CBB awards seed funding for bioengineering and biotechnology research
Ten Waterloo researchers are receiving seed funding from the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB).
The funding will support the collaboration of multi-disciplinary research teams across Waterloo faculties and departments
, with the goal of propelling scientific innovation and growth, and mentoring the next generation of researchers.
The recipients of round two are:
- Arash Arami, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Ning Jiang, Systems Design Engineering
“Quantitative Modeling of Spasticity in Spinal Cord Injury”
The research will provide clinicians with better tools to assess the outcome of rehabilitation treatments for stroke patients and individuals with Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries.
- Peter Levine, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Robin Duncan, Kinesiology
“A semiconductor-integrated electrochemical camera for real-time label-free cell assays”
The research aims to demonstrate fully-electronic real-time label-free imaging (sensing and monitoring) of cells using semiconductor integrated circuits that could decrease the complexity and cost of therapeutic drug development and cell efficacy research, development, and analysis.
- Parsin Haji Reza, Systems Design Engineering; Vivian Choh, Optometry
“Retinal oxygen metabolic rate extraction using a novel imaging method”
The research may lead to the development of the first non-contact non-invasive optical-absorption based imaging tool for early detection and better treatment methods of glaucoma and other ocular diseases.
- Todd Holyoak, Biology; Scott Taylor, Chemistry
“Structural studies of bacterial IgA1 proteases”
The research may lead to the development of novel antibiotics to treat pathogens such as H. Influenzae, N. gonorrhea, and S. pneumonia. Findings could provide further insight into the potential for engineering bacterial pathogen fighting enzymes for the treatment of kidney diseases such as Berger’s disease (1gA1 nephropathy).
- Evelyn Yim, Chemical Engineering; David Spafford, Biology; Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
“Matrix mechanobiology in enhancing neuronal differentiation and maturation of Rett Syndrome patient derived stem cells”
The research aims to understand the genetics of cell and tissue development to study the progression of Rett Syndrome (a rare and severe disorder within the autism spectrum).
Global Solutions conference welcomes Lieutenant Governor to campus
The student-run Impact Alliance Global Solutions Conference is set to take place on March 16 in the Science Teaching Complex.
Special opening remarks will be presented by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, and MP for Waterloo Bardish Chagger, and other municipal officials will also be in attendance.
Other speakers include:
- Dean Jean Andrey, Dean of Environment, University of Waterloo
- Dean Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering, University of Waterloo
- Dominique Souris, Founder & Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab
The one-day conference will gather 400 university students and community members across Waterloo Region to showcase the different pathways to achieve meaningful change, and promote collaboration through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through special keynotes, a panel of experts, and interactive workshops, attendees will be equipped with "a deeper understanding of the transformative power sustainability can have." The event will also feature a booth fair and networking breaks with breakfast, lunch and refreshments provided.
Feds spring into action with March General Meeting
A message from the Federation of Students.
Let an undergrad know: Federation of Students March General Meeting is just around the corner and they’re invited!
All undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate in the General Meeting on March 21 at 5 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. Feds hosts two General Meetings each year where students can vote on important updates that will affect their campus life.
Please encourage the undergraduate students that you interact with to exercise their right to guide the direction of their student union by participating in the General Meeting. Students can drop in and out if they have class or other on-campus obligations, or vote by proxy if they’re off campus (a peer who is attending will vote on their behalf). Proxies are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on March 20.
We’ll be discussing some agenda items that were proposed by undergrads, like:
- diversity and inclusion report for the Federation of Students;
- research opportunities for international students; and
- spring term reading week.
For more information, head to feds.ca.
Phone system was off the hook; other missed connections
While we don't expect you to admit that your productivity was affected by Wednesday's Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp outage, you may or may not been impacted by an outage a little more close to home yesterday: the University's phone system.
IST reports that "there was a telephone service outage yesterday as part of a larger, region-wide outage in the KW area. For approximately two hours yesterday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., no external incoming or outgoing calls were being sent or received."
Service has since been restored and no further outages are expected.
The winter 2019 issue of the IST Newsletter is now available. Read about Microsoft Teams; recent upgrades to campus Wi-Fi; how online learning is evolving; cyber security best practices while traveling; Waterloo Passport; IST account reps; and more.
If you have an opportunity before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, be sure to visit St. Jerome's for the Knowledge Integration KI-X 2019 exhibition, and in particular one of the installations entitled Mashkawizii, an exhibit that explores the legacy of the Canadian residential school system and its survivors. The exhibition is open from noon to 7:00 p.m. today and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Here's today's Nutrition Month "myth vs. fact" supplied by Health Services Dietitian Sandra Ace:
Claim: Choose whole flax seeds for more health benefits.
Evidence: Despite being tiny in size, flax seeds pack a nutritional punch. They are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and contain an omega-3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Flax seeds are a good source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, with 2 grams of fibre per tablespoon (15mL). They are one of these highest known sources of lignans, health-promoting plant compounds that research suggests may have cancer prevention or cardiovascular benefits. Flax seeds also contains other minerals and vitamins including magnesium and B-vitamins. There is no difference nutritionally between golden or brown flax seeds.
In order to fully benefit from the nutrients in flax, the seeds should be ground; whole seeds pass through the intestines undigested because of their tough outer shell. If you buy whole flax seeds, you can grind them as needed in a spice grinder or a food processor. If you buy ground flax, which is more convenient, store it in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 12 months to keep it fresh.
While flax has been referred to as a “superfood” because of its many potential health benefits, there is no single food that guarantees good health. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flax per day as part of a varied and balanced diet. If you haven’t used flax before, try adding it to a smoothie or sprinkling it on yogurt, cereal or a salad.