Friday, July 19, 2019

Update on dean searches in Engineering, Science, and Mathematics

Three decanal searches and reviews are currently underway at the University, with a fourth preparing to kick into high gear in the fall.

The Dean of Engineering Nominating Committee, the Dean of Science Nominating Committee, and the Dean of Mathematics Nominating Committee have all been constituted and have held their initial meetings and are now soliciting feedback from the constituent faculties, according to memos circulated by Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush, who serves as the chair of the decanal nominating committees. Additionally, the Dean of Environment Nominating Committee has been constituted and will hold its first meeting on September 6.

Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering, will complete her second and final term as dean on 30 June 2020, and a search is being conducted to identify her successor. Stephen Watt, dean of Mathematics, will complete his first term as dean on 30 June 2020 and will not be seeking reappointment for a second term, and a search is being conducted to identify his successor. 

Dean of Environment Jean Andrey will be completing her first term as dean on 30 June 2020 and has indicated her willingness to stand for reappointment to a second term. The Dean of Science, Bob Lemieux, will also be completing his first term of dean on 30 June 2020, and has indicated his willingness to stand for reappointment to a second term.

Vice-President, Academic & Provost Jim Rush is reaching out to faculty, staff and students in Engineering, Science and Mathematics as part of the consultation phase of the selection process.

Webforms are available for individuals in Engineering, Science and Mathematics to provide their confidential feedback.

Members of the faculties where a search or review is underway are asked to consider the following questions:

  1. What are the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Faculty?
  2. What are your aspirations for the Faculty in the next five years?
  3. What advice do you have for the search committee as to the background, credentials, qualifications and leadership style that should be sought in the next dean?
  4. Do you have any suggestions as to individuals to whom the committee should speak about this opportunity?

Decanal nominating committees are constituted and organized in accordance with Policy 45, Dean of a Faculty. 

Velocity Fund $5K winners named

Velocity Fund Finals winners with their oversized cheques.

Health tech companies captured the most interest and money at Waterloo’s largest startup pitch competition yesterday. Among the 10 companies vying for the top prize, four companies persuaded the judges that their ideas had the best chance at commercial success. Winners included:

  • Insula Medical, which is developing a compact and ergonomic insulin delivery system
  • WatFly, which is developing an urban electric flight solution 
  • Emergency Response Africa, an EMS technology company that provides care to victims at the scene of an emergency
  • VOYHS, a company that gives trans people the resources to train their voice to boost their confidence and improve their lives

This year’s Velocity Fund Finals $5K competition saw one of the most diverse field of entrants, with 50 per cent female founders and three of the 10 companies led by graduate students.

“We are extremely honoured to win this award and are very thankful to Velocity,” said Sara Salmon, a member of the Insula Medical team in charge of controls design and a mechanical engineering student at Waterloo. “ This award will help us to change the lives of Type 1 Diabetics by allowing us to further develop our product.”

The Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) competition awards each winner a $5,000 prize to help them grow their ideas and start their own business. The Velocity Fund was established in 2011 through a $1 million donation by Kik founder Ted Livingston, himself a Velocity alumnus, as well as a donation 2014 donation by angel investor Mike Stork.

"Creating a culture of entrepreneurship that leads to scaleup companies with massive economic and social impact is fueled by ensuring that new, emerging entrepreneurs and very early-stage startups have the support to get started, that’s what today is about,” said Jay Shah, director of the Velocity program. “The Velocity Fund Finals $5K is a high energy culmination of that support, both in mentorship and providing initial funding to help bring these ambitious ideas closer to reality."

The next $5,000 VFF will take place in November.

Friday's notes

Members of the University Choir.The University of Waterloo Choir will present Voicescapes on Saturday, July 20 at The Cedars in Waterloo. "The human voice is an incredible instrument, not only capable of carrying text, but also showcasing many different sounds to convey emotion or create atmosphere," says a note from the choir. "Voicescapes will explore some of these capabilities, featuring music by composers such as Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Stephen Hatfield, Morten Lauridsen, and Sarah Hopkins. This 50-voice choir is directed by Liska Jetchick." Tickets are $10 general admission or $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

New Faculty Welcome Social Banner.

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) is organizing a New Faculty Welcome Social on Wednesday, July 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Molly Bloom's Irish Pub. New faculty members are invited to drop by for "a pint or a pop, and free snacks" as well as some freely-dispensed advice about how things work at Waterloo. RSVPs to are appreciated.

Beyond the Bulletin Episode 7

Beyond the Bulletin Podcast logo with two vintage microphones.

Episode 7 of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. Tanya Snyder, marketing specialist with the Federation of Students, goes into detail on what's behind the rebrand and name change to WUSA. There's a new website for open scholarship, and the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo hosts a reading circle to help us all learn more about reconciliation in the university context. Check it out on SoundCloud or wherever quality podcasts are streamed.

Link of the day

50 years ago tomorrow: one small step

When and Where

Water Institute WaterTalk, “Importance and Effects of Physical Processes in Lake Ecosystems,” Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m., DC 1304. 

Water Institute WaterTalk, “Addressing Urban Hydrological Issues: An Integrated Water Systems Approach,” Friday, July 19, 1:30 p.m., DC 1302.   

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

W Store Fill-A-Bag event, Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., SCH concourse.

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

NEW - Chemistry Seminar featuring Harald Stöver, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, “Cationic and Charge-Shifting Copolymers for Biomaterials Applications,” Monday, July 22, 1:30 p.m., C2-361.

Lunch and Learn: The future of waste management at UW, Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EV3 3412.

Social Impact Showcase,Tuesday, July 23, 4:00 p.m., STP 164.

QPR Mental Health Training for Students, Wednesday, July 24, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447.

New faculty welcome social, Wednesday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Coping Skills Seminar - Thriving With Emotions, Wednesday, July 24, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Chemistry Seminar featuring Zhen Liu, Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, “Advanced Molecularly Imprinted Materials for Affinity Separation, Disease Diagnosis, Single-Cell Analysis, Bioimaging and Cancer Therapy, Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m., C2-361 (Reading Room).

FAUW Indigenization Reading Circle, Thursday, July 25, 10:30 a.m., HH235.

Shad Waterloo 2019 Open Day Exhibits, Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel Great Hall.

Fairy Tales and Legends: orchestra@uwaterloo, Thursday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street W, Waterloo.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Concert, Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Forum on Advances in Energy and Environmental Technologies, Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 1, Engineering 7.

Webinar: Copyright for Teaching, Wednesday, July 31, 12:00 p.m.

KidsAbility Discovery Lab, Wednesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., 500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo.

Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - Graduate Student Stress Management Group, Thursday, August 1, 3:30 p.m., HS 2302.

NEW - New Faculty Teaching Days, Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 9.

NEW - Coping Skills Seminar - Challenging Thinking, Wednesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.