Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Donna Strickland wins Nobel Prize in Physics

University of Waterloo Professor Donna Strickland is one of three scientists to win this year's Nobel Prize in physics for her work to develop short and intense laser pulses that have many industrial and medical applications.

Strickland, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 55 years, the first Canadian woman to do so, and the first University of Waterloo faculty member to win a Nobel Prize while affiliated with the University.

Strickland shares the award with American Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories and French physicist Gérard Mourou of École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, and the University of Michigan. Strickland and Mourou split one half of the prize share "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses," according to the Nobel committee, while Ashkin receives one half of the prize "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems."

"I got the Nobel Prize for my very first paper, and it was my PhD thesis," says Strickland. "It was great to have had the opportunity to work with one of the pioneers of ultrafast lasers, Gérard Mourou. It was a small community back then. It was a new, burgeoning field. I got to be part of that. It was very exciting.”

Strickland joined the University of Waterloo in 1997. She is a past winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

Black and gold has gone red

United Way volunteers sell baked goods in the Student Life Centre courtyard.

A message from the United Way campaign.

Campus is ‘going red’ today to celebrate the launch of the university’s 2018 United Way campaign.

We can’t wait to see the photos come in from across campus with pops of red, so don’t forget to share them with us on Twitter or Instagram with the #UWUnitedWay hashtag - your engagement is the key to our campaign success!

To help us kick off our fundraising month, we asked members of the campus community to share why they support the campaign. We hope you’ll also consider supporting United Way and make a donation via e-Pledge (payroll deduction is available).

Our campus community really comes together throughout the month of October and we know that on-campus teams will share in a bit of fun while also helping us meet our fundraising goal of $270,000. Keep an eye out for auctions and bake sales, Halloween costume contests, cook-offs, and head-shaving challenges! New this year, and taking place today, is Busker Fest. Student performers like Lyle Kam and The Little Berlin Band will be set up across campus; show your support by making a donation. All of their proceeds will go towards our United Way campaign goal.

Make sure you check out campus-wide events as they’re posted throughout October, or connect with your area’s volunteer rep to find out what’s planned for your unit. Don’t have an area volunteer rep? It’s never too late to get involved. Learn about the roles and sign up on our website.

Library Fall Fair takes place today

Library Day fall fair banner featuring a Canada Goose.

The annual Library Day fall fair is taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at all University of Waterloo Library locations.

Each year during Canadian Library Month, the Library takes a day to celebrate students, faculty and staff. Activities will be taking place in the Arts quad in front of the Dana Porter Library, the Great Hall outside the Davis Centre Library, and at Musagetes Architecture Library and the Witer Learning Resource Centre.

Staff members pose with a cardboard cutout of Feridun Hamdullahpur.There will be popular carnival games like giant plinko and ring toss, library-themed activities like book spine poetry, lots of food and a photo booth activity featuring a life-size cardboard cutout of President Feridun Hamdullahpur.

There will also be an opportunity to support the University of Waterloo's United Way fundraising campaign.

Check out the Library Day website for more details.

Indigenous Speaker Series features Lee Maracle

An illustration featuring speaker Lee Maracle.

The Indigenous Speakers Series presents award-winning writer Lee Maracle with choreographer Bill Coleman.

Lee Maracle.Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō Nation, grandmother of four, and mother of four. She was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canada's literary landscape and for her influential voice in cultural relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. As “one of Canada’s bravest literary voices,” Maracle’s works include the novels Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, and Sundogs, the short story collection, Sojourner's Truth, a poetry collection Bentbox, and non-fiction I Am Woman. She is also the editor of numerous poetry works and has published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and the USA. In her recent book, My Conversations with Canadians, Maracle reflects on the countless questions asked by Canadians over her writing career, “all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate.” Join the event organizers for a conversation with Maracle about subjects such as citizenship, racism, Indigenous rights, segregation, law, prejudice and reconciliation.

Bill Coleman, his body perforated by arrows, performs in a scene from his production "Dollhouse"In addition, choreographer Bill Coleman and sound artist Phil Strong will join Lee Maracle on stage to create a performance integrating Maracle’s story telling with sound and dance. Coleman is the recent recipient of the Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, recognizing the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist. Coleman has performed internationally with world-renowned companies and created a singular body of work that unites distant worlds in celebration of “home”—the natural and cultural environment, community, and the physical body itself.

The Indigenous Speaker Series highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island, offering Waterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from and engage with Indigenous issues. This talk is sponsored by the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, the Faculty of Arts, the Departments of History, and the Department of Communication Arts.

All are welcome to this free event. The talk begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 3 in Modern Language’s Theatre of the Arts. Maracle will be available after the talk for a book signing. 

New e-commerce options and other notes

An infographic illustrating new e-commerce options including duplicate and replacement diplomas, letters of permission, and transcript requests.

To improve service for students and alumni, more products have been added to the University of Waterloo’s e-commerce site. In addition to transcript and proof of enrolment requests, replacement or duplicate diplomas can be also be ordered, as well as Letter of Permission and Alumni Letter Request for Transcript Assessment. This project has been a joint initiative between Finance, IST, GSPA, the RO, and the Student Service Centre.

The University Club is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit with its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Buffet, scheduled for Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To make a registration call the Club at extension 33801.

Link of the day

International Day of Nonviolence

When and where 

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

Imaginus Poster Sale and OH Fudge, Monday, October 1 to Thursday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Go Red Day, Tuesday, October 2.

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.

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.

WICI Open House, Tuesday, October 2, 2:00 p.m., DC 1301.

Faculty of Arts strategic plan consultation session, Tuesday, October 2, 2:00 p.m., AL 221.

Shark Bite Brownies, Wednesday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., DC Green.

Indigenous Speakers Series: Lee Maracle with Bill Coleman, Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Theater of the Arts, Modern Languages.

Velocity Start presents Building a Kick A** Team, Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

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

Give Thanks Day, Thursday, October 4, 11:00 am in E7.

Entrepreneurial speed dating, Thursday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., EV3 3412.

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.

Clarity in scientific writing, Friday, October 5, 12:30 p.m., SCH 228F.

Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 8, most University operations and buildings closed.

Fall Break, Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10.

Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects, Tuesday, October 9, 2:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Keeping Well at Work Day 2018, Wednesday, October 10.

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 - WISE Public Lecture: Show me your forecasts, I'll show you mine! Are we moving towards energy data markets?, Wednesday, October 10, 10:30 a.m., CPH 4335.

QPR Mental Health Training, Wednesday, October 10, 1:30 p.m., Counselling Services, Needles Hall.

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.

Backward/Forward: Reflections on Peace, Conflict and Human Rights, Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m., Grebel Gallery, Conrad Grebel University College.

Annotated bibliography using RefWorks, Friday, October 12, 10:00 a.m., Library FLEX Lab.

TEDxUW, Saturday, October 13, 8:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall.

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

Quantum Innovators in Science and Engineering, Monday, October 15 to Thursday, October 18.

University Senate meeting, Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

PhD oral defences

Physics & Astronomy. Christopher Chamberland, "New methods in quantum error correction and fault-tolerant quantum computing." Supervisor, Raymond Laflamme. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m., QNC 1201.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Hongcan Lin, "Applications of Stochastic Control to Portfolio Selection Problems." Supervisors, David Saunders, Chengguo Weng. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Friday, October 5, 9:30 a.m., M3 3001.

Management Sciences. Ayman Alzayat, "Measuring Tool Embodiment in Ready-to-Hand and Unready-to-Hand Situations Using Virtual and Physical Tools." Supervisors, Mark Hancock, Miguel Nacenta. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 a.m., MC 2009.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. David Wilson, "The Estimation of Stochastic Models in Finance with Volatility and Jump Intensity." Supervisors, Don McLeish, Tony Wirjanto. Thesis available on MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Tuesday, October 9, 2:00 p.m., M3 3001.