Community Dialogue talk takes on legal cannabis
Canada is legalizing cannabis but there is still much to learn. The Stratford Public Library and the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo are partnering with a pair of industry insiders at a community dialogue event, where attendees will get the straight dope on this hot-button issue.
Michelle Davis and James Eaves will discuss legislation, access to and responsible use of medical cannabis, as well as innovations in the cannabis industry and how it all relates to our community.
Michelle Davis is the Community Engagement Specialist at Canada’s largest licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science. She educates and builds meaningful relationships with patient organizations, caregivers, social services providers and more, furthering the public's understanding of quality cannabis products, services and therapeutic applications. She also builds awareness of Canada's medical cannabis system and associated healthcare resources.
James Eaves received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is a Full Professor of Management at Université Laval in Quebec, where he teaches MBA courses related to processes companies can use to develop more impactful R&D programs. His research focuses on how new methods and technologies can be used to improve the quality and sustainability of cannabis production. He is regularly invited to speak about the topic at conferences and with journalists across North America.
The event takes place at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Stratford Campus in Stratford.
The Community Dialogues series is a partnership between the Stratford Public Library and the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.
Michele Mosca honoured with Italian Knighthood
This is an excerpt of a story that appeared on the Combinatorics & Optimization website.
On Thursday, June 28, the Government of Italy announced the appointment of Michele Mosca as a Knight of the Order of Merit for his significant contributions in quantum computing and cybersecurity, including research, training, outreach, and commercialization efforts.
Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy in Toronto, who conferred the Knighthood, explained, “President Mattarella was deeply impressed by his thought leadership in cybersecurity and quantum computing and the strong connection to his Italian heritage which was apparent from their discussion. I was delighted to learn of his decision to appoint Professor Mosca to the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.”
His contributions to the theory and practice of quantum information processing include the first experimental implementation of a quantum algorithm, techniques for studying the limitations of quantum computers, quantum self-testing, private quantum channels, and methods for compiling quantum circuits.
Beyond research, Mosca has contributed to outreach and training programs including the ETSI-IQC workshop series in quantum-safe cryptography and CryptoWorks21, a training program for building the quantum-safe cryptography workforce and supported by RBC. He is also a co-founder of evolutionQ Inc., a company that provides services and products that enable organizations to evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones, and softwareQ Inc., a company that offers quantum software products and services to enable organizations to benefit from quantum computing.
“I am honoured and humbled to be recognized with this distinction,” said Mosca. “I am grateful for the support of many colleagues and friends in together developing this tremendous opportunity to use quantum computers to solve important problems for humanity, and at the same time better protect the world from powerful cyber attacks of the future”.
Finally, good news about bad moods
New research found that being in a bad mood can help some people’s executive functioning, such as their ability to focus attention, manage time and prioritize tasks. The same study found that a good mood has a negative effect on it in some cases.
Tara McAuley, a psychology professor at Waterloo, and Martyn S. Gabel, a PhD candidate, explored whether our emotional reactivity shaped how mood influences the kinds of thinking skills we need to navigate the demands and stresses of day-to-day life. Emotional reactivity refers to the sensitivity, intensity and duration of our emotional responses associated with our mood.
“Our results show that there are some people for whom a bad mood may actually hone the kind of thinking skills that are important for everyday life,” said McAuley.
The high-reactive individuals —people who have rapid, intense, and enduring emotional responses — performed better on executive function tasks when experiencing a bad mood. Low-reactive individuals showed the opposite effect, with bad mood associated with worse executive functioning.
This pattern of results supports the view that a bad mood may help with some executive skills – but only for people who are more emotionally reactive.
“People shouldn’t interpret the results as saying it’s fine to fly off the handle or over-react, or to be grouchy,” said McAuley. “We know that emotional reactivity differs from person to person starting at a very early age and that these individual differences have implications for mental-health later in development.”
Further research is needed to explain the relationship, but some studies suggest that high-reactive people are more accustomed to experiencing negative emotions. As such, bad moods may be less distracting for them compared with lower-reactive people.
The study included 95 participants, each of whom completed nine distinct tasks and questionnaires that measure the interplay of mood, emotional reactivity and various working memory and analytic challenges.
McAuley and Gabel’s paper appears in the journal, Personality & Individual Differences.
Ravenhill reappointed Balsillie School director
Professor John Ravenhill's appointment as Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs has been extended for another year.
Ravenhill's term as director will end August 30, 2019.
Ravenhill came from the Australian National University in 2013, where he was the Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. During his successful five-year term with the BSIA, he has established it as one of Canada’s leading schools of international affairs.
“We are thrilled that John has agreed to extend his appointment by another year. He has provided outstanding leadership throughout BSIA during the past five years which we know will continue for the coming year while the Board leads the search for a new Director” said Rob Gordon, chair of the BSIA Board.
During Ravenhill’s term, all three of the graduate programs hosted at the BSIA have grown, and the School now offers more than 120 events each year, most open to the public. As an internationally renowned political scientist, Ravenhill is well connected and continues to foster new linkages for the School nationally and internationally.
Among his most impressive accomplishments, Ravenhill lead the creation of seven “Research Clusters” at the School, to focus the vast research interests of the School’s faculty and students and to promote this knowledge through themed lectures and workshops; he established a relationship with Global Affairs Canada to allow the School’s students to develop policy briefs that feed directly into the government’s decision-making process; and he developed a cohesive Strategic Plan to steer the School into its second decade.
The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) is holding lunch-and-learn style sessions where they will go into detail on important topics, and the first session will be on the subject of Policy 18 - Staff Employment. on Tuesday, July 17 at noon.
"One of this policy’s goals is to help UW “be a place where people want to work and can make meaningful contributions,”" says a statement from the UWSA. "We’ll see how the policy tries to do this."
"We’ll literally read Policy 18 together pausing for questions and making comments as we go along. There is no need to prepare for this session although reading the policy before the session would help Policy 18 - Staff Employment."
Registration is required for this event, as the UWSA wishes to keep the attendance to 24 people. "Feel free to bring your own lunch," says the UWSA. "We’ll provide a Mezze platter, fresh fruit platter and lemonade."
Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include Arup Canada. Visit the Employer Information Calendar for more details.