Thursday, June 13, 2019

Getting Convocation down to a Science

Science graduands stand at Convocation.

The Faculty of Science celebrates its graduands today with two Convocation ceremonies.

At 10:00 a.m., 524 undergraduates, 40 Master's, and 25 PhDs will cross the stage. Watch the livestream.

Bearing the mace will be Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate and Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Birgit Moscinski will sing the national anthem.

Arokia Nathan.Arokia Nathan will receive a Doctor of Science, honoris causa and will address Convocation. Nathan obtained his BSc from University of Leeds (1981), and his MSc (1984) and PhD (1988) from University of Alberta. From 1989 to 2006, he was a Professor at the University of Waterloo where he held a Canada Research Chair and was a Steacie Fellow. In 2006, he was appointed to the Sumitomo Chair of Nanotechnology at University College London. In 2011, Nathan moved to Cambridge University where he held the Chair of Photonic Systems and Displays. Currently he serves as the CTO of Cambridge Touch Technologies. Arokia is a co-founder of the Giga-to- Nanoelectronics lab, Quantum Nanofab facility, and the nanotechnology engineering program at Waterloo.

Muzammil Taj will deliver the Valedictory Address.

Emily Katherine Pass will receive the President’s Award of Excellence.

Isaac John Stuart De Vlugt will receive the Alumni Gold Medal.

The afternoon ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. and will see students from Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Optometry, Pharmacy, Psychology (Science), and Vision Science cross the stage. 323 undergraduates, 17 Master's, and 4 PhD students will receive their degrees. Watch the livestream.

Mario Coniglio, associate vice-president, academic will bear the University's mace. Birgit Moscinski will sing the national anthem.

George C. Woo.George C. Woo will receive an honorary Doctor of Science and address Convocation. Woo completed a Doctor of Optometry degree at the College of Optometry of Ontario, the precursor to today’s School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. Following graduation, he worked for the Canadian Red Cross delivering vision care to small communities in Northern Ontario. He then completed his MSc and PhD at Indiana University. In 1970, Woo joined the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo where he was instrumental in developing the low vision program. In 1996, Professor Woo retired from Waterloo, and took the position of Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Graduating Science students celebrated with awards

Several graduate students received special awards this week as part of the Faculty of Science's Convocation ceremonies.

The Dean of Science Award recognizes creative research as presented in a student’s Master’s thesis. This year, the following students were honoured:

  • Benjamin Jean-Marie Tremblay, Biology;
  • Jarrod Michael Psutka, Chemistry;
  • Stacey Parmenter, Earth and Environmental Sciences;
  • Mariko Hirano, Optometry and Vision Science;
  • Alexandra Maria Durocher, Pharmacy; and
  • Sainath Motlakunta, Physics and Astronomy.

The W.B. Pearson Medal recognizes the creative research as presented in a student’s Doctoral thesis. This year's honorees include:

  • Xinda Lu, Biology;
  • Jonathan Grandy, Chemistry;
  • Adrian Mellage, Earth and Environmental Sciences;
  • Emmanuel Borquaye Alabi, Optometry and Vision Science;
  • Roger Ding-Wen Chen, Pharmacy; and
  • Olivia Di Matteo, Physics and Astronomy.

The award winners were celebrated at a special luncheon at the University Club on Wednesday, June 12, where the awards were presented to the recipients. 

Congratulations to all the Science award winners.

Move Your Mind Program breaks down barriers to physical activity

Kristen Leal is interviewed for a video.

This is an excerpt of a Wellness Champion article originally published on the Campus Wellness website.

The goal of the Move Your Mind program is to help students experience all the benefits of physical activity by removing any barriers that might be in their way of participating. “You don’t want to go to the gym? No problem, what would you find enjoyable?” explains Kristen Leal, Group Fitness, Aquatics, and Instructional Coordinator. “The philosophy of Move Your Mind is that once you find one thing you love to do that gets you active, that’s your gateway to activity. It’s very person-centred and intended to build self-efficacy.” 

While students are primarily referred to the program from departments such as AccessAbility, Campus Wellness, and the Student Success Office, students also have the option to self-refer or refer a friend. The first step for students who are referred is to meet with the Move Your Mind coordinator, who assess their readiness to be involved and gets a sense of who they are and their interests.

“The philosophy of Move Your Mind is that once you find one thing you love to do that gets you active, that’s your gateway to activity. It’s very person-centred and intended to build self-efficacy.”

The MYM coordinator then assists the student to find an activity that is suitable to their goals, interests and needs. The student also has the option of getting matched with a peer-volunteer “workout buddy”, who is there to help them ease into the activity that they’ve chosen. The MYM coordinator then provides ongoing coaching and mentoring throughout the term, at the student’s consent and direction. One of the highlights of the Move Your Mind program is this custom plan for success every student develops in collaboration with the MYM Coordinator.

When we asked Kristen and current MYM coordinator, Shannon, how many students they currently see, they said between 30 and 40 students per term. Their hope is that “every student leaves with a positive attitude about physical activity and experiences an increase in their overall confidence and mental wellness.” By providing a positive and supportive environment, the hope is that students learn how to make physical activity more accessible to them and experience the many benefits of physical activity has to offer. 

Read the rest of the article on the Wellness Collaborative website.

Thursday's thrilling tales

Mario Coniglio.There's still time to RSVP for the event that will celebrate outgoing Associate Vice-President, Academic Mario Coniglio on Wednesday, June 19. A professor in the Faculty of Science's Earth and Environmental Sciences department, Coniglio has served in the role of Associate Vice-President, Academic since 2013. His term ends on June 30, 2019.

The event takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University Club. Hors d'ouevres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

An additional internal secondment opportunity was added to yesterday's Positions Available list, but in case you missed it:

  • Job ID# 2019-4313 - Residence Life Co-ordinator - Housing & Residences, USG 7

Link of the day

75 years ago: Andrew Mynarski

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.

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.

Aging and Spirituality: Finding Courage and Resilience, Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, Conrad Grebel University College.

Recognizing Excellence Summit: Three events in one — Wes Graham Research Symposium, Turing Symposium & Celebrating Women in Computer Science, Recognizing Excellence Series, Thursday, June 13, 8: a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Grammar Studio: Workshop 4, Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

Successfully Negotiating Job Offers, Thursday, June 13, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Gender Equity Research Grants submission deadline, Friday, June 14.

IT Seminar: Mac Management: Beyond wipe and rebuild, Friday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., MC 2009.

"Common Waters" exhibition opening reception, Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m., Design at Riverside Gallery, Cambridge School of Architecture.

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.

NEW - How to be an Exceptional Employee, Monday, June 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., TC 1208.

University senate meeting, Monday, June 17, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Waterloo Alumni Cybersecurity Panel and Networking Event, Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m., Akamai Technologies, London, UK.

Forbes Lecture - Technology and aging: Supporting our current and future selves, Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 p.m., OPT 1129.

NEW - Résumé Tips: Thinking Like an Employer, Tuesday, June 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 1208.

“Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate” - Hosted by KW Chapter of Council of Canadians, Divest Waterloo, UW Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and the Faculty of Environment, Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m., EV3 1408.

Community Dialogues | Creating Effective Activism and Change, Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

Portfolio & Project Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) session, "Engaging Stakeholders," Wednesday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., East Campus 5 (EC5), 1111. 

Continuous Improvement Workshop for employees, Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m., STC 1012.

Spring 2019 Thrive Day, Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

Journey to Leadership, Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Federation Hall. RSVP by June 12.

CBB- Symposium: Smart Aging and Rehabilitation Technologies (Netherlands and Canada), Wednesday June 19, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Engineering 7, E7-2317. This event is open to Faculty, Staff, Students, and postdocs. Register today.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training for Students, Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Business Etiquette and Professionalism, Wednesday, June 19, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 1208

NEW - Thank-you event for Mario Coniglio, Wednesday, June 19, 4:00 p.m., University Club.

Green New Deal Canada Town Hall - Kitchener, Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Elizabeth Room), 54 Queen St. N , Kitchener.

Velocity Start: Pitch to Win, “Perfect your 3-minute business pitch at this interactive workshop,” Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Conversations on Complex Systems, Thursday, June 20, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., STC 1019.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Interviews: Preparing for Questions, Thursday, June 20, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., TC 1208.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar, Thursday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., STC 1019.

NEW - NSERC Alliance Grants Introductory Workshop, Friday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., East Campus 5, Enterprise Theatre, Room 1111. Please register to attend in person or via livestream.

Can we scale tobacco control intervention research with school teachers in india?,” Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m., AHS 1621.

Farewell celebration for Jason Coolman, Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m., E7 second floor event space.

Glow Goes to Toronto Pride 2019, Saturday, June 23.

Wellness Collaborative Launch Event, Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Federation Hall. Register on Ticketfi.

Retirement celebration for Anne Wagland, Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m., University Club. RSVP to Jaime Fohkens by June 14.

NEW - Talking Careers with Your Kids (for employees only), Wednesday, June 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC 2218.

NEW - QPR Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, June 26, 1:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Retirement celebration for Sergeant Patrick Ulett, Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 p.m., University Club.

NEW - Velocity Start: BYSB (Building Your Startup Brand), “The basics of setting up your brand and the online platforms available to help you,” Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.