Friday, March 23, 2018

Learn how to make research connections in Europe

Faculty members interested in building research connections and creating collaborations in Europe are invited to attend the EURAXESS information session: European funding and networking opportunities on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. in QNC 1501.

Join presenter Viktoria Bodnarova, Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America, to learn about EURAXESS, a free networking tool that supports researchers. The presentation will provide an overview of their services and highlight two related Horizon 2020 programs: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Research Council Grants.

Please register to attend.

If you have questions, please email Tim Weber-Kraljevski, Administrator, International Research & Partnerships.

Remembering Paolo San Gabriel

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Paolo San Gabriel, a fourth-year environmental engineering student at Waterloo. Paolo passed away suddenly on March 18 surrounded by his family and friends.

Paolo was passionate about his studies and very involved in campus life.  He participated in orientation week every year, where he would share his love for engineering and UW to make new students feel welcome. The former co-president of UW Hip Hop has greatly impacted the community with his uplifting spirit and caring personality. He leaves them with outstanding choreography, a contagious smile, and many fond memories.

The University will continue to support Paolo’s family. His funeral information can be found here.

If you are grieving or need any support, there are people who can help you. Please contact any of the following resources:

Counselling Services - 519-888-4567 ext. 32655
Here 24/7 - 1-844-437-3247
Health Services - Student Medical Clinic - 519-888-4096
Grand River Hospital - 519-749-4300
St. Mary's Hospital - 519-744-3311
Good2Talk - 1-866-925-5454
Crisis Services Canada - 1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645

Inaugural lecture to honour gerontology pioneer William Forbes

The University and broader communities are invited to attend an inaugural lecture honouring William J. Forbes, a pioneer in the field of gerontology and founding director of the Gerontology program at the University of Waterloo, Canada’s first English-language graduate program in gerontology.

Professor Anne Martin-Matthews.The lecture, ‘A (self) reflexive lens on gerontology: Over time, through change, in aging,” will be given by UBC Sociology Professor Anne Martin-Matthews, now an acting vice-president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a former colleague of Professor Forbes.

Following the lecture, a panel discussion will take place, with panelists sharing memories of Professor Forbes.

Professor William Forbes.In a long and diverse career at the University of Waterloo that began in 1962, Forbes held faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Sociology, Statistics and Actuarial Science, and Health Studies, and was the Dean of the faculty of Mathematics from 1972-1980. He was also the founding president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the Ontario Gerontology Association. The university-wide Network for Aging Research is hosting this event.

The event takes place on Monday, April 6 with coffee and light refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. in AHS 1689. The lecture begins at 10:00 a.m.

For more information on the keynote and to register, see the Network for Aging Research event page.

SEE Canada Grant for work-travel opportunities

The University of Waterloo is pleased to launch the SEE Canada Grant this spring. The grant will provide an opportunity for regular full-time University staff members to further their professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other Canadian universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations. 

In alignment with the Robust Employer-Employee Relationship theme within the University’s Strategic Plan, and funded through the Staff Excellence Fund, the SEE Canada Grant will be modelled after the Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF), which allows employees to gain experience abroad and has been running for the past four years.

The purpose of the SEE Canada Grant is to allow University staff to expand their knowledge and return with the intention to apply what they’ve learned to their role at Waterloo. The SEE Canada Selection Committee will review proposals from staff for travel to one or more Canadian organizations for a period of one to two weeks. Up to five proposals will be funded each year.

To find out more, please register for a brown bag lunch information session on the Human Resources events page:

The deadline for proposals is May 11. Application details and forms are available on the SEE Canada Grant web page.

If you have questions about the grant, please email

Nutrition Month "myth vs. fact" for March 23

Here's the latest Nutrition Month "myth vs. fact" supplied by Health Services Dietitian Sandra Ace:

Myth:  Eating after a certain time will make you gain weight.

Fact:  Eating in the evening can lead to weight gain, but it’s not due to the time on the clock. Large evening meals or late night snacking can add more calories than your body needs in a day, especially if you’re mindlessly munching on sugary, salty or high fat treats or drink sweetened beverages. Eating too much at night can also disrupt sleep or give you heartburn. Before you automatically head to the kitchen for a snack when you’re relaxing, watching a show or studying, stop to consider if you are truly hungry or, instead, are bored, tired or stressed. 

If you are hungry and want a snack, try to keep it healthy most of the time by opting for a balanced snack that includes some protein. Some examples are frozen berries with Greek yogurt, hummus with raw veggies or fresh fruit with a handful of unsalted nuts. Check out this factsheet from Dietitians of Canada for more tips on choosing nutritious and satisfying snacks.

If you’re a late night stress-eater, learn more about how to spot the problem and find support that can help you work towards a healthier pattern of eating. 

Robots rise in PAC this weekend; other notes

FIRST Robotics competition in the PAC.

The University of Waterloo is hosting the FIRST Robotics Waterloo Regional Competition in the Physical Activities Complex today and tomorrow. Thirty-two high-school teams from across Ontario and the USA will converge on the Waterloo campus for the two-day competition, where they will demonstrate their robot in this year's challenge, FIRST Power Up.

Taking a page from TRON, the scenario for Power Up envisions players trapped inside an 8-bit computer game world, where teams must co-operate as well as compete to use power cubes to defeat the final boss.

The event is open to the public and admittance is free. Final rounds will occur on Saturday afternoon.

A collage of six panellists at the "Turn Your Research Into Startup" event.

A new Velocity event aimed at helping graduate students start businesses will take place on Wednesday April 4. Turn Your Research Into a Startup will feature a panel made up of local startup founders and Waterloo professors and will take place, appropriately enough, in the Graduate House from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

At this panel discussion, attendees will learn how the skills and research gained through their graduate studies can enable them to be great entrepreneurs.

Speakers include:

Director of Velocity Jay Shah will moderate the panel discussion.

Link of the day

Earth Hour tomorrow

When and where 

FIRST Robotics competition, Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, Physical Activities Complex.

NEW - Waterloo Innovation Summit Speaker Series - Beyond Impact, Friday, March 23, 8:30 a.m., the Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Friday, March 23, 9:00 a.m., EV3 3408.

Mechatronics Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Friday, March 23, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC.

University Choir: Gloria!, Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 22 Willow St, Waterloo. $10/$5 Students & Seniors.

Jazz @UWaterloo Concert,  Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall (Room 1111). $10/$5 students & seniors.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert, Sunday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel. Free admission, reception to follow.

Lecture - Challenging Assumptions: Using Research to Evaluate Child Welfare Worker Qualifications with Dr. Kristen Lwin, Monday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Dunker Family Lounge (REN 1303), Renison University College.

Waterloo International Lunch & Learn, Monday, March 26, 12:00 p.m., DC 1302.

Management Consulting as a Career Option, Monday, March 26, 2:30 p.m., TC 2218.

Distinguished Lecture Series, “Magic moment in research and teaching,” Jennifer Widom, Stanford University, Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m. DC 1302.

University Senate meeting, Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

CryptoWorks21 Distinguished lecture featuring Tajinder (Taj) Manku, founder and CEO at Cognitive Systems Corp, "Tech startups: The Ride of Your Life," Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m., QNC 0101. Register online.

Professional School Interviews (MMI), Tuesday, March 27, 1:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Better Now Community Dialogues, “Six Big Ideas To Improve Health Care For All Canadians,” Tuesday, March 27, 6:00 p.m., Stratford Campus.

EURAXESS information session: European funding and networking opportunities, Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

University Club Easter Lunch Buffet, Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Single and Sexy 2018 auditions, Wednesday, March 28, 3:30 p.m., Modern Languages and Theatre of the Arts.

Vision Science Research Seminar Series featuring Dr. Christian Casanova, Université de Montréal, “Neurodegenerative diseases,” Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., OPT 347.

Global Populism and Democratic Futures Summit, Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. to Thursday, March 29, 8:00 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Velocity Fund Finals, “20 startups compete for $125,000,” Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall. 

Retirement celebration for Freddie Swainston, Thursday, March 29, 3:30 p.m., University Club. RSVP on the HR Events page.

Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI) Practice Session, Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m., TC 1214.

NEW - Holy Thursday Liturgy, Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Notre Dame Chapel.

orchestra@uwaterloo: Unfinished Business Concert, Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.., Humanities Theatre. Free Admission.

Good Friday holiday, Friday, March 30, most university buildings and operations closed.

NEW - Good Friday Service, Friday, March 30, 3:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Notre Dame Chapel.

UWaterloo Chamber Choir: Bach’s St. John Passion, Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. Kitchener. $30 to $82.

NEW - Easter Vigil Liturgy, Saturday March 31,  8:00 p.m., St. Jerome’s University Notre Dame Chapel.

Free Exam Fitness, Monday, April 2 to April 20.

Voices for Gender Justice in Education, Tuesday, April 3, 12:00 p.m., Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College.

AquaHacking Information Mixer, Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., J .R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall (RCH) Room 306.

Stratford Campus presents 2018 Project Showcase and Reception, Tuesday, April 3, 3:30 p.m., Stratford Campus.

Lectures and classes end, Wednesday, April 4.

Knowledge Integration Symposium, Wednesday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Minto Atrium, Environment 3.

Turn Your Research Into a Startup, 'Panel with local founders and UWaterloo professors,' Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., The Graduate House.

Pre-examination study days, Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6.

Faculty Tenure and Promotion Workshops, Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6.

Faculty Recently Hired to their First Probationary Term Workshop, Thursday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., STC 3014.

Faculty Association Spring General Meeting, Thursday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., QNC 2502.

Research Talks: Contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada featuring Lori Campbell, Jasmin Habib, Dan McCarthy, and Susan Roy, Thursday, April 5, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please register as seating is limited.

Faculty Applying for Tenure Workshop, Thursday, April 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Mush Hole Remembered, Thursday, April 5, 5:00 p.m., Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College.

University of Waterloo Brain Day, Friday, April 6.

A (self) reflexive lens on gerontology, public lecture by CIHR VP, Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews in honour of William Forbes, founder of Waterloo’s Gerontology program. Friday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. to noon, AHS 1689.

Faculty Applying for Probationary Contract Renewal Workshop, Friday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., MC 5417.

HeForShe presents Health and Pre-Tenure University Women workshop, Friday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 5501.

Faculty Applying for Promotion to Full Professor Workshop, Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MC 5417.

Examinations begin, Monday, April 9.

Intellectual Property Workshop Series, “Trademarks”, Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 p.m., DC 1304. Supported by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB), the Games Institute, and WatCo.

PhD oral defences

Earth & Environmental Sciences. Robert Enouy, "An Investigation into Water Consumption Data Using Parametric Probability Density Functions." Supervisors, Andre Unger, Rashid Rehan. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Monday, April 2, 1:00 p.m., STC 2002.

Chemical Engineering. Hesham Alhumade, "Graphene and Glass Flake Nanocomposites Coatings for Corrosion Mitigation in Chloride Rich Environments." Supervisors, Ali Elkamel, Aiping Yu. On display in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Monday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., E6-2022.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Michael Cohen, "Numerical Analysis of Debonding Mechanisms of Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement in RC Beams." Supervisor, Stanislav Potapenko. On display in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Monday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., E2-2350.

Management Sciences. Tiffany Bailey, "Lot-Sizing of Several Multi-Product Families." Supervisor, Jim Bookbinder. On display in the Engineering graduate office, DWE 3520C. Oral defence Tuesday, April 3, 10:00 a.m., CPH 4335.