Thursday, May 24, 2018

See the good in everyone at Canada Day 2018

Canadian rock band Sloan.

Sloan will be headlining the OpenText Live Music Stage at Canada Day 2018.

The University of Waterloo has announced its featured entertainers for Canada Day 2018 as the 34th annual celebration scheduled for Sunday, July 1 draws closer.

Fred Penner.

The afternoon starts off with a twang for children of all ages at 4:00 p.m. featuring iconic multi-Juno award-winning children’s performer Fred Penner. Fred is well known for his North America-wide appearances and his television show, Fred Penner's Place, which aired on CBC from 1985 to 1997 and Nickelodeon from 1989 to 1992.

Sloan.In the evening on the OpenText Live Music Stage, rock out to the tunes of Sloan, the Canadian Juno Award-winning pop quartet with a discography that includes 12 full-length albums, two EPs, a live album, a Greatest Hits album and more than 30 singles.

Sloan’s performance will be capped off at 10:00 p.m. with the celebration’s annual fireworks display over Columbia Lake, the largest in the area.

The annual Canada Day celebration offers food, fun and activities for everyone. Take in dance and musical performances by local community cultural groups performing on the entertainment stage, sample the wide variety of options at the Food Truck Fair, or participate in the family fun at Activity World.

The University of Waterloo and the Federation of Students have partnered along with community sponsors to host the event on the Columbia Lake Fields each Canada Day since 1984. Join 50,000 of your closest friends this July 1 and share your national pride on #UWCanadaDay.

As always, admission is free. Keep an eye on the Daily Bulletin, Waterloo's social media accounts, and visit the Canada Day website for more information.

UbiLab wins Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge

Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab members.

The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab), headed by School of Public Health and Heath Systems professor Plinio Morita, was one of three $25,000 winners in a national competition aimed at generating new methods to collect and use data in public health monitoring.

UbiLab’s entry, “Smart Home Tech for Public Health Surveillance,” will enable 24-hour data collection by leveraging information from more than 10,000 smart thermostats to help the Public Health Agency of Canada gain real-time insights into health behaviours such as physical activity, sedentary activity, and sleep.

The Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge is a partnership between the MaRS Discovery District, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It was launched one year ago, with more than 30 research teams and companies applying. MaRS and its partners are now working with the winning teams on their prototypes.

For more information, please see the MaRS news release.

Stratford Campus to become a School

The Stratford Campus building in Stratford.

This article was originally published on the Stratford Campus website.

The Stratford Campus will become the University of Waterloo’s newest school as of July 1, 2018, with the official name of The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

This name change aptly reflects the remarkable growth of the Stratford Campus programs – from only 16 students to a population of over 600, and growing at a rate of 20 percent per year. These programs include the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts and the Master of Digital Experience Innovation, both of which will form the core of this new school within the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts.

“As a School and a new unit in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, we will be well placed for further growth and excellence,” says Christine McWebb, Director of the Stratford Campus.

This announcement comes just shortly after the campus celebrated their 5-year anniversary – a journey of extraordinary success. The proof is in the accomplishments and accolades of the students: the creator of the Canada 150 logo, a top prize-holder in Communitech’s Code/Design to Win competition, a shortlisted competitor for the Hultz Prize, and, most recently, shortlisted competitors of the Royal Society of Arts Student Design Awards.

Toping that, perhaps, is the impressive employment rate for Stratford’s alumni at 91 percent, with companies like Amazon, Google, Scotiabank, Telus Digital, Deloitte and many of Waterloo’s home-grown success stories.

18 faculty members and 11 staff shape unique academic experiences, which focus on human-centered interaction design through creative exploration, critical thinking and design research to create positive technology-enhanced user experiences.

The future Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business represents the convergence of technology, design and business that  perfectly responds to emerging and future industry demands, evident within our Region’s innovation ecosystem.

Student Success Office closed today

The Student Success Office (SSO) will be closed on Thursday, May 24 for a staff retreat. The SSO, located on the 2nd floor of South Campus Hall, will re-open on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Link of the day

100 years ago: voting rights extended to majority of Canadian women

When and where 

Games Institute Spring 2018 Game Jam LEARN event, Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Clarity in scientific writing, Thursday, May 24, 10:00 a.m., online webinar.

Network for Aging Research Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Jenna Gibb, “Optimizing body composition and bone strength during aging: An interdisciplinary approach,” Thursday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 5479. RSVP:

WaterTalk featuring Ryan Walter, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, California Polytechnic State University, "What lies beneath: Internal waves in the nearshore coastal environment," Thursday, May 24, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

"India, Canada and Shastri India-Canadian Institute - A Canada-India Bridge for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: New Funding Opportunities for Collaborative Educational and Research Activities with India," Friday, May 25, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. DC 1302.

Games Institute Spring 2018 Game Jam MAKE event, Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, QNC 1502, QNC 2502.

You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 26.

Electric Vehicle Challenge, Saturday, May 26, East Campus.

Velocity Fund $25K and $5K applications open, Monday, May 28.

NEW - Menstrual Hygiene Day, Monday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., STC.

Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 8, Institute for Quantum Computing.

Interviews: Proving Your Skills, Monday, May 28, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208

Politics at The Pub: Student Meet & Greet with Green Party Candidate, Monday, May 28, 3:00 p.m., The Bombshelter Pub.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence presents: Statements of Teaching Philosophy (graduate students only), Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m., TC 1208.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Tuesday, May 29, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC2218.

NEW - Ecohydrology Seminar Series featuring Professor Claudia Wagner-Riddle, “Linking Surface N2O Flux to Soil Processes in Cold Climates,” May 29, 2:00 p.m., RCH 307.

Retirement celebration for Ralph Smith, Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Margaret Berton -

Rapid Career Promotion Briefing (graduate students only), Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays research talk with Arshi Shaikh, "What is Animal Hoarding?" Wednesday, May 30, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Preventing Depression Relapse: A Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group, Wednesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m., Counselling Services, NH 2447.

Velocity Start: Building a Kick A** Team, Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the DC Quad. Or for those on campus in the evening, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the SLC.

Discovery: A Comic Lament, Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

Transforming Space: Immerse, interact and imagine in Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, Saturday, June 2 to Monday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Royal Ontario Museum.

QPR Training, Monday, June 4, 1:30 p.m.

safeTALK training, Tuesday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NH 2447.

Board of Governors meeting, Tuesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Annotated bibliography using RefWorks, Wednesday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Library FLEX Lab.

Gustav Bakos Observatory public tour, Wednesday, June 6, lecture 9:00 p.m. in PHY 313, telescope viewing 9:30 p.m.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like a Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Presidential Lecture featuring Professor Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Friday, June 8, 2:00 p.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Spring 2018 Convocation, Tuesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 16, Physical Activities Complex.

NEW - University Club Spring Convocation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Discover Your Career Values (for employees only), Wednesday, June 13, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., TC2218. 

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

ROM Daytime: Transforming Space: Can Architecture Come Alive?, Speaker: Philip Beesley, School of Architecture, Thursday, June 14, 11:00 a.m., Royal Ontario Museum.

Design and deliver I: Presentation Essentials, Thursday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition, Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., AL 105.

Position available

An update to this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2018-2442 -         Managing Director,  Waterloo Advanced Manufacturing Consortium - Dean of Engineering Office, USG 14