Friday, September 28, 2018

HeForShe Scholarship winners named

The six HeForShe Scholarship winners in a group photo.

by Natalie Quinlan. This article originally appeared on Waterloo Stories.

The University of Waterloo has awarded six first-year students with HeForShe IMPACT scholarships in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The scholarships are part of the University of Waterloo’s commitment to encourage more young minds to pursue careers in STEM, an area where those who identify as women or non-binary groups are currently underrepresented. 

Waterloo is the only Canadian university taking part in the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to achieve gender parity. As part of this initiative, the University aims to increase representation for female or those who identify as female and non-binary in STEM education and careers, faculty representation, and senior university positions.  

Each recipient has a unique story that’s fueled their interest in STEM. Here's a look at how they are pursuing their passions. 

Read the rest of the article on Waterloo Stories.

Waterloo Institute launches 2017-2018 report

The cover image of the Water Institute's Impact report.

Water disregards boundaries. And so must we.

The Water Institute’s 2017-18 report highlights the impact it has made in the past year in water research, education and international partnerships.
This new publication, available in digital and print form, is designed to advance the Water Institute’s strategic mission of carrying out meaningful and impactful interdisciplinary research and education, and promoting knowledge exchange in addressing complex water challenges.
Stories reflect the diversity of work taking place across all six of its partner faculties.
Enjoy the read and, as always, we welcome your feedback.

Writing and Communication Centre launches new programs

Waterloo Writes logo.

Between teaching, lab work or research, and service, it can be difficult for faculty and graduate students alike to carve out time for writing. To help researchers find time to write, The Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) is launching two new programs in October – one for graduate students and one for faculty.

As a follow-up to their popular Grad Writing Cafes, which take place on Tuesday and Friday mornings, the WCC is now introducing #WaterlooWrites: "show up and write" spaces for graduate students facilitated and hosted by graduate students. Unlike Grad Writing Cafes, which the WCC hosts centrally in South Campus Hall (SCH), these volunteer-led groups are decentralized, providing spaces for graduate students to write together, discuss the challenges and successes of writing about their research, and learn new writing tips each week in the Faculties and Schools where they already work.

Graduate students can pick up a #WaterlooWrites incentive card during their Faculty or School's weekly writing session. Each time they show up and write they will earn a stamp on their card, just like a coffee card. Once a student has filled all twelve spaces on the incentive card, they will receive a #WaterlooWrites coffee mug to show off their dedication and fuel future writing sessions. 

There are seven #WaterlooWrites groups launching on campus: Arts, Math, Science, Engineering, Optometry, Balsillie School, and Pharmacy. The 2018-2019 pilot year for these groups has been funded by the Graduate Students Association and GRADventure,

In addition to #WaterlooWrites, the WCC is also launching a new writing group for faculty this October. The WCC already offers a drop-in Faculty Writing Café on Wednesday afternoons that helps faculty carve out a time and space for writing each week. Faculty from all disciplines are now invited to join an eight-week Faculty Writing Group to discuss their writing goals, challenges and strategies, give and receive feedback from peers, and keep each other accountable. The Faculty Writing Group will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, directly following the Faculty Writing Café, from October 17 to December 17. Registration is open until October 1.

Canada's largest educational fair is this weekend

Crowds flock to the University of Waterloo booth at the Ontario Universities Fair.

A message from the Registrar’s Office, Marketing & Undergraduate Recruitment

This week marks the return of the Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF), which will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, starting FridaySeptember 28 through to Sunday, September 30 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in downtown Toronto. This event continues to grow; last year there were nearly 140,000 visitors in attendance. The OUF serves Toronto and the GTA, while the rest of the province can access the University Information Program (UIP) throughout October and November with fair-style events in most Ontario regions.

High school students and their parents attend the OUF to talk with students, professors, and representatives from one of Ontario’s 21 universities. Waterloo “boothers” answer questions about programs, admission requirements, student life, and much more. In addition to the always-popular Waterloo booth, there will be hourly sessions in Waterloo’s presentation room (Room 718A) where our recruiters will share facts and stories in an engaging multimedia presentation. 

A special thanks should go out to the 600+ students, faculty, and staff who will represent Waterloo at the OUF this weekend. OUF is organized by a provincial university steering committee, which our very own Jody Berringer, Manager Liaison, MUR is currently the Chair.

Link of the day

International Right to Know Day

When and where 

Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) Update featuring speaker Daryl Dore of IST, Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., EC5 1111.

NEW - Ontario Universities Fair, Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Staff Members, Friday, September 28, 11:00 a.m., EIT 3142.

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 2036EC1 – 1227 (Philanthropy Room). Please note the new location.

QPR Mental Health Training, Friday, September 28, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Research Excellence, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall.

Professionalism in your communication: How to talk to your professors, Friday, September 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

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

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

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

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

The Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Competition applications close“Apply to pitch important industry problems for a share of $30,000,” Sunday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.

NEW - Book Store Concourse Sale, Monday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Campus Hall concourse.

Assessing your Skills (for employees only), Monday, October 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm., TC1208.

Research ethics system training, Tuesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

NEW - Library Day fall fair, Tuesday October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., All University of Waterloo Library locations

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Tuesday, October 2, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NH 3318.

Indigenous Speakers Series: Lee Maracle with Bill Coleman, Wednesday, October 3, 4 p.m., Theater of the Arts, Modern Languages.

NEW - University Club Thanksgiving lunch buffet, Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Warrior Men's Hockey Vs. Western Home Opener, Residence Night, Warrior REC League Night, Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena.

Design research seminar: Dr. John S. Gero, Thursday, October 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E5 2004.

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

Auto Tech Symposium, Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7.

NEW - Tri-agency financial administration engagement consultations, Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, DC 1302.

Research Talks: Innovative approaches to revolutionizing healthcare featuring Catherine Burns, Juewen Liu, Carolyn Ren, and Roderick Slavcev. Thursday, October 11, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please register as seating is limited.

Warriors Football Vs. McMaster Think Pink Game, Saturday, October 13, kick off 1:00 p.m. 

PhD oral defences

Systems Design Engineering. Seyed Omid Sadat Rezai, "An Empirical Model of Area MT." Supervisor, Bryan Tripp. On display in the Engineering graduate studies office, E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 p.m., EC4 2101A.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Hussam Hussein Ali Al-Saedi, "A Modular and Scalable Architecture for Millimeter-Wave Beam-Forming Antenna Systems." Supervisor, Safieddin Safavi-Naeini. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, October 3, 1:30 p.m., E5 4047.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Ferhat Aydinoglu, "Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio (HAR) Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Probes by One Step e-Beam Lithography and AFM Cantilever Patterning using Grafted Monolayer." Supervisor, Bo Cui. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Wednesday, October 3, 2:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

Civil & Environmental Engineering. Omar Binhomaid, "Construction Site-layout Optimization Considering Workers' Behaviours Around Site Obstacles, using Agent-based Simulation." Supervisor, Tarek Hegazy. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Thursday, October 4, 2:00 p.m., E2 2350.