Thursday, October 11, 2018

Academic Integrity app makes waves overseas

Director of Library Services Tony Tin and Professor Alice Schmidt Hanbidge with an academic integrity app banner at the IELA conference in Kos, Greece.The University of Waterloo's mobile app on academic integrity has won an international e-learning award.

The International E-Learning Association (IELA), which is "dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of e-learning in the classroom and the workplace, awarded the University's Integrity Matters: Foundations
for Academic Success
app in the Mobile Learning category of its Academic division. 

The IELA made the announcement at its conference in Kos, Greece at the end of September.

Developed as part of a research study on academic integrity, the open-access mobile application has the potential to be adopted and used across many post-secondary colleges and universities.

Associate Professor Alice Schmidt Hanbidge of Renison University College's School of Social Work and Tony Tin, director, library and information services, accepted the award on behalf of the University.

All's fair at the OUF

Recruitment officers and other volunteers in faculty colour-coded shirts at the University of Waterloo's booth.

The annual Ontario Universities’ Fair took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at the end of September and, in keeping with tradition, continued to attract a huge audience with 118,000 attending over the three-day event. 

Waterloo faculty, staff, and students arrived daily by the busload to enthusiastically greet and inform the visitors in the 3,844 sq ft booth. 
Waterloo recruitment officers were busy all weekend and presented to standing room only crowds hourly throughout the event.5,695 people attended Waterloo’s presentation, an increase of 46 percent from 2017.

"The backdrop and accompanying lights and videos in the recruitment presentation room continue to support Waterloo’s high quality reputation," writes Jody Berringer, manager, liaison in Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment. "Thank you to the 600+ faculty, staff, and students who once again made this event a success." 

$350,000 for international research partnerships

This article was originally published on the Office of Research's news site.

Eight research collaborations between the University of Waterloo and institutions around the world will receive funding to collaborate on projects ranging from quantum experiments and gravitational physics to living architecture.

Funded by Waterloo (up to $20,000 per project based on equal cash contributions from partners), the projects will involve more than 75 researchers at Waterloo and colleagues in Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands.

International Research Partnerships Grants are internal seed grants meant to further Waterloo researchers’ global collaborations with leading research institutions. Since 2011, 134 projects have been funded totalling $1.9 million that garnered $2.9 million in matching cash contributions and subsequently generated over $18 million in new grants awarded to Waterloo researchers. These projects have also resulted in 58 new innovations, four patents and five startups.

Aimed at developing new and existing international research collaborations for Waterloo researchers, the program awards funding twice a year. Applications for the next round of International Research Partnership Grants are due November 1, 2018.

Newly funded collaborations include:

  • Philip Beesley (School of Architecture) is partnering with Delft University of Technology to host a student workshop led by Professor Beesley at Delft’s Science Centre. The aim of the workshop is to implement emerging technologies for responsive architecture. (IRPG funding: $15,500; Matching funds: $15,500)
  • Catherine Burns (Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology) is partnering with the Université de Technologie de Compiègne and Sorbonne University to further support the BIOMEDInnov project, a summer school exchange program between the two universities in biomedical engineering. The intention of the exchange program is to conduct innovative research in biomedical engineering and to develop further international partnerships.  (IRPG funding: $15,500; Matching funds: $48,420)
  • Richard Culham (Engineering) is partnering with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and its Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology (BIHEART). By partnering with NUS, Waterloo researchers and students in Biomedical Engineering at Waterloo will be able to access BIHEART’S just-in-time medical data, and work alongside faculty and students from an institution that is repeatedly ranked as one of the top 20 in the world through exchange programs, and workshops.  (IRPG funding: $20,000; Matching funds: $22,873)
  • Pin-Han Ho (Electrical and Computer Engineering) is partnering with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Kyungpook National University. These funds will support two one-day workshops to meet with industry partners and discuss solutions to 5G mobile systems proposed by Professor Ho’s research team.  (IRPG funding: $20,000; Matching funds: $20,000)
  • Robert Lemieux (Science) is partnering with Hong Kong Polytechnic University to host a combined Biomedical Research and Innovation Partnership workshop. The goal is to expand existing research relationships and consider key areas in biomedical research. (IRPG funding: $20,000; Matching funds: $41,500)
  • Robert Mann (Physics and Astronomy) is partnering with the University of Vienna to focus on developing novel experiments that test the quantum nature of gravitational force. Mann and his team hope to consider gravity as more than “just another force” by exploring the relationship between gravity and quantum physics more intently. (IRPG funding: $17,000; Matching funds: $17,000)
  • Sushanta Mitra (Waterloo Institute for Nanontechnology) is partnering with the University of Duisburg-Essen to host a workshop at the Centre for Nanointegration University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. The goal is to develop a joint education and training program to enhance postgraduate training in nano-engineering (IRPG funding: $5,000; Matching funds: $46,000)
  • Adam Tsen (Chemistry) is partnering with Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea, on wafer-scale 2d magnetic heterostructures for next-generation spintronic devices. Professor Tsen and POSTECH researchers will jointly write about their research findings, file U.S. patents on their novel concept, and pursue further funding such as Samsung’s Global Research Outreach program. (IRPG funding: $20,000; Matching funds: $20,000)

Link of the day

National Coming Out Day

When and where 

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.

“In Conversation with The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship”, featuring Dr. Anna Esselment, Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:15 – 8:45 PM, CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo.

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

NEW - IST Seminar, Drupal North Regional Summit Highlights, Friday, October 12, 9:00 a.m., MC 2009.

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.

Design and deliver II: Creating assertion-evidence presentations, Monday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

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

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Monday, October 15, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

The Eagle and The Condor - From Standing Rock with Love, Tuesday, October 16, 4:00 p.m., St. Paul's University College Alumni Hall.

Jack Rosen ideation workshop, Tuesday, October 16, EV3 4412.

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

2018 High Risk Flu Vaccination Clinic, Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Health Services Family Health Clinic.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wednesday, October 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Lecture: Understanding the archived web as a historical source (registration required), Wednesday, October 17, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library computer lab, LIB 329.

Noon Hour Concert: The Water is Wide, Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

David Sprott Lecture featuring Dr. Emery Brown, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, “Uncovering the Mechanisms of General Anesthesia: Where Neuroscience Meets Statistics,” Wednesday, October 17, 4:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, South Campus Hall 2nd floor.

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

The Body Project, Thursday, October 18, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., NH 2447.

2018 Benjamin Eby Lecture featuring Professor Alicia Batten, "Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount," Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel Chapel.

2018 High Risk Flu Vaccination Clinic, Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Health Services Family Health Clinic.

NEW - Lectures in Catholic Experience featuring David Wells, “Where are the Young People?" Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m., Vanstone Lecture Hall, St. Jerome's University Academic Centre.

Warriors Basketball vs. Windsor Home Opener, Youth Basketball Day, Faculty Appreciation Day, Donor Appreciation Day, Saturday, October 20.

Thrive Week,  Monday, October 22 to Friday, October 26.

Fake cures: User-centric modeling of health misinformation in social media, featuring Amira Ghenai, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Monday, October 22, 9:30 a.m., DC 2568.

Further Education Fair, Monday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Monday, October 22, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

An Evening with Michael Landsberg, Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Federation Hall. This event is part of Thrive Week

Research ethics system training, Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

Student Mental Health Forum, Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre. This event is part of Thrive Week

NEW - The Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs Research Cluster for Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization and the Globe, “Drew Hayden Taylor's ‘Searching for Winnetou’” – an exploration of cultural appreciation vs. appropriation in Germany with Drew Hayden Taylor, Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m., Balsillie Multipurpose room.

NEW - 117th Convocation Ceremonies, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, Physical Activities Complex.

NEW - University Club Convocation Luncheon, Friday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

UW Gem and Mineral Show, Friday October 26, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Museum. Free admission for all.