Practice train and track safety during ION testing
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.