Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Nobel news - like a bolt from the blue

Professor Donna Strickland in her laboratory.

You'll have to forgive us if we shoot a few celebratory laser blasts into the air in triumph this week. Oh, you haven't heard? Donna Strickland, a Waterloo physics professor who helped revolutionize laser physics, was named a winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics yesterday.

Strickland, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, shares half the $1.4 million prize with French laser physicist Gérard Mourou. The other half was awarded to U.S. physicist Arthur Ashkin.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences stated that Mourou and Strickland paved the way toward the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind. Their revolutionary article was published in 1985 and was the foundation of Strickland’s doctoral thesis.

Check out the livestream from yesterday's press conference in celebration of Professor Strickland.

Here's a roundup of items of interest about our Nobel laureate, which can be read in their entireties on Waterloo Stories:

The news of Professor Strickland's win made a media splash nationally and internationally. Here's a taste of the news coverage from yesterday:

Congratulations Professor Strickland!

Waterloo launches new recycling and organics bins

The colour-coded recycling and waste bins.

What is black, green, blue, and grey and has popped up at food outlets across campus? The University of Waterloo is excited to launch its first wave of standardized waste and recycling bins at Food Services areas and cafeterias. This is a key step in the Zero Waste UW Action Plan.

Implemented in early September, the new bins feature clearer instructions, standard colours, and public organics collection for food waste, paper towels, and paper plates. The project is led by Custodial Services in partnership with Food Services, the Sustainability Office, Housing and Residences, Central Stores, and many more.

“This is a big improvement to help students and employees sort waste properly,” says Mat Thijssen, Waterloo's Sustainability Manager. “We heard continual feedback on barriers to the previous system from students, employees, and even class research projects that interviewed people who were trying to recycle.”

Waterloo’s 2017 waste audit found that over 80 percent of all items sent to landfill from the University could have been composted or recycled. Through the improvements to the bins, this can be dramatically reduced.

“Individual action is incredibly important,” says Thijssen. “We want to make sure our infrastructure helps people reduce waste. Now we need all members of campus to play our part and take a couple seconds to sort.”

The standard was created after two years of barrier identification, signage testing, piloting, and an open house to select the final product. Plant Operations is looking to phase-in the standard across all waste receptacles on campus over the next four years. Outdoor bins are scheduled for implementation this fall, while lobbies, common spaces, hallways, lunch rooms, and some classrooms will be converted in future phases.

Departments wishing to purchase new bins ahead of schedule can submit a work request through Plant Operations. If you’d like to learn more about the standard and Zero Waste UW Action Plan, visit the Sustainability website.

Register for the Waterloo Experiential Learning Symposium

Interested in experiential learning? Want to know more about experiential learning opportunities and associates resources on campus? Join us on Wednesday, October 17 for the Waterloo ExL Symposium!

On Wednesday, October 17, Waterloo ExL is hosting a symposium on experiential learning (EL). This event will highlight EL initiatives and associated resources on campus. This event is geared towards instructors who want to integrate, or enhance their integration of EL within their courses. Additionally, any campus or community partner who engages with and supports experiential learning at Waterloo will benefit from attending. The event features two keynote speakers and 11 concurrent sessions including presentations from instructors, students, and community partners on best practices, challenges, and innovative ideas on how EL may be integrated into teaching and learning.

The Waterloo ExL Symposium is free to attend for all University of Waterloo community members and includes lunch. The Symposium will be followed up with an event in February to help you integrate EL opportunities into your course/program.

Register now:

Optometry Rack Pack ran for the Cure

Members of the Optometry Rack Pack at the 2018 Run for the Cure.

The 2018 Optometry Rack Pack team completed the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, September 30 to support breast cancer research. "The Rack Pack was again honoured with the ‘Post-Secondary Team Challenge Award’ for the institution with the most funds raised to support the cause - the current total is $12,200! That brings the team’s six year total to over $65,834!" writes Marie Amodeo, captain of the team, who was also the survivor speaker at the open ceremony.

Donations are accepted until the end of October

"The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure was inspiring to all who attended," writes Amadeo. "Be ready to tie up your laces for next year’s event. Thanks for supporting a great cause!"

Immigration Consulting closure Thursday a.m.

Immigration consulting (Student Success Office) will be unavailable on the morning of Thursday, October 4 due to a staff event. Appointments will resume at noon on Thursday.

Link of the day


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.

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 - Faculty of Engineering strategic plan consultation session, Tuesday, October 9, 2:30 p.m., EIT 3142.

NEW - School of Architecture strategic plan consultation session, Tuesday, October 9, 2:30 p.m., ARC 2008 (Ward Room), Cambridge, ON.

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.

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.

NEW - Waterloo ExL Symposium, Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 a.m., Federation Hall.

NEW - Politics at The Pub, Thursday, October 18, 4:30 p.m., The Bombshelter Pub.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2018-2753 - Administrative Assistant, Waterloo Advanced Manufacturing Consortium - Dean of Engineering Office, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2018-3375 - Administrative Coordinator - Graduate Studies - Applied Mathematics, USG 6 – 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3393 - Associate Director, Annual Giving - Advancement-Annual Giving, USG 12 – 13
  • Job ID# 2018-3382 - MASc/MEng Coordinator/Advisor - Electrical & Computer Engineering, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2018-3328 - Multimedia Coordinator - Inst. for Quantum Computing, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3371 - Specialist, Marketing Insights - Registrar-Undergrad Recruit, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2018-3337 - Manager, Graduate Systems - Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA), USG 10

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2018-3400 - Administrative Co-ordinator, Undergraduate Studies – History, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2018-3394 - Corporate Research Partnerships Manager - Office of Research, USG 14
  • Job ID# 2018-3379 - Director of Advancement, Applied Health Sciences – Advancement, USG 14 – 15
  • Job ID# 2018-3349 - Instructional Support Coordinator - Statistics & Actuarial Science, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2018-3385 – Receptionist - Campus Wellness-General, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2018-3397 - Research Graduate Programs Coordinator, M.Sc. & Ph.D. programs - Public Health & Health Systems, USG 7