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Monday, January 14, 2019


Computer repair service moving to South Campus Hall

students walking down steps from a building

A message from Print + Retail Solutions.

We have been making significant changes to our operations to position ourselves for the future of print and retail across campus. To build this sustainable business model, we have decided to move our computer repair service from our current Campus Tech location inside the Student Life Centre, to our Book Store location in South Campus Hall (SCH). SCH is going to act as our central hub, where customers can access our full range of retail and printing services.

Dale Kentner, our Computer Repair Technician, will be relocated to the service desk inside the Book Store in South Campus Hall. He can continue to be reached at his current phone extension 36927 or by email at dkenter@uwaterloo.ca. For assistance regarding computer hardware support, please use the Request Tracker Queue rt-RS-Service@rt.uwaterloo.ca.

The last day to drop off your computer for repairs to the Campus Tech location is January 16 and repaired computers can be picked up from this location until the end of the day on January 17.

The Computer Repair Service will be fully operational by January 21 from South Campus Hall.

This move will position us better to service the campus, while also supporting our strategic direction. We appreciate your continued support throughout all of these changes. 

Research Talks: Unearthing ancient environments with microbes

University of Waterloo Research Talks

Microbes can be found in diverse environments all over the earth. Find out how researchers are using microbes to understand ancient settings and their evolution at the next Research Talks hosted by the Office of Research and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research.

Join this panel presentation featuring the following researchers:

  • Alexis Dolphin (Anthropology): human-environment interactions in past populations
  • Andrew Doxey (Biology): computational prediction of protein functions and evolutionary adaptations
  • Kirsten Müller (Biology): red algae, the evolution of sexual reproduction, and multicelluarlity
  • Peter Keech (Nuclear Waste Management Organization): nuclear waste storage, microbial degradation, and long time scales

The event will take place on January 24 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the William G. Davis Centre, Room 1302.

Please register to attend on the Office of Research website. Refreshments will be provided.

research talk speakersResearch Talks is a regular series hosted by the Office of Research and supported by the Research Support Fund to provide Waterloo staff, faculty, and students with an opportunity to learn about world-class research at Waterloo.

GRADflix winners announced at Showcase event

Gradflix contest winners standing in front of UWaterloo banners

On January 10, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs hosted its first annual GRADflix Showcase, a red-carpet event featuring the fifteen best 1-minute videos made by graduate students to describe their research.

After a short deliberation, a judging panel comprising Clare Bermingham (Writing and Communication Centre), Donna Ellis (Centre for Teaching Excellence), Alison Hitchens (Library), and Nick Manning (University Communications) decided which four videos were most deserving of the top prizes. The audience decided the People’s Choice Award winner using smartphones.

The winners are:

Monday's notes: a Doomsday Clock and a volunteer fair

click indicating minutes to midnight

Turning back the Doomsday Clock. It’s no joke. The Doomsday Clock is a widely recognized indicator of global threats from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies. It’s two minutes to midnight – the latest the clock has even been set. 

Join Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, for a discussion on the real threats and possible actions for turning back the clock, featuring Alexander Lanoszka (nuclear threat), Andrew McMurry (climate change) and Kate Henne (disruptive technologies).

The panel discussion takes place on Tuesday, January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kitchener Public Library Main Branch theatre.

All are welcome and the event is free to attend. Register on Ticketfi. Learn more on the Faculty of Arts website.

The Centre for Career Action, EDGE, and Federation of Students are hosting the Winter 2019 Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, January 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. Representatives from 40 local organizations will be present to speak with current students about their organization’s mission and volunteering needs.

Volunteering is a great way to network, develop skills and gain experiences that can be showcased on a résumé and discussed in an interview. For those looking to give back to the community, it is a fulfilling way to contribute to local causes. 

For more information, please contact Kait Hazzard, Career Advisor (kait.hazzard@uwaterloo.ca).  

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    Chamber Music Ensembles Winter 2019 Auditions open, Monday, January 7 to January 19. See https://uwaterloo.ca/music/ensembles for details.

    Clarity in scientific writing, Monday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

    Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Monday, January 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Monday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Youth Sumer Camp Registration Opens. Monday January 14th, 8:30am​

    Intramural Registration Deadline. Monday, January 14th, 1:00pm​

    Free Instructional Classes. January 14th – 18th

    Athletics and Recreation Open House. Tuesday, January 15th, 9:30am – 2:00pm SLC Great Hall

    Apply to the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, Wednesday, January 16, 12 p.m., Online Webinar.

    Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem?, “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how find and solve “killer” problems,” Wednesday, January 16, 7:30pm, Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor

    Communication for the workplace, Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, SCH 228F.

    Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

    Noon Hour Concert: Wie Melodien, Wednesday, January 16, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

    QPR Mental Health Training, Wednesday, January 16, 1:30 p.m., NH second floor.

    Gallery launch for Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring, Thursday, January 17, 4:00 p.m., Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College.

    Book launch — Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation. Thursday, January 17, noon. Balsillie School of International Affairs.

    Medieval Lecture Series, "Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England," featuring Elizabeth Kamali, Harvard Law School. Thursday, January 17, 4 to 6 p.m. SJ2-1002.

    Orchestra@uwaterloo Open Rehearsal. Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m. REV. Register to audition.

    Knowledge Integration Seminar: Building a grassroots coalition for the green economy, Friday, January 18, 2:30 p.m., EV3 1408.

    Conditioning Classes Registration Deadline. January 18th

    Warriors Volleyball vs. RMC. Residence Night. Friday, January 18th 6:00pm PAC Main Gym

    Warrior Women’s Hockey vs Brock – Alumni Day, Bell Let’s Talk. Saturday, January 19th 2:00pm CIF Arena

    Instructional Registration Deadline. Sunday, January 20th

    Velocity Graduate Student Startup Fund applications close, “Win $20,000 in funding for a startup and acceptance into the Velocity Garage incubator program,” Sunday, January 20, 11:59 p.m.

    Literature reviews for grads (Part A): Organizing research, Monday, January 21, 2:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

    Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Monday, January 21, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    CBB/WIN Lecture featuring Dr. Alessandro Olivo, University College London, “Origins, state-of-the-art and application perspectives of incoherent x-ray phase contrast imaging methods,” Tuesday January 22, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., QNC 1501. [Registration]

    Velocity Fund $5K applications open, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Monday, January 21

    The Body Project, Tuesday, January 22, 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

    Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research seminar, “UW, Intellectual Property & You,” Tuesday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., QNC 1506.

    The legal, business, and moral duty to design hardware, software, and human-computer interfaces to be fully accessible to people with disabilities — Why and how, David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, Tuesday, January 22, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1350.

    NEW Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

    Faculty Research Networking Event: VR & Augmented Reality, Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., GI Collaboration Space (EC1-1323). Please register. Open to faculty and post docs.

    Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

    Vision Science Research Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan, “More Than Meets The Eye: Multisensory Integration in Virtual Environments.” Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m., OPT 1129.

    Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

    Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, “Framing decision making,” Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., EC5 1111. 

    Résumé Tips (for employees only), Wednesday, Jan. 23, 12 - 1 pm, TC 1208​

    Research Talks, “Unearthing ancient environments with microbes,” featuring Alexis Dolphin, Andrew Doxey, Kirsten Müller, and Peter Keech. Thursday, January 24, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

    Warriors Basketball vs. Laurier – Battle of Waterloo, Bell Let’s Talk. Friday, January 25 6 p.m., PAC Main Gym

    NEW - Warriors Volleyball vs. York – Warrior Recreation League Night, Donor Appreciation Day, Staff and Faculty Day (Email warriorstickets@uwaterloo.ca for a free ticket code sponsored by Campus Dentist). Saturday, January 26, noon, PAC Main Gym

    NEW - Turning Back the Doomsday Clock. Tuesday, January 29, 7 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

    President's Lecture, featuring Donna Strickland, Nobel laureate, Wednesday, January 30, 7 to 9 p.m., J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.