Waterloo celebrates its top co-op students
This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the Co-operative Education website.
Every year, six exceptional co-op students, one from each faculty, are recognized by the University of Waterloo for their contribution to their employer, their community and the further development of experiential education.
Among this year’s winners is Nathan Duarte – a third-year biomedical engineering student. Nathan has also been recognized as one of Canada’s 2018 Co-op Students of the Year by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.
“Across every discipline and level of experience you can find a student who has created a meaningful impact in their workplace,” said Ross Johnston, executive director of Co-operative Education at Waterloo. “The growing number of employers from all over the world who hire Waterloo students demonstrates the reaches of our reputation for excellence.”
This year’s winners truly exemplify the magnitude of work Waterloo students can accomplish across the globe.
'Tis the Season for nesting...so watch out
By Kate MacDonald.
It’s that time of the year again! The sound of honking and wing flapping is audible all over campus, signifying the start of nesting season. The geese are settling down in both conspicuous and inconspicuous places, which means it’s time to pull out Goose Watch for the 2019 season.
Goose Watch is a crowd-sourced map through which students and staff are encouraged to submit photos, and the location, where they spot a nest to help us all navigate around the geese nests on campus.
Plant Operations will be taking the usual precautions by posting signs and possible barricades in the case of territorial bird behavior. It’s important to remember that we are sharing the space with our feathered friends, so give them lots of space and don’t get too close.
Ethereum founder visits campus for distinguished lecture
Former Waterloo student and creator of the cryptocurrency Ethereum Vitalik Buterin is the keynote speaker at a Computer Science Distinguished Lecture this afternoon. Buterin's lecture is entitled "Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains: Combining Mechanism Design and Computation."
"Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are one of the most interesting technological developments of the last decade, allowing us for the first time to build applications that are fully decentralized, so no one controls them, and that can hold a long-term memory of what happened in the system in what order with what consequences," says a note about the distinguished lecture. "Originally invented to allow peer-to-peer payments to take place without relying on payment processing monopolies and central banks as intermediaries, today they are starting to be used for a much wider array of applications, and a whole science, combining elements of cryptography, distributed systems and game theory, is forming around how to design blockchain-based applications in different contexts."
Buterin first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin and co-founded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011. After two and a half years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, he wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He now leads Ethereum’s research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
The lecture takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the J.R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall.
2019 Hagey Lecture tonight and other notes
John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, will deliver the 2019 Hagey Lecture tonight, entitled "Living Indigenous Law in Canada."
Borrows blends Anishinaabe stories, language, theories and practices with analysis of Canadian law and constitutional practices to illustrate the possibilities and limits of the seven grandmother/grandfather teachings: love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty and respect. A catered reception will follow the lecture, during which some of Borrows' books will be available for purchase.
The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. in Federation Hall. Tickets are available at hageylecture19.ticketfi.com.
The University's Senate meets today in NH 3407 at 3:30 p.m. Among the agenda items:
- A motion to approve the dissolution of the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience & Adaptation in 2019, in recognition that the centre has fulfilled its mandate; and
- A motion to approve revisions to several Master’s and PhD programs within the department of Chemical Engineering.
Additionally, the traditional end-of-term presentations for the President of the Federation of Students and the President of the Graduate Students Association will take place.
The elevator wall in the lobby of Engineering 6 has been spruced up thanks to a collaboration between Chemical Engineering and Plant Operations.
The original blue-metal façade was beginning to show its age, according to Chemical Engineering's Director of Technical Operations Tom Dean, and Plant Operations and Chemical Engineering hit on the idea of a wrap covering featuring designs from co-op students. The new look features relevant Chemical Engineering terminology, names, formulae, and background process schematics.
“The design was revised many times to make optimum use of the space, taking into account the elevator twin doors, the TV monitor, the directory and the plaque installed on the wall,” writes Dean. “This covering completely changes the look of the E6 lobby, and because of the durability of the skin product, should serve that space well for many years to come.”
Drop by and check it out for yourself.
Here's the latest Nutrition Month "myth vs. fact" supplied by Health Services Dietitian Sandra Ace:
Claim: Gluten-free foods are healthier for you.
Evidence: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and in any food made with these grains. Following a gluten-free diet is the only healthy way of eating for people diagnosed with celiac disease, an immune disorder in which the small intestine is damaged by gluten. There is no cure for this medical condition, which can cause a wide-array of symptoms beyond the gastrointestinal tract. The only effective treatment is to follow a strict, gluten-free diet for life. Celiac disease affects about 1 percent of the Canadian population although it often goes undiagnosed.
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a less well-understood condition. The symptoms of NCGS may be similar to those found in celiac disease, although certain disease markers such as specific antibodies found in the blood and intestinal inflammation are absent. It is possible that rather than the protein in wheat, rye and barley, some people may react to another component of the grain. These grains contain certain carbohydrates that some people don’t digest well. A thorough assessment by a family physician or specialist, including a detailed patient and family history as well as a diet history, is always advised. A blood test and/or an intestinal biopsy to exclude celiac disease may also be recommended. Individuals should not self-diagnose or start a gluten-free diet on their own and without medical advice. If a person needs to be tested for celiac disease, the test is only accurate if gluten is being included in the diet.
Over the past decade, gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular. People adopt them for a variety of reasons, including the belief that they are healthier or promote weight loss. In fact, some estimates suggest as many as 30 percent of North Americans have gone gluten-free. Without a medical diagnosis that requires a gluten-free diet, there are no clear health benefits. In addition to the increased cost of following a gluten-free diet, it may be more difficult to get enough dietary fibre and some nutrients, including iron and B vitamins. If you have questions about following a gluten-free diet, talk to a dietitian who can provide you with accurate, personalized and practical advice.