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Friday, June 29, 2018


Saying thanks to George Dixon

by Lucas Dunlop.

George Dixon.George Dixon, vice-president, academic & provost, is moving on from his executive role.

Having served as interim vice-president academic & provost since last fall, and previously the vice-president, university research from 2007 to 2017, Dixon is going to hold a definite-term research position for the next two years beginning in July.

During his research career, Dixon has maintained an active research program, supervising the research of more than 70 graduate students, and authoring or co-authoring more than 300 refereed journal articles. His years of experience with the University makes Dixon no stranger to special ceremonies like convocation.

“Convocation is perhaps the most rewarding occasion in the life of a university. It evokes our rights and privileges, and it has a duality about it—on one hand, we’re celebrating past accomplishments, on the other hand, we are looking at the promise of new beginnings.  My wish for all graduates is that you have the best of new beginnings.”

During his time at Waterloo, Dixon also served as dean of the Faculty of Science and developed many courses in the field of environmental toxicology and risk assessment. Dixon has more than 30 years of experience in aquatic toxicology and environment risk assessment with a focus on impacts caused by metals and the mining industry. He has served as an adviser for many governmental agencies throughout North America and around the world.

“George has made our University better, stronger and more dynamic because of his three decades of dedicated work,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur. “My deepest thank you to George for his work as a researcher that has pushed his field forward and for his contributions as a senior administrator. Both have been invaluable in helping make the University of Waterloo what it is today.”

Jim Rush, formerly dean of Applied Health Sciences at Waterloo, will take over the position of vice-president academic & provost July 1.

Sloan, Fred Penner to bring the heat on Canada Day

The crowd showing off their red and white gear at the main stage at the Canada Day celebration.

Any way you slice it, Canada Day promises to be a scorcher.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement calling for extreme heat over the Canada Day long weekend, with temperatures expected to reach the low to mid thirties and humidex values leaping into the mid forties. Whew!

And if that weren't enough, the Canada Day celebrations at Columbia Lake will be a blaze of iconic performers, food trucks and activities for children of all ages.

The afternoon starts off at 4:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies and Waterloo student performances on the main stage.

Vendors, sponsors, and the requisite water slide will be set up along Waterloo Way.

Country 106.7FM morning co-hosts Jennifer Campbell and PJ will emcee the afternoon line-up on stage and 106.7FM afternoon host Brian Gosse will co-emcee the evening.

At 5:00 p.m., multi-Juno award-winning children’s performer Fred Penner will take the stage.

At 7:00 p.m., a number of community cultural performances are scheduled, including the Tamil Cultural Association and Sri Abiramy dancers, a martial arts demonstration by the Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy demo team, and Kitchener Portuguese Club dancers.

Warming things up in the evening on the OpenText Live Music Stage will be the headliners, Juno award-winning pop quartet Sloan.

A map showing the Canada Day attractions.

In addition to musical entertainment and fireworks, the celebration will also offer family activities such as face painting and arts and crafts, cultural performances and a food fair. Inflatable obstacle courses and other amusements will be set up in the Activity World. The Brubacher House Museum will be open to attendees.

There will be a diverse variety of comestibles and beverages available from local vendors at the Food Fair and Beer Garden.

Oh, and the fireworks display? Fuggedaboutit! The rockets start firing at 10:00 p.m.

The University of Waterloo and the Federation of Students have partnered along with community sponsors to host the event on the Columbia Lake Field each Canada Day since 1984. Join 60,000 of your closest friends and share your national pride on #UWCanadaDay.

What's open and closed this long weekend

At last, the long weekend beckons, with Canada Day taking place on Sunday, July 1, which means a holiday Monday for the University on July 2.

Some campus operations have shifted into the highest of high gears to pull off the Canada Day celebrations on Columbia Lake Field on Sunday, the rest of us can enjoy an extended weekend break. Here are the campus closures for Monday, July 2:

Most Food Services locations will be closed Monday. Exceptions include The Market at UWP, which will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2.

The Dana Porter and Davis Centre Libraries will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Check the Library's hours site for openings and closings at other locations.

Print + Retail Solutions locations will be shuttered Monday.

Athletics facilities, including the PAC and CIF, will be closed Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2.

As always, even on holidays, the university police (519-888-4911) will be at work, the Student Life Centre and its Turnkey Desk at 519–888-4434 will be open, and the central plant will be monitoring campus buildings (for maintenance emergencies, call ext. 33793).

The Daily Bulletin will return on Tuesday, July 3. Enjoy the long weekend and have a Happy Canada Day!

Link of the day

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When and where 

Bike Month, Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 30, across campus.

Learning action selection parameters in a neural cognitive model, PhD candidate Sverrir Thorgeirsson, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Friday, June 29, 1:00 p.m., PAS 2464 (CNRG lab).

Canada Day celebration, Sunday, July 1, Columbia Lake fields.

Canada Day holiday, Monday, July 2, most University buildings and offices closed.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 2, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Celebrate Canada's Diversity at the University Club, Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

NEW - Engineering Seminar: Human-Robot Teams and Societies featuring Prof. Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, Tuesday, July 3, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., DC 1302. Refreshments will be provided.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Wednesday, July 4, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Engineering Seminar: Interacting with Technology - from Robot Teams to Human Trust, featuring Prof. Michael Lewis, University of Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 4, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., DC 1302. Refreshments will be provided.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 1, “3-minute pitches in front of a panel of judges,” Wednesday, July 4, 7:00 p.m., Location TBD.

Clarity in scientific writing, Thursday, July 5, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.

Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers – Night 2, “3-minute pitches in front of a panel of judges,” Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m., Location TBD.

Engineering 101 Day, Saturday, July 7.

Applied Health Sciences 101 Day, Saturday, July 7.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “Where theory meets practice for privacy enhancing technologies” featuring Chelsea Komlo, HashiCorp, Monday, July 9, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 9, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

QPR Training, Tuesday, July 10, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy, “Where's Waldo?” — Privacy in the age of Internet-connected mobile technology, featuring Matthew Finkel, The Tor Project, Tuesday, July 10, 2:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Science 101 Day, Wednesday, July 11.

Childhood play spaces as What-If Worlds: The uncertainties of misogyny, racism, and classism, Wednesday, July 11, 2:30 p.m., QNC 1502.

Velocity Start: Setup Your Business Like A Boss, “A workshop that will address legal and accounting considerations that will affect your new business,” Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Getting published for grad students, Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m., online webinar.

Open House - Harnessing Quantum Technologies, Friday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.

CS seminar: The prehistory and history of RE (+SE) as seen by me, featuring Dan Berry, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Friday, July 13, 3:00 p.m., DC 2585.

The Promise of Living: University Choir, Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Cedars Worship Centre, Waterloo.

Arts 101 Day, Monday, July 16.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Monday, July 16, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary, Tuesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Tuesday, July 17, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects, Wednesday, July 18, 10:00 a.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Math 101 Day, Thursday, July 19.

NEW - 5th Annual UWSA Golf Social Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 3:30 p.m., Foxwood Country Club. Deadline to register is Friday, July 6.

NEW - Velocity Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems,” Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Beautiful Wanderings: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., First United Church, Waterloo.

NEW - Instrumental Chamber Ensemble Concert, Sunday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

NEW - Hallman Lecture: Whiteness, Women and Sex Tourism, Tuesday, July 24, 3:30 p.m., AHS 1686.

NEW - Lectures and classes end, Wednesday, July 25.

NEW - More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training, Wednesday, July 25, 9:00 a.m., NH 2447.

NEW - Velocity Fund Finals, “20 startups compete for $130,000,” Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall. 

NEW - Pre-examination study days, Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27.

NEW - Environment 101 Day, Thursday, July 26.

NEW - Examinations begin, Saturday, July 28.

NEW - Online examination days, Saturday, July 28 and Friday, August 3.

NEW - CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley, Tuesday, July 31, 11:00 a.m., DC 1304.