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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Three Minute Thesis final competition today

1 Slide, 3 Minutes, Outstanding Ideas - the Three Minute Thesis logo.With the faculty heats behind them, the finalists for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will compete today for the top Waterloo spot and the chance to represent our institution at the provincial finals.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition is being held this afternoon (Wednesday, March 20) from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Modern Languages Theatre of the Arts. The competition is open to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the People's Choice award and vote for their favourite 3MT competitor using their smart device.

Winners will be announced at the competition after a short deliberation by the judges.

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition for research-based master’s and doctoral students at Waterloo. Competitors have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience.

The first place winner receives a $1,000 prize and moves on to the provincial competition. The runner-up receives a $500 prize.

Celebrating ambitious students on National Co-op Week

Student Amanda Truong at work in the Housing Office.

This is an excerpt of an article originally published on Waterloo Stories.

March 18 to 22 is National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Week, and the University of Waterloo is celebrating its students’ experience-driven learning opportunities.

More than 22,000 students — approximately 55 per cent of Waterloo’s student population — are currently enrolled in co-op work terms. With the opportunity to develop professional skills by participating in four to six co-op terms, having access to a network of more than 7,000 employers and earning $33,000 to $90,000 — no one does co-op like the University of Waterloo.

Waterloo’s new EDGE program also supports students with real-world work experience. The experiential education certificate program allows Waterloo students in non-cooperative programs an opportunity to develop their professional skills, explore their career options and market themselves to employers.

During National Co-op and WIL week, students Aaron Buckle, Leah Drost and Amanda Truong are being recognized for their outstanding achievements and performance in the fields of experiential learning.

Leah Drost, Clinical Research Assistant

Student Leah Drost.Leah Drost saw her first work term as an opportunity to step outside of her comfort zone. Having to learn new skills such as interacting with cancer patients and healthcare professionals, researching complex medical material and helping facilitate clinical trials were all new experiences for the health studies student.

“My very first day was very intimidating,” she says. “I was thrown right in to the role and I had to learn a lot — right away.”

In total, Drost ended up spending three work terms at the cancer clinic. The research she did on post-surgery radiotherapy for cancer that had spread to the bone was published in the Radiotherapy and Oncology medical journal. It also earned Drost the UWaterloo Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Co-op Student of the Year Award.

“I think my supervisor saw me as an investment,” she explains. “Both for my own future growth and for the growth of the research that we were doing.”

Drost insists that the responsibility she took on during her work term allowed her to achieve more than she expected.

Read the rest of the article on Waterloo Stories.

President's Accolades: going above and beyond

Each month, the Office of the President recognizes students, faculty, staff and alumni who go above and beyond. The President’s Accolades celebrate stories of dedication, passion and contribution from our University community.

Congratulations to the University of Waterloo community members currently being recognized from February:

  • A team of School of Accounting and Finance students won the national EY Challenge in Toronto, besting all other teams from Canadian universities
  • Three Waterloo graduate student researchers were named to the top entries of NSERC's Science, Action! Video contest
  • A Waterloo eSports team placed 3rd out of 445 colleges and universities across North America in the Tespa Overwatch Collegiate Championships
  • Arts alumnus Jessica Kuepfer has re-signed with Team New Balance to represent the athletic brand as a competitive tri-athlete.

Do you know of a member of the University of Waterloo community who stands out? Submit their story and it could be featured in a future edition of the President’s Accolades.

Nominations for next month’s edition are due by March 28.

Former Premier Dalton McGuinty gives campus keynote

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is hosting a public lecture featuring former Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty today.

Dalton McGuinty.McGuinty, speaking in his current role as Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance, as well as Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, will deliver an address entitled "Climate Change: Can We Win This? Be Honest."

"Our news is daily filled with reports of severe, weather-related events and disasters," says a note on the IC3 website. "Earth keeps getting warmer but the world remains cool to taking the necessary action to curb carbon emissions. Most of us now believe climate change is real. But shrinking denial has given way to growing despair. Can we win this fight? Honestly?"

McGuinty, a lawyer, served as Premier of Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2013. During that time he led the Ontario Liberal Party to three successive election victories. Premier McGuinty established education, health care, the environment and the economy as his priorities.

Since leaving politics, he has actively pursued the study and teaching of leadership and is a champion of the strong foundational principles that today's leaders need to anchor them in the face of relentless change. 

McGuinty served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance, as well as Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He is on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Pomerleau Inc. He serves as Special Advisor to the CEO of D2L Corporation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Canadian University Dubai.

Heroic Minds live event and other midweek missives

Heroic Minds event poster featuring Ben Fanelli.

A conference dealing with resilience, hope, and mental toughness will take place tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre.

“Redefining Toughness – Stories of Adversity, Resilience and Triumph” will feature Warriors hockey coach and mental health advocate Ben Fanelli, creator of the Heroic Minds podcast, which focuses on resilience in the face of adversity with an emphasis on sport. Six past guests from Fanelli’s podcast will share their stories in an open discussion with the audience.

The conference is free but registration is required. In addition, the event will be livestreamed.

Join author Christine Fader today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the W Store | Course Materials + Supplies in South Campus Hall for an author event entitled "an Insider’s Guide to Getting into Medical School in Canada." Copies of Fader's book, Just What the Doctor Ordered, will be available for sale.

Have you had an experience with the Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS)? Then take a survey! The IST Web Development team is working on the next version of the WCMS (in Drupal 8) and is looking for your feedback to help inform prioritization of future development and enhancements. 

The survey should take 2-5 minutes and will be available until Friday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will be required to log in with their WatIAM ID and password to access the survey.

Participation is voluntary and confidential. You can access the survey at or visit the Web Resources website and click the “WCMS User Experience Survey” call to action button in sidebar of the home page. For any questions or concerns, please contact Tara Hillis,

Here's today's Nutrition Month message from Health Services Dietitian Sandra Ace:

Today marks the tenth annual celebration of Dietitians Day in Canada. This day recognizes the hard work, commitment and expertise registered dietitians bring which helps to enhance health for Canadians of all ages. It’s also a good day to clarify myths about dietitians and what we do. One myth is that dietitians will tell you what to eat and what not to eat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Dietitians provide tailored, practical advice so that our clients can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their own food decisions in order to help them achieve their personal health goals. And we aren’t the “food police.” In fact dietitians enjoy all foods, even treats, and we help others learn how all foods can fit in a healthy eating pattern. Another misconception is that dietitians work mainly in hospitals and health care settings. While many do, dietitians are employed in diverse roles across many sectors, including industry, food services, government and, of course, in colleges and universities, including our own Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. 

I would also like to share a bit of information about our newest dietitian on campus, Nicole Pin, who is part of the UW Food Services team. Nicole’s primary focus is developing nutrition programming and promoting health and wellness for the student community. When she’s not on campus you’ll find her testing new recipes (and sharing them on Instagram!), hiking and travelling. For Nutrition Month, Nicole and the whole team at Food Services have been working hard to promote nutritious choices using a balanced plate. This campaign encourages the UW community to build their own healthy meal using a plate of ½ fruits and vegetables, ¼ grains and starches and ¼ protein. To learn more about balanced eating, check out UW Balanced Plate.

If you’re looking for additional food and nutrition information you can trust, (formerly is an award winning website with “expert guidance on everyday eating” brought to you by Dietitians of Canada. You’ll find tips, recipes, videos and interactive tools on a wide array of topics like budgeting, feeding infants and children, hearth health, digestion, food safety, food allergies, weight management, shopping and meal planning. You can also learn more about Nutrition Month 2019 or can find a registered dietitian if you are looking for someone who offers individual nutrition counselling.

Link of the day

World Storytelling Day

When and where

Educational Technologies Week, Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22.

Welcome to the tree museum, Monday, March 18 to Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Organizational Change Management," Wednesday, March 20, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

NEW - Electrical & Computer Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Engineering 7.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

University Club welcomes spring with special menu, Wednesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wedesday, March 20, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

Noon Hour Concerts: Songs for My Mother - Return, Wednesday, March 20, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel College chapel.

Getting a US Work Permit, Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 p.m., TC 1208.

IC3 Keynote featuring former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, "Climate Change: Can We Win This? Be Honest," Wednesday, March 20, 2:00 p.m., EV2-2002.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) University-wide finals, Wednesday, March 20, 3:00 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Explore Your Options in Law, Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m., HH 2034.

Heroic Minds Live Event, Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems that are waiting to be solved,” Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWaterloo Intellectual Property Workshop Series – Copyright and Software, Thursday, March 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., location TBC. Registration is required.

CBB workshop: Developing a Clinical Trial from the Ground Up with: Dr. Lora Giangregorio, Professor, Kinesiology; Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging. March 21, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Event is only open to faculty, students and postdocs. Please register.

Successfully negotiating Job Offers, Thursday, March 21, 2:30 p.m., TC 1208.

Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research panel discussion, “The Many Metabolisms of Microbes,” Thursday, March 21, 3:00 p.m., STC 2002.

Feds March General Meeting, Thursday, March 21, 5:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

FIRST Robotics competition, Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 23, Physical Activities Complex.

Water Day 2019 – Water for all, Friday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., STC.

NEW - Management Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Friday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7.

NEW - Nanotechnology Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Friday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7.

CBBSAT Workshop: Additive Manufacturing for Biomedical Applications, Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Event is open to Waterloo Students and Postdocs. Limited seating, RSVP as soon as possible.

NEW - Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Engineering 5 Sedra Student Design Centre.

Panel discussion on SASB with Dr. Jeffrey Hales, Friday, March 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., EV1 221.

Knowledge Integration seminar: Interpret This…a look back at the career paths of two “museum ladies”, speakers: Karen VandenBrink and Libby Walker, City of Waterloo Museum, Friday, March 22, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture: “What the challenge of clean water at home and around the world tells us about ourselves, our country, and our planet,” presented by former premier of Ontario Bob Rae, Friday, March 22, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., STC 1012.

Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Dr. Kristin Andrews,The Evolution of Normative Cognition,” Friday, March 22, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., HH 373.

Accounting and Finance Student's Association tax clinic, Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

University Senate Meeting, Monday, March 25, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Distinguished Lecture Series, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains — Combining Mechanism Design and Computation, Vitalik Buterin, Creator of Ethereum, Monday, March 25, 4:00 p.m., RCH 101.

Velocity Fund Finals $5K, "Early-stage startups compete for $20K in funding," Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall.

Part 1 - IP and Commercialization full day workshop, Tuesday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event is only open to faculty, students and post docs.  Please RSVP or contact Parisa Hamilton ( for more information.  Light lunch and refreshments are provided. Presented by WatCo and supported by CBB.

Women in Mathematics presents Speed Networking Lunch for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Faculty, Tuesday, March 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., MC 5501.

Understanding the Pension Plan and Planning for Retirement, Tuesday, March 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5 1111.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation’s WICI Talk: Dr. Noelle Eckley SelinTuesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m., QNC 1501.

2019 Silver Medal Award Guest Lecture: “The Unbearable Lightness of Trust: Mobilities, trade networks and the life-world of Indian exports agents in China”, Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 p.m. EV3 room 1408.

Women in Mathematics Lean-In Circle event, Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., MC 5501. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Velocity Fund Final $25K, "10 startups compete for $25,000 investments," Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 a.m., Tannery Event Centre.

Research Ethics drop-in training session, Wednesday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dana Porter Library.

NEW - Software Engineering Capstone Design Symposium, Thursday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Davis Centre.

CBB lecture: Making a Case for Multi-energy X-ray Detectors with Dr. Karim Karim, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; CTO, KA Imaging, Thursday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This event is only open to faculty, students and post docs. Please register.

WCGS Book Prize 2017 Winner – Alice Weinreb, author of Modern Hungers, Thursday, March, 28, 7:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel College Chapel.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID# 2019-3978 - Faculty Services Manager & Executive Assistant - Dean of Environment Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-3911 - Financial and Administrative Coordinator - Statistics & Actuarial Science, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-3985 - Grants and Contracts Manager - Office of Research, USG 9 – 11

Internal secondment opportunities:

  • Job ID# 2019-3990 - Administrative Coordinator/Academic Advisor - Dean of Math Office-Math U/G Office, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-3974 - Advancement Assistant - Dean of AHS Office, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-3968 – Analyst - CEE Services, USG 8 – 11
  • Job ID# 2019-3971 - Communications Project Manager - Health Promotion, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2019-3852 - Senior Manager, Research Equity - Office of Research, USG 12

Affiliated and Federated Institution opportunities