Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Campus Wellness launches student health survey

NCHA Student Health Survey banner.

A message from Campus Wellness.

Beginning January 15, the University of Waterloo will be participating in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey. The NCHA survey is intended to gather information about students’ health habits, behaviours, and perceptions.

Survey topics include sexual behaviour and contraception, physical and mental health, safety and violence, and alcohol, tobacco, and substances. Campus Wellness (Health Services and Counselling Services) will use the data to determine student healthcare needs, develop relevant health programming and resources, and design wellness strategies at Waterloo.

A random sample of 18,000 University of Waterloo students, including both undergraduate and graduate students, will receive an email invitation to participate in the survey. The confidential online survey will be open for three weeks.

Approximately 40 Canadian post-secondary institutions are participating in the National College Health Assessment. Results of the Waterloo health assessment will be announced in spring 2019, while Ontario and Canadian reference group data will be available later this year.

Please direct questions about the NCHA student survey to Walter Mittelstaedt, director, Campus Wellness, or Sandra Gibson, manager, health education and promotion.

All aboard: work-travel opportunities for Waterloo staff

A banner showing an airplane "traveling by map" across a mountan vista.

A message from Human Resources and Waterloo International.

Are you looking to further your professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other universities, colleges, research institutions or industry-partner organizations?

Join HR and Waterloo International for a brown bag lunch information session on staff work-travel opportunities at Waterloo. 

Attendees will learn about the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant and the Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF), and have an opportunity to hear from past winners about their experiences. A question and answer period will help employees identify the right program for their own professional development needs. 

To find out more, please register for the brown bag lunch information session taking place on Tuesday February 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Davis Centre 1301.

For more information, visit the SEE Canada Grant and the Staff International Experience Fund (SIEF) websites.

If you have questions about the grant(s), email seecanada@uwaterloo.ca for SEE Canada or tmunro@uwaterloo.ca for SIEF.

$10 million for team that can develop best avatar system

ANA Avatar XPRIZE information session banner.

Students, researchers, and entrepreneurs interested in robotics and artificial intelligence are invited to an information session on campus to learn about the ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.

The four-year-long global competition challenges team to develop an avatar system that will transport a human’s sense, actions, and presence to a remote location in real time. ANA Avatar XPRIZE will award $10 million to the winning team.

The information session will take place on Thursday, January 24 in the Engineering 7 atrium from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. Social to follow until 9:00 p.m.

Those interested can register for the information session on Eventbrite.

Ryan Gariepy, CTO of Clearpath Robotics, and Kerstin Dautenhahn of the University of Waterloo Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory will speak at the event.

XPRIZE has designed and launched a series of high-profile competitions in fields including space, oceans, health, environment, transportation, and robotics. With the upcoming avatar competition, the organizers challenge teams to break down the barriers of time and space to allow a person to physically interact with an environment miles away.

“The winning team will integrate multiple emerging technologies to develop a physical, non- autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there,” the contest website reads.

The organizers see potential for avatars to be used in various scenarios such as health care, disaster relief and for critical maintenance or repairs.

Learn more about the competition on the Avatar XPRIZE website.

Feds nomination deadline approaches; other notes

"Last Call for Nominations" banner in the style of an election ballot.

The nomination period for the Federation of Students’ elections are coming to a close on January 17 at 4:00 p.m. Do you know undergraduate students who could be Waterloo’s next leaders? Encourage them to run in Feds elections.

All interested graduate students are invited to attend an organizing meeting for the Waterloo Institute of Complexity and Innovation, which will be held on Tuesday, January 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in EV3 4327. "All are encouraged to join for our organizing meeting on complex systems," says a note from WICI. "We will set our priorities for building a more deeply engaged community of scholars over the course of the term. This will include planning for a graduate “Complexity Café,” identifying research foci and collaborations, and prioritizing projects."

RSVPs are appreciated, and if you would like to be a part of the discussion, but cannot make it for any reason, please send an email to kirsten@kirstenwright.ca.

The first installment of 2019's LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshops takes place on FridayJanuary 25 at 12:30 p.m. in NH 3308. Sponsored by the Equity Office, the Making Spaces program is a framework for creating affirming spaces on campus and fostering interpersonal relationships through education and training on aspects of social identity. Community members partake in training and a registration process to become Space Makers, ambassadors of equity. The program launched as a pilot in fall 2016. Check the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion events page to sign up for the winter 2019 workshops.

The Feds Winter Welcome Week continues today with "We Got Game," a free arcade extravaganza in the SLC's lower atrium. The event, which features Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Call of Duty, and more sports games than you can snap a towel at, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. And tonight the fun goes from virtual to reality with "Warriors on Ice" at the CIF arena, which features a free skate and free Beavertails from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

Link of the day

100 years ago: as slow as molasses in January

When and where

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

Free Instructional Classes, Monday, January 14 to Friday, January 18.

Athletics and Recreation Open HouseTuesday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

NEW - Graduate Organizing Meeting for The Waterloo Institute of Complexity and Innovation, Tuesday January 15, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., EV3 4327. RSVP to kirsten@kirstenwright.ca.

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, 7:30 p.m., 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, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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, Friday, January 18.

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

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

Instructional Registration Deadline. Sunday, January 20.

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.

NEW - Senate meeting, Monday, January 21, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

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.

Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, 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, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 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 1:00 p.m., Davis Centre 1302. Please register as seating is limited.

NEW - LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Friday, January 25, 12:30 p.m., NH 3308.

Warriors Basketball vs. Laurier – Battle of Waterloo, Bell Let’s Talk. Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m., PAC Main Gym.

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 - Waterloo ExL Community of Practice: Games and Simulations in the Classroom, Monday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., DC1301 (DC Fishbowl). RSVP.

Turning Back the Doomsday Clock. Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library Main Branch.

NEW - Student Service Centre Grand Opening, Wednesday, January 30, 2:30 p.m, The Centre, first floor of Needles Hall.

President's Lecture featuring Donna Strickland, Nobel laureate, Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.

PhD oral defences

Biology. Justin Knapp, "ß-Parvin Mediates Novel Integrin Signaling Pathways During Early Xenopus laevis Development" Supervisor, Mungo Marsden. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Thursday, January 17, 2:00 p.m.

Chemical Engineering. Sannan Toor, "High Temperature Co-sintering for Metal Supported -solid Fuel Cell Fabrication." Supervisor, Eric Croiset. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, January 18, 2:00 p.m., E6 2022.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Faegheh Ghorbanishohrat, "Study of a Low Re Airfoil Considering Laminar Separation Bubbles in Static and Dynamic Conditions." Supervisor, David Johnson. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, January 18, 2:00 p.m., E7 7411.

Chemistry. Donald McGillivray, "Enhanced Conducting Polymer PEDOT:PSS/ Silicon Hybrid Solar Cells" Optimization of Thin Film Properties and Heterojunction Interactions." Supervisor, Kam Tong Leung. On display in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m., C2 361.