Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Canada Day 2018 was a Sunday Funday

King Warrior poses with Canada Day Celebration attendees.

More than 55,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and sounds of Sloan and Fred Penner at the 34th annual Canada Day Celebrations at Columbia Lake on Sunday, July 1.

It was an afternoon and evening filled with interactive family fun, delicious local foods, community and cultural performances, live entertainment featuring outstanding Canadian talent, and of course a spectacular fireworks display.

Stay tuned for a video recap of the festivities to be published in the Daily Bulletin later this week.

Terms of office begin for new Chancellor, Provost

As of the first of July, the University of Waterloo has a new Chancellor and a new Vice-President, Academic & Provost.

Dominic Barton.Dominic Barton was named the University of Waterloo's 11th Chancellor in June and his three-year term began July 1. Barton recently ended his third three-year term as the global leader of McKinsey. In addition to leading McKinsey since 2008, Barton also chairs the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Elected by the University’s Senate to a three-year term, the chancellor presides over convocation ceremonies, conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates on graduating students. He also serves as a leading ambassador for the University. He official installation as Chancellor will take place during the fall 2018 Convocation ceremonies in October.

James Rush.James Rush takes the reins as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, succeeding interim provost George Dixon for a five-year term ending June 30, 2023. Rush, who joined the University in 2000, most recently served as the dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and has held a number of other posts, including associate dean of graduate studies and research, associate chair of graduate studies, and chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

“In addition to his strong record of academic leadership and scholarship, Jim will bring vigour, vision, and a steady hand to the role of vice-president, academic & provost,” said President Feridun Hamdullahpur when Rush's appointment was announced in February. “Jim has been an exceptional colleague and dean and is well placed to continue to serve the Waterloo community."

Other academic and administrative appointees as of July 1 include:

  • Daniel Brown begins an appointment as Acting Director, Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics until December 31, 2018;
  • Rhona Hanning is re-appointed Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in Applied Health Sciences;
  • Elizabeth Nilsen is appointed Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in Arts; and
  • Christina Vester is appointed as Interim Chair, Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts.

Ira Needles honoured at the Boardwalk

University Historian Ken McLaughlin speaks at the unveiling of Ira Needles' statue at the Boardwalk.

University Historian Ken McLaughlin speaks at the unveiling of Ira Needles' statue at the Boardwalk.

University of Waterloo founder Ira Needles has been permanently honoured with a statue hosted at The Boardwalk in Kitchener.

 150,000 Engineers" speech that led to the establishment of the University of Waterloo.The statue was revealed at an installation ceremony on Thursday, June 21. Waterloo Professor Emeritus and historian Ken McLaughlin provided remarks about Needles and his historical contributions to the region. 

Vice-Dean of Engineering Richard Culham was also in attendance, alongside community leaders and family, including several grandchildren of Mr. Needles.

"Ira George Needles was an outstanding community leader who became the foremost spokesman in Canada for creating a new university in Waterloo that would include Co-operative learning as the basis for its engineering program," writes Ken McLaughlin. "In August 1956, Needles’ announcement of what he described as “The Waterloo Plan” challenged Ontario’s university system and against formidable opposition led to the creation of the University of Waterloo. Needles’ passion for experiential learning and his role as a Canadian and community business leader has re-shaped this community and the university landscape across Canada and was recognized with the installation of a statue of Ira Needles at the Boardwalk proximate to the exact spot where University Avenue and Ira Needles Boulevard intersect."

Recent issues of the WATTimes retiree newsletter cover Ira Needles' vision for Waterloo, including the Winter 2017 issue, which prints the text of the speech that started it all.

Notes as the heatwave continues

Whew, hot enough for you? The University of Waterloo Weather Station has reported that June 2018 was both hot and dry, with temperatures one degree above average for the month. The month, of course, went out on a warm note with 33.2° Celsius on Saturday, June 30, but the weather station notes that the hottest day of the month was actually on June 17, when the mercury reached 33.4°C. There were four days in June where the temperature exceeded 30 degrees. Check out the full June 2018 report on the UW Weather Station's blog.

Registration is open for the 5th Annual UWSA Golf Social Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19 with a 3:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Foxwood Country Club.

The deadline to register is FridayJuly 6.

Tickets for University of Waterloo Staff Association or University of Waterloo Retirees Association members will be $60.00 and guests will pay $65.00. Payments are accepted through Eventastic. The ticket price includes 9 holes of golf, a golf cart, dinner, prizes and loads of fun. The $10,000 Hole-in-One contest is sponsored by Johnson InsuranceRegister today!

On June 25, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, gave a video welcome to delegates at the start of a 3-day workshop for the IPRG project on “Bioengineering innovations for biotechnology and biomanufacturing” at the University, hosted by Professor Murray Moo-Young of Chemical Engineering and Professor Trevor Charles of Biology, under the auspices of the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering of the University of Chile and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research. VIP industry representatives included GE Healthcare, Sanofi, PnuVax and Lallelmand. The delegation from the University of Chile was led by Professor Juan Asenjo.

Link of the day

410 years ago: the place where the river narrows

When and where 

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.

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.

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.

Math 101 Day, Thursday, July 19.

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

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

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

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

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

Lectures and classes end, Wednesday, July 25.

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

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

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

Environment 101 Day, Thursday, July 26.

Examinations begin, Saturday, July 28.

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

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