Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Central Stores unveils hybrid service vehicle

Feridun Hamdullahpur stands next to the new Central Stores hybrid service vehicle.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur stands next to the Central Stores hybrid service vehicle.

When the University’s senior leaders were looking for a service-related department to consider alternative energy vehicles, Central Stores answered the call and has added a hybrid service vehicle to its fleet.

This hybrid van will be used to transport Central Stores staff around both on and off campus, primarily using electric power. The van will support Central Stores’ services, including freight and mail pickup and delivery, bulk mailing, shipping, receiving, office/departmental moves, event setup, and other initiatives.

Central Stores previously used a Dodge Caravan as a people mover, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was seen as a suitable replacement.

“In the service sector globally, there is a high demand for energy and fuel to perform daily tasks,” says Joel Norris, manager of Central Stores. “Currently, electric vehicles have a limited range, and in the commercial service sector they could be exhausted prior to the end of a working day. A hybrid vehicle gives a backup fuel source when the electric power is depleted, and if extra energy is required, the gasoline engine can take over.”

Central Stores has a charging station dedicated to this vehicle located at East Campus Hall.

Vice-President, Administration & Finance Dennis Huber, Rob McMurren of Central Stores, President Feridun Hamdullahpur, and Joel Norris, manager of Central Stores with the new van.

Vice-President, Administration and Finance Dennis Huber, Rob McMurren of Central Stores, President Feridun Hamdullahpur, and Joel Norris, manager of Central Stores with the new van.

Central Stores sees this hybrid vehicle technology as a way of extending the unit’s Green Initiative portfolio, which currently includes:

  • Campus E-waste Collection Program – electronic waste is collected, processed and made available to a contracted approved e-wasted recycler. These items do not end up in landfill sites and records of destruction are provided on the Central Stores website.
  • Office Paper Recycling Program – office paper is collected in partnership with Plant Operations Custodial staff, picked up at all campus buildings by Central Stores and processed in our facility. A contracted approved paper waste recycler processes the paper converting it into other paper products like toilet tissue and hand towels. The current provider is also the University’s main supplier of toilet tissue and hand towels. Paper diversion reports are available on the Central Stores website.
  • Confidential Shredding Console and Box Program – Central Stores staff collects office paper designated for shredding on demand in packed boxes and from designated confidential shredding consoles. Consoles are supplied upon request and at no charge to any University department. The secure shredding process is performed in Central Stores – ECH, under video, using a government-approved commercial shredder and is further processed through the Office Paper Recycling Program.
  • Used product handling (Surplus) - Central Stores handles the re-distribution, disposal, storage and recycling of used products and equipment made available by the University of Waterloo community. Re-using as much product as possible on campus is environmentally responsible and a cost savings for many faculties and departments.

 Breaking Through the Fuel Barrier" decal on the new service van.President Hamdullahpur and Vice-President, Administration & Finance Dennis Huber were the driving force behind this initiative, says Norris, and Ron Coulter of Plant Operation’s Sign Shop created the van decals that identify this as a University vehicle. The slogan “Hybrid Efficiency – Breaking Through The Fuel Barrier” is being used to promote Central Stores’ green commitment.

This is not the end of Central Stores’ green efforts. “Adding commercial-use hybrid or electric-only box trucks or cargo vans to replace our gas-only units will be a priority when the technology is both available and practical,” says Norris. Central Stores is also committed to working closer with other University departments and student groups to enhance green initiatives on campus.

“Starting the process to move to alternative energy vehicles, for environmental reasons, is the right thing to do and it will pave the way to when the technology enables commercial vehicles to use electric power,” says Norris.

Norris notes that this hybrid passenger van has been numbered 1-1, indicating that this is the first of hopefully many hybrid vehicles in the University’s fleet.

IST announces timeline for service upgrades

 A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST)

Over the next four months, IST will be delivering major service upgrades and enhancements to central systems, Quest and WatIAM. This note is for information purposes only. Additional information will be made available closer to the maintenance windows.

February 16 to 22 – Quest upgrade, service unavailable

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, the foundational software for Quest, will be upgraded to the most recent, supported release. This technical upgrade will provide a platform for future functionality improvements. As part of this upgrade, clients will notice a new login page.

March 9 to 13 – WatIAM, identity provider replacement, service unavailable

As the next step of a multi-year program to update campus identity and access management services, the system known as WatIAM will be replaced with technology from SailPoint. While most end-users will not see a significant change, the introduction of SailPoint IIQ brings significant changes for WatIAM administrators.

April 10 – Quest application management

The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), responsible for processing applications to the University of Waterloo, will be upgrading their current systems and processes. These changes will have a direct impact on every Ontario university and will necessitate a re-implementation of the way that Waterloo loads applicants into Quest. 

Intellectual Property Workshop Series kicks off; other notes

The third annual Intellectual Property Workshop Series gets underway today. This series is presented by WatCo and is supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute.

The series was developed as the CBB began fielding questions around IP and reached out to WatCo, which was looking for opportunities to provide more outreach on campus. Together the two units developed a short, semi-regular series that will take place monthly from January to April that will tackle such subjects as IP and commercialization, copyright and software, and trademarks.

This year's series focuses on software IP, and the Games Institute was brought in as several CBB members, particularly in the health technologies and biomedical space, are also members of that research centre.

WatCo's Technology Transfer Officer Eric Luvisotto will lead the workshops.

The first workshop in the series, entitled "IP 101 and Commercialization" takes place today at 12:30 p.m. in DC 1304. You can register for the series on Eventbrite.

The nomination period for Federation of Students executive, Students' Council positions and undergraduate student senators has been extended to Wednesday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Link of the day

Escape from the Assault of the Thing from Little China: John Carpenter at 70

When and where

Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC.

Intellectual Property Workshop Series, “IP 101 and Commercialization,” Tuesday, January 16, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., DC 1304. This workshop is presented by WatCo and is supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Get a Job using LinkedIn, Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Clarity in scientific writing, Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m.

Leather Jacket Day, Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Store, South Campus Hall.

Noon Hour Concert: Hamilton & Durand: Pub & Parlour, Wednesday, January 17, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Exploring Career Pathways, Wednesday, January 17, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TC 1112.

GMOs: Facts and Misconceptions, documentary with director in attendance, followed by panel discussion, Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Warrior Men's Hockey vs Windsor, Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., CIF.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions, Thursday, January 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., TC 1208.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group "Non-invasive fall detection using 3D Deep Convolutional Autoencoder" featuring Dr. S.Khan, University of Toronto, Thursday, January 18, 3:00 p.m., EC4 2101a.

Beyond Essays: Approaching Peace Education Differently opening reception, Thursday, January 18, 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Gallery. 

Research Matters: Getting Published, Friday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

NEW - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant - Information Session, Friday, January 19, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., EC5 1111 (Enterprise Theatre).

Knowledge Integration Seminar, "The Web as Infinite Archive: Why we Turned to Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration to understand the Recent Past," Friday, January 19, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408.

Biology Seminar: Bacterial Phages shaping the gut microbiome, Friday, January 19, 3:30 p.m., EIT 3142.

Cracked: new light on dementia – Film Launch, Friday, January 19, 8:00 p.m., Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

Waterloo Game Jam LEARN Event, Saturday, January 20, 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 21, 5:45 p.m., QNC 1502 and 2502.

Warriors Volleyball vs McMaster Warrior Night, Alumni Big Ticket, Bell Let’s Talk, Saturday, January 20, (W) 6:00 p.m., (M) 8:00 p.m., PAC.

Warrior Women’s Hockey vs. Laurier Minor League, Residence Day, Staff and Faculty Appreciation Day, Sunday, January 21, 2:30 p.m., CIF.

Problem Pitch Competition applications close, “Apply to pitch important industry problems for a share of $7,500,” Sunday, January 21, 11:59 p.m.

Grammar studio series: Workshop 1, Monday, January 22, 10:00 a.m.

HeForShe Ideathon, Tuesday, January 23, STC 2002.

Grammar studio series: Workshop 2, Wednesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Wednesday, January 24, 12:00 p.m., TC1208.

Noon Hour Concert: Schubert Trout Quintet, Wednesday, January 24, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Seminar, Bio-inspired operations on formal languages, and their properties,” Da-Jung Cho, Department of Computer Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, Wednesday, January 24, 1:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Chemistry Seminar: Pushpull Alternating and Hypercoordinate Asymmetrical Architectures for Light and Moisture Stable Polystannanes, Wednesday, January 24, 2:30 p.m., C2-361.

Vision Science Research Seminar Series featuring Dr. Mitchell M. Scheiman, Salus University, “Objective Assessment of Disparity Vergence after Treatment of Symptomatic Convergence Insufficiency,” Wednesday, January 24, 4:30 p.m., OPT 347.

Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem? Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Getting organized: tools for resisting racism and white supremacy, Thursday, January 25 to Saturday, January 28.

NEW - Environment Seminar Series: Nancy Worth and Daniel Cockayne of GEM, Thursday, January 25, 11:30 a.m., St. Paul's 1102.

NEW - Fretz Visiting Scholar Lecture: Muslim-Mennonite Encounters in the Russian Empire, Thursday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Lectures in Catholic Experience featuring Austen Iverveigh, “Communicating the Church in the Age of Francis,” Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m., St. Jerome’s University, Academic Centre Vanstone Lecture Hall.

WIMIN: Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers, Innovators, Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27, Applied Health Sciences expansion.

NEW - Waterloo Game Jam MAKE Event, Friday, January 26, 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, January 28, 6:15 p.m., QNC 1502.