Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Further Education Fair helps students prepare for what's next

Further Education Fair banner.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA)’s annual Further Education Fair (previously Professional School & Post-degree Day) will be held on Monday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. This event offers students an opportunity to gain information from and network with recruiters from various post-degree programs and institutions.

Representatives from more than 90 institutions across Canada and abroad will be present to speak with current students and alumni to answer questions about career options, graduate school admission requirements, program specifics and application procedures and deadlines.

The Further Education Fair features staff and faculty from post-degree programs in teaching, law, MBA, engineering, health, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, social work and more! CCA also offers individual appointments to provide information about the grad/professional school application process, review of applications and mock interviews on an ongoing basis. Students, alumni and staff can book appointments via the CCA website.

If you work directly with students, please recommend this event to those who may be interested.

For more information, please contact Gillian McKenzie-Yorke.

Vision Science goes virtual with Canada's first VR optometry lab

This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the School of Optometry & Vision Science news site.

A new virtual reality (VR) training lab at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science will help Canada’s next generation of optometrists learn how to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases more quickly and accurately.

The new lab, funded through an $800,000 investment by national eye care provider FYidoctors, will accelerate the development of essential clinical skills for optometrists. The authentic experience simulates a patient’s eye and provides students with an opportunity to use virtual reality to practice on many cases that range from wellness through to diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetes.   

At a total cost of $1.5 million, the FYidoctors Simulation Lab is the first of its kind in Canada and will ensure the School remains at the forefront in optometric education in North America.

“With the simulators, optometry students will now take the time they need to practice and master skills as they progress through increasingly complex training modules,” said Stanley Woo, Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at Waterloo. “During valuable lab time, the foundational skills will be better established enabling our faculty to take the students more efficiently from good to great.” 

The simulation equipment will supplement real-life training, which is limited.  It will also provide hundreds of real patient cases to practice binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (BIO), which will help students to recognize, identify and diagnose eye and systemic disease more quickly and confidently. FYidoctors leadership support represents the most significant sponsorship every received by the School's optometry program.

Dr. Al Ulsifer, CEO and Chairman of FYidoctors and Waterloo alumnus, said that this investment isn’t just an investment in the University, but an investment in the future generation of optometrists.

“When we formed FYidoctors 10 years ago, we created it with a vision to enhance the lives of people, in our communities, and across the world. Investing in students, and in their clinical education, will ultimately enhance patient care in the communities in which we serve, and keep Canada at the forefront of optometry and vision science,” said Ulsifer. “Simulation technology is the future of healthcare learning and is directly aligned with FYidoctors spirit of harnessing innovation to help our patients lead more fulfilling lives.” 

Ulsifer led the formation of FYidoctors in 2008 with a dynamic group of University of Waterloo optometry grads who had the vision to create an optometrist-led chain of eye-care clinics. Today, FYidoctors is the country’s largest doctor-owned eyecare provider, and invest heavily in technology to ensure its clinics deliver exceptional care to their patients. 

Read the rest of the article on the Optometry & Vision Science website.

Join Drew Hayden Taylor's Search for Winnetou

Drew Hayden Taylor's "Searching for Winnetou" poster showing a profile of the literary character Winnetou.

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies has announced its next event, "Drew Hayden Taylor's Searching for Winnetou." This will be a screening of the CBC documentary "Searching for Winnetou" followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Drew Hayden Taylor. 

Years ago Hayden Taylor, an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, became aware of the German fascination with the Old West as it is immortalized in the Winnetou novels of 19th-century writer Karl May. He made this film to explore issues of cultural appreciation vs. appropriation in Germany. 

Drew Hayden Taylor’s Search for Winnetou is being held in the Balsillie School of International Affairs' multipurpose room (67 Erb Street W., Waterloo) on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Drew Hayden Taylor. More information and a link to register for this free event can be found on the Waterloo Centre for German Studies website.   

The event is co-sponsored by the Balsillie School of International Affairs Research Cluster for Indigenous Peoples, Decolonization and the Globe. 

Community flu vaccination clinic runs in November

A message from Campus Wellness.

With cold and flu season coming up, you might be wondering whether or not to get a flu vaccination this year. The answer is yes! Campus Wellness is providing a community flu clinic this November to help make it easy and convenient to get your flu vaccine and help stop the spread of influenza.

The community flu clinics are running on the following dates and times:

  • November 6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SLC multi-purpose room;
  • November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SLC multi-purpose room;
  • November 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SLC multi-purpose room.

Even healthy, young people should get the vaccine, to avoid missing work or school, but also to avoid spreading influenza to people who might not have well developed immune, which could include any babies, older relatives, or people with medical conditions who could develop serious complications from the flu.

People in high-risk categories are strongly encouraged to get the influenza vaccine. Campus Wellness will also be running an earlier clinic at their Health Services location for people in the high-risk categories starting October 17. For more information about the dates and times, see the event listing.

Getting vaccinated can be an effective way to maintain your health through cold and flu season. By avoiding the flu, you save time and energy for more important things like work, attending class, or visiting family members who might be at a high-risk for flu complications.

All University of Waterloo community members (students, staff, and faculty) can get their influenza vaccination at one of the flu clinics. If you can’t make it to one of the flu clinics, you can make an appointment at Health Services after the clinics, or visit one of the many pharmacies in town that offer flu shots.

For more information see the Region of Waterloo Public Health.

Fortune Global Forum favours the bold; other notes

Feridun Hamdullahpur, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Professor Donna Strickland, and Chancellor Dominic Barton at the Fortune Global Forum dinner event.

President Feridun Hamdullahpur joined Nobel laureate Professor Donna Strickland, Chancellor Dominic Barton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other thought leaders yesterday at the Fortune Global Forum, an annual by-invitation-only meeting that brings together the CEOs of the world’s biggest corporations—the Fortune Global 500—with innovators, builders, and experts to explore key issues shaping global business. 

Professor Strickland spoke at a "Scientific Frontiers" session on Monday at 5:15 p.m., and Chancellor Barton, co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum, moderated a "Boardroom Confidential Roundtable" featuring directors and board chairs from Fortune 500 companies.

President Hamdullahpur will be attending sessions at the event today as well as a dinner. The Fortune Global Forum continues until Wednesday, October 17. It is being held at the The Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La Hotels. Follow along online with the hashtag #FortuneGlobal.

It's a Samhain Sell-Off in the Student Life Centre: The Federation of Students is clearing out its Halloween decorations from Orientation and the Bombshelter tomorrow in the SLC's multipurpose room starting at 10:00 a.m. All items are on sale for either $1 or $2. Departments are allowed the opportunity to preview and can buy large storage bins filled with their choice of haunted items for $20. For more information contact Dave McDougall, director of campus life, at dave.mcdougall@uwaterloo.ca.

"You asked, we listened," says a note from Print + Retail Solutions. "We’ve added a new selection of sustainable products including Pela phone cases with drop / impact protection, aluminum straws with cleaning brush, Ukagu binders and clipboards (made from recycled material and 100% recyclable), Decomposition Books, reusable drinkware and much more!"

"Check out our product offerings, available at the Bookstore and Waterloo Store, with a smaller selection available at Campus Tech and STC and as part of zero waste week, receive a reusable tote bag this week with every purchase."

The next Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session will take place Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in East Campus 5 1111. Occupational Health staff will present on Mental Health and Stress Management on Projects.

No registration or previous project or portfolio management experience is required to attend. Visit the PPM CoP website for more details.

Link of the day

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65

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

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.

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.

International Students Breakfast Seminar, Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 268 Lester Street, first-floor conference room.

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.

Bookstore Concourse Sale, Monday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse. 

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.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, “Anonymization with differential privacy / Secure data structures with Intel SGX,” featuring Ben Weggenmann / Benny Fuhry, SAP Security Research, Monday, October 22, 2:00 p.m., DC 1304.

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

Traces: On Photography, Masterworks Exhibition, Monday, October 22, 6:30 p.m., Design at Riverside - School of Architecture.

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

Arriscraft Lecture Series, featuring Malkit Shoshan, Monday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Laurence A. Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group seminar featuring Dr. Shiva Abbaszadeh, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, "Development of a dedicated head and neck positron emission tomography system,” Tuesday, October 23, 1:30 p.m., DC-1304. Register.

NEW - A New Strategy for the Synthesis of Small, Strained Cyclophanes: Graham J. Bodwell, Professor, Department of Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

Presentation, “The New India” featuring High Commissioner of India to Canada Vikas Swarup, Tuesday, October 23, 3:30 p.m., EC5 1111.

NEW - Grebel Gallery Exhibit Launch, “Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There,” Tuesday, October 23, 4:30 p.m., Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

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

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.

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

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

NEW - High-Throughput Approaches for Discovering Thermoelectric Materials featuring Arthur Mar, Professor, Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Friday, October 23, 2:00 p.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

NEW - Engineers Without Borders Public Lecture and Reception
Friday, October 26, 3:00 p.m., Engineering 7 event space (second floor).

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.

Official Opening of Engineering 7, Monday October 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open House + Tours and 3:00 p.m. Official Grand Opening. All are welcome.

Traces: On Oppressive Ideologies, Masterworks Exhibition, Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m., Design at Riverside - School of Architecture.