Friday, February 2, 2018

University, FAUW reach faculty salary settlement

A message from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost.

The University of Waterloo is delighted to announce that the University and the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) have reached an agreement for faculty salaries starting May 1, 2018.

The terms of the memorandum of salary settlement are for three years, until April 30, 2021.

The terms of the agreement regarding scale are: 2.00 percent increase effective May 1, 2018, and 2.15 percent increases in the following two years.

Other terms of the agreement include:

  • An across-the-board adjustment of $850 per faculty member applied to base salaries effective May 1, 2018, following the scale increase.
  • The establishment of a working group to investigate the existing salary structure (floors and thresholds) and recommend adjustments to the structure to promote equitable influence of the selective increase system on relative career salary progression of lecturers.
  • The University will increase its annual contributions to the employee health and dental care benefits plan for the benefit of Faculty by $400,000.
  • The president of FAUW and the Vice-President, Academic & Provost will together review the unspent funds in the Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (FPER) allocation annually during the settlement period and will develop a process to direct the deployment of these funds to support faculty service, scholarship, research, and teaching.
  • The option to exchange one week of vacation allowance for a one-time 2 percent increase in salary when within three years of retirement is extended to April 30, 2027 for retirement on or before May 1, 2030.

We are grateful to the members of the negotiating teams: FAUW – Benoit Charbonneau (Chief Negotiator), Shelley Hulan, and David Vert, and the University: James Rush (Chief Negotiator), Pearl Sullivan, and Stephen Watt.

FAUW has published a story about the faculty salary settlement and the full terms of the salary settlement agreement on its website.

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President signs Bordeaux bio-based chemistry agreement

University of Bordeaux President Manuel Tunon de Lara and Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur sign the bio-based chemistry agreement.

University of Bordeaux President Manuel Tunon de Lara and President Feridun Hamdullahpur sign the memorandum of agreement in Bordeaux, France.

The University of Waterloo and the University of Bordeaux strengthened their partnership on Friday, January 26 with the signing of a Joint Undergraduate Academic Exchange Program in Biobased Chemistry. This new international specialization in biobased chemistry is unique in Canada and aims to prepare students in Chemistry for a world that is running out of easy solutions and is looking for innovative answers.

Waterloo's links with the University of Bordeaux go back many years - the joint bio-based chemistry agreement was first announced in 2014 with the signing of a letter of intent, and a Bordeaux-Waterloo research grant supports research collaborations with funding in two categories. worth up to $50,000 for research projects in priority fields including materials science, water, energy, and aging and up to 15,000 Euros for projects in all fields for emerging research collaborations. 

The University of Bordeaux covered the signing of the agreement on its news site.

The Department of Chemistry has more information about the specialization on its website.

World Wetlands day splashes down at Waterloo

World Wetlands Day banner image.

Today is World Wetlands Day, which marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971.

World Wetlands Day events are taking place around the world, and events at the University of Waterloo are among them.

World Wetlands Day events at Waterloo are hosted by the Ecohydrology Research Group, the Faculty of Science and the Water Institute. This is the 6th year that World Wetlands Day events will be held at Waterloo.

The two main components of the Waterloo events are:

In a new development this year, students will be able to promote their work in a non-competitive 3MT presentation. Each participant will have 3 minutes and one static slide to present their work. 3MT presentation slots will be awarded in the order of registration until filled, so please register early to guarantee a slot. Students may sign up for both a 3MT and a poster presentation. 

This weekend will be Fantastic and other promises

The 19th annual Fantastic Alumni, Faculty and Staff Day takes place in the Physical Activities Complex on campus on Saturday, February 3. This year the event features the Warriors men’s and women’s basketball teams playing against teams from Brock University.

People throwing paper airplanes in the PAC.As part of the festivities the University is hosting a paper airplane toss, which will take place during half-time of the men’s game. Members of the public will be able to purchase paper airplanes and all proceeds will support Student Wellness at the University of Waterloo. Prizes are set up on the basketball court and spectators toss their airplanes from the stands. The airplane that lands closest to each prize will win the prize. Prizes include a 55” Panasonic TV, a Family stay-cation package, a Bose Soundlink Revolve Speaker and more.

The women’s game begins at 12:00 p.m, followed by the men’s game at 2:00 p.m., with half-time expected at approximately 2:40 p.m.

Get wicked: the latest Knowledge Integration Seminar takes place today and is entitled "Embracing ambiguity to manage wicked problems in the 21st century." Speaking will be KI Assistant Professor Vanessa Schweizer.

"Some of the most important decisions in life -- such as whether to marry, whom to marry, or what career to pursue -- are made under uncertainty," says the seminar's background blurb. "Such decisions are made often 'from the gut'. However, gut decisions are tolerated less for issues of public policy -- especially when homes, habitats, or billions of dollars in investments hang in the balance. This talk will introduce the burgeoning field of decision-making under deep uncertainty and its relationship to design thinking."

The event gets underway at 2:30 p.m. in EV3-1408.

A collage of 4th Year Fine Arts students - the Class of 2018.Fourth Year Fine Arts students are looking for the community's support.

The Fourth-Year Fine Arts class has been working on their theses since September to build a body of work and establish their art practice. To commemorate their final year as Fine Arts students, they will be exhibiting their artwork in a group show at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery from March 15 to April 7 2018. 

To gain professional experience as artists, the exhibition is organized, planned and fundraised by the students. The students have raised money through fundraising initiatives, but they are now looking for additional support through their GoFundMe page. Help support the 4th year Fine Arts Class of 2018 with a donation today.

Can you improve your contact lens comfort without touching your eyes? Help CORE find out! The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (formerly the CCLR) is currently seeking study participants for a study that investigates the use of a new nasal device in reducing symptoms of contact lens discomfort. Receive up to $165 for 6 hours of your time. All study products will be provided. For more information visit the CORE website. Anyone with a question is invited to email or call 519-888-4742 and mention the CORIANDER study.

Link of the day

GroundHedgehog Day

When and where

NEW - FASS 2018: Canada 151, Thursday, February 1, 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 6:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

IST seminar, “Moving to SharePoint 2016,” Friday, February 2, 9:00 a.m., MC2009.

World Wetlands Day, Friday, February 2. 

Distinguished Teacher Award nomination deadline, Friday, February 2.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Embracing ambiguity to manage wicked problems in the 21st century”, speaker: KI Assistant Professor Vanessa Schweizer”, Friday, February 2, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retiree Day, Saturday, February 3, 11:30 a.m., PAC Upper Blue Activity Area.

World’s Challenge Challenge applications close, Saturday, February 3, 11:59 p.m.

Brunch & Ballots, Monday, February 5, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Master Your Job Search – undergraduate students & graduate students only, Monday, February 5, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability PhD Research Seminars, Panel 1, “Relational Resilience,” Tuesday, February 6, 10:15 a.m., Panel II, “Restorative Regimes,” Tuesday, February 6, 1:15 p.m., EV2 2006.

Seminar, “Making performance engineering more accessible to software developers,” Cor-Paul Bezemer, Software Analysis and Intelligence Lab, Queen’s University, Tuesday, February 6, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304.

Department of Classical Studies presents “Modeling the Past: Applying Photogrammetry to Greek Art and Architecture,” a lecture by Colin Wallace, PhD candidate in Geography and Environmental Management, Tuesday, February 6, 11:30 a.m., HH 138.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, February 6, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “CSIS bulk data collection and national security surveillance,” Micheal Vonn, BC Civil Liberties Association, Tuesday, February 6, 2:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Noon Hour Concert: Still and Again, Wednesday, February 7, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Hagey Lecture: Weapons of Math Destruction, featuring Cathy O’Neil, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Battle of Waterloo at the Aud Warrior Men’s Hockey vs. Laurier, Wednesday, February 7, 7:15 p.m., Kitchener Auditorium

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like a Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”,Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part 2, Thursday, February 8, 1:30 p.m., TC 1112.

Professional School Interviews (MMI), Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m., TC 1208.

50th Anniversary Lecture Series- Conversation 4, Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre- School of Architecture.

Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student nomination deadline, Friday, February 9.

Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11, Conrad Grebel University College.

NEW - Knowledge Integration alumni panel on “Life after KI”, Friday, February 9, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Warriors Basketball Game vs. Guelph Final Regular Season Home Game, Friday, February 9, (W) 6:00 p.m., (M) 8:00 p.m., PAC.

Master of Taxation Open House, Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 220 Yonge Street, Unit 115, Toronto.

Warrior Women’s Hockey vs. Western Final Regular Season Home Game, Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m., CIF.

Warriors Volleyball vs. Trent Final Regular Season Home Games, Sunday, February 11, (W) 12:00 p.m., (M) 2:00 p.m., PAC.

Velocity Fund $25K and $5K applications open, Monday, February 12.

Discover Your Interests (for employees only), Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 p.m., TC2218. Note: online completion of the Strong Interest Inventory is required prior to the session (instructions will be e-mailed to registrants).

Intellectual Property Workshop Series “IP Case Study,” Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304. Supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and the Games Institute.

Seminar, “From SAT to stochastic SAT,” Ricardo Salmon, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Tuesday, February 13, 4:00 p.m., DC 2306C.

Treat-a-Gram, Wednesday, February 14. Orders are due Friday, February 9.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 a.m., NH 3318.

Ash Wednesday Noon Liturgy, Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Notre Dame Chapel.

Noon Hour Concert: Heart’s Ease, Wednesday, February 14, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor. 

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group, "Ballistocardiography - An Old Methodology in the New IoT Health Monitoring Space," featuring Dr. AQ Javaid, University of Toronto, Thursday, February 15, 3:00 p.m., EC4 2101a.

PhD oral defences

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Frank Imeson, "Robotic Path Planning for High-Level Tasks in Discrete Environments." Supervisor, Stephen Smith. On display in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Thursday, February 8, 2:00 p.m., E5 4106-28.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Behrooz Semnani, "Graphene-Assisted Integrated Nonlinear Optics." Supervisors, Safieddin Safavi-Naeini, Amir Majedi. On display in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Tuesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m., E5 4016-28.

Physics & Astronomy. Pedro Ponte, "Periodically-driven quantum many-body systems, many-body localization and machine learning." Supervisor, Roger Melko. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Friday, February 23, 1:00 p.m., PHY 352.

School of Planning. Audrey Jamal, "An investigation into downtown revitalization in mid-sized cities in the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe." Supervisors, Pierre Filion, Mark Seasons. On display in the Faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 p.m., EV1 221.