5501.

Employee-Explore your personality type: Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Wednesday, August 2, TC 1113. - Please note, you must sign up for the session on July 26 as this is a follow up session to that one.

NEW – New Faculty Teaching Days, Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10.

NEW - Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Wednesday, August 9 to Friday, August 25, Conrad Grebel University College.

Biomedical Discussion Group featuring Professor Patricia Trbovich, Academic Research Lead, UHN and Assistant Professor, U of T at University Health Network and University of Toronto, "Application of Human Factors to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety," Wednesday, August 9, 2:30 p.m., STC 1019. Register online.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 11 to Friday, August 18.

UWRC Book Club presents The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy, Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

10th Annual St. Paul's Golf Tournament, Friday, August 25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Glen Eagle Golf Club.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# - 2017-1794 - Admissions Officer – Registrar, USG 8-9
  • Job ID# - 2017-1801 - Associate University Secretary – Secretariat, USG 13
  • Job ID# - 2017-1632 - Director of Strategic Communications -Dean of Math Office, USG 12
  • Job ID# - 2017-1797 - Media Technician - Stratford Programmes, USG 7
  • Job ID# - 2017-1775 - Records Assistant - Advancement Services, USG 4-5
  • Job ID# - 2017-1786 - Registered Nurse - Health Services, USG 9
  • Job ID# - 2017-1799 - Technical Writer - Dean of Engineering Office, USG 10

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# - 2017-1793 - Administrative Co-ordinator, Undergraduate Studies – History, USG 5
  • Job ID# - 2017-1769 - Co-op Special Programs Manager - Coop Education & Career Action, USG 10