Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Waterloo signs global co-op charter

This is an excerpt from an article originally published on the Hire Waterloo news site.

Panel signing the Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated EducationThe first-ever Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education has been signed by more than 50 university and college presidents, education association executives and high-ranking government officials. The signing happened on August 6, 2019, as part of the 2019 WACE World Conference in at the University of Cincinnati.

Among the charter signatories was Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education for the University of Waterloo.

“For over 60 years, the University of Waterloo has been a world-leader in co-operative education, largely due to our focus on training students to be adaptive, resilient, future-ready problem solvers,” says McRae. “It was an honour to sign this charter to symbolize our ongoing global commitment to developing stronger international work-integrated learning experiences that prepare students to address the critical, growing needs of the world’s economy.”

The charter formalizes a commitment to grow the number and quality of international co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities for students around the world through three calls to action:

  1. Create a significant number of new opportunities for students of Charter supporters to obtain meaningful, international, work-integrated learning experiences, with a focus on scaling up;
  2. Develop and deliver educational offerings specifically designed to enhance student intercultural fluency and resilience with focus on equity, diversity and inclusion;
  3. Facilitate conversations between higher education and business to determine what constitutes ‘global work readiness’ and embedding these attributes in a global quality assurance framework.

Read the full article.

MedTech startup tackles silent epidemic

Someone pointing to Curio software program on a laptop

This story was originally published on the Global Impact website.

It began with “Hack4Health” in 2015, where three Waterloo science students learned that bedsores were a critical issue for healthcare in North America costing seven lives an hour and up to $20B every year. Zied Etleb, Moazam Khan and Matthew Sefati decided to tackle the problem and develop smart products to prevent and manage pressure wounds. The co-founders called their startup company Curiato Inc.

Flash forward four years and Curiato is in clinical pilots with a novel skin-data platform that collects real-time patient data from a bedsheet with built-in sensors. One of the first applications of this AI platform is to help predict and prevent the development of bedsores.

The innovative system retrofits to existing hospital beds, and uses advanced sensors to detect biological factors – like moisture and heat. AI analyzes the data and predicts the potential for wound development and other conditions, delivering this information to caregivers in real-time, via a digital interface. As a result, front-line care teams can prioritize procedures and increase quality of life for at-risk patients.

Curiato’s skin-data platform is part of a pilot study at Grace Health Centre in Toronto. The project received a $1M grant from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation's (CABHI) Industry Innovation Partnership Program, and it has the potential to make a significant impact on the healthcare sector.

Meet Moazam Khan (BSc '16, MBET '17), co-founder of Curiato, on October 1 at the Waterloo Innovation Summit where influential scholars and industry leaders will explore the technological inventions and enterprises that are transforming health care.

Read the full story.

Tuesday's notes

“Custodial Services has updated its web pages on the Plant Operations website," says a note from Custodial Services. "Visit https://bit.ly/2OKCSIE for information on the services we provide, including window cleaning and waste management on campus. Please note that as of September 9 office spaces will be serviced on a biweekly basis.“

Friends and colleagues of Jane McGeoch, who works as department secretary in the Office of the Dean of Engineering, are invited to a retirement celebration as she marks 39 years of service to the University. The retirement party takes place on Wednesday, August 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the 7th floor lobby of Engineering 7. RSVP to Kari Griffiths at kgriffiths@uwaterloo.ca

Link of the day

30 years ago: that Bill Ripken baseball card

When and Where

On-campus examination period, Friday, August 2 to Friday, August 16.

Lobsterlicious at the University Club, Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 9 to Friday, August 16.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 23, Conrad Grebel University College.

Department seminar by Dr. Pavel Krupskiy, University of Melbourne, "Spatial Cauchy processes with local tail dependence," Tuesday, August 13, M3 3127.

Instructional Skills Workshop, Tuesday, August 13 to Friday, August 16.

New Faculty Welcome Social, Tuesday, August 13, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., The Grad House (second floor).

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 13,  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Webinar: Authors' Rights, Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 a.m.

NEW - Retirement celebration for Jane McGeoch, Wednesday, August 14, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7th floor lobby, Engineering 7. RSVP to Kari Griffiths at kgriffiths@uwaterloo.ca.

In-person Part-time MBET Information, Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., E7 second floor.

Grades begin to appear in Quest, Saturday, August 17.

Quantum Key Distribution Summer School, Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Monday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., NH 2447.

Deadline to get “Fees Arranged,” Tuesday, August 20.

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 20,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Pension Lunch and Learn session, Thursday, August 22, 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m., STC 1012.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 23.

QPR Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Monday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., NH 2447.

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 27,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Getting Started in LEARN, Wednesday, August 28.

Copyright for Teaching, Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., LIB 329.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: How to Set and Crush Your Goals, Wednesday, August 28, 12:00 p.m., MC 5479.

International Orientation, Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31.

Residence Move-In Day, Saturday, August 31.

PhD oral defences

Applied Mathematics. Arnaud Carignan-Dugas, “A walk through quantum noise: a study of error signatures and characterization methods.” Supervisor, Joseph Emerson. Thesis available from MGO – mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Thursday, August 15 8:30 a.m., QNC B204.

Computer Science. Mohammed Alliheedi, “Procedurally Rhetorical Verb-Centric Frame Semantics as a Knowledge Representation for Argumentation Analysis of Biochemistry Articles. Supervisors, Robin Cohen and Robert Mercer. Thesis available from MGO – mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Thursday August 15, 1:00 p.m., DC 2310.

Physics & Astronomy.  Jeremy Flannery, “Optical Resonators Integrated into a Hollow Core Photonic Crystal Fiber for Enhanced Light-Matter Interactions.” Supervisor, Michal Bajcsy. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Thursday August 15, 1:00 p.m., QNC 1501.

Geography and Environmental Management. Saraswati, “Impacts of resource access road crossings on ecohydrology and carbon dynamics of boreal peatlands.” Supervisor, Maria Strack. On display in Environment, EV1 335. Oral defence Monday August 19, 9:00 a.m., EV1 353.