Thursday, July 11, 2019

Faculty of Science remembers Allan Fleming

Allan Fleming behind the wheel of his Pontiac Solstice convertible.

Science Computing is very sad to announce the passing of Allan Fleming, who died quietly in his sleep last Thursday night, July 4, a scant five months after his retirement this past February. Allan’s quiet, humble friendliness and love of laughter belied his status as a huge asset to the Faculty computing support and server management team.

He worked his magic on many machines, always focused on the positive and served as a great contributor to the morale of his unit as well as his clients’ service experience. We will miss him greatly.

Services will be held on Friday, July 12 at noon at Memory Gardens on Highway 7. More information is available on the Arbor Memorial website.

Introducing the 2019-2020 HeForShe Advocates

The 2019-2020 HeForShe Faculty Advocates have been named. The advocates are:

  • Applied Health Sciences – James Wallace;
  • Engineering – Chris Bachmann;
  • Environment – Jennifer Dean;
  • Arts – Reimer Faber;
  • Science – Marcel Pinheiro;
  • Math – Joel Dubin;
  • St. Paul’s – Richard Myers;
  • St. Jerome’s – David Seljak;
  • Renison – Krisitna Llewellyn; and
  • Conrad Grebel – Paul Heidebrecht.

HeForShe logo.The main role of the faculty advocate is to engage with students, faculty, staff and alumni regarding faculty-specific gender equity issues, work to address problematic areas, and foster a gender-equitable faculty and campus.

The focus is on faculty-specific issues and advocates will engage with their stakeholders to hear what issues emerge and need to be addressed. 

Advocates will facilitate initiatives, organize events, provide direction for student groups, and/or provide financial assistance for various initiatives linked to the goals of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 framework.

For more information on the HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 framework and the role of the Faculty Advocates, please visit the Waterloo HeForShe website.

Finding value in waste: $25,000 worth

The Virtuous Waste team at the World Vision challenge awards.

Team members Sylvia Bogdanowicz, Amirah Mahomed, Cindy Le, Kristen Fajardo, and Laura Kraehling at the World Vision Social Innovation Challenge.

This article was originally published on the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business website.

How might we find value in waste? The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge had students focus on the waste problem in the Filipino Island of Iloilo. The Philippines is ranked as the third worst plastic polluter in the world. 

A team of Global Business and Digital Arts students developed Virtuous Waste, an alternative to plastic packaging made of seaweed that they pitched before a panel of industry experts and social entrepreneurs on June 19 in Toronto. Their winning solution will receive $25,000 in funding for implementation during a 12-month incubation period. Virtuous Waste was selected from over 60 different teams from across Canada who competed in the challenge.

The Virtuous Waste team, comprised of Sylvia Bogdanowicz, Amirah Mahomed, Cindy Le, Kristen Fajardo, and Laura Kraehling developed a proactive solution focused on eliminating plastic permanently but didn't force residents to change their habits. Their research indicated that residents buy single-use plastic sachets for their toiletries and due to lack of proper waste management infrastructure, throw their garbage into the nearby river. They landed on using seaweed in their solution as it is water-soluble, edible, grows abundantly in the Philippines, and has nutrients that restore biodiversity. Their solution has the potential to help the environment and the economy by partnering with local seaweed farmers.

"Being raised in a Filipino household, I have always heard about the struggles of growing up in a place where environmental issues are so visible. I'm happy and thankful to hopefully make a positive change in these affected communities, and one day, around the world," said Fajardo.

Knowing that it will take more than fancy packaging to solve this, "we also need a significant change in our culture around waste, and I believe that our team can make a positive difference in making that change." said Mahomed.

A team member works on the Virtuous Waste prototype.The Virtuous Waste team described how the Global Business and Digital Arts program supported them, and their excitement to partner with World Vision. "In our classes, we've all learned a lot about social change and how to design solutions with purpose... We're really happy to be working on a project with an organization that gives students like us a platform to share innovative ideas for social good. As GBDA students, we're fortunate enough to be exposed to such a wide array of skills. Our classes push us to learn about business, marketing, research, design and more. Especially our project classes like GBDA 302 - Global Media Project, force us to apply those skills in a real context and combine everything we learn to develop, strong creative solutions."

"I couldn't be any prouder of these five Global Business and Digital Arts students, they showed true grit over the last few months, worked tirelessly on this despite busy internships to get to the final pitch event in Toronto last night. An amazing project will now see the light of day. Congratulations Amirah, Cindy, Sylvia, Kris and Laura you made us all very proud," said Professor Karin Schmidlin, Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

Upcoming office closure

The Dean of Science office will be closed Friday, July 12 beginning at noon for the rest of the afternoon.

Link of the day

World Population Day

When and Where

Dissertation Boot Camp, Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11.

Goose Week 2: the beak-uel, Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.

What do geese meme to you? contest, Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11.

Goose (art) attack, Thursday, July 11, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arts Quad.

Information Session for Graduating Students, Thursday, July 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., STC 0020.

Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Part II, Thursday, July 11, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TC 1214.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Thursday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Engineering 7, Room 7411.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, July 11, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Résumés, Careers, and Personal Branding – Part I, Thursday, July 11, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., LIB 329.

The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch, Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Engineering 7 second floor.

Games Institute (GI) PLAY event, Friday, July 12, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., DC foyer. 

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group with Dr. Ali Boolani, “Feelings of energy and fatigue influence different aspects of gait and postural control,” Friday July 12, 2:30 p.m., EC4-2101a.

NEW - EDGE Capstone, Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., TC 2218.

NEW - Waterloo Youth Climate Leadership Workshop, Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Environment 3 Building (EV3).

Speak Like a Scholar, Monday, July 15 to Thursday, July 18.

NFRF Exploration Grant webinar, offered in French, for faculty, Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., East Campus 5, Room 3167.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mathematics and Computer Building, Room 5248.

Arts 101 Day, Tuesday, July 16.

Integrated LEARN Retreat, Tuesday, July 16. 

Consent Clothesline, Tuesday July 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Get STARTed: SSHRC Grant Writing Sessions in July and August, Tuesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m., HH 373.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Tuesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Teaching Complex, Room 2002.

Integrated LEARN Retreat, Wednesday, July 17.

MySharePoint sites will become read-only, Wednesday, July 17. Instructions on moving content is available on the SharePoint website.

NFRF Exploration Grant webinar, offered in English, for faculty, Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Davis Centre, Room 1302.

NEW - Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) and Faculty of Science Research Networking Lunch, Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., DC 1301.

NEW - Getting a US Work Permit, Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., TC 2218.

NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology (PAS), Room 2438.

Billion Dollar Briefing, “Get introduced to five different billion-dollar problems that are waiting to be solved,” Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Mathematics 101 Day, Thursday, July 18.

NEW - Velocity Fund Finals $5K pitch competition and Fireside chat with Hongwei Liu, Thursday, July 18, 11:00 a.m., SLC Great Hall. RSVP via Eventbrite.

International Education Week planning meeting, Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m., EIT 1015. RSVP via Eventbrite.

Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, July 18, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)’s Graduate Student Complexity Seminar, Thursday, July 18,, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., STC 1019 (speaker and topic TBA).

NEW - Résumés, Careers, and Personal Branding – Part II, Thursday, July 18, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., DPL 329

NEW - Voicescapes: University of Waterloo Choir, Saturday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., The Cedars, 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo. 

NEW - NSERC Discovery Grant drop-in sessions for faculty, Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Engineering 7, Room 7411. 

PhD oral defences

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Kais El-Murtadi Suleiman, "Popular Content Distribution in Public Transportation Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques." Supervisor, Otman Basir. This thesis is restricted but on display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Thursday, July 18, 1:00 p.m., EIT 3142.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Kai Zhao, "Nano-orifice based Dielectrophoretic Manipulation and Characterization of Nanoparticles and Biological Cells." Supervisor, Dongqing Li. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Thursday, July 18, 2:00 p.m., E5 3052.

Combinatorics and Optimization. Alessandra Graf, "Finding Independent Transversals Efficiently." Supervisor, Penny Haxell. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m., MC 5479.

Physics & Astronomy. Nicole Drakos, "The Evolution of Dark Matter Haloes in Mergers." Supervisor, James Taylor. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Friday, July 19, 1:00 p.m., PHY 308.

Chemistry. Ryan Amos, "Hydrophobic Modification of Starch." Supervisor, Mario Gauthier. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Monday, July 22, 9:00 a.m., C2 361.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Jianyu Chen, "Simulations for the Explosion Problems and their Effects on Structures using the SPH Method." Supervisor, Fue-Sang Lien. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday, July 23, 9:00 a.m., ERC 3012.