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Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Practice train and track safety during ION testing

An ION train approaches the Engineering 5 track crossing.

A message from the City of Waterloo.

Trains are testing as ION works toward the start of light rail service. The frequency of trains passing by will increase as ION gets closer to service, with multiple trains testing at any time.

Trains are big, quiet and move quickly. Whether you are new to campus or you've been here a long time, there are a few things that you can do to make safety a habit:

  • Look both ways before crossing the tracks, even if the crossing gates aren’t down or the bells and lights aren’t activated;
  • Wait for the crossing gates to go up before crossing the tracks;
  • Stay alert, pause or mute your headphones while walking or cycling near the tracks;
  • Never walk, run or cycle on the railway.

Visit ION Safety to learn more about the signs and signals.

ION is the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system, which travels a 19 kilometre route from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall and includes a station at University of Waterloo.

When ION launches, Grand River Transit riders will transfer seamlessly between bus and light rail services, providing a reliable link from University of Waterloo to destinations across Waterloo Region.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute launches soon

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute logo.The University of Waterloo is inviting members of the community to celebrate the launch of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute on Friday, September 28.

"In our Internet-of-Things world, just about all our devices can be hacked," says a note from the institute. "We rely on digital products, services, and communications in our everyday life, and although there is tremendous potential in this increased innovation, it also exposes us to a rise in security breaches and privacy risk."  

Join Canada's leaders in cybersecurity and learn about the interdisciplinary, scientific approach Waterloo is taking to develop solutions to these fundamental challenges. The event will feature two panel discussions on post-quantum security and the Internet of Things (IoT) security, as well as a presentation from Public Safety Canada.  

The new institute brings together Waterloo’s 40 security researchers from across the University under one umbrella.

The launch event takes place in the Bruce White Atrium in Mathematics 3.

For more information or to register your attendance, please visit the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute website.

Chem 13 News celebrates 50 years

An array of Chem 13 magazines from years past.

Not many magazines reach the age of 50 but since September 1968, the University of Waterloo Department of Chemistry has published Chem 13 News, a magazine for teachers of introductory chemistry worldwide. From its inception, Chem 13 News has played a lead role in developing passionate and concerned educators who inspire and groom the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

Reg Friesen, a professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo, started Chem 13 News in response to cries for help from high school chemistry teachers in Ontario when they had to adapt to curricular changes on short notice in 1968. Many changes in science curricula at the time were quickly introduced as reaction to Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite, in 1957.

After a successful first year, Friesen and his editorial group sought active collaboration from high school chemistry teachers and other readers, asking them to share their ideas, innovations and experiences. Chem 13 News magazine was the impetus to the ChemEd conference for high school chemistry teachers. The concept of teachers helping teachers continues to be the backbone philosophy of Chem 13 News.

 J.L Candido, J.B Capindale, L.J. Brubacher, A.D. Prudham, W.A.E. McBryde.

The 1986-1990 Chem 13 editorial board: J.L Candido, J.B Capindale, L.J. Brubacher, A.D. Prudham, W.A.E. McBryde.

In 1986, Friesen passed the editorship to Lew Brubacher, a biochemistry professor, also in Waterloo’s Chemistry Department. Brubacher continued the tradition and guided the magazine through many changes in chemistry education during his 20 years as editor.

In 2006, Jean Hein became editor of the magazine having been a Waterloo Chemistry graduate and high school chemistry teacher.

“I continue to be amazed at the innovations continuing to take place in the chemistry classroom, and willingness of teachers to share their ideas and experiences,” says Hein.

This year, the magazine is transitioning online to an open access model. By eliminating printing and mailing costs, while maintaining the Faculty of Science’s support, we’ve managed to make the magazine free and available to everyone. The last 50 issues with 600 articles were posted online to celebrate our 50 years of publication. The magazine will continue to provide a platform for chemistry teachers to share and thrive.

The magazine has promoted other initiatives in chemical education, including the Chem13 News exam for chemistry students (1971) and the Avogadro exam for grade 11 high school students.

But by far their most successful outreach campaign has been the Periodic Table Project in 2011 to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. The finished mural – a collage of hand-painted artwork from students around the world is proudly displayed at the entrance to the EIT building. This year, Chem13 News is creating a Timeline of Elements mural for the Science Teaching Complex in honour of the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019. Already more than 200 schools in 26 countries are participating.

Fun Run traffic disruptions and other notes

Grand River Transit, GO Transit, and Greyhound bus pick-up locations will be altered on Saturday, September 22 for the annual Fun Run, which is being held as part of Reunion 2018.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, all traffic around Ring Road will be routed to the outer lane only until approximately 12:00 noon. Police and Parking Services will be managing traffic during this time. Please note that access to Parking Lot D will be affected between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. If possible, please avoid Parking Lot D.

  • Greyhound will be picking up directly in front of Parking Lot R.
  • GO Transit  will be picking up across from the existing stops on the outer side of the Ring Road for all service until 1:00pm on Saturday.
  • Grand River Transit has been notified of the change to ring road and will adapt their pick-ups accordingly.

If anyone has questions about the transportation diversions, please contact Alumni Officer, Sonya Bastedo at sonya.bastedo@uwaterloo.ca.

A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land poster.

On Thursday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. join Conrad Grebel University College, the Mennonite Central Committee, and the Korea Art Forum for a reception celebrating the Grebel Gallery's current exhibit, A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land.

The exhibit features rarely-seen artworks produced by world-renowned North and South Korean, American, and Chinese artists, and serves to communicate that “Peace is not an absence of war, but the living process of freely interacting with others and understanding their values and perspective, while realizing truth and justice.” At the reception, the exhibit curator Heng-Gil Han will share about the exhibit and his vision for peace in Korea.

To attend this event, please register on the Centre for Peace Advancement website.

Link of the day

Yom Kippur

When and where 

Music Department Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2018, Thursday, September 6 to Friday, September 21, Conrad Grebel University College.

Peace Week, Monday, September 17 to Saturday, September 22.

Research ethics system training, Tuesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC1208.

Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Tuesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session - Leveraging Resources, Tuesday, September 18, 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

The Body Project, Tuesday, September 18. 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Science: The Startup Rollercoaster, Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWaterloo Jacket Day, Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Store, SCH. 

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

UWRC Book Club featuring the the One Book One Community selection Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Healthy Workplace Committee Brown Bag Lunch and Learn, Helping Your Child Succeed at School, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5-1111. Space is limited, so please register to attend.

Noon Hour Concert: "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Mason", Wednesday, September 19, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session for undergraduate students, Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall. Please note the updated time.

Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem?, “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how find and solve “killer” problems,” Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Jason Jonkman​, Senior Engineer, NREL, "The New FAST.Farm: Wind Farm Design & Analysis." Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E6 4022.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group seminar, "A Positive Health Approach to Older People with Memory Problems and Their Family Caregivers” featuring Dr. Yvonne Yueh-Feng Lu, Associate Professor School of Nursing Indiana University, Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register.

NEW - Biomedical Discussion Group: Dr. Yvonne Lu, Indiana University, Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., EC4 2101a.

R&T Charity Tailgate Lunch Thursday, September 20, 11:30 a.m., Techtown.

Korea Art Forum Exhibit Reception, “A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land,” Thursday, September 20, 4:00 p.m., Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

Grimm Lecture 2018: When would Capitalism end? Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m., CIGI Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

2018 Cheriton Research Symposium, presentations by David R. Cheriton, Cheriton Faculty Fellows and grad student poster presentations, Friday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC 1302.

President's Lecture featuring Dominic Barton in Conversation: Dimensions of Global Disruption, Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre. Registration required.

Café-rencontre – Professor Mélinda Caron, Université TÉLUQ, Friday September 21, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., PAS 2432.

Knowledge Integration seminar, “Startup KI: Applying cross-cultural collaboration & design thinking to invent new things and make money”, featuring Charlie Moscoe, Product Manager at Hubba, Friday, September 21, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Reunion 2018, Saturday, September 22.

St. Paul’s 15th Annual Pow Wow, Saturday, September 22, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Waterloo Park Bandshell.

Warrior Football Vs. Western - Reunion Game, Saturday September 22, Kick off at 1:00 p.m.  

Instructional Registration Deadline, Sunday, September 23.

2018 RBC Distinguished Lecture - The Future of Water: Innovation, Resource Recovery, and the Blue Economy, Monday, September 24, 5:00 p.m., QNC 0010/1103A.

NEW - CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy featuring Adam Molnar, Deakin University, “Evaluating the Australian government’s legislative response to the encryption debate,” Tuesday, September 25, 3:00 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - Research ethics system training, Wednesday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system website.

NEW - Operation Wallacea Info Session, Biological Conservation Research Opportunities for Undergrad Students, Wednesday, September 26, 10:30 a.m., QNC 1501.

NEW - Computer science PhD seminar, “Effective user interaction for high-recall retrieval: Less is more,” featuring Haotian Zhang, Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., DC 2568.

PhD oral defences

English Language and Literature. Philip Miletic, "Only Connect: The Virtual Communities of Gertrude Stein and David Foster Wallace." Supervisor, Aimée Morrison. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m., HH 373.

English Language and Literature. Lacey Beer, "Tongues Tied: Translingual Directions for Technologically-Mediated Composing Platforms." Supervisor, Frankie Condon. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Friday, September 21, 12:00 p.m., HH 373.

Global Governance. Andrés Garcia, "Yes but No: Havana Peace Agreement's Ambiguous Sway on Colombia's Rural Development Policy." Supervisor, Jennifer Clapp. On display in the faculty of Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Tuesday, September 25, 9:00 a.m., BSIA 2-33.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Ali Abdul Kadhim, "Solid-Particles Deposition Through a Turbulent Impinging Jet Using Lattice Botlzmann Method." Supervisor, Fue-Sang Lien. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m., E3 4117.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Safoan Alhalali, "Real Time Dynamic State Estimation: Development and Application to Power System." Supervisor, Ramadan El-Shatshat. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m., EIT 3142.

Sociology & Legal Studies. Cathlene Hillier, "A seasonal research design examining macro- and micro-understandings of parent engagement and children's literacy achievement." Supervisor, Janic Aurini. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2428. Oral defence Tuesday, October 2, 3:00 p.m., MC 2009.