Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Residence space available for Fall 2019

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A message from Housing and Residences.

The 100 percent residence guarantee has been extended until Monday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m. You may be communicating with students who have questions regarding where they may live in the fall. Please let students know that we still have space in residence available for incoming first-year students as long as they apply by the deadline. 

For more information about residence options and details on how to apply, please visit the Housing website or direct any questions to our office at ext. 32679, or

IST doubles down on two-factor authentication

Information Systems & Technology (IST) recently kicked-off a project to facilitate the implementation of two-factor authentication (2FA) across campus. 

Here's how 2FA works: Logging into 2FA protected sites and applications is as simple as accepting a notification on your phone, plugging in an authenticator, or entering a PIN from a text message or phone call. 2FA at Waterloo is powered by DUO. 

The DUO mobile app is the recommended second factor solution for campus. The mobile app is very easy to use and provides the highest level of security of the available 2FA options. However, employees who would prefer not to download and use the DUO mobile app on a personal device may request an authenticator from IST. 

What is an authenticator? Also known as a DUO hardware token, it is a physical fob with a button the employee will press to receive a verification code to enter when prompted by the application. The DUO token will be provided to employees who require an authenticator as part of their job (i.e., as a result of the data or applications they have access to). 

Employees who do not require an authenticator as part of their job and all Waterloo students may purchase a U2F key from an external provider for personal use, if desired. 

Individual employees or department heads may submit a request for an authenticator to IST. Please complete the request form or visit an IST Service Desk. 

Important notes:  

  • IST will cover the cost of the employee's first DUO hardware token. 

  • Lost or stolen tokens can be replaced by the employee's department at a cost of approximately $40.  

  • DUO hardware tokens can be reprogrammed for use by a new/different employee.  

  • Defective hardware tokens will be replaced at no cost.  

Please submit all replacement, reprogramming, or defective token support requests via or by visiting an IST Service Desk. 

To learn more about two-factor authentication and managing your account, please visit our 2FA website.  

Anyone with questions or concerns is invited to contact the IST Service Desk, or ext. 44357. 

Discussing diversity at the Teaching and Learning Conference

Participants at the Teaching and Learning Conference converse with one another.

This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) website.

Over 400 people attended the University of Waterloo’s 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, for a full day of presentations, workshops, posters and panel discussions focused on the theme of “teaching and designing for diverse learners.”

Conference co-chairs, Kyle Scholz and Kristin Brown, explain: “We use the term ‘diverse learners’ to represent the very real context of any teaching environment at the University of Waterloo: Learners come to our courses with varying backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, so we need to acknowledge that in the design and implementation of our teaching practices, activities, and assessments.”

Inclusive teaching and Universal Design

In her keynote address, Allison Lombardi (Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut) outlined the advantages of Universal Design, which aims to maximize usability for as many people as possible regardless of ability. Universal Design for Instruction is “the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners”. View Allison Lombardi’s keynote address.

The interactive sessions that followed provided some inspiring examples of research projects and teaching approaches—at UWaterloo and beyond—geared toward incorporating inclusive strategies in teaching, course design and learning spaces.

Igniting Our Practice

An annual favourite of many conference attendees, this year Carol Hulls (Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering) and Markus Moos (School of Planning) treated attendees to a snippet of what it’s like to be a student in their class. Both Carol and Markus showcased how good lesson design can outline clear expectations for students, in addition to discussing how they create an inclusive teaching environment.

View Carol Hulls’ presentation.

View Markus Moos’ presentation.

View the conference program for other topics presented, including gamification, problem-based and kinaesthetic learning, engaging international students, and an Indigenous learning circle.

Read the full story on the CTE website.

Link of the day

30 years ago this week: SkyDome opens (literally)

When and Where

Bike Month, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

Bike Challenge, Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, across campus.

The Water Institute international PhD summer school, "Climate change and water security in urbanized watersheds: An interdisciplinary perspective,” Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 12, SJ2 2003.

W Store Spring Reading Sale, Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCH Concourse.

Webinar: Copyright and Your Thesis, Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 a.m.

Project and Portfolio Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) chat - Team Building, Wednesday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., DC 1568. 

Bike Repair Lunch and Learn, Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3-3412.

NEW - Open House for Climate and Energy Action Plan, Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part 1, Wednesday, June 5, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., TC 1214.

Coping Skills Seminar - Cultivating Resiliency, Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Start: Building a Kicka$$ Team, “Learn how to build the best team for your future startup & network with other students”, Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Annotated Bibliography Using Refworks, Thursday, June 6, 1:00 p.m., DP 329.

Grammar Studio: Workshop 2, Thursday, June 6, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 6, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Get a Job Using LinkedIn, Thursday, June 6, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., LIB 329.

NEW - IT Seminar: Portal 2.0 Update, Friday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., EC5 1111.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC Quad. Event for evening workers, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Student Life Centre.

NSERC Discovery Grant information session for faculty members, Friday, June 7, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Science Teaching Complex, Room 1012. RSVP by Monday, June 3 by email to

Soapbox Science Waterloo, Sunday, June 9, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Victoria Park (near the playground).

Not Just a Lab Report: The Recipe for Communicating in All Research Disciplines, Monday, June 10, 10:00 a.m., SCH 228F.

NEW - Open House for Climate and Energy Action Plan (SCH), Monday, June 10, 12:00 p.m., South Campus Hall foyer.

NEW - WaterTalk by Dr. Kaveh Madani, “Greater than the sum of its parts: Deceiving assumptions and misleading policies in modelling and managing water”, Monday, June 10, 2:30 p.m., RCH 112. 

Coping Skills Seminar - Empowering Habit Change, Monday, June 10, 3:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Decisions, Data and Dollars: A Canadian Nerd on Wall Street, Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., QNC 1502.

NEW - Spring 2019 Convocation ceremonies, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15, Physical Activities Complex.

University Club Convocation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Procurement and Contract Services Annual trade show, Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DC 1301.

Interviews: Preparing for Questions (for employees only), Wednesday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Arokia Nathan, Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Chief Technical Officer, Cambridge Touch Technologies, Cambridge, UK,Electronics for Organic Displays an Ultralow Power Sensor Interfaces,” Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 p.m., C2-361.

Velocity Start: Do People Want Your Sh*t?, “Learn about topics related to market validation,” Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Balinese Gamelan ensemble concert, Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., Waterloo Town Square.

Velocity Fund $5K applications close, “Today’s Velocity Fund winners, tomorrow’s innovative companies,” Sunday, June 16.

Positions available

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

  • Job ID# 2019-4241 - Administrative Coordinator - Applied Mathematics, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2019-4312 - Administrative Manager - AVP Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2019-4311 - Communications and Engagement Specialist - AVP Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4307 - Course Management Coordinator - School of Accounting & Finance, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2019-4244 - Electrical Maintenance Supervisor - Plant Operations, USG 9 – 11
  • Job ID# 2019-4298 - Shift Supervisor – Sergeant - Police Services, USG 8
  • Job ID# 2019-4280 - Technical Customer Service Coordinator - Print & Retail Solutions, USG 4 - 5

Internal secondment opportunities

  • Job ID# 2019-4219 - CNC Laboratory Technician - Mechanical & Mechatronics Eng., USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4271 - Communications Specialist - CEE Services, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4303 - Community Relations & Events Specialist - Community Relations & Events, USG 9
  • Job ID# 2019-4221 - Data Manager, Polar Data Catalogue – Geography, USG 7
  • Job ID# 2019-4217 - Deputy Lab Director - Physics and Astronomy, USG 11
  • Job ID# 2019-4296 - Information Systems Specialist (Student Information Systems Developer) - Information Systems and Technology, USG 9 – 10
  • Job ID# 2019-4302 - Online Learning Consultant - Centre for Extended Learning, USG 10
  • Job ID# 2019-4279 - Residence Facility Coordinator - Housing & Residence, USG 5
  • Job ID# 2019-4301 - Senior Instructional Support Assistant - School of Computer Science, USG 6
  • Job ID# 2019-4218 - Solid Mechanics Lab Technician - Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, USG 8 - 9