Friday, August 4, 2017

Quantum-Nano Centre wins design excellence award

The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

KPMB Architects, designers of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, has received a 2017 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award for its work in designing the innovative building.

The jury noted the facility's glass patterned façade and how it organizes lounge, office and meeting room space around an atrium. The perimeter of the nanotechnology engineering component of the centre is supported by "an exterior structural steel honeycomb, which is suspended from concealed steel trusses in the penthouse. The pattern is inspired by the intrinsically stable hexagonal carbon structure of the nanotube, and allows for column-free office space."

The $160M, 285,000 square feet building was completed in 2012.

The building's distinctive stairwells."Two distinct programs are articulated differently, then combined through public gathering spaces that use light and a beautiful stair to make people linger," wrote the OAA jury. "Connections between levels and wings become places for the exchange of ideas—an aspiration common to many contemporary buildings, but one that here is achieved through thoughtful design in an extremely well-executed project."

"Locally, this project raises the standards of design excellence and quality on the University of Waterloo campus," the OAA notes. "Globally, it demonstrates the significant role architecture has to play in moving the world in new directions of interdisciplinary research and innovation."

University Architect Dan Parent attended the award ceremony on behalf of the University on May 26, 2017.

Photographs by James Brittain.

What's open and closed this long weekend

The University, by and large, will be closed on Monday, August 7 for the Civic Holiday. 

All Retail Services locations will be closed for the holiday.

All Food Services units are closed Monday unless otherwise specified on their website

The Physical Activities Complex and Columbia Icefield will be open on Saturday, August 5 but will be closed on Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7.

As always, the Student Life Centre's Turnkey Desk remains open 24 hours a day, and UW Police are available at extension 22222 or 519-888-4911 off-campus.

An exception is the Library: the Davis Centre will be open 24 hours on Monday, while the Dana Porter Library will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hours for all branches can be found on the Library's website.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Link of the day

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When and where

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

PhD Defense, "Morphological, Blood Flow and Physiological Retinal Changes in a Rat Model of Glaucoma," Bingyao Tao, Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m., PHY 308.

PhD Defense, "Free Space Quantum Key Distribution to Moving Platforms," Christopher Pugh, Tuesday, August 8, 9:30 a.m., QNC 0101.

New Faculty Teaching DaysWednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10.

PhD seminar, “Secure asymmetry and deployment for decoy routing systems,” Cecylia Bocovich, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Thursday, August 10, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 2310.

Ontario Mennonite Music CampWednesday, August 9 to Friday, August 25, Conrad Grebel University College.

PhD Defense, "Cosmological bean plasma instabilities," Mohamad Shalaby, Friday, August 11, 1:00 p.m., PHY 352. 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, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register online.

Retirement celebration for Kevin Oberle and Marg Stephenson, Wednesday, August 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Federation Hall. RSVP to Liz Doede -

Stargazing Party and Black Holes Lecture, Wednesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. (lecture) to 10:30 p.m., OPT 347 and Columbia Fields 3 and 4. Register online.

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

PhD Defense, "Cosmological bean plasma instabilities," Mohamad Shalaby, Friday, August 11, 1:00 p.m., PHY 352.

PhD Defense, "Exploration of Higher-Order Quantum Interference Landscapes," Sascha Agne, Monday, August 14, 2:00 p.m., QNC 1201.

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

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing, Monday August 21, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Village 1 Green. Registration required to get eclipse glasses.

Deadline for students to get “Fees Arranged,” Wednesday, August 23.

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

Fall Orientation, Sunday, September 3 to Saturday, September 9.

Fall Move-in begins, Sunday, September 3.

Labour Day, most University services and buildings closed, Monday, September 4.

Co-operative work term begins, Tuesday, September 5.

Lectures begin, Thursday, September 7.

Feds Welcome Week, Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15.

President and Senior Staff Luncheon, Monday, September 11, 12:00 p.m., Davis Centre Quad.

The Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2017 featuring Quentin Grafton, “Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure in the Blue Economy,” Monday, September 11, 3:40 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom, Kitchener.

Deadline to submit nominations for the President's Community Impact Awards, Friday, September 15.

NEW - WaterTalk: Emerging Outcomes From a Cross-Disciplinary Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems, Friday, September 15, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

PhD oral defences

Philosophy. Ashley Keefner, "How Prejudice Affects the Study of Animal Minds." Supervisor, Paul Thagard. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 a.m., HH 345.

Chemistry. Siyuan Wu, "Investigations of magnetic model systems using coupled cluster based approaches." Supervisor, Marcel Nooijen. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Tuesday, August 8, 2:30 p.m., C2 361.

Biology. Hossein Mehdi, "Multi-stressor impacts of fish energetics: a comparison between lab and field studies." Supervisor, Paul Craig. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Wednesday, August 9, 9:30 a.m., STC 2002.

Chemical Engineering. Pouyan Zamani, "Advanced Carbon Nanomaterials as Non-Precious Metal Catalysts for Fuel Cells." Supervisor, Zhongwei Chen. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m., E6 2022.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Yongchao Tang, "Superconducting Resonator with Composite Film and Circuit Layout Design for Quantum Information." Supervisors, Guo-Xing Miao, David Cory. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Wednesday, August 9, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142.