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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Teferi Mergo named Fellow of global research network

Teferi Mergo.Teferi Mergo, an assistant professor of Economics at St. Paul’s and the University of Waterloo Waterloo, was recently appointed a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a non-partisan, independent organization that serves as an international network and virtual platform for researchers and policy makers.

GLO Fellows are appointed by the executive board of the organization, based on merit, active collaboration, and quality contributions. “It is an honour to be a part of a research network that includes some of the prominent economists today,” said Mergo, who has been at St. Paul’s since July 2014.

“The network is a great platform for the production and dissemination of policy-relevant scientific knowledge, including – but not limited to – the implications of the constantly evolving global labour markets; the challenges we face today due to migration, refugees, and other demographic changes; and the nexus between globalization and economic outcomes,” he added.

Mergo studies the causal impacts of various policy interventions and institutions on development, with emphasis on the African continent. His work has been published in Science and World Development, and he currently teaches in the International Development program.

Giesbrecht will lead School of Computer Science to 2020

This article was originally posted on the School of Computer Science website.

Mark Giesbrecht.Professor Mark Giesbrecht has been reappointed as Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, a position he has held since July 2014.

“I am delighted to report that the results of the faculty and staff nomination ballots were overwhelmingly positive,” stated Professor Stephen Watt, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, in a memo announcing the reappointment. “This is an excellent outcome of our search, and I look forward to continuing to work with Professor Giesbrecht in the years ahead.

In addition to his leadership role at the School of Computer Science, Giesbrecht conducts research in computer algebra and symbolic computation. His work focuses on many aspects of computational mathematics, from the design and complexity of fundamental algorithms for algebras, matrices and polynomials, to symbolic-numeric methods, to high-performance software libraries for symbolic computation. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2013.

Giesbrecht’s second term as director begins July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2020.

Board of Governors meets today; other notes

The University's Board of Governors has its first meeting of 2018 this afternoon in NH 3407 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Among the agenda items:

  • The Board will consider a 1.6 percent increase to the Engineering Society (EngSoc) fee, which will rise to $16.15 per term from $15.90, effective Spring 2018;
  • The Board will vote on a motion to increase Housing fees by 1.8 percent, effective Fall 2018;
  • The Board will be asked to approve the University's Executive Compensation Program, subject to the program's approval by the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, which is anticipated to be received within the next two months.

The public consultation period ended in late January, and the University’s final submission of the program has gone to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for final approval, along with a summary of feedback and description of the public consultation process itself. The consultation period did not result in any changes to the framework that the Board considered in November 2017.

  • The Board will also consider motions to set the tuition fees for domestic students for 2019/2020 and international students for 2018/2019.
    • Generally, core programs for undergraduate students will rise by 3 percent, with professional programs rising up to 4.29% depending on the program.
    • Domestic graduate students will see increases of 1 percent in research master's and PhD programs, with specifically-identified master's and diplomas rising anywhere from 1 percent to 5 percent.
    • For international students, most undergraduate programs will increase by 8.5 percent in year one with 5 percent increases in years 2 to 4, with several exceptions, and research master and PhD programs rising 3 percent and specifically-identified Master and diploma programs varying in increase from 3 to 15 percent.
  • The Board will vote on a motion to increase the Co-op fee, effective Spring 2018, by 2.8 percent in undergraduate and graduate co-op programs, which means the fee would rise from $709 a term to $729 a term.

In addition to the action items and committee information items, the Board will also receive a presentation by Associate Vice-President, Academic Mario Coniglio and Centre for Teaching Excellence Director Donna Ellis on New Teaching and Learning Technologies.

The HeForshe Ideathon took place on Tuesday, January 23 and provided an opportunity for students to come together to share and create innovative solutions to end gender-based violence on campus. Check out the video highlights from the event.

Check out more details about the ideathon on Waterloo Stories.

Human Resources is reporting that retiree Jovakin Grzinic died on January 25. Grzinic began working at the University in February 1984 as a custodian in Plant Operations and retired in July 1996 under the Special Early Retirement Program (SERP). He is survived by his spouse  Katarina Malecic.

Link of the day

The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up

When and where

Federation of Students elections, Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 7.

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.

Partners 4 Employment Job Fair, Wednesday, February 7, RIM Park.

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

NEW - Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) Information Session, Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 p.m., Online Webinar.

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.

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.

Book Store Winter Reading Sale, Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse.

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.

NEW - University Club Valentine's Day Luncheon, Wednesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m., University Club.

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.

NEW - Family Day holiday, Monday, February 19, most University operations closed.