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Friday, September 21, 2018


Dominic Barton delivers President's Lecture 

Dominic Barton.Incoming Chancellor of the University of Waterloo Dominic Barton will deliver a President's Lecture this morning entitled "Dimensions of Global Disruption.

In his remarks, Barton will share his insights and reflections on the global economy and on the University of Waterloo's position and opportunities as a leader in global innovation. A fireside chat will follow the lecture. The President's Lecture will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Register on Ticketfi. Admission is free.

The event will also be livestreamed.

Barton's lecture is part of a suite of activities on campus today, including meetings, tours of the Tatham Centre, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, The Vision and Image Processing Lab in the David Johnston Research + Technology Park, Engineering 5, Engineering 7 and the Velocity Garage.

International Fund winners named

Waterloo has always been a place that generates and fosters great ideas and innovation, so when the university announced an Internationalization Fund to support new internationalization initiatives it was no surprise that the response was immediate and strong. The Fund was established by the Provost to support innovative new projects that would infuse international, intercultural and/or global perspectives into the curriculum or co-curricular activities.

The funding announcement received 22 submissions from across campus and Waterloo International is pleased to announce the recipients of funding through the Internationalization Fund. The selected projects represent a mix of initiatives which address internationalization abroad, at home and within research collaborations. They include a focus on undergraduate and graduate students, issues related to both inbound international students and outbound travel by Waterloo students, and both curricular and co-curricular innovation.

The recipients are:

  • Janice Aurini & Kate Henne​, Sociology & Legal Studies, Transnational Talks: Global Methodological Approaches to Research
  • Karla Boluk & Elena Neiterman, Recreation & Leisure Studies, Building Bridges across Borders: Virtually Aligning Courses between Institutional Partners (Kazakhstan)
  • Colleen McMillan & Kofi Campbell, Renison University College, School of Social Work, Enhancing Student Experience: Domestic & International Student Integration
  • Jessica Lang, WatPD – EDGE, International Experiential Education Toolkit for EDGE instructors
  • Ellen MacEachen​, Public Health & Health Studies, Collaborative Online Graduate-level Course “International Perspectives on Equality in Work and Health” (Sweden)

  • Cherisse Mike, Dean of Math Office, Videos Addressing Cultural Stereotypes of Minority Groups on Campus

  • Angela Rooke​, Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs, Workshop Series on Professionalism for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows,

  • Linda Zhang, Information Systems & Technology, International Student Seminars to Promote Successful and Healthy Transition to Waterloo

These projects will be implemented during the 2018/19 academic calendar with their outcomes and results summarized in final reports that will serve as resources and templates for institutional learning and potential future project iterations.

Waterloo joins March of 1,000 Umbrellas for United Way launch

Waterloo marchers with umbrellas unfurled at the south campus entrance.

A message from the University of Waterloo United Way campaign.

On Thursday September 20 a team of University of Waterloo employees showed their community spirit by participating in United Way Waterloo Region and Communities’ campaign launch. Participants marched along King Street from Waterloo Town Square to Kitchener City Hall with University of Waterloo umbrellas to raise awareness about United Way campaigns within our community.

Following the march, participants had a chance to talk to a variety of United Way volunteers, employees, and representatives from various organizations who run United Way campaigns similar to our campus campaign. Not only did our team meet new people, but we shared ideas about generating campaign enthusiasm and participation in our workplaces, learned a lot about the importance of giving, and saw how donations impact our entire community.

For many years the University has been supporting United Way Waterloo Region Communities with our annual campaign. This year our campaign is focusing on the message of “every little bit counts.” From our tremendous volunteers to generous donors and enthusiastic event attendees, the staff, faculty and retirees of Waterloo support the campaign in so many ways. We know that we can’t make our goal without you. This year we’re aiming to raise $270,000; to reach this goal, we need your help!

Our annual campaign kicks off on Tuesday, October 2. Place this in your calendar and help us support United Way by dressing up or decorating your office red! For more information on how to donate or volunteer, go to our website. We’re looking forwards to having a great 2018 campaign and hope you’ll help us continue to build a stronger community.

Campus gears up for Reunion weekend; other notes

Reunion 2018 banner showing a historical photo of cheerleaders.

Welcome back, Warriors! Reunion 2018 is set for Saturday, September 22. There will be a full day of activities for staff and faculty to enjoy with friends, family and coworkers. Highlights include:

See the full Reunion 2018 schedule for more information.

On Monday, September 24, the Waterloo AI Institute will launch its inaugural Fall 2018 seminar series with a talk by KIMIA Lab Director Hamid Tizhoosh entitled "Artificial Intelligence - History, Opportunities and Challenges." The talk takes place at 3:30 p.m. in DC 1302. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. 

Link of the day

Pizza on the battlefield

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.

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.

International Students Breakfast Seminar, Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m., 268 Lester Street conference room.

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.

Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Simulations and Games in the Classroom, Monday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 2034.

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.

Volunteer Fair,  Tuesday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economics featuring David Card, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley,  “Good Jobs: The Growing Importance of Who You Work For,” Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Canadian Engineering Graduate Studies Consortium, Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., E7.

Velocity Start: Ain’t No Model Like a Business Model, “Learn how to create a lean business model canvas”, Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

NEW - Learn to write and publish a great research paperThursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m., William G. Davis Centre, Room 1302.

NEW - G.I. Game Jam: Learn, Thursday, September 27, 5:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

NEW - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) public lecture, “Blockchain: A new foundation for distributed energy resources,” Friday, September 28, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4335.

NEW - Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Crossing the Town/Gown Divide: Students’ Learning for Good, Friday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., MC 2036.

NEW - Knowledge Integration seminar: “Games at Work”, featuring Chelsea Mills, Designer at Overlap Associates, Friday, September 28, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

NEW - G.I. Game Jam: Make, Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, EV3 1408, 3408.

NEW - Velocity 10 Year Celebration on campus, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Green space between SCH and TC.

NEW - Health Careers Conference, Saturday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall. Spaces are limited.